Here are the major promotions and job moves in the world of HR.
Yellow.ai appoints Neeru Mehta as its first Chief Human Resource Officer
Total experience (TX) automation platform Yellow.ai has appointed Neeru Mehta as its first Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) a move that comes alongside the brand looking to expand globally and hire talent across verticals, including sales, marketing, service and core engineering, with 20% of opportunities earmarked for freshers.
As the CHRO, Mehta is tasked with strengthening the employer branding strategy and people culture, especially for new regions, and bolstering the leadership team, that has grown by 50% across markets in the last two quarters. With a workforce that is 700+ people strong, Yellow.ai is set to cross the milestone of 1,000 employees globally by 2022. As Mehta takes on the role, Yellow.ai will ramp up its hiring plans into new markets which include Southeast Asia, the US, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Mehta joins Yellow.ai with 22 years of experience across diverse roles including HR, consulting, project management, and philanthropy. She is also a certified coach in leadership and transition coaching. Prior to joining Yellow.ai, she was the Senior Vice President & Global Head - Organisation Effectiveness for Global Logic, a Hitachi Group Company, where she also led the CSR initiatives. She has also taken up senior leadership roles at HCL Technologies and Birlasoft.
Raghu Ravinutala, CEO and Co-founder, Yellow.ai, said: "We’re delighted to have Neeru on-board as our first ever CHRO. As we scale rapidly across markets, our key priority is to build a future-ready organisation that can navigate the opportunities and challenges of the conversational AI landscape. With Neeru at the helm of our people strategy, we are confident that she will continue to drive aspiration for Yellow.ai in the market and build a diverse, empowered and engaged workforce with the right capabilities and skill sets."
Speaking on her appointment, Mehta shared: "I am thrilled to be a part of a brand as young and thriving as Yellow.ai, as the company gears up for rapid global expansion. I look forward to engaging and working with teams across the board to strengthen our people capital and continue to build on Yellow.ai’s culture of innovation, creativity, and openness."
Former Red Hat CPO joined Qlik's board of directors
Business analytics platform Qlik has recruited the HR expertise of DeLisa Alexander to join its board of directors as its first outside director. Alexander most recently served as EVP and Chief People Officer at Red Hat, where she led focus for the NYSE-listed, S&P 500 organisation on executive and equity compensation, succession management, and corporate governance. Before joining Red Hat in 2001, Alexander practiced law, focusing on corporate, venture capital, and business and transaction law.
"Our people have always been one of the most unique and important aspects of Qlik, and I’m thrilled to have DeLisa bring her extensive background and passion for people and culture to our team as we continue to grow the company," said Mike Capone, Qlik CEO.
Alexander added: "I firmly believe a company’s success can be greatly fueled by an exceptional culture and employee experience. Beyond its emphasis on culture, what really attracted me to Qlik is the team’s genuine mission-driven approach to democratising analytics, as evidenced by its focus on data literacy for all."
Alexander presently serves as Board Advisor to two venture capital firms (Capri Venture Partners and Bull City Venture Partners) and as a board member for three nonprofit organisations.
SAP appoints Susanna Hasenoehrl as its inaugural Head of Sustainability, APJ
Software & technology solutions provider SAP SE has announced the appointment of Susanna Hasenoehrl as Senior Vice President (SVP) and Head of Sustainability, APJ.
In this newly-created role, Hasenoehrl, who has been based in Singapore for over a decade, will enable customers and partners with SAP’s suite of sustainability solutions. She will also represent the voice of APJ customers and partners to develop digital sustainability solutions and services, in response to the need facing businesses and governments.
Paul Marriott, President SAP APJ, commented: "With Asia accounting for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it’s critical we focus on helping customers, partners, and governments in the region urgently develop and implement strategies and solutions to address climate challenge. This new role reinforces our ongoing commitment to strengthen our sustainability offering for customers and partners across APJ."
In her past experience, Hasenoehrl has consulted to enterprises across Asia on sustainable business and climate change and is a digital industry veteran. Before joining SAP, she held a leadership position at Yara International, one of the world’s biggest agricultural and environmental chemicals companies, and served in an advisory capacity to the leadership team at Grobrix, an agritech company.
On her appointment, Hasenoehrl said: Businesses are beginning to understand the enormous responsibility they have to eliminate carbon emissions from their supply chains, operations, products, and services. It’s a great time to join SAP on this journey, supporting and co-innovating with our APJ customers as we improve environmental and social performance."
Kaplan Singapore brings on board Dr Susie Khoo as President
Diverse education provider Kaplan has appointed Dr Susie Khoo as President of Kaplan Singapore effective March 2022, who joins the company following seven years leading Ngee Ann Academy.
David Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan International said: “We are delighted that Dr Khoo has agreed to lead Kaplan Singapore as we continue to build on our role in delivering quality private education in Singapore. She brings to the role a deep understanding of the Singapore education sector and a strong blend of academic and management experience to take Kaplan Singapore forward."
Dr Khoo brings a background of more than 20 years’ experience in operational and academic leadership in Singapore's private education sector. She has held senior academic and management roles as Chief Executive and Dean of Ngee Ann Academy; Senior Vice President and Dean, PSB Academy; and senior positions at various other institutions.
"I’m excited about leading the Kaplan Singapore team and furthering the role Kaplan plays in delivering innovative and quality education opportunities for Singaporean and international students alike," said Dr Khoo.
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All photos provided / from L-R, Neeru Mehta, DeLisa Alexander, Dr Susie Khoo, and Susanna Hasenoehrl