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Tamla Oates-Forney joins USAA after a nationwide search
SAN ANTONIO – USAA has appointed a top human resources leader as the new executive vice president. Tamla Oates-Forney has joined the company as chief human resources officer (CHRO). She will be a member of USAA’s executive council, reporting to the CEO Wayne Peacock, and lead teams spanning talent development, talent acquisition, pay and benefits, culture and employee services.
“Tamla is a purpose driven, people first leader with deep and diverse HR experience and a strong track record of leading organizations through transformational periods,” said President and CEO Wayne Peacock. “Her leadership and expertise in developing people and teams who can deliver excellent business results are a great match as we envision and execute on strategy for our second century. We are excited for Tamla to join Team USAA!”
Tamla joins USAA after nearly four years as senior vice president and chief people officer at Waste Management, Inc. (WM). Prior to WM, she worked at General Electric for 20 years, progressing in her career through the leadership and executive ranks. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
A renowned expert in her field, Tamla sits on several (public and advisory) boards and has received multiple honors including: board and committee member for University North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, World 50 and Black Women on Boards, recognition through front page coverage for NY Times and featured in Fast Company, The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business, Savoy’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.
“Joining USAA is an opportunity for me to align my purpose, passion and profession, all while serving the military community,” said Tamla. “I am excited to honor this organization’s proud history and help create a bright future for USAA’s employees and our members.”
Founded in 1922 by a group of military officers, USAA is among the leading providers of insurance, banking and investment and retirement solutions to more than 13 million members of the U.S. military, veterans who have honorably served and their families. Headquartered in San Antonio, USAA has offices in eight U.S. cities and three overseas locations and employs more than 37,000 people worldwide. Each year, the company contributes to national and local nonprofits in support of military families and communities where employees live and work. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit usaa.com.