Judith Trujillo Calo
HR Director – Corporate Staffs & Engineering, Canada, General Motors
Having relocated to Toronto, Canada in September 2020, Judith has swiftly assumed the HR responsibilities for GM Canada’s Corporate Staffs and Engineering functions in the rapidly growing market amid the pandemic. Before this role, Judith as the HR Director for General Motors Africa and Middle East since September 2011, spearheaded a breadth of strategic activities around people and organizational development, change management, leadership effectiveness, succession plans, performance management and talent acquisition, directly contributing to the company’s success in the region.
Judith prides herself on driving the GM global culture ahead, one that supports and allows all employees to reach their full potential while harnessing the power that comes with diversity in the business. Her collaborative and integrated approach is a key player in the growth witnessed at GM Middle East over the last few years.
A strong advocate for equal representation of men and women across the organization, Judith has actively led strategies to ensure Gender Balance is embedded at every level across GM. In her current role, she works closely with leadership teams to attract, engage, retain and develop great individuals that will ultimately drive GM’s performance forward and creating an inclusive culture across the workplace.
During her Middle East years, Judith collaborated with the American Business Council and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion organizations to make a positive impact in society around inclusion and gender balance which led to GM Middle East to be named fifth in Best Workplace for Diversity and second for Best Gender Diversity Leader (Judith) at the 2019 Break the ceiling touch the sky® Leonie Awards and fourth at their 2018 edition. Judith was also awarded Women Change Agent by the Women In Economic Leadership Forum in October 2019.
Judith has been with General Motors for 20 years, starting as an intern in 2000 at GM Venezolana (Venezuela) and growing into bigger roles managing Organizational Development, Compensation and Benefits, Policy, Change Management among others at GM Colmotores (Colombia) and GM Middle East (Dubai).
Judith obtained her bachelor’s degree in industrial Relations from Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela and completed her Masters in Talent Management at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. In addition, Judith has been certified by Zenger Folkman Leadership Coaching and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and more recently by Egon Zehnder as Talent Master Assessor (in progress).
Judith is the mother of six-year-old triplets, two girls and one boy, who make sure to keep her schedule busy outside of the office!