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Randstad RiseSmart appoints Tina Lee as Director for SEA, promotes Joel Paul to MD of IMEA

Randstad RiseSmart, a career transition and talent mobility provider, has appointed Tina Lee as Director for Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, Lee will oversee the brand's services in Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan, it stated in a press release on Wednesday (10 February). 

Lee brings with her years of experience in human resources, higher education and public relations. She has been instrumental in building relationships and partnering with organisations across Southeast Asia to manage workforce transformations and change projects, including career transition, redeployment and career development. Prior to joining RiseSmart, Lee was Associate Director, Development and Training Office at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Business & Economics.

Apart from Lee's appointment, Randstad RiseSmart has also promoted Joel Paul from Managing Director, India to Managing Director for IMEA. Joel has been instrumental in building RiseSmart's presence in India since 2008. Under his leadership, Randstad RiseSmart India was recently certified as a top workplace by the Great Place to Work Institute for the second consecutive year.

In his new role, Joel is responsible for RiseSmart's continued growth in India, the Middle East and Africa.


Industry veteran Paul Marriott is now SAP's President for Asia Pacific Japan

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Enterprise application software provider, SAP, has announced the appointment of Paul Marriott as President for Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). Here, Marriott will be responsible for leading and driving SAP's growth spanning Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, continuing the region's role as a global growth engine for the company. He will report to Scott Russell, SAP Executive Board member, Customer Success, the firm said in a press release.

A technology veteran and established business leader with more than 25 years of experience in Asian economies, Marriott was most recently the region's Chief Operating Officer where he was instrumental in developing the workforce of tomorrow and accelerating cloud growth and customer success. 


Laura Houldsworth joins SAP Concur as Senior Vice President & General Manager for APJ and Greater China

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Laura Houldsworth has taken on the role of Senior Vice President & General Manager for Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) and Greater China, at SAP® Concur®. Houldsworth succeeds Andy Watson, who is leaving his position to take up a new role within SAP, the firm stated in a press release on 4 February.

Houldsworth was until now the Managing Director for SAP Concur Southeast Asia. She has also previously held various senior sales positions within SAP Concur Southeast Asia.

In her new position, Houldsworth will be responsible for driving the growth of the integrated travel, expense, and invoice management solutions firm's business in the APJ and Greater China region. 

Commenting on her new role, Houldsworth said: "I am excited to assume this important position at a time when businesses are stepping up their digital transformation efforts to prepare for a new normal."

Doug Adamic, Chief Revenue Officer at SAP Concur, added: "Over the years, Laura has proven her ability to lead teams to meet the travel, expense and invoice needs of our customers across all industries. I am confident that under her strong leadership, SAP Concur will continue its ascent in the region as it helps organisations reinvent themselves for greater sustainability and profitability.”

Prior to working with SAP Concur, Houldsworth held sales roles at BCD Travel and ABN Amro Private Banking.


Kamau Coar takes on newly-created Chief Inclusion Officer role at Heidrick & Struggles

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Effective 1 January 2021, Kamau Coar has been handed a new portfolio at Heidrick & Struggles, in the newly-created role of Chief Inclusion Officer, in addition to his current role as Chief Legal Officer.

As Chief Inclusion Officer, Coar is responsible for shaping the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts, including talent development, employee resources and culture. He will work with leaders across the firm to create strategies, programmes and initiatives that help ensure diverse representation and further strengthen the firm's inclusive culture across all levels.

"Kamau has been a champion for inclusion throughout his career. This new role is both timely and crucial as our firm advances with a sharpened focus on diversity and inclusion," said Krishnan Rajagopalan, President and CEO, Heidrick & Struggles.

"While we have made many important strides forward, Kamau brings a new lens and accountability to helping create a more diverse and equitable workforce and an open environment and culture where all employees can succeed and thrive. Our investments in diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to amplifying our entrepreneurial culture, and to driving innovation through a workforce empowered to bring the full power of new and diverse ideas, perspectives and talents."


Photos/ Provided [From L-R: Paul Marriott, Laura Houldsworth, Kamau Coar]

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