George Petitpas Award

The WFPMA George Petitpas Award

The WFPMA Award "George Petitpas" (formerly Georges Petitpas Memorial Award) was established by the World Federation of People Management Associations in the mid-1980s to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advance of the HR profession at the international level and whose spirit and dedication have been inspirational to others.  In particular it recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to international level and whose spirit and dedication have been inspirational to others.

The award is named after George Petitpas, who was nominated as president of the WFPMA in 1983, but passed away before taking office.

The Award is presented as appropriate, at the WFPMA World Congress on People Management held every two years in different locations around the world.  The award recipient is the guest of the World Federation of People Management Associations at that event.

2018 WFPMA ‘Georges Petitpas’  Award



The 17th WFPMA Award “Georges Petitpas” honored Sir Cary Cooper, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Cary is a 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Cary is the author/editor of over 120 books on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organisational psychology. He has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio. He holds Honorary Doctorates from several universities. 

In 2001 Professor Cooper was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his contribution to occupational health. He was Chair of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and in 2010 was awarded the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award by the Times Higher Education for his distinguished contribution to higher education. In 2014, HR Magazine voted him The Most Influential HR Thinker in the UK and he was awarded a Knighthood by the Queen for services to the social sciences. Cary is President of the Institute of Welfare, Past President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, President of RELATE and was one of the former national Ambassadors of The Samaritans. Cary has been President of the CIPD since December 2015.


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