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    Francisco Nazar: HR Visionary.

    Meet Francisco Nazar Anchorena, better known as Fran, the vibrant HR Director of Developing Markets at Energizer Holdings. 

     With a magnetic presence and a penchant for perseverance, Francisco’s journey reflects a fusion of resilience, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Hailing from the vibrant streets of Argentina, Francisco embodies the spirit of diversity and resilience, a narrative woven with threads of familial bonds, academic tenacity, and a thirst for global exploration. 

    In his own words, Francisco describes his upbringing as part of a bustling household of ten, where he navigated the labyrinth of higher education while shouldering the responsibilities of a full-time job. His unwavering determination propelled him forward, steering him through the corridors of academia and the intricate tapestry of professional endeavors. From the cobblestone streets of Buenos Aires to the sun-kissed shores of Miami, Francisco’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of grit and ambition. 

    We would like to get to know your story. Who is Francisco and what is his story? 

    I am from Argentina, where I was born and raised in a bustling household of ten, including my parents and eight siblings. Currently, I am happily married to an exceptional woman whom I consider the best in the world. Together, we are blessed with three wonderful children: Benjamin, Belen, and Lucia. Excelling academically during my schooling years, I encountered some hurdles upon entering college. After high school, my parents’ financial support ceased, compelling me to independently finance my education. Undeterred by this challenge, I resolved to pursue higher education at university, enrolling in night classes while working a full-time job during the day. Balancing work and studies presented its difficulties, yet every sacrifice was worthwhile. Those early career days afforded me the opportunity to explore new countries and forge connections with diverse individuals, an invaluable experience that shaped my journey. 

    Can you share some insights into your international experiences in Latin America, the United States, and the Asia Pacific region, and how they have influenced your approach to Human Resources? 

    My journey thus far has been a remarkable odyssey! I have been fortunate to collaborate with teams spanning North America, Latin America, Egypt, and Asia. Immersing myself in varied cultures and landscapes has profoundly influenced my personal growth and underscored the significance of diversity, both in personal and professional spheres. Travelling extensively, particularly across Asia, has broadened my perspective, affirming the invaluable contributions of diverse teams in decision-making, navigating challenges, and engaging with clientele. The merits of diversity in fostering innovative solutions and enhancing both employee and customer satisfaction are boundless. 

    Wellness Programs are increasingly important in today’s workplace. What inspired your specialization in designing and implementing such programs, and what impact have they had on employee well-being and organizational culture? 

    In recent times, the notion of well-being has rightfully ascended to prominence and should rightfully top every company’s agenda. Amidst rapid societal changes, including the pandemic and technological advancements, it is imperative for companies to prioritize supporting employees across social, emotional, physical, and financial domains. The development and execution of wellness programs demand meticulous planning, extending beyond mere work-life balance to encompass holistic provisions for employees’ well-being. The impact of such programs resonates deeply within an organization’s culture, fostering an environment of care and commitment to its workforce. Effectively implementing these initiatives directly correlates with heightened engagement and loyalty among employees, contractors, and freelancers alike. 

    Inclusion & Diversity are crucial aspects of modern HR practices. Can you share some strategies you have implemented to foster an inclusive and diverse work environment? 

    A sense of safety and belonging lies at the core of human nature. Establishing a clear vision and delineating the path toward fostering inclusivity and diversity within a company lays the foundation for strategic interventions. One effective approach involves establishing Employee Resource Groups, tailored to address pertinent priorities and cultivate an inclusive culture. With myriad angles and options to explore, selecting the most suitable strategies initiates the journey toward embracing an inclusive and diverse ethos. 

    Looking ahead, what trends or developments do you anticipate will shape the future of Human Resources, and how do you plan to adapt to them? 

    HR professionals should have the following capabilities, competencies, to be at the forefront: 

    1. Change Management together with flexibility to adapt to the fast speed that the world and the technology are facing. Adapt well to for example a new workforce framework (less FTE, more freelancers, temporary project employees, etc) 
    1. Incorporate Agility in our daily lives to read with proactivity how to address the new ways of working, the future of work. Companies need to articulate their purpose with employee’s purpose gaining their loyalty rather than trying to retain them.  
    1. Data management. We should be able to connect the data to move fast and take more accurate decisions that would add more value and contribute to the business success and  customers satisfaction. 

    I’ve a curious behavior in how the future will impact my job, and therefore, I use several channels to adapt and to be up-to-date. Usually, I actively engage in connecting with a diverse network that goes beyond HR to explore several topics. Active in listening to podcasts or reading articles/books. Participate in forums or seminars where I listen to experts about emerging trends. Also, I experiment with new technologies, such as AI to learn and digest the new things. 

    What does it mean to you to be a game changer? 

    As a game changer in HR, you have the possibility to create an inclusive and empowering environment where people feel valued, supported, and inspired.  At the end, the famous quote from Maya Angelou:” People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” it what matters the most. 

    Who is Francisco? 

    Nickname: Fran 

    Age: 40 

    Where do you live? Miami, Fl, USA 

    Do you have kids? Yes, three.  

    Pets? No pets, but I would in the near future 

    Favorite Food: Argentinean barbecue accompanied with red wine.  

    Hobbies: I considered myself someone passionate about Sports  

    Favorite place in the world: South of Argentina has many favorites places, will mention the most well-known, Bariloche. 

    Let’s Rock!  

    How would you describe yourself in one word? Perseverant 

    Favorite movie or TV Show: Gladiator 

    Favorite Book: Man’s search for meaning- Viktor Frankl 

    If you could turn into an animal, what would it be? A horse, humans and horses share a unique and special bond (social, emotional intelligence, communication, Intelligence, etc) 

    Favorite music band or gender: Guns N’ Roses 

    One piece of advice that you were given and would give: “Always treat others how you would like to be treated” 

    What activity makes you feel calm? Having moments with family & friends when socializing and running when more independent activities 



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