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’.
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.
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.
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.
Giovanni Manchia is SVP Human Resources within Rabobank, a global leader in food and agri financing and sustainability-oriented banking with 50.000 employees in 44 countries. Giovanni Manchia joined Rabobank in 2011, where he managed the transformation of the global human resources function within the bank, creating a more agile HR organisation with a strong business orientation. Prior to Rabobank, he spent more than 15 years in international HR leadership positions at various multinationals. He worked as the HR Director Benelux, Middle East and Africa within American Express. Before joining American Express, he worked at Shell in various international positions such as HR Manager for Shell Hydrogen and Global HR Business Partner for its IT division.
Giovanni Manchia holds a Msc degree in Management and Organization from TiasNimbas/Tilburg University (cum laude) and a MA degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD (cum laude).
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.
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.
Katharina Pahl is committed a holistic and efficient Human Resource approach, which focusses on people and their value add into the focus and in addition increase sustainably the company value.
She pursues personnel work to comprehensively empower an organisation for strategy transformation and provision of a defined value add. In doing, topics like transformation, human resource strategy, culture, communication, leadership, acceleration, digitalization, organisational development plus increasingly “new work” and agility own an extraordinary significance.
“Instead of simplifying complexity the utmost target is to empower managers and staffs based on their strengths. Thus, to master effectively, robust and sustainably all volatility, uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in the actual economic world.”
Before her self-employment as from 2014, Katharina Pahl owned successfully different roles in change management, transformation and composition of high performance teams, organisations in local and international environments.
At last Katharina Pahl hold the position as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of the board of directors in DORMA Holding GmbH + Co. KGaA heading the departments human resources, organisational development, communication and compliance. The intentional composition of those departments created an exceptional power, dynamic and impact for change.
Prior to this she was responsible as Division Manager Human Resources for the entire personnel work at METRO Group Buying International GmbH. Earlier Katharina Pahl held different sales and human resource management positions in Kaufhof Warenhaus AG and OBI Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte Systemzentrale GmbH & Co. KG.
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.
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
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
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.
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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