Current Term Ends: 2025
Traci Hughes is Vice president of human resources Europe at Colgate-Palmolive since 2015. She has been with the global consumer products company for over two decades, starting in North America, then working in Europe, Africa Eurasia, and Latin America. She began her career there as executive compensation manager and relocated abroad with her family in 2000 to live and work in Europe for the first time. She was promoted in 2009 to vice president of human resources for the Africa Middle East division, which subsequently became the Africa Eurasia Division, and then led human resources for the Latin America and Europe divisions. Prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, she worked at Kraft General Foods as senior compensation specialist and began her career in human resources at American Express Company, progressing through several roles.
Traci earned her degree in personnel and industrial relations from the School of Business in 1985 and subsequently earned her M.B.A. in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. As a student at IC she served in multiple leadership roles. She was Spokesperson for the Afro Latin Society, a Peer Career Counselor, directed performances for Kuumba Repertory Theater, was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Mu Delta honor societies, and won a Campus Life Award.
Her volunteer activities for the college have included serving as Keeper of the Records for the ALS (African-Latino Society) Alumni Advisory Board; as a volunteer with ICUnity, a network of students, alumni, staff, parents, and friends of the college who support diversity-related programs and events; and as an Alumni Admission Representative. She and her husband, Carlos Velez ’85, returned to the college numerous times to speak at the annual Professionals Symposium, sponsored by the Ithaca Opportunity Program and Higher Education Opportunity Program.