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Luis Rojas

  • Gender: Male
  • University: University of Miami
  • Undergraduate Degree: Chemistry
  • Graduate Degree: Computers and Information Systems
  • Hometown: Bogota
  • Country: Colombia
  • Role: Head of Global People Insights and Analytics
  • Company: Takeda
  • HSF Leadership Role: Member, HSF Advisory Council, New Jersey

“My parents always told us that education was the foundation for a successful future,” recalls Luis Rojas. “A degree was something that, once attained, no one could take away. It could be leveraged to become independent.” His parents’ guidance ultimately led him and his five siblings to college degrees that then paved the way for professional careers.

Luis attended the University of Miami, where he completed a BS in Chemistry, and a master’s in Information Systems. After graduating, he began working as an HR professional in the field of financial services. Over the course of a career that has now spanned more than 30 years, he has led human resources revision, restructuring, and transformation, for various global financial services firms, before transitioning to the pharmaceutical industry.

He says that one of his most memorable projects was spearheading a major human resources transformation at an international banking firm. At the time, the bank had more than 320,000 employees in 83 countries. Luis led the effort to implement the organization’s first group-wide personnel strategy, while simultaneously steering the design of a revamped HR operating model.

Today, he is head of global people insights and analytics at Takeda, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. His group leads employee engagement and experience, human capital reporting, analytics and insights, and HR technology strategy.  

Outside of work, he mentors veterans and young professionals, and is a member of the HSF Advisory Council in New Jersey. He says his desire to join the Advisory Council was driven in part by his own experience applying to college. He says he was shocked, at the time, to discover that a student could be excluded, simply due to not being well-connected—a dynamic he’s committed to eliminating.  “We have to ensure that we provide students and professionals with equal opportunity, regardless of their status, heritage, or race,” he said. He sees HSF as a powerful force for achieving that goal.

Looking back on his journey from college to career, all the way to the present, he attributes his success to hard work, determination, optimism, collaboration, effective relationship-building, and education. He advises those about to graduate from college and embark on a profession, to remember that “first impressions matter.” “Do your best all of the time,” he adds, “prepare and be ready before meetings, continue to learn, volunteer for projects and assignments, enjoy what you do, focus on the positive, and be grateful.”