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HR practitioner appointments

CIMB calls on Sherriza Nor Rashidi as HR Director


CIMB, an ASEAN universal bank, has called on Sherriza Nor Rashidi as its HR Director based in Malaysia, beginning January 2020.

Sherriza comes over from PwC Malaysia where she spent about eight years, starting in a senior HR manager role and moving to Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition Team Lead, in which she oversaw a team of recruiters in strengthening the brand, as well as attracting and recruiting talent for the firm.

Speaking to Human Resources Online on her new role, she shares that she will be partnering with her business heads to spearhead transformational changes via process improvement initiatives, as well as upskill the workforce to meet emerging demands of the business, whilst ensuring compliance to various regulations.

"It's an exciting time to join the bank today. The release of digital bank licences by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, compel us to be innovative and to review our business models so that we can remain ASEAN's leading bank while facing competition from fintech players."

Up the ranks: Hazlina Hazani heads up total rewards at AmBank Group

Rewards and compensation expert, Hazlina Hazani, has been appointed by leading Malaysian financial services group, AmBank Group, as SVP and Head of Total Rewards. In this role, her priority for this year and onwards is to support the Group’s strategic plan through a holistic review of the total rewards propositions in line with IR 4.0.

She spoke exclusively to Human Resources Online on the context behind this strategy: "The current disruption in the banking sector requires different skills and capabilities. Hence, the current traditional rewards system is no longer able to drive the right culture and motivate the future workforce who appreciates propositions that appealing to their immediate needs in the era of gig economy.

"In AmBank, our priority is to create a sustainable EVP with greater focus on a progressive rewards structure, work life flexibility, and an offering that promotes diversity and inclusion." [Read more]

The LEGO Group promotes Helena Sebastian to Senior Regional HRBP

Helena Sebastian has moved up to the role of Senior Regional HR Business Partner at toy production firm The LEGO Group, effective January 2020. Based in Singapore, Helena’s new role will cover the Southeast Asian region.

Through nearly six years with the company, Helena has held the roles of Senior Recruitment Consultant, APAC; Global Recruitment Manager, and most recently Regional HR Business Partner, where she covered activities in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining The LEGO Group, Helena worked with global professional recruiting group Hays for over three years, in various roles. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology - Human Resources from the University of Barcelona, and a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from Pompeu Fabra University.

Lynn Dang is now HR Lead at Microsoft Singapore

As of January this year, Microsoft has promoted Lynn Dang to the role of HR Lead, based out of its Singapore arm. She moves over from Sydney, where she held the role of Talent Acquisition Leader - Australia for a little over two years.

Dang brings with her over 15 years of passion and experience in the tech industry, with a career that has seen her delivering poverty-alleviation strategies to the Nigerian State Agriculture Ministry; leading in-house talent teams focused on creatively recruiting top diverse talent with the use of social recruiting, innovation and analytics, and more. She believes her personal experience as a former Vietnamese refugee living in a refugee camp has inspired her work to ensure equality and opportunity for those in disadvantaged groups.

Before joining Microsoft, she spent nearly 14 years at American multinational IT company IBM, starting as an IT Graduate and ending with the role of HR Merger & Acquisition Manager - Asia Pacific, Middle-East & Africa, where her responsibilities included the development, management and execution of HR solutions associated with acquisition, outsourcing, divestiture and IP partnership deals.

PropertyGuru promotes Genevieve Godwin to role of CHRO


Property technology company PropertyGuru Group (PropertyGuru) has announced the promotion of Genevieve Godwin to the role of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Based in Singapore, she moves up from the role of HR Director, in which she helped strengthen the company’s talent growth and development across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam for over 1,200 employees.

As CHRO, Godwin will continue to focus on all these areas as well as further enhance employee learning and development. In 2020, she will work with senior management and the board of directors to further develop a holistic approach to talent, encompassing the launch of PropertyGuru’s employee value proposition and a focus on integrated talent development across the group. [Read more]

Michelle Murphy joins Legg Mason as Head of HR (APAC) ex Japan

Effective January 2020, Legg Mason has appointed Michelle Murphy to the role of Head of HR (APAC) ex Japan, based in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to this, Murphy served as Gartner's HR Business Partner (APAC) in Sydney Australia.

Murphy's career has spanned across the Asia Pacific region. Before working with Gartner, she was at Verifone, where she was based in Singapore and provided end-to-end HR business partnering across the APAC region spanning nine countries. Murphy previously also held HR roles at Facebook, OpenLink Financial, and more.

Having started her HR career in 2006, she is known for collaborating with clients to create and implement clear HR business solutions that are "best fit" for the business. Murphy is passionate about utilising quantifiable HR data to ensure managers can make astute HR-related business decisions.

Tee Siew Lee moves from Tan Chong Group to CEVA Logistics

As of January 2020, Tee Siew Lee has been appointed by CEVA Logistics as Head of Human Resources. This saw her moving away from her role as Deputy General Manager, Group Human Resources at Malaysian automotive company, Tan Chong Group.

At Tan Chong Group, Tee worked closely with the key stakeholders throughout the business to set a long-term strategic direction in people agenda and implementation of employee hiring and retention plans to enhance business performance and profitability.

Prior to that, Tee held various senior HR roles at Sunway Malls, Sunway Theme Parks, Levi Strauss & Co., and ACE Group. Over her 22 years of HR experience, she has worked in various established companies in Malaysia spanning across different industries - including insurance, media, warehousing & distribution, construction, and more.

Honeywell promotes Ajay Kukreja to Sr. Director of Human Resources

Honeywell has promoted Ajay Kukreja to Sr. Director of Human Resources, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

As Global HR Leader for the Commercial Security business, Kukreja looks to enable business transformation on a global scale and in the process learn working across different geographies and influencing across cultures.

Prior to this, he served as the firm's Country HR Director based in Gurgaon, India where he provided HR leadership for all businesses units and partnered with business leaders to drive profitable growth of Honeywell in India.

A seasoned HR business partner with more than 25 years of experience across various sectors, Kukreja joined Honeywell in 2008 as Director - Human Resources. Prior to that, he has worked with Subhiksha Trading Services, Cargill India, PepsoCo India, and more.

HR solution providers appointments

Willis Towers Watson’s Shai Ganu takes on global role

Advisory, broking and solution company, Willis Towers Watson (WTW), has appointed Shai Ganu as its Executive Compensation Global Practice Leader. In this new role, Shai is responsible for leading the executive compensation team globally, with a team of over 400 consultants across six continents. He will continue to be based in Singapore.

He commented: “How executive pay is set, managed and communicated is becoming increasingly sensitive. Executive pay programmes have also become more complex. The evolution of corporate governance models around the world behooves us to support our clients’ boards and management teams to navigate these complex changes.

“I am excited for this opportunity to work with our colleagues globally and provide trusted advisory support to our clients to help balance the interests of all stakeholders”. [Read more]

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