– with inputs from Jerene Ang and Priya Sunil.
Here are the major promotions and job moves in the world of HR.
HR practitioner appointments
Kathy Goh joins Sembcorp Industries to lead total rewards
Sembcorp Industries has appointed Kathy Goh to the role of SVP - Group Total Rewards, effective late October 2019. In this new role, Goh looks after total rewards - which encompasses compensation, benefits, and mobility. Based in Singapore, she reports into the CHRO, Wendy Foong.
Speaking exclusively to Human Resources Online, Goh said: "Being new to my role, my immediate priority is to understand Sembcorp's business, its strategy and getting to know the people, which is key to the success of my role. These are important factors for any new person, to make sure that our rewards programs are aligned to business objectives and meeting the needs of the people."
An experienced HR professional who possesses a range of HR credentials, Goh gained most of her work experience in the financial services, banking, media and luxury retail industries, with diversity of experience in terms of human capital, systems and processes. Having always had a passion for compensation & benefits, Goh has been invited to speak at various conferences to share her knowledge and best practices with her peers in C&B. Apart from that, Goh has also conducted part-time lecturing for a Human Capital programme in a Human Resource Institute.
Prior to joining Sembcorp , she held roles including Director, Human Resources Shared Services, and Director, Compensation & Benefits, Asia at DFS.
Conservation International announces the appointment of Ramta Mishra
Effective November 2019, Conservation International has appointed Ramta Mishra to the role of Regional Human Resources Business Partner - APAC, based in Singapore.
In this new role, Mishra will serve as a strategic partner to the business, determining workforce needs, competency gaps and driving the staffing plan and retention. She will also have a hand in the implementation of global HR initiatives, by providing a local context to global initiatives and leading pilots of best practices that could be replicated in other countries.
Apart from that, she will play a part in facilitating the evaluation and development of capacity and infrastructure at the regional and local levels; managing employee relations; supporting the annual performance management and talent management process; advising and assisting in the recruitment, selection and orientation process; among others.
Speaking exclusively to Human Resources Online, Mishra said: "I am very happy and excited to join a company which supports a huge social cause! In this new role my top priorities are to implement global HR initiatives and be an advisor and strategic partner to internal clients."
Mishra comes with 12 plus years of progressive experience as an HR and Talent Acquisition leader. She is a specialist in search and 360-degree recruitment strategies for business leaders across APAC and South Asian Region and is proficient in running successful recruitment drives for University and Campus hiring, coaching and change management across the Asia Paciﬁc.
Prior to this, Ramta was the Human Resources Business Partner, APJ, at OSIsoft.
Unilever promotes Raquel Suarez to lead employer brand
Effective October 2019, Unilever has promoted Raquel Suarez to the role of Employer Brand and Talent Channel Transformation Director, based in United Kingdom.
Having joined Unilever in 2007 as BP HR SCH, Suarez rose up the ranks quickly, with her most recent role being Global Route-to-talent Director where she was responsible for designing the future sourcing model to connect professionals, freelancers, students, crowds, and internal talent at speed to the right job.
Prior to that, she was the Global HR Innovation and Leadership Development Director at the firm, based in Singapore.
Suarez is known as a thought leader whose purpose is to increase people’s welfare by powering up technology. She believes in the digital revolution as a key enabler for exponential human development, releasing time for purposeful work and self.
She has implemented E2E digital recruitment processes and has provided Unilever with the first digital external-internal marketplace powered by AI matching tools, resulting in an increased capability and capacity for business growth while boosting people purposeful development within a flexible and agile environment.
Danila Di Trocchio heads Remuneration & Benefits at Afterpay TouchAfterpay Touch, a technology-driven payments company, has appointed Danila Di Trocchio as Global Head of Remuneration & Benefits. Based in Melbourne, Di Trocchio is an HR subject matter expert with specialisation in reward, performance and governance in financial services, globally.
She moves over from EY, where she was Senior Manager, Reward & Performance, People Advisory Services, where she worked worked with financial services organisations, and leveraged her strong understanding of the global regulatory environment within which organisations need to operate.
Senior HR changes made at Wells FargoAnn Peterson has taken on the role of Senior Vice President Human Resources Leader Commercial Capital at Wells Fargo, a multinational financial services firm.
Now based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Peterson’s immediate past employment was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over 13 years. There, she held several HR roles including HR Executive for Global Commercial Investment Banking - Servicing and Fulfillment Operations, HR Executive for Global Markets, Middle Office and Securities Operations, and most recently SVP HR.
Her career has taken her through an enlistment in the US army, and in HR roles at Gateway Computers, Starbucks, T-Mobile, and more. Peterson graduated from the University of Colorado with a Master of Business Administration.
HR solutions provider appointments
Pedersen & Partners welcomes Ian Robertson as a Client Partner
Pedersen & Partners has appointed Ian Robertson as a Client Partner within the Southeast Asia Industrial Practice Group.
Robertson is a search industry veteran with almost two decades of Executive Search expertise in the Middle East and Asia. He has spent over a decade working in Thailand and Indonesia, serving as Business Development Director, Country Manager and Partner managing SE Asia Emerging Markets for leading search companies. Robertson’s extensive portfolio in the SE Asian market includes numerous senior level assignments in Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore in a wide range of functions including accounting, finance, HR, IT, sales & marketing, engineering, operations, logistics & supply chain, professional services, energy, and media.
Commenting on his new role, Robertson said: "I'm thrilled to partner with the Pedersen & Partners global team, and contribute to building and implementing comprehensive and value-added Human Capital solutions for our clients. The firm uses a detailed approach towards understanding, assessing, and advising global, regional, and local players by using its extensive footprint, vast knowledge hubs across multiple geographies and individually-tailored strategies, and this is what makes it a go-to search partner for businesses that want to build strong leadership teams."
PeopleStrong calls on Sandeep Chaudhary as President
Starting November 2019, PeopleStrong, an enterprise work and HR tech brand, has brought on board Sandeep Chaudhary as President and member of the board. He is based in India.
Speaking on the appointment, Pankaj Bansal, Co-Founder and CEO, PeopleStrong shared: “Sandeep’s ability to deliver growth with a large-scale impact, his customer-centric and inclusive approach, makes him a great addition to PeopleStrong. Supporting our growth ambition, Sandeep will also help us attract and build a world-class team.”
Chaudhary joins PeopleStrong after a 17-year long stint at Aon Hewitt, where, through a series of acquisitions, divestitures, and new business incubation, he transformed Aon Hewitt into a market leadership position across India and Emerging Markets. He is a thought leader in the space of human capital and an advisor to many notable business houses.
Commenting on his new role, he said: “The HR tech market in Asia is at an interesting cusp as the conversation shifts from HR to ‘work’ and employees to ‘workers,’ and PeopleStrong is best positioned to lead this transition in the emerging world. It is an exciting time to be part of this journey, with a brand and team that has time and again led innovation in this space. I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Renuka Ramnath, Chairperson, PeopleStrong and Founder MD and CEO, Multiples added: “We are happy to have Sandeep on board as we work towards creating the first global work tech brand from India. Sandeep’s prior experience of establishing global brands would accelerate this journey, and we are excited to have him join our strong leadership team.”
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