Congratulations to Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Christian Campanella on being named Australian HR Director of the Year.
Campanella was awarded the trophy in front of more than 850 HR professionals at the Australian HR Awards, held at The Star Sydney.
"It was a very humbling and surreal experience," Campanella admitted.
He also confessed that one of the most exciting moments came when he told his children the next morning.
"My wife and kids have been an amazing support to me while I've been in the job," he said. "They wanted to know everything about the night and immediately started Googling me!"
Campanella said he was also lucky to have his team celebrating with him at The Star.
"As the saying goes, you're only as good as the team around you," he proudly noted.
Darryn Hakof, Global Marketing Director at Pernod Ricard Winemakers, also gave Campanella a shout out on Facebook, saying: "Great to see Christian Campanella recognised at the Australian HR Awards, winning Australian HR Director of the Year. Just part of what makes Pernod Ricard Winemakers a great place to work #welldeserved."
As for what makes Pernod Ricard stand out from the HR crowd, Campanella said its the focus on adding value to the employee experience.
"For example, I'm a great believer in work-life balance personally and it's something we've placed a massive focus on at Pernod Ricard over the last three years.
"We're driving flexibility really hard - it's not about presenteeism, it's about output."
The approach recently won Pernod Ricard Winemakers Australia a Premier Award for leading the charge with its Better Balance program, which focuses on building an inclusive, equal and diverse workforce.
The Premier Awards are annual awards given by Pernod Ricard across its 18,500 employees for best practice globally in the Group. It was a very proud moment for Australia to be leading the charge in this area.
Personally, Campanella said he always challenges and reinvents himself as his role expands and grows, so he can remain aligned to Pernod Ricard's business needs.
"It's about making sure we're constantly adding value," he said.
Drinks companies sweep the top two awards
Campanella also described it as a "really good signal for the drinks industry" that Brown-Forman's Michelle Phipps (pictured below at the Awards) took out the Highly Commended HR Director award.
“I’m thrilled to be recognised as Highly Commended at the HRD Awards on behalf of Brown-Forman’s HR team and also on behalf of its ANZ leadership and overall organisation," Phipps said. "In the past few years, much work has been achieved to build capability, hire right and refine our people processes. This is reflected in the company’s results. Most critically, the organisation has made great strides in culture and inclusion to ensure everyone feels valued, contributing and making a difference. Brown-Forman was recognised as LGBTQi organisation of the Year 2018 so this commendation at the HR awards is an extension of that and all of the other work achieved by the team.
"On another note, I’m also pleased that the drinks industry has been well represented at the awards this year with Christian Campanella winning HRD of the Year 2018. congratulations on a well deserved win to Christian and the team at Pernod Ricard!"
HRD News Editor John Hilton added: “HR professionals are absolutely paramount to the overall success of their organisations, and it’s wonderful to see their hard work and innovative ideas rewarded on such a special night.
“This year’s winners and nominees came from a very diverse range of organisations and industries, showing what a positive impact HR can make no matter the size and scope of the workforce.
“Congratulations to all the finalists and winners who are all a reflection of the very high standard of HR and leadership right across Australia. It’s fantastic to see how excited the winners are when they receive this career-defining award.”