Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
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OccupationProfessor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL), Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup
Known for Personality profiling and psychometric testing

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic ( /æˈmɒrˈprɛmʊzɪk/ [1] ) is an organizational psychologist who works mostly in the areas of personality profiling, people analytics, talent identification, the interface between human and artificial intelligence, and leadership development. He is currently a professor of business psychology at University College London (UCL) and Columbia University, as well as the Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, and was previously the CEO at Hogan Assessment Systems.


Professional and academic career

Chamorro-Premuzic is one of the founders of Meta, a company that creates data-driven tools to help corporations identify employees and leaders with entrepreneurial talent. [2] [3] He also serves as a consultant for both the private and public sectors, with clients that have included JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Prudential, Unilever, the British Army, the BBC, Twitter, Spotify, and Harvard’s Entrepreneurial Finance Lab. [4] He is the director of the MSc in Industrial-Organizational and Business Psychology at the University College London (UCL), having previously founded the MSc in Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. [5] [6] [7] He has also previously taught at the London School of Economics and New York University. [8] He is the author of the column Mr. Personality, which appears regularly on Psychology Today , and contributes regularly to the Guardian, Fast Company, Management Today, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review . [9] [10] In February 2015, Chamorro-Premuzic assumed the role of CEO at Hogan Assessments after spending two years as the company's vice president of research and innovation. The company provides personality assessment services that corporations can utilize for hiring and training purposes.

Awards, media appearances and positions

Chamorro-Premuzic was awarded with the Early Career Development Award from The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences in 2009. [11] He also received the Daniel E. Berlyne Award for Outstanding Research by a Junior Scholar at the 2010 American Psychological Association Awards. [12] He was selected by Workforce Management as a 2013 Game Changer, an award that recognizes human resources’ innovative rising stars under 40 for their positive impact on the past, present and future of the HR industry. [13] In 2015 he was awarded the Raymond Katzell award for bringing Industrial-Psychology science to the wider public. In 2017 he was elected Fellow to the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). He has made multiple media appearances on BBC, CNN, and Sky News, and has appeared on Live from Studio Five and on Big Brother . [14] [15] [16] He serves on the board of directors for The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID). [17] He has also served on the editorial board of the APA Division 10 Journal of the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. [18]


Chamorro-Premuzic is the author or co-author of 10 books dealing with psychology and how it relates to individual personality and the workforce. [19] He has also published over 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. [20]

Related Research Articles

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