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HR best practice according to Maybank, Microsoft and Telstra

Talent Management Asia 2016, Asia’s leading HR strategy conference, welcomes top HR executives from Maybank, Microsoft and Telstra to this year’s roster of speakers.

They will share their expertise, accomplishments, and latest insights on various areas of HR strategy, from recruitment and retention, to compensation and benefits, learning and development, HR technology and overall human capital strategy.

Talent Management Asia 2016 is a two-day conference held in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in March 2016. The annual event is attended by regional HR leaders and senior HR specialists from the biggest employers in Asia.

“Talent Management Asia consistently receives positive response from top HR practitioners because the conference answers the most critical questions about HR’s role in attracting and retaining talent,” said Aditi Sharma Kalra, regional editor of Human Resources magazine.

“The event is packed with interactive sessions and networking breaks that can strengthen relationships and spark collaborations among industry experts and leaders together.”

Now in its 4th year, Talent Management Asia will explore the most pressing issues organisations and HR practitioners are currently facing today.

Among the speakers of the event are the following.

The person responsible for Maybank’s accomplishments in overall people strategy is Chen Fong Tuan.

As the company’s head of group talent management, Chen leads the bank’s talent acquisition and management, manpower planning, staff productivity, bench strength and succession management, acceleration of leadership effectiveness, talent engagement and retention group-wide.

Among Chen’s career highlights are being the regional head for organisation development, talent and leadership at British American Tobacco, and the Malaysia country talent practice lead for Watson Wyatt.

Chen holds a degree in electrical and electronics engineering from University of Sussex, United Kingdom, an MBA in organisational behaviour from Australia and a post-graduate diploma in organisation development from INSEAD, France.

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Jessica Tan’s duties as managing director at Microsoft revolve on developing and driving growth strategies for Microsoft’s business and strengthening relationships with partners, customers and employees.

She was able to double the company’s revenue and bolster Microsoft’s effort to support national agendas in education, enabling people with disabilities and seniors and stepping up public-private-public engagements on e-citizenry.

Apart from her role at Microsoft, Tan is the current chairman for the East Coast Town Council, chairman for the Finance, Trade & Industry Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) as well as member of the Manpower GPC.

Lynne Barry’s 20 years of professional experience has earned her the respect of the human resources sector.

Today, as the director of human resources for Telstra International, Barry oversees the strategy and execution of the full spectrum of HR functions, including end-to-end HR service management, HR systems, recruitment, compensations and benefits, organisational development and employee engagement.

Before joining Telstra, Barry was the Asia Pacific HR director for Accenture, supervising a workforce of 55,000 across 12 countries.

She has an undergraduate degree in Politics and Social Sciences from Macquarie University in Sydney and holds a Master of Business in Employee Relations from the University of Technology in Sydney.

Other leading companies represented on the Talent Management Asia 2016 agenda are American Express, CIMB Bank, Hong Kong Broadband Network, Maxis, Starbucks Coffee and many more.

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All presenters and panellists, such as Edward Wong, regional talent acquisition lead at Adidas, are director or vice president level HR professionals with regional responsibility.

To be held in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and in March 2016, Talent Management Asia is Asia’s biggest conference on talent management and human capital strategy.

The two-day annual event is focused on global best practice HR strategy, features an agenda dominated by case studies and global thought leadership, and attracts a large audience of senior HR generalists and specialists as well as and CEOs, CFOs and COOs closely involved in their companies’ HR strategy.

Talent Management Asia 2016 will discuss the most critical issues in talent management and human capital strategy, including employee engagement, retention, performance management, learning and development, leadership management, succession planning, compensation and benefits, HR technology, diversity and inclusion, mobility, employer branding and many more.

To get a global and Pan-Asian regional view of talent management and to increase your knowledge and skills across the human resource management spectrum don’t miss Talent Management Asia in March 2016.

To review the topics & agenda, check out the stellar speaker list and reserve your seat, visit

For more information please contact one of the following members of the Human Resources magazine team:

– Singapore & Malaysia: Seraphine Neoh, or Tel: +65 6423 0329

– Hong Kong: Angela Tong, or Tel: +852 2861 1882

Less than 2 weeks to Learning & Development Asia. Speakers from Boeing, Marriott, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Shell, Singapore Exchange, Unilever confirmed to speak with more than 150 attendees.
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