BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) - Culminating in conference delegates at the upcoming HRO World Europe Conference -- which is being held 18 - 20 November 2008 in Brussels -- casting their votes onsite, the nomination process for this year's HROA Europe Third Annual awards opened today.

This year's awards honor innovation by recognizing the thought leaders, relationships and overall contributions that have helped expand the horizons for accomplishment in HR Transformation and Outsourcing. Winners will be chosen from one of three categories: individual innovators, innovative organizations, and innovative contributions in the practice of HR Transformation and Outsourcing. Speakers at the HRO World Europe Conference are automatically nominated. Additional nominations can be made online, at or via email to Nominations must be submitted by midnight GMT on 1 November 2008.

Richard Crespin, Co-Chair of HRO World Europe and Global Executive Director of the HROA, commented, "The theme for this year's awards came directly from our HRO Europe Buyers Group. They repeatedly articulated the value of innovation to their respective organizations and expressed how heavily they rely on the industry's thought leaders to provide the new approaches to today's business challenges." He continued, "We're encouraging nominations of those providers, advisors and buyers that are responsible for the new innovations that continually advance the HRO industry and looking forward to recognizing these innovators at this year's HRO World Europe."

HROA will honor Europe's best HRO innovators at the HRO World Europe Conference's third annual HROA Europe awards. The conference will feature an exclusive awards dinner at the Palais d'Egmont, which was constructed in the 16th century and renovated in the 18th century. Normally inaccessible to the public, HRO World Europe Delegates will have special access.

Lead sponsors of HRO World Europe include Accenture and SAP. Other sponsors include KellyHR First, Alexander Mann, SAP, Northgate Arinso, Kenexa, Mr. Ted, ACS, IBM, Ceridian, ExcellerateHRO, Eighty Twenty Insight, TPI, FutureStep, CaliberPoint and Alsbridge.

More information about the annual HRO World Europe event, including hotel accommodations and registration details, can be accessed at

About the HROA

The HROA is the definitive independent organization for all those who purchase, provide, or participate in HR transformation and outsourcing. The mission of the European Chapter is to educate, promote research, publish, recognize, and provide networking opportunities to foster professionalism in HR transformation and HR outsourcing across Europe. Its membership encompasses over 7,500 HR executives, including the largest 50 buyers, the top 30 providers, the leading sourcing advisors and attorneys, and the best thought leaders in HR Transformation. The HROA brings its diverse membership together to set standards and practices, provide peer networking, and maintain a robust curriculum. For information about the HROA, visit