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Powerhouse Exec Tamla Oates-Forney Selected as USAA's New Chief HR Officer

PhenomenalMAG Staff  |  Women In Power

An accomplished human resources professional has been named the new executive vice president of USAA.

Chief Human Resources Officer Tamla Oates-Forney has joined the organization (CHRO). In addition to leading teams in talent development, talent acquisition, pay and benefits, culture, and employee services, she will serve on USAA's executive council and report to CEO Wayne Peacock.

Tamla is a purpose-driven, people-first leader with extensive and varied HR expertise, according to President and CEO Wayne Peacock. “Tamla has a proven track record of guiding firms through transformational times. Her leadership and proficiency in creating teams and individuals capable of producing good business results are a fantastic fit as we define and carry out a strategy for our second century. Tamla joining Team USAA makes us happy!”

Tamla joined USAA after serving as senior vice president and chief people officer at Waste Management, Inc. for almost four years (WM). She spent her 20 years before joining WM working at General Electric, where she rose through the executive and leadership positions. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also completed her undergraduate studies.

Tamla is a well-known authority in her field and serves on a number of (public and advisory) boards. She has also won numerous awards, such as those from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the World 50 and Black Women on Boards, the NY Times front page feature, Fast Company, The Network Journal's 25 Influential Black Women in Business, and Savoy's 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.

Tamla said, "Joining USAA provides a chance for me to align my purpose, passion, and profession while supporting the military community. I am thrilled to uphold this organization's distinguished past and support the development of a promising future for USAA's staff and members."

Among the top suppliers of insurance, banking, investing, and retirement solutions to more than 13 million members of the U.S. military, veterans who have rendered valiant service, and their families. USAA was founded in 1922 by a group of military leaders. With its corporate office in San Antonio and offices in three foreign countries, USAA has more than 37,000 employees worldwide. In order to support military families and the neighborhoods where employees live and work, the company makes annual donations to local and national charity organizations. Visit for more details, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA).

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