- with inputs from Priya Sunil and Aditi Sharma Kalra

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

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HR practitioner appointments

Jason Yeo joins Docler Holding in senior HR capacity In his latest milestone, Jason Yeo joined multinational IT and media company, Docler Holding, as Chief Learning Officer. The new assignment sees him moving from Singapore to Budapest, where most recently he was Corporate Director, Learning & Talent Development at Capella Hotel Group. In this new role, one of his main tasks is to "revolutionise the work culture within the businesses under Docler Holding globally," as told to Human Resources Online.

He is an Emergenetics Certified Facilitator , "Fish!" Philosophy Certified Trainer , WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment Certification, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire Certification, and comes to this role with a wide range of experiences in learning and training.

Xaxis announces strategic new hire in Singapore GroupM’s programmatic and technological arm, Xaxis, has appointed Jessica Maley to the newly-created role of Head of HR & Talent APAC. In this role, she will oversee the talent strategy across 15 APAC markets; working closely with Xaxis' regional leaders and key stakeholders within markets to actively drive innovative initiatives across attraction, development and engagement.

As well as driving global Xaxis initiatives across APAC, she will work closely with the GroupM HR team to deliver the best possible employee experience for the 400 Xaxis employees in the region, while ongst managing scalable processes and policies, as cited in exchange4media.

Speaking on her new role, she said: "Having worked with Xaxis as part of my GroupM remit for the past six years, I am truly excited to be able to fully focus on the business.

"Xaxis is growing quickly in the region and having a specialist to manage and nurture both our existing and incoming talent is vital, especially in our industry where the type of talent profile we need is ever-changing and ever-evolving, which creates a high demand for talent with skills which are brand new."

Commenting on the appointment, Arshan Saha, CEO APAC, Xaxis said: "We are excited and fortunate to have Jessica who will continue to evolve and drive our transformative talent strategy across APAC."

Minor International welcomes Kulshaan Singh as CPO


Effective October 2019, Kulshaan Singh has joined hospitality and leisure company Minor International as Chief People Officer. He moves over from The Charoen Pokphand Group, where he held the role of Chief People Officer.

Commenting on his new role, Singh said: “Minor International’s story is immensely inspiring. The opportunities and challenges ahead will offer me an experience to lead and make an impact on the lives of our 85,000 employees and growing.”

He noted that his priorities include growth and skill-building opportunities for the Company’s highly engaged workforce. “We will also strengthen our position as stewards of the group’s strategy and strive to meld work, passion and purpose for each of our employees. In the meantime, we will continue to promote health and the well-being for all employees as well as create a uniquely diverse and inclusive global workforce.”

Before moving to Thailand where he is now based, Singh worked with Mercer in Singapore for close to four years, as Partner & Regional Client Growth Leader, Growth Markets Region, then Partner and CEO. 

Grab appoints globally-experienced HR leader Gareth Ling to talent performance role Southeast Asia-based mobile tech major, Grab, has appointed Gareth Ling as Talent Performance Lead, who continues to be based in Singapore for this role. He comes with 18 years of experience in HR, and was most recently HR & Talent Director, Southeast Asia & Japan at GroupM. He has also tenured with Huntsworth Health, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Sky, and more.

He is a globally-experienced HR executive, with a proven track record in leading positive change, by effectively partnering with the business to create and deliver hands-on data-driven generalist scope of HR & talent management services.

Neste engages Dawn (Lee) Wheeler in HRBP role Dawn (Lee) Wheeler has been appointed as HR Business Partner, Renewables Platform APAC at sustainable solutions developer, Neste. Based in Singapore, she moves from from Smiths Detection, where she was HR Business Partner, APAC. She has also worked with Yara Asia, Thomson Reuters, Unilever Asia, and more in an HR capacity.

Bentley de Beyer moves to Johnson & Johnson’s Singapore office in new global role As of October, Bentley de Beyer has taken on a new role as Head of Global Business Unit HR at American healthcare company Johnson & Johnson, based in Singapore. His immediate past role was as Head of HR, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain at the company’s New Brunswick, New Jersey office. 

In this new role, de Beyer will oversee all four regional HR organisations for Johnson & Johnson (North America, Asia-Pacific, EMEA and Latin America). This role will also focus on ensuring continued delivery of consistent and high-calibre HR business partnership and capabilities, to support evolving business needs across more than 100 markets and 140,000 leaders and associates globally. 

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, de Beyer held the role of Head of HR, Consumer Banking, India & South Asia at Standard Chartered Bank. He brings with him years of experience, with a track record of commercial impact and creating a legacy of talent development, in the logistics, banking and healthcare industries. De Beyer is skilled in HR strategy, talent management, C-suite coaching, and more.

Novartis names Swapna Vadlamani as Head - People & Organisation and NBS APAC HR Global medicines company, Novartis, has promoted Swapna Vadlamani to the role of Head - People & Organisation and NBS APAC HR, based in Kuala Lumpur. She has been with the company since 2012, having moved to Malaysia from Hyderabad, and in her most recent role, she was Head - People & Organisation. She brings an abundance of HR experience to this role, having previously worked with Nokia Siemens Networks, Satyam Computer Services, and more.

Jairo Fernandez takes on CHRO role at REEF Technology Effective September 2019, Jairo Fernandez has taken on the role of Chief Human Resources Officer at REEF Technology, based in Miami, Florida, United States. In this role, he is responsible for the creation and execution of the holistic people strategy, and enabling the growth of the company globally. 

Fernandez’s immediate past role was as SVP, Leadership Strategy and Experience for SAP globally. At SAP, Fernandez had also taken on the role of SVP, Head of Human Resources for SAP Asia Pacific Japan in April 2013. Based in Singapore, Fernandez was responsible for the overall HR management across the region to support SAP’s accelerated growth.

Prior to SAP, Fernandez held roles spanning HR, sales and marketing at technology companies, with global experience at Neoris as Chief Human Capital Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, and at Unisys as Global Talent and Business Effectiveness Director, and more.

HR solutions provider appointments

DDI mandates Sureish Nathan to lead growth in Singapore

Global leadership consulting firm DDI has announced the appointment of Sureish Nathan as Managing Director, Singapore. Reporting to Suchada Chuensuksawadi, Vice President of DDI Southeast Asia, he will be responsible for the development and execution of DDI Singapore’s business strategy.

Chuensuksawadi commented on the appointing: "With Sureish’s extensive experience, we’ll be able to expand our creative, science-backed approach to helping our clients achieve better business results."

With over 25 years of regional business experience, most recently, Sureish was running his own leadership practice, prior to which he was the Managing Director and Vice President at Center for Creative Leadership Asia Pacific, where he led regional operations and strategy.

He commented on his new role: "In an age of intense disruption, organisations are increasingly realising the importance of having a leadership strategy that is tied to their business strategy. DDI is well equipped to deepen our enterprise presence and drive value for our clients to build better leaders for a better future, and I’m incredibly excited to join this growing team."

London-based Female Executive Search calls on new MD

Female Executive Search, the executive recruitment platform designed to promote boardroom equality, is leading by example with the appointment of France Dequilbec as its new Managing Director.

Previously Head of International Talent Acquisition for the organisation, Dequilbec said: "We have multiple goals at Female Executive Search. Firstly, to provide a platform for candidates to demonstrate their capabilities; secondly, to offer organisations access to a wealth of senior talent, and thirdly, to encourage connections and the sharing of ideas and experience between our community."

The CEO of Female Executive Search and its parent company, CEO Worldwide, Patrick Mataix, added: "At CEO Worldwide we’ve long believed in the value of diversity—our own board has a 2:1 female to male ratio—and we felt it was particularly important that Female Executive Search has strong female leadership at the helm."


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