Ayana Champagne is Corporate Vice President, Head of NNI Human
Resources (HR), since May 2021. She is entrusted with cultivating and
preserving the Novo
Nordisk Way across the organization. Ayana’s responsibilities
encompass human resource strategies and programs, specifically in the
areas of HR business partnering, talent management, learning &
development, diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging, employee
engagement, and employee relations. She is also the Executive Sponsor
for the NovoEqual (LGBTQ+ and allies) Employee
Resource Group, which provides a support network for LGBTQ
employees and allies to maximize engagement, retention and leadership
development. The group aims to expand acceptance and celebration of
diversity in Novo Nordisk and the communities we serve.
Ayana has 20+ years of experience leading global human resources
functions in more than 15 countries within the healthcare,
manufacturing, and technology industries. Prior to joining NNI, Ayana
was Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Ferring
Pharmaceuticals, where she led the design and delivery of key programs
centered around global HR optimization, corporate reputation, global
total rewards, benefits and compensation, talent acquisition, and
diversity & inclusion.
Previously, Ayana served as Senior Human Resources Director at Pratt
& Whitney, part of Raytheon Technologies. There, she was
responsible for 5,000+ employees. Prior to Raytheon Technologies,
Ayana worked for Eaton Corporation, a diversified industrial
manufacturer, where she held various positions of increasing HR responsibility.
Ayana has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street
Journal, Fast Company and Forbes. Most recently, she was recognized as
a Top 100 HR Professional by the 2022 OnCon Icon Awards. Previously,
she was named Human Resources Executive of the Year by The American
Business Awards Association and Business Insider's Most Inspiring HR
Leaders. She was also recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal's
Black Leaders Worth Watching Award.
Ayana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bradley
University, and dual master’s degrees in Human Resources Management
and Technology & Operations Management from Aurora University.