Debra A. Canales 

Executive vice president, chief people and experience officer

Debra A. Canales serves as executive vice president and chief people and experience officer for Providence Health & Services. She is responsible for human resources, marketing and communication, digital services and community ministry and foundation boards.

Prior to joining Providence, Canales served CHE Trinity Health in advancing leadership roles over the past 10 years, most recently as executive vice president and chief administrative officer.  She guided the organization into unity, creating synergy out of dozens of geographically and operationally diverse groups across 21 states. Throughout her 25-year human resources career, Canales has worked in a diverse range of global Fortune 500 organizations, including Hewlett Packard/Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston, Yum Brands / PepsiCo, R.H. Macy’s Inc. and Centura Health in Denver.

In addition to being one of the highest ranking Hispanic leaders in health care, Canales has been recognized as one of the Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2012. As an executive of Trinity Health in 2009, the organization was honored by Diversity Executive Magazine as one of its health care organizations of the year. She is a certified executive coach with a long history of helping executives develop transformational leadership styles. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the American Society of Employers board which recognized her as HR Executive of the Year for the state of Michigan in 2007. In addition to her work with Providence, Canales serves on boards of directors for AMICA Mutual Insurance, The Breakaway Group-Healthcare Division of Xerox and Inforum-Women's Alliance Group, Michigan.