Georges Petitpas (2 June 1931 – 21 March 1983) was an expert in human resource management.
- 1954: worked for R. H. Macy & Company as an Employment Interviewer
- 1955: worked at the Business Vocational Service as a Personnel Assistant
- 1955-1957: worked at Dayton, Price & Company, Ltd. as a Personnel Assistant
- 1957-1962: worked at American Metal Climax, Inc. as the Personnel Director
- January 2, 1962: joined Cresap, McCormick and Paget, Inc. Organization Division as Personnel Director.
He was made a principal of the firm in 1965 and was elected to partnership in 1969. He was then made vice president. In 1974 he was the Chief Operating Officer. At age 48, Petitpas returned to consulting and was named Managing Director and CEO, concentrating on International Human Resources. Petitpas was recognized for the critical role he played in managing Cresap, McCormick and Paget, Inc., as well as for the important contributions he made to human resources.
Petitpas was presented with the first "Professional of the Year" award from the Society of Human Resource Management, as it was known in 1982 and 1983. Petitpas contributed significantly to the development and activities of ASPA International (the American Society for Personnel Administration), now known as the SHRM Institute for International Human Resources. He was the director of ASPA International and served as chairman of the ASPA International Relations Committee. Previously, he served as president and director of the Metropolitan New York chapter of ASPA. Petitpas contributed significantly to the development and activities of the World Federation of Personnel Management Association (WFPMA). He was a former director of ACME, Inc., the professional association of management consulting firms, and a founding member of the Institute of Management Consultants. He died Monday March 21, 1983 at the age of 51, shortly after his and nomination to the WFPMA presidency.
According to one of his CMP colleagues, Rodman L. Drake, "During his distinguished career, Georges served a variety of clients, principally in the areas of organization planning, executive compensation, and management development. He was a respected member of his profession, deeply committed to his work, and greatly admired by clients and colleagues alike."
Petitpas was the co-chair of the planning committee that put together the 1982 ASPA National Conference in New York City. He was a director when John S. Sturges was president of the chapter, and president in the early 1970s. He lived in Pleasantville, New York with his wife, Rosemarie, and two children, Steven and Janet.
The Georges Petitpas Memorial Award was established in the mid-1980s in memory of Georges Petitpas. The award honours individuals who embody the spirit and dedication to the human resource management profession which Petitpas personified. In particular it recognises people who have made exemplary contributions to international human resource management and to the achievement of the aims of the WFPMA.
The Georges Petitpas Scholarship was established by the American Society for Personnel Administration, its International Chapter, and Petitpas’ colleagues at Cresap, McCormick, and Paget and Towers, Perrin, Forester and Crosby in honor of Petitpas for second-year MBA students at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, whose interests are personnel management of international business. The scholarship awards ranged from $2500–$3000. The scholarship was awarded each year until 1999.
Past recipients of the George Petitpas Memorial Award
The Georges Petitpas Memorial Award was established in the mid-1980s in memory of Georges Petitpas, a man who contributed significantly to the development and activities of the WFPMA and who died shortly after his nomination to the WFPMA presidency in 1983. The award honors individuals who embody the spirit and dedication to the human resource management profession that Petitpas personified. In particular it recognizes people who have made exemplary contributions to international human resource management and to the achievement of the aims of the WFPMA. It is presented, as appropriate, at the WFPMA World HR Congress, held every two years in different locations around the world.
Past recipients (and countries of residence of the winner) include:
2008 Carlos M. Aldao Zapiola (Argentina) 2006 Michael R. Losey (USA) 2004 Juan Somavia (Chile) 2002 Chris Brewster (UK) 2000 David Ulrich (USA) 1998 Sergio Hillesheim (Brazil) 1996 John S. Maxwell (Australia) 1994 Raul Caldeira (Portugal) 1992 Oswald Checchia (Brazil) 1990 Ronald C. Pilenzo (USA) 1988 Marco Antonio Flores (Mexico) 1986 Antonio Saenz de Miera (Spain)