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.
Denise Haylor began her career in HR with Siemens in 1988 and later joined Motorola in June 1998. She held a number of HR roles within Motorola and worked in many businesses. Denise’s final role at Motorola was Corporate Vice President and Deputy Head of HR for the Mobility business, where she played a key role in the divestiture of the Networks business and the formation of Motorola Mobility. Her most recent role was as Chief Human Resource Officer of Flextronics, who she joined in February 2011, based in San Jose, California. At Flextronics she was instrumental in the design, development and execution of the talent management strategy.
Denise Haylor has experience across the full spectrum of the HR discipline, including talent management, rewards, talent acquisition, organization design, mergers, divestitures and acquisitions, engagement and culture work.
She is a dual citizen of the UK and USA. Denise holds a Master’s Degree in Managing Human Resources from Kingston Business School in the UK.
Gerrit is an experienced business strategist and game changing entrepeneur. As the Chief Executive Officer, his ability to turn creative ideas into successful business strategies is inimitable. Gerrit is a tech freak and gadget addict, who is able to combine his entrepreneurial experience and passion for people into ground breaking, innovative onboarding experiences for new employees. Together with a team of 30 colleagues he turns talent into heroes every day via the Appical Onboarding app as used by Heineken, AON, Pepsico and Nutricia.
Before founding appical Gerrit worked as a Marine Soldier, but also as an expat at Shell. A diverse career so to say.
Johanna Söderström is the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Aviation for The Dow Chemical Company. In this role, Söderström leads Dow’s global Human Resources strategy and operations, and oversees Dow’s Corporate Aviation team. Söderström started her career with Ericsson in Finland, where she held positions in Human Resources and Finance. She joined Dow in Helsinki, Finland in 1999 as HR Manager for the Nordic region. Söderström progressed through a series of Dow Human Resources positions in the Nordic, Germany and Switzerland. In 2000, she moved to Dow’s location in Stade, Germany to serve as HR Workforce Planning Implementation Leader. Three years later she was appointed Compensation & Benefits Leader for Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa and India and relocated to Horgen, Switzerland. In 2005 Söderström assumed the role of HR Business Partner for Dow’s Hydrocarbons & Energy business. She left Dow in 2006 to join Huhtamaki in Finland as head of global Compensation & Benefits and then rejoined Dow in October 2007 as HR Geographic Leader for Germany. Two years later, Söderström assumed additional responsibility as HR director for Dow Europe, Middle East & Africa, based in Horgen, Switzerland. In late 2010 Söderström was appointed Global HR Director for Dow’s Performance Materials Division in Midland, MI. She was subsequently named Vice President of Dow’s HR Center of Expertise in September 2012. Söderström was named to her current role in December of 2014.
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.
Over 25 years of professional experience and passion for people, leadership, development and transformation.
Koen’s path led through different companies and roles – from Commercial to Procurement, from Ops excellence to HR but mostly within Deutsche Post DHL Group. He contributed to several HR books and trainings.
Working across several continents with intercultural teams and experiencing how the HR topics are perceived differently strengthens the belief that in a globalized society companies have a gigantic role to play in the development of the communities. Challenging the status quo, driving positive change and owning a better future are key motivators for everyone involved in leadership and HR.
Mandy Chooi is grateful for a meaningful and global career spanning Fortune & FTSE 100 companies in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific, in technology, automation, aerospace, FMCG, management consulting, and financial services.
The red thread through her work has been creating the right performance culture via the right leadership and the right talent solutions.
Many believes the key to how quickly an organization achieves its strategic goals is the performance culture that’s created by leaders and reinforced by the experience of working there.
As ING’s Global Head of Strategy and Innovation for HR, her aim is to help ING win by being an innovative, exciting and rewarding place to work. HR must lead the way in anticipating future needs, the solutions for which may disrupt conventional HR models and practices. Previous roles include Global Head of Talent, Learning and Organization Development at ING, SC Johnson, Honeywell, and various leadership roles at Motorola.
Mariska van IJzerloo leads the Global People and Organisation team and is a member of the leadership team at Ampelmann, one of the most inspirational Scale-Up companies in the Netherlands.
Mariska has worked in leading global roles at several high end engineering companies, and leans on a 20 year background in Leadership Development, Talent management and Global HR. She enjoys leading people, departments and companies through the adventurous ‘Scale-Up’ phase; growing beyond the start-up and resisting the pull of the ‘big enterprise’ while staying high performance and fast growth oriented. Not for the faint-hearted. She is able to share with you how to ensure that your talent agenda directly drives high growth, and she will lead you through the territory of scaling up companies and all the big transitions and HR choices that go with that challenge.
She loves working with ‘techies’ and engineers at Maker-companies; those companies that create real innovations, deliver products that can be touched and solve real world problems. She loves the ocean, and at Ampelmann, the famous and now global tech Scale Up from Delft, the Netherlands, she find the best of both worlds. Ampelmann has changed how people go to work at sea, by designing gangways and solutions that are fully motion compensated for waves, and by doing so, made ‘off shore access as easy as crossing the street’, as well as making it a safer and more efficient process. Ampelmann is active in the Wind Offshore world, an in all people and cargo transfers to platforms and vessels on our oceans.
Mark is a highly experienced organisational development consultant, specialising in cultural transformation, employee engagement and executive facilitation. He spent two decades in the IT industry and was responsible for building global operational, data and business intelligence structures and processes for some of the largest companies in the world – expertise he now uses helping others with their data challenges and measuring engagement, diversity, values perception and the effects of cultural change against business performance.
He is the author of “Digitox – How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet”, the story of how his family gave up the internet for one day a week, every week for the last three years – and how research shows that doing the same can make you and your family happier, healthier, safer and smarter.
Outside his professional life, he is a co-founder of Red Trouser Day (a charity supporting bowel cancer research), and a director and co-founder of FLTR Coffee – a not for profit community coffee shop in the heart of a housing estate in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
He is also an advisory board member and conference chair for the HR Directors Business Summit, a member of the judging panel for the UK HR Distinction Awards, an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. You can find him online @cultureeffect.
Mervyn Dinnen is a talent and HR analyst, advising recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. He is author of the book Exceptional Talent and a writer and international speaker on recruitment and HR trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on Recruitment and HR strategies
Pablo Vercelli joined ASML in 2013 as Vice President Human Resources for Corporate Projects. Mr. Vercelli joined ASML from AkzoNobel where his most recent role was Global HR Director for the Decorative Paints business. Before AkzoNobel, he worked for a number of global organizations such as PPG Industries, ICI Paints. He completed a Master degree in Human Resources and Organizational Change Management in Buenos Aires and later on overtook an MBA in Warwick Business School, England.
Perry Timms is a self-confessed obsessive about a better future for people at work. He is Chief Energy Officer of his own enterprise – PTHR – and a range of networked partnerships. A global & TEDx speaker on the Future of Work, Perry is also a WorldBlu® certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach helping organisations work in more liberated, democratic ways.
With over 20 years’ experience in technology driven change, organisation development & learning, Perry is a Chartered Member of CIPD, advises them on Social Media and is a fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and the RSA. In October 2017, Kogan Page will publish Perry via the book “Transformational HR”.
You can find Perry at www.pthr.co.uk or on Twitter @PerryTimms
Rebecca Winter began her career at Microsoft as a Development Lead in 2000 following several years as a consultant in the Bay Area. Over the last 15 years Rebecca has extended her experience at MSFT into 3 professional categories: Business Leadership, Global Change, and now HR in the Talent Management and OD space.
Rebecca has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Haas School of Business in Berkeley. She’s a life-long learner and constantly pursuing Certifications in enriching areas related to my work. Originally from San Francisco – Love, not work, brought her to the Netherlands. She is happily married to a Dutch citizen and has a 4 year old daughter. Needless to say – her free time is taken up with art projects and games of hide and seek, and occasionally in between – she may even enjoy Cross Fit, Reading and maintaining a small coaching and training consultancy on the side.
Tom has worked for eBay for five years during which he has covered several different roles. Currently he is responsible for leading HR across Europe and Asia Pacific for the eBay business as well as globally for the Classifieds business (Kleinanzeigen, Kijiji, Gumtree etc). He is based in Bern, Switzerland.
Tom has had a curious set of jobs cunningly masquerading as a career which include time with the military, in executive search, teaching, copy-writing, strategy consultancy and latterly, without any planning, HR. Most recently before he joined eBay he was Vice President HR at Juniper Networks.
Over the last 15 years Tom has moved regularly between Functional and Business Partner roles within HR and is determined about HR breaking down the siloes that seem to spring up like weeds in the function. He also doesn’t understand what the table is that everyone is desperately trying to get a seat at!
Educated in the UK at Leeds University and Cambridge University, he has spent considerable time overseas in China, Russia, Middle-East, Netherlands, UK, US and now Switzerland.
Tom Haak is the director of the HR Trend Institute, which follows, detects and encourages trends in the people and organization domain and in related areas. Where possible, the institute is also a trend setter.
Tom has an extensive experience in HR Management in multinational companies. He worked in senior HR positions at Fugro, Arcadis, Aon, KPMG and Philips Electronics.
Tom has a keen interest in innovative HR, HR tech and how organizations can benefit from trend shifts.
Currently holding dual business partner roles for the Global Agribusiness & Trading Product Lines and for the Europe, Middle East & Africa operating company. He has experience working and living in two different continents with global HR operational experience across Europe, South/North America, Africa and Asia. As an Executive HR business leader, Mr. McClain is responsible for developing and implementing appropriate human resources strategies for the organization that are aligned with the overall group’s business strategy and ensuring the achievement of the business objectives focusing on key talent acquisition, reward & retention and talent development programs.
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