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HR job moves at Oxford University Press and Publicis Groupe

HR practitioner appointments

Katie Xie appointed chief talent officer at Publicis Groupe


Bringing with her 20 years of experience in HR, Katie Xie will join Publicis Groupe as chief talent officer for North Asia in late September to manage the French advertising firm’s talent in five jurisdictions: Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

She has spent the best part of eight years as executive director of HR at the North Asia arm of The Walt Disney Company (2012-2019) and prior to this was group HR director and strategic business partner at Coca-Cola Bottling Investment Group (China) for five years. This was preceded by two years as head of China HR at Revlon (2005-2007).

She holds an executive MBA from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Parul Pandey to join Oxford University Press as director of HR business partnering

From next month, Parul Pandey will join Oxford University Press as its APAC Director of HR business partnering. She does so after coming from roles at global organisations such as Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, and Diageo. She is a diversity and inclusion specialist and speaks regularly on helping to transform business through progressive and inclusive practices.

According to Lesley Sommerville, Group HR Director: “I am convinced Parul will contribute enormously to our exciting and pacy agenda. Every single one of us has a responsibility to incorporate diverse and inclusive practices into our daily working lives, but I would like Parul to ensure that we progress at pace with our global D&I goals.”

Caroline Cryer joins Oxford University Press as its new talent director

In what has been a busy time for the education publisher in people management, Oxford University Press also appointed Caroline Cryer as its new talent director, which was effective from 15 July. Before this, she was non-executive director at Genius Within, spent four years as director of London-based 21st Century Leadership and two years as talent director at InterContinental Hotels Group.

“I firmly believe that our role in HR is to facilitate change and modernisation in the organisation, and I’m delighted that Caroline is joining us. She is hugely passionate and energetic about people development and will be a great fit for us,” said Group HR Director, Lesley Sommerville.

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