Brian McBride is Chairman of ASOS, the leading on-line fashion retailer, and Wiggle, the on-line cycling retailer, where he led the recent merger with Chain Reaction Cycles. He is also Senior Non Executive Director at AO.com, Senior Adviser to Lazard’s Global Financial Advisory business, Senior Adviser with Scottish Equity Partners. He is a member of the UK Government’s Digital Advisory Board, which steers the digital delivery of Government services to citizens.
He was CEO of Amazon.co.uk from 2006 to 2011 having led it through its high growth period. He began his career with Xerox and subsequently worked in Senior roles at IBM, Dell Computers and as Managing Director of T-Mobile (UK). He has been a Non Executive Director of Celtic Football Club PLC, SThree PLC, and Computacenter PLC and has served as a Non Executive Director on the Board of the BBC and the Advisory Board of Huawei UK.
Gary Kildare is an energetic and progressive international business leader. He has deep knowledge of complex business talent and people management across many different countries and cultures. He has lead transformational change reflecting technology and market shifts from software and services to the social, mobile, digital and the emerging, artificial intelligence agenda. He has served as Chief HR Officer for Global Business Services (IBM’s consulting business), Global Vice President of HR for Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific with accountability for over 430,000 employees worldwide, Chief HR Officer for Global Technology Services Division and is currently Chief HR Officer IBM Europe. He is currently based in Madrid and is a member of IBMs Growth & Transformation Team (a group of Senior Executives appointed by the CEO to provide Global Leadership across key strategic areas).
Outside of IBM Gary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a GlobalScot and sits on the Criticaleye Advisory Board. He has served as a Non-Executive Director of Education Scotland, as a member of the Scottish Government’s Education study – ‘The Curriculum for Excellence’, a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy (Financial Services), a Non-Executive advisor to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC); a member of the HRMC People Committee and Pay Review Committee; and a member of the CBI Business Council for Scotland. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2012.
Damien Hooper-Campbell is eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer and has deep expertise as an agent of change within the technology and finance industries, non-profit sector and academia. He is responsible for leading the design and implementation of eBay’s strategy for embedding diversity and inclusion across its global workforce, workplace and marketplace. He also leads eBay’s University Recruiting & Programs team.
Prior to eBay, Damien served as Uber’s first Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion where helped to set the company’s foundational Diversity and Inclusion strategy and led its community engagement efforts with the City of Oakland, CA. Before Uber, he advised Google’s senior leaders and built partnerships within the Black community as a Diversity Strategist within the company’s Diversity team. Prior to Google, Damien coached Goldman Sachs’s senior-most leaders as a Vice President in its Pine Street Leadership Development Group. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he led underrepresented minority outreach for Harvard Business School’s Admissions Board and empowered Harlem’s non-profit community as an Associate Program Manager at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ). He also completed the Investment Banking Analyst Program at Morgan Stanley.
Damien has served on the Board of New Jersey Needs You and as a mentor in Morehouse College’s Executive Mentorship Program. He graduated with a B.A in economics from Morehouse College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was both a Bert King and Morgan Stanley Fellow.
As GM of HR for GSMO, Stijn Nauwelaerts supports the global leaders of sales, marketing and services for 122 subsidiaries worldwide, driving the people agenda, global talent management, culture work and other strategic people initiatives in developed and emerging markets. In addition, Stijn leads a global team of approximately 300 HR professionals committed to transforming the profession and the way they work.
Stijn has a Masters in Law from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and Poitiers (France), and a Masters in Social Law from the University of Liège (Belgium).
Since joining Microsoft in 2001 as the HR Country Manager for Belgium and Luxembourg, Stijn has held a number of strategic HR roles with progressive leadership responsibilities. In 2004 he was appointed to lead the HR function for the Microsoft EMEA Headquarters in Paris, and in November 2006 was promoted to HR Director for Central and Eastern Europe. He has been the GM of HR for GSMO since 2011.
Dr. Reza Moussavian, Senior Vice President of the HR division “Digital & Innovation”, and his team are the central point of contact at Deutsche Telekom AG for any inquiries related to digitalization and innovation in the HR sector. Since its establishment in April 2016, the division successfully introduced new tools like a leadership-app, digital collaboration, innovation methods, future work, top management innovation formats and exploration of new technologies for Deutsche Telekom AG. Before taking the lead for the HR division “Digital & Innovation”, Dr. Moussavian ran its predecessor named “Share-ground” that focused on implementing a culture of innovation throughout Deutsche Telekom.
Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom AG, he worked as managing partner at Detecon, the subsidiary digital consulting company of Deutsche Telekom. He was responsible for establishing new telecommunication companies and transforming established ones in the Middle East and Africa. Furthermore, his career path included positions at IBM and PWC. He completed his doctorate degree in innovation management in South Africa after studying business administration in Cologne, Germany.
Global Human Strategy and Development experience of more than 20 years, across various functions and industries, and in very different cultural environments spanning 5 continents, along with a strong educational background of Organizational Psychology, Business Management and HR. Certified Co-active coach. As the Group HR Director of Cargill, Niriti is a member of the Group Leadership team and responsible for Human Capital strategies and coaching senior leaders. Her focus is on Performance Culture, Organisation & Talent Growth and Business Success. Member of the FIBI HR Leadership team and leading discussions on some key topics – Performance Edge, Leadership Development and Organisational health.
A Transformation Leader with deep knowledge on combining Product, Data, Strategy and Operations to lead change, innovation and growth in global organizations. Industry speaker, evangelist and thought leader on developing and leading high performance teams, divisions and companies using analytics, culture and agility as main pillars.
Currently Head of Online Partnerships @Google Cloud, helping organizations change and transform by adopting a lean, agile and modern way of working powered by Google’s Cloud Platform and G Suite infrastructure and productivity suite. Prior to that led Product Strategy and Operations across Search ads, display, programmatic, YouTube and Shopping.
As Microsoft’s Global Head of Business Transformation, re-built Skype’s data infrastructure and visualization layer to be later managed under a newly designed Global Insights team. The transformation effort created a modern digital ecosystem, hard-wiring product, engineering and business functions across all levels, making it the de-facto operating model of Skype. This promoted the behavioural and cultural changes required to create a more nimble, adaptive, and data-driven culture throughout. The change enabled Skype to reach its peak connected users, 10X mobile engagements, 50% more revenue and significant uptick in NPS and customer experience.
As Skype’s Lead for Product Strategy, radically accelerated the shift to mobile and cloud, streamlined the user experience for a similar ‘look & feel’ across all platforms, drove the migration of hundreds of millions of Skype and MSN Messenger customers onto a single network under the Skype brand, and co-led the merger with Lync to become a unified consumer + enterprise global business.
Yuval holds a B.S.c from the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology and an M.B.A from INSEAD Business School in France and Singapore.
As VP People at SoundCloud, Noor is responsible for organizational development and specifically on building high performing teams with a healthy balance of acquiring talent and developing talent internally. Noor has over 15 years of experience in HR, predominantly as HR Business Partner and Talent leader in several leading Technology companies. Noor joined SoundCloud almost three years ago, following her role as Director, Talent, and Organizational Development at TomTom.
Alberto Platz has been working for Swarovski for over 30 years; the first eleven years based in Barcelona selling their crystal components in the B2B area and managing the Spanish and Portuguese Markets. The last thirteen years Alberto has been based in the Gemstones Business holding several positions such as Sales Director in the European and Middle Eastern Territories. For that role, he lived approximately 2 years in Austria and 3 years in Switzerland. In 2012 Alberto joined the Corporate HR team as the Global Director of Engagement. In 2015 he took over the internal and external HR communication, the talent acquisition, and inclusion & diversity topics from a global strategic perspective. Alberto takes an active part in a Network called “Spirit Momentum Team” that has a main objective to anchor the Swarovski Spirit values throughout the entire organisation. Alberto is definitely proud to be ‘Swarovski’.
Andre de Wit is a designer and facilitator of Learning concepts for Executive Leadership Development. Currently the Vice President of Capability Building and Learning at Carlsberg Breweries A/S, Andre is an experienced motivational speaker, regarded for his combination of global successful operational leadership experience and strategic Human Resource experience in leading international companies. Andre previously held the position as CEO IKEA Iberica for seven years and prior to that the CEO Metro Cash & Carry in Croatia.
Based on his extensive experience in leadership Andre has developed and implemented successful Leadership Learning Concepts that aim to support executive leaders in the fast changing environment they work in. These learning concepts are renowned for creating a high degree of inspiration and impact for the participants and the organisations they work for. The impact of these programs on leadership are translated in improved business results triggered by higher engagement.
Arne-Christian van der Tang is Senior Vice-President of Group Human Resources at TomTom.
Passionate about people, innovation and agile working, he takes an entrepreneurial approach to HR.
Throughout his career Arne-Christian has lead the way in the alignment of HR to business and company objectives. His vast experience in management roles has given him a different perspective on HR and organisational effectiveness, forming his unique and strategic approach to business challenges.
Arne-Christian’s career began in the early nineties, when he started a Human Resources course at the University of Rotterdam, but dropped out. He embarked on a career in commercial and operational management roles, working for a Texan freight forwarding organization, Eagle Global Logistics.
After 11 years with one company, now CEVA logistics, Arne-Christian moved from his role as HR Director for EMEA to TomTom in 2008. Fascinated by the business, he joined as HR Manager for TomTom’s Customer Care unit. He was quickly promoted, after just one year, to a member of the Consumer Management Board. Since early 2014, Arne-Christian has held the position of Senior Vice-President, heading the global HR team.
Under his leadership, the department has embarked on a change path with a clear strategy, relentless ambition and pragmatism. Ensuring HR is relevant for the needs of the business and operating an insight driven product orientated function, with the overall objective for TomTom to become the tech employer of choice in Europe. In 2016, Arne-Christian was awarded CHRO of the Year – Lifetime Achievement.
Catherine is an International Leadership and Organisational Consultant at Mannaz. She started out in life as a commercial lawyer, with a first degree in law before qualifying as a solicitor. It was her fascination with what distinguished her more successful clients that led to her later requalifying as an organisational psychologist and she has a MSc. (distinction) from the University of Hertfordshire. She is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and certified to use many approved psychometric tests, including MBTI, 16PF, OPP, Belbin, Firo B and Hogan. Catherine has over 20 years’ experience facilitating the learning and development of organisations, individuals and groups across all business sectors as well as internationally. During this time, she has developed collaborative relationships with many other providers such as Tomorrow’s Company, CEDR and Cranfield School of Management where she is a Visiting Fellow.
Catherine is the author of ‘The Enlightened Organization’, an executive toolkit designed to help professionals navigate their way successfully through these changing times.
Catherine is Irish and lives in London with her husband and two children.
Dr. Hays Steilberg is an American who has lived and worked in both the U.S. and Germany over the course of many years. He studied at the University of Heidelberg and earned his PhD in Germany. After joining German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, he worked initially as a publisher and then in corporate development. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Steilberg was responsible for global Human Resources at Random House Inc., the world’s largest trade book publisher, headquarted in New York. Since 2009, he has served the parent company Bertelsmann SE where, as Executive Vice President, he is responsible for all corporate Human Resources management, top executives and global talent management. He reports into the executive board of the company and directs his efforts toward ensuring that Bertelsmann hires, develops and retains the best available talent for the ongoing success of the company.
Joel is Global Head of Executive & Leadership Development for Nokia. His team oversee Corporate Leadership Programs, Assessments and 360 Assessments, Executive Assessments, internal and external coaching.
Over the last 9 years he has overseen the centralization and design of corporate leadership programs, introduced new tools and methodologies for talent identification, managed a management appraisal for the Top 100, designed and launched Nokia’s new leadership framework and facilitated numerous CEO-level talent summits. Prior to this he was Global Head of Leadership & Talent Management at Nokia Siemens Networks. Before entering the Telecom industry, he had a similar role in the Pharmaceutical Industry for Novartis in the Consumer Health Division for CIBA Vision.
John Rason is a commercial HR professional specialising in International HR and Global Mobility. With 25 years senior management experience at global US and UK organisations, including nearly a decade as a global mobility consultant for a leading professional services firm, his career includes two international assignments in the Nordics and Middle East and short assignments in Europe, Pakistan and the Maldives. A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, John holds an MA in Managing Human Resources from Kingston University Business School, UK.
Jorrit van der Togt is Executive Vice President HR Strategy and Learning & OE at Shell, based in the Company’s Headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Jorrit holds a Bachelors in Business from Nyenrode University, a Masters in Psychology as well as in Information Technology from Utrecht University, and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Groningen.
He joined Shell in 1994 as Employee and Industrial Adviser in The Netherlands, following an internship in South Korea. He became learning consultant in 1998, HR IT manager in the UK in 2001, and HR manager for global Downstream Distribution in Houston in 2005. In 2009 he became Vice President Technical Learning – overseeing the set up and rapid growth of Shell’s global technical professional learning organization to accelerate technical professional development and local capability building.
In 2012 Jorrit was appointed Executive Vice President HR Strategy & Internal Communications. He is responsible for Shell’s people strategy, global internal communications, HR analytics, HR continuous improvement, the HR integrated operations model, HR support for mergers and acquisitions and provides oversight to Shell’s employee engagement and industrial relations. From November 2015 onwards Jorrit has been appointed to combine this role with the Executive Vice Present role for Learning & Organisation Effectiveness.
Katerina Psychopaida is a Business Psychologist, specialising in organisational development through the eyes of employee engagement and leadership effectiveness. She has over six years’ international experience in the design and development of employee feedback and engagement programmes, to help HR and Executives link them to business strategies and goals. She has worked across a broad range of industries with companies such as Unilever, Rolls-Royce, Solvay, International Criminal Court, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and TNT, as well as a number of others.
Since 2011, Katerina has been teaching the topic of employee engagement and motivation at the Industrial-Organisational and Business Psychology programme of University College London and Goldsmiths College. She has, herself, graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with an MSc in Occupational Psychology and from the University of Bath with an Honours BSc in Psychology.
She is also qualified in psychometric testing (Level A, Level B) and personality assessment (Hogan Leadership Assessment). Katerina is currently the Director of Business Development at Sirota’s EMEA office in London, where she leads a number of initiatives and international engagement programmes in Europe, the Middle-East and Nordic countries.
Having started her career in retail, Mrs Pahl has a strong business sense based on an entrepreneurial as well as flexible and empathetic attitude.
She has proven successful in implementing change management and transformation in international contexts, having been Chief Human Resources Officer at DORMA, where she was responsible for HR as well as organisational development, communication and compliance. In her role as board member and labour director for the ISS Facility Service Holding GmbH she empowers the organization to live new work.
Since 2011 she has been guest lecturer on Change Management at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft and is since foundation in 2015 member of the advisory board of the master degree programme Leadership & Human Resources at the Quadriga University of Applied Science in Berlin.
Mrs Pahl comprehends Human Resource Management as a holistic ability to implement an organisation’s strategy and to generate the targeted value proposition. Besides change management, organisational development and communication, the focus on strengths oriented leadership/potential management is key to her approach.
“I focus on creating a vibrant, future-oriented environment, that helps, enables and inspires others to flourish. An environment, where every employee feels valuable.”
Mark is a Development Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge. He has over nine years’ business development experience, primarily in the education sector, working with schools, governments and Higher Education providers.
He holds a degree in Business and has recently discovered an interest in coaching. He is currently working towards an ILM Coaching Qualification and provides internal coaching for colleagues looking to improve their performance.
Mark will be will talking about ‘English at Work: a global analysis of language skills in the workplace’ on Tuesday, May 30. This is the first global, cross-industry overview of English language skills at work.
Maxim Strashun is the Head of Talent Development EMEA for Lenovo. He specializes in development of current management, senior management, and pre-executive team and creating the future management pipeline. Maxim is Canadian. He moved to the Czech Republic fifteen years ago and worked as a management trainer, teambuilding instructor and management coach. Seven years ago he moved to Slovakia to manage training and talent development for Lenovo in EMEA. He has trained in Europe, Asia, Latin and North America and lectured on management skills, developing future managers and engaging employees at universities and at HR conferences in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Spain, UK and Belgium. In addition to running management development for Lenovo in EMEA, he has just finished running an intensive one-year-long development program for senior (pre-executive) managers and is excited to be involved in EMEA-wide and world-wide Organizational Development projects. He loves to share ideas and programs, what worked for him and what he’d suggest to avoid – best learning happens during discussions.
Natalie is a Partner in Mercer and Leads the Talent Strategy and HR Effectiveness Practice. She advises clients on how to upgrade their Talent and People Practices for the New World of Work and brings a commercial and pragmatic perspective, shaped by her 20 years’ experience in senior corporate and consulting roles. Natalie has led and consulted on a range of sustainable global Talent Management, OD and Senior Leadership Development initiatives for global organisations across sectors.
Nick leads Mercer | Sirota’s European Engagement practice and is based in the UK.
As Managing Director for Sirota’s EMEA Region, he works with a diverse group of clients, including Shell, Michelin, Unilever, Solvay, RasGas and Ahold, providing guidance to senior management on employee engagement and talent strategy.
Before joining Sirota, Nick was Group Vice President HR for BP plc, during the period when BP became the UK’s largest company via a series of mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he was Head of Financial Services for the European joint venture between BP and Mobil Oil, based in Brussels, and before that, General Manager of Shared Service for Europe & Africa for Mobil Oil.
His early career was characterized by successive senior roles within the international HR function for Mobil. While based in the USA and UK, Nick worked in North & South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East on various organization change projects and HR policy areas.
He has a Bachelors degree in Law & Commerce and has served as non-executive director of a FTSE 250 company in the past
Gianluca Carnabuci joined ESMT Berlin in 2016 as an associate professor of organizational behaviour. Previously he was an associate professor of organization and management at the University of Lugano and an assistant professor at Bocconi University. He holds a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Amsterdam.
His research interests revolve around the analysis of inter- and intra-organizational networks, with particular regard to the generation and recombination of technological knowledge.
He has taught or teaches courses in Organization Theory, Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Design and Change, Networks and Organizations, Knowledge and Organization, Human Resource Management, Negotiation, and Leadership.
Raymond has worked for large corporations such as IBM and HP, and started his job as Director of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn just over a year ago.
Raymond is responsible for Talent Solutions Business Benelux, LinkedIn’s largest B2B brand (Marketing Solutions, Sales Solutions and Learning Solutions). LinkedIn helps companies build employer brands and find, attract and develop top talent through innovative tools.
An Economics & Politics graduate from the University of Hertfordshire Richard has spent the last 24 years within the recruitment industry.
Having started his career with Hays Richard spent 12 years agency side with the Likes of TMP/Hudson and a niche Executive Search consultancy, Astralis, before moving into the world of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
Richard has undertaken a number of high profile roles where he led the resourcing function for leading multi nationals through the operational delivery of RPO services with Alexander Mann Solutions.
Quickly gravitating to a senior leadership role Richard was critical in driving innovation across the business with a real focus on Sourcing, Talent Acquisition and organizational design.
Richard joins Kelly with over 15 years’ experience of bringing strategic vision and Operational Recruitment experience to organizations to help them win an unfair share of talent.
Robert Hooijberg is Professor of Organizational Behavior at IMD.
He has a PhD from the University of Michigan and teaches at IMD in Lausanne. His areas of special interest are leadership and 360-degree feedback, negotiations, team building, and organizational culture.
Before joining IMD in September 2000, Professor Hooijberg taught at Rutgers University in their MBA and Executive MBA programs in New Jersey, Singapore, and Beijing. In 1997, while at the Rutgers Business School, he was named Professor of the Year by both the MBA students and the faculty.
His research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal, the Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Management, Human Relations, Organization Science, Human Resource Management, Hospital and Health Services Administration, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the Journal of Management Education, Administration and Society, the International Journal of Organizational Analysis, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
He has provided programs for and consulted with companies such as: Vale, Wavin, Ernst & Young, DSM, Rabobank, Axel Springer, Credit Suisse, EMC, Novo Nordisk, Carlsberg, DNV, HSBC, Unilever, Bekaert, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Roche Vitamins, PSE&G, The Department of Environmental Protection, Merck, AT&T, Korea Telecom, Lucent, The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
In 2007 he published an edited book entitled: Being there even when you are not: Leading through strategy, structures and systems.
Shakil (FCIPD, FCCA, DChA) is a values driven, award winning HR and OD director, with over 20 years of experience leading an award winning global HR team of one of the largest relief and development charities in the world.
Shakil sits on the CIPD’s trustee board and in the community is part of Mosaic’s regional leadership group. Holding two professional qualifications, Shakil adds value in various leadership roles including chairing the audit committee, remuneration and appointments committee and strategy boards as well as judging HR awards and speaking at conferences.
As a certified Adair International trainer and MBTI practitioner Shakil has delivered ILM accredited management and leadership interventions globally. Featuring in leading HR publications, Shakil has highlighted a range of areas from performance management to diversity and inclusion.
Shakil is an engaging speaker using his life experiences and sense of fun to bring topics to life and to the mainstream.
YouMe heads BTI Consultants / Kelly Services in Korea after successfully launching it in 2008. With more than 10 years of experience in the business of executive search industry in Korea and Singapore, she has counseled a wide range of senior executives of multinational corporations, providing them with strategies for a broad array of initiatives including market entry, recruiting, retention, corporate restructuring related to human resources.
Especially sought after by clients from the Asia financial service industry to consult on high-level management and human resources issues as well as to recruit executive management talent for their operations, YouMe’s strong track record works predominantly with CEOs and board members in multi-cultural projects, especially for Hong Kong, Singapore, China, India, UK, US and Korea.
As Asia’s best performer, YouMe won the Kelly Star Awards (The highest Achiever Award) in 2006 and 2007.
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