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

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HR practitioner appointments

Kerry promotes Jane Rundle to Vice President, Human Resources, APMEA Effective July 2019, Kerry has promoted Jane Rundle from HR Director - Middle Office, APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa), to Vice President, Human Resources, APMEA. Based in Singapore, she reports to the APMEA CEO. Rundle brings with her a great depth of functional expertise, regionally and globally, particularly in regard to organisational capability development & change management. Prior to relocating to Singapore as Kerry’s HR Director - Middle Office, APMEA, Rundle was HR Director for the ANZ business since joining Kerry in July 2017. Before joining Kerry, she held multiple senior HR roles with organisations such as ABMauri, George Weston Foods, and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Cindy Tan is now Regional Talent Acquisition Manager at MullenLowe Group Effective August 2019, Cindy Tan joined MullenLowe Group as Regional Talent Acquisition Manager, based in Singapore. This saw her moving from Wunderman Thompson where she was the Regional Talent Acquisition Manager, SEA. Prior to that, she was a Regional Talent Associate at Wunderman Thompson where her responsibilities included being a key facilitator in building a strong database of talents in APAC and maintaining contact with global HR and WPP (parent company) to develop additional talent pipelines.

Georgia Ronald joins Allergan to lead talent management Effective June 2019, Georgia Ronald joined Allergan as Head of Talent Management, moving away from her previous role as Regional talent Manager APMA at Novartis. In her new role, she helps shape and execute the strategic Asia & Japan Talent agenda, and continues to create innovative, cutting edge programs that inspire candidates to join our organisation and our colleagues to develop and contribute in strong ways. She remains based in Singapore.

Jalaine Wong moves from WE Communications to Cornerstone OnDemand Jalaine Wong has been appointed as Talent Business Partner, APJ, at Cornerstone OnDemand effective July 2019, moving away from her previous role as HR Business Partner at WE Communications. Based in Singapore, Wong looks after talent matters for Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, and Australia.

Speaking to Human Resources Online, on her priorities for the first year in the role, she said: “My immediate priority is to integrate the APJ markets better, leveraging on the strong culture of our HQ in the United States. Some of the projects I’ll drive include improving employee benefits as well as regional employee engagement activities.”

HR solutions providers appointments

Talend Appoints Lauren Vaccarello as Chief Marketing Officer Talend, a global cloud data integration and data integrity firm, has appointed Lauren Vaccarello, former Vice President of Marketing at Box, as Chief Marketing Officer. Vaccarello brings significant SaaS-industry marketing experience to Talend and has a lengthy track record of accelerating revenue growth at some of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing SaaS companies through modern digital marketing, branding, and demand generation campaigns. Regarded as an expert in B2B digital marketing, Vaccarello has written two books, Complete B2B Online Marketing, and The Retargeting Playbook. She has also received numerous awards for her work, including Top 50 Women in Revenue and San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Business.

Amadeus appoints new leaders of Retail Travel Agency team globally and in APAC Amadeus has appointed Champa Magesh to become the Executive Vice President of Retail in Travel Channels and Managing Director EMEA. Additionally, taking over from Magesh in Asia Pacific, Amadeus appointed Ramona Bohwongprasert to become the Senior Vice President of Retail in Travel Channels, Asia Pacific. Both appointments are effective 2 August 2019.

Champa Magesh as Executive Vice President of Retail in Travel Channels and Managing Director EMEA Magesh, who previously managed this Travel Channels segment in Asia Pacific, replaces Leon Herce who has left Amadeus. Prior to her most recent role in Asia Pacific, Magesh was the Managing Director of Amadeus in the United Kingdom & Ireland. She laid a strong foundation for the business driving growth, strong employee engagement and the first of many consecutive “Top Employer” certifications for the business. Before joining Amadeus in 2014, Magesh worked internationally and has a background in diverse industries having worked for American Express, World Pay and Cisco Systems.

Ramona Bohwongprasert as Senior Vice President of Retail in Travel Channels, Asia Pacific Bohwongprasert takes over from Magesh in Asia Pacific as the Senior Vice President of Retail in Travel Channels, Asia Pacific. In her previous role, Bohwongprasert led the Consolidators & Networks global organisation within the Retail Travel Agency team. Bohwongprasert joined Amadeus in 1999 and has held a number of managerial positions across the organisation in Asia Pacific and Europe. Her first-hand knowledge of the region, Amadeus’ customers, as well as the technicalities of solutions, enabled her to achieve great results in areas including sales, customer service, product management, and account management.

Russell Reynolds Associates Hires Kheng-liang Ng Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and search firm, has announced that Kheng-Liang Ng has joined the firm as a Consultant in the firm's Technology Sector, based in Singapore. Ng is a trusted client advisor with more than 15 years of experience in technology and talent. Ng joined Russell Reynolds Associates from Temasek International, where he was part of the Organisation & People team. During his tenure with the investment firm, he was responsible for the talent acquisition function globally, with oversight of various business groups. Ng was also involved in board reviews and the facilitation of the appointment of board directors to Temasek's portfolio companies.

Pedersen & Partners appoints Patrick Koffi Placktor as a new Client Partner International Executive Search, Pedersen & Partners, has announced the appointment of Patrick Koffi Placktor as the firm’s new Client Partner in the Paris office. Placktor has more than 25 years of comprehensive experience in HR management, recruitment, change management, and transformation. Prior to joining Pedersen & Partners, he held several HR Director positions for a number of major international retail and consumer multinational firms. His main areas of expertise include retail, FMCG, real estate, communication, marketing, and PR.

Chubb today announced two leadership appointments for Asia Pacific Both appointments will be effective from 1 October 2019.

Edward Kopp appointed as Senior Vice President, Accident & Health Edward Kopp, currently Country President of Chubb's general insurance business in Thailand, has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Accident & Health. In his new role, Kopp will be responsible for the management and development of the accident, health and travel insurance business in the region. He will relocate from Bangkok to Singapore and report to Paul McNamee, Regional President of Chubb in Asia Pacific and in matrix to John Thompson, Division President, International Accident & Health.

Andrew Nisbet appointed as Chubb's Country President in Thailand Subject to regulatory approval, Andrew Nisbet will replace Kopp as Chubb's Country President in Thailand. Currently Senior Vice President Accident & Health, United Kingdom & Ireland, Eurasia & Africa, Nisbet started his career at Chubb in 2006 as an Accident & Health Account Manager in his native New Zealand. Since then, he has held numerous leadership roles with Chubb across New Zealand, Australia and Japan. In his new appointment, he will relocate from London to Bangkok and report to Glen Browne, Chubb's Deputy Regional President for Asia Pacific and Division President for Southeast Asia.

Two new senior appointments at Qualtrics Effective July 2019, the experience management firm announced two new appointments to its Employee Experience (EX) product team in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ).

Dr. Cecelia Herbert joins as Lead EX Scientist for the APJ region In this role Dr. Herbert has established the APJ EX Advisory Services at Qualtrics, which support, guide, and advise organisations as they design and manage EX programmes. She is a Doctor of Organisational Psychology and brings more than 15 years’ experience in nurturing employee experience innovation, supporting leaders to measure and take action on feedback, and transform workplace culture. Dr. Herbert most recently led diversity, equity, and inclusion across multiple functions for Google in Asia Pacific.

Dr. Stephen Choo joins as an EX Senior Solution Strategist, APJ The first appointment of its type in Southeast Asia, in this role Dr. Choo will partner with businesses across the region to develop EX strategies that drive superior employee and organisational performance. He has more than 20 years of experience helping business and HR leaders develop a long-term sustainable employee engagement culture. Prior to Qualtrics, Dr. Choo was Vice President Solution Design Asia-Pacific and Managing Director, Products (Pay, Talent & Engagement) Singapore for Qualtrics partner Korn Ferry.

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