WorkForceNEXT: HR Pro of the Month

Blog Post created by robin.dupre Champion on Oct 25, 2016

#WorkforceNEXT HR Pro of the Month winners were announced last week at the Fall Summit, and PinkPetro wanted to congratulate its first HR Pro for the Fall, Aaron Sobel! With more than 25 years of experience, Aaron has been Vice President, Human Resources and CHRO for Diamond Offshore Drilling since February 2015. 


Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing the HR strategy for the company as well as leading all worldwide compensation, benefits, talent management, learning and employee relations programs. He also works with the Board on significant matters concerning pay, benefits and performance practices. Aaron leads an international team of 70 HR professionals based in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Scotland and Australia.


Aaron SobelWorkforceNEXT asked Aaron a few questions to help its community get to know him better, see what motivates him, and showcase why he was selected for this award.


Q: What do you consider your most important professional accomplishment?
A: Being a trusted counselor and advisor.


Q: After a hard day’s...or week’s...or month’s work, what do you do to relax, de-stress, and revitalize?
A: Running. I compete in 5K and 10K's mostly. Also, being there and supporting my kids' activities, such as archery and scouting.


Q: What’s the most difficult obstacle you’ve overcome?
A: Working in the aerospace industry after 9/11.


Q: Share something unique about yourself.
A: I play the keyboards in a band that mostly plays classic rock.

Before his role as Vice President, Human Resources and CHRO, he was a Corporate Director of HR for Diamond, overseeing all non-US locations as well as company wide HR projects around performance management and compensation. Prior to Diamond, Aaron was a Group HR Director for Dean Foods with responsibility for a 5,000 employee group across the U.S. Southwest and Mountain regions. Earlier in his career, he held several HR leadership positions with Honeywell in their Mergers & Acquisitions group as well as Oil & Gas and Aerospace divisions.

Aaron holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & History from Trinity College (CT) as well as an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is also SPHR and GPHR certified.


Do you know an HR Pro that deserves recognition? Nominate them here!