Sonia Cargan has enjoyed a 22-year career with American Express, holding a range of human resources roles in Europe, Asia, and North America, and building a track record of partnering with business leaders to drive strategic organisational goals.
Prior to becoming Chief Diversity Officer, Sonia was Senior HR Business Partner for a portfolio of American Express Groups including Global Finance, the General Counsel’s Organisation, Global Advertising and Brand Management, the Internal Audit Group and Corporate Affairs & Communications.
Sonia graduated with a BA(Hons) degree in social administration from the University in 1991: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Brighton, so much so that I settled in the town after I graduated and I consider Brighton my adopted home. My children are Brightonians and proud Seagull fans!”
Sonia completed a second course at the University, qualifying her as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She said the courses she most enjoyed related to government policy, understanding the decision making process and historical context: “As we try to effect change it’s important to understand and appreciate the journey and to recognise the broader environment.”