José Tomas, SPHR, has been a SHRM member since 1999. Tomas is the executive vice president and chief human resources officer for WellPoint, Inc. (WLP). As executive vice president, Tomas is responsible for attracting, developing and retaining talent across the company, compensation and benefits, workforce development, diversity management and associate engagement. Additionally, he plays a vital role in helping WellPoint foster a unified and inclusive culture, further positioning the company for success in the rapidly changing health care environment.
Prior to this role, Tomas was president, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and global chief of people officer for Burger King Corporation (BKC) where he was responsible for operations, marketing, development, purchasing, supply and distribution for the LAC region. As the chief people officer for the company, Tomas led the global human resources team and was responsible for all of BKC's global internal and external communications, public relations and security. Tomas also served as the vice president of human resources at BKC, where he led the human resources team supporting the company's North America business unit, as well as the global operations strategic unit headquartered in Miami, Florida. In addition, he oversaw security and asset protection for BKC's company-owned restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.
Tomas has also held various field and corporate human resources positions with Ryder System Inc., including director of talent acquisition and director of corporate human resources. After transitioning from operations, Tomas began his human resources career as a human resources specialist with Publix Super Markets. He later managed the associate relations team for Publix's southeast division.
He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's of science in management from Florida International University.