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HR job moves from Dentsu Aegis Network, Merrill Corp, World Courier, and more

Here are the major promotions and job moves in the world of HR for this week.

If you’ve been promoted or if you've moved to a new company, send us your profile and photo, and we will announce your news here – just email

HR practitioner appointments

Simon Prior rises up the ranks at Dentsu Aegis Network



Effective 1 July 2019, Simon Prior has been promoted into the role of Global Future Leaders Director at the global marketing services firm, based in Singapore. In this new role, Prior tells Human Resources Online, he will be accountable for shaping the firm's global strategy and plans for building leadership cadre and bench strength, high potential development, and leading work focused on building client leadership capability.

Prior has been with the firm for 10 years, holding various talent and OD roles. He was most recently Regional Talent and OD Director for Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) APAC since 2013. Over the last two-and-a-half years, he has also supported the global leadership team for DAN's performance marketing brand, iProspect.

Sharon Seet joins World Courier as Regional HR Director, APAC



Sharon Seet joined World Courier, the healthcare logistics company in the role of Regional HR Director, APAC in July 2019. She will be involved in global HR strategy planning and initiatives to take the lead in designing thought leadership programmes and aid the company towards world-class employer branding.

Speaking to Human Resources Online on her top priorities, she said: "My top priorities will be focusing on the talent acquisition needs in Asia Pacific and New Zealand, employee engagement and developing global HR strategy together with the global leadership team." Seet is based in Singapore.

She will publish her first book, The untold secrets to retain your top talent, before end-2019 where she will provide a new perspective to leaders and managers on retention strategies and remedies.

Merrill Corporation appoints Deborah LaMere as VP of HR



Starting from July, Deborah LaMere is Vice President of Human Resources at SaaS provider Merrill Corporatation, based in the US. In this role, she will be responsible for all aspects of the organisation's HR strategy, including talent management, leadership development and compensation and benefits. She will work closely with leadership to continue to build a culture that attracts, retains and develops top talent to the organisation.

Most recently, LaMere served in senior employee engagement roles at Ceridian. These roles included Employee Engagement Product Management Manager and Vice President, Employee Experience & Culture. Prior to that, she was a Senior HR Consultant at Lawson Software and held several HR roles at Allina Hospitals & Clinics in Minneapolis.

InterContinental Hotels Group hands Gabrielle Choy new portfolio

Gabrielle Choy joined the luxury hotel brand back in January 2015 as Director of Human Resources - InterContinental Singapore, before widening her remit as Area Director of Human Resources - Singapore, Malaysia & Batam. As of June 2019, Choy holds a new portfolio as Director of Human Resources, South East Asia & Korea. She is based in Singapore.

Choy early years in the industry comprised an eight-year career in the Group, based in Australia. She then took on the role of Quality Manager at Accor for slightly over a year, before taking on HR roles at Sofitel.

OCBC Bank welcomes KC Loo as Vice President of L&D

Effective June 2019, KC Loo has moved from MISC to OCBC Bank as Vice President, Learning and Development. Based in Malaysia, Loo's experience in HR spans roles Shell, Accenture and Maxis, before she joined HSBC in 2013. She was most recently Head of HR Development at MISC, where she came from her previous role as Head of Learning and Talent at HSBC.

Loo holds a range of skillsets in talent management, coaching, culture, organisational development and more, and graduated with an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University (MBA).

HR solutions providers appointments

Carrie Lui takes up responsibility as Chief Talent Officer at Techlinker Asia 



Carrie Lui co-founded the tech talent acquisition company in May 2019. In her new role as Chief Talent Officer, she is responsible for providing strategic human capital planning solution to catalyse the success of her client companies. Before founding Techlinker Asia, Lui worked for Citi Asia Pacific as the Regional Talent & Learning lead.

On her top priority for the year ahead, Lui says: "The rise of Millennials who look for more flexible working styles, and the evolution of digital ecosystem, demand a different set of talent at each stage of growth. Our top priority is to push forward a new set of consultative and agile talent acquisition approaches that are more fitting for companies and jobseekers nowadays."

Muzni Mohamad takes on CHRO role at FWD Takaful

Muzni Mohamad joined the insurance company as Chief Human Resources Officer in July 2019, moving over from HSBC Malaysia, where her immediate past role was Head of Human Resources, HSBC Amanah Malaysia. Prior to that, she has held HR tenures at Takaful Ikhlas, RHB Banking Group, Maybank, and more. She continues to be based in Kuala Lumpur.

Carine Rolland now leads OD and talent management at ManpowerGroup

Melbourne-based Carine Rolland has joined ManpowerGroup in June 2019 as Head of Organisational Development & Talent Management - Asia Pacific & Middle East. Here, Rolland is responsible for driving and delivering the capability and organisational development strategy for 12 countries Asia Pacific & Middle East, incorporating HR transformation, leadership development, culture and engagement, and organisational design.

She moves over from Adecco Group, where she was Director of Talent Management - APAC, and her prior experience includes work with Michael Page, Page Personnel, and more.

New appointments at Bristol-based PES

The digital employee benefit platform has recruited Rhinannon Edwards to its employee benefits team, while Amanda Woollaston has been appointed as its new Marketing Manager. Kirsty Haterhall has also joined PES as a Health and Group Risk Co-Ordinator.

Commenting on the appointments, Ian Rummels, CEO of PES, said: "With a real passion for our business, our staff, our customers and the delivery of the best employee benefits solution, exciting times lie ahead for PES. I am delighted to welcome the newest members of the PES team and look forward to us working together, helping our customers to make all their people, happy people."

Photos / provided (Clockwise: Sharon Seet, Simon Prior, Carrie Lui, Deborah LeMere.)

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