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

If you’ve been promoted or if you’ve moved to a new company, let us know and we will announce your news here – just email

And for the pick of HR job opportunities in Asia, check out HRjobs.

HR Practitioner Appointments

Promotions at Cathay Pacific Airways
Julia Chang was promoted to employer branding and talent community manager in August.  She joined the airline in 2015 and was promoted from lead consultant, employee experience.

Bringing with her more than 7 years of experience in human resources management, Sandy Yau moved up to talent acquisition manager with effect in August.  She was previously a people manager at the airline.

Also a people manager at the airline, Sara Lau was promoted to people manager – business partner in August.

Stephanie Siu was promoted to assistant manager talent acquisition in August.  She joined the airline as a flight attendant in 2010 before moving onto a HR role in 2014.  She was promoted from career development and resourcing specialist.

All the roles mentioned above are based in Hong Kong.

Langham Hospitality Group promotes senior VP
After serving for more than 25 years as vise president-human resources at Langham Hospitality Group, Sharon Cheng was promoted to senior VP – people & culture with effect in August.  She is based in Hong Kong.

Oath appoints head of talent acquisition
Chris Au joined Oath in June as head of talent acquisition, APAC & India, after spending more than four years with Yahoo as senior manager, talent acquisition.

Au brings with him more than 10 years of experience in recruitment.  He is based in Hong Kong.

Standard Chartered Bank welcomes head of HR transformation
After more than eight years with BT, Laura Cole relocated in June from Hong Kong to join Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore as its head of HR transformation.

In her new role, she will be responsible for shaping and scoping the delivery of HR transformation activity to improve the overall HR organisational effectiveness globally across the Standard Chartered Bank Group,

Previously, Cole was the head of HR service at BT based in Hong Kong.

The Dairy Farm Group strengthens HR team
Raymond Pang joined The Dairy Farm Group in August as senior human resources officer, talent development.  Previously, he was with MTR Corporation, serving as human resources development officer.  Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in human resources management, Pang started his career in the HR sector in 2012.  He is based in Hong Kong.

Kemaman Bitumen Company welcomes head of human resources
Haliza Zainal Abidin was appointed head of human resources at Kemaman Bitumen Company in June.  Her last appointment was senior manager, group human capital at UiTM Holdings.  She is based in Malaysia.

Maersk enhances hiring team
Vanessa Roxas- Chua joined Maersk’s Global Recruitment Team as staffing consultant in June.  She brings with her more than 10 years of experience in human resources.  Previously, she was with Emerio, serving as team lead- talent acquisition.  She is based in Malaysia.

New HR manager at Naughty Nuri’s
Jessie Darane was appointed assistant manager HR at Naughty Nuri’s in July.  Her last appointment was HR executive at Pyrogen Manufacturing Sdn Bhd.  She is based in Malaysia.

Khazanah Nasional enhances HR team
Safwan Rahman joined Khazanah Nasional as executive assistant – recruitment in July.  He started his career in human resources in 2015, including stops at ManpowerGroup Malaysia, Aegis Malaysia and Empower Talent Consulting Sdn Bhd.  He is based in Malaysia.


HR Solutions Provider Appointments

Dean Stallard promoted to managing director at Hays
In the new role, Stallard will lead a team of expert consultants who specialise across 18 areas of expertise including accountancy & finance, architecture, banking, construction and many more.

Stallard joined Hays in 2004 in Australia.  He relocated from Japan to Hong Kong in 2014 to serve as regional director, he will continue to be based in Hong Kong.

Promotion at Xpand Group
Chris Ingham was promoted to country manager at Xpand Group in August.  He had been with the group since 2015 and was promoted from project manager-digital.  Based in Hong Kong, Ingham had been serving in the human resources field since 2007.

AXA Insurance appoints Jean Drouffe as CEO in Singapore
Effective from 25 July 2017, Drouffe will be the chief executive officer (CEO) of AXA Insurance Singapore.  He is taking over from Doina Palici-Chehab as CEO, who has been promoted to Interim Regional CEO of AXA Asia.

Previously, Drouffe was the regional CEO for the general insurance businesses at AXA Asia and was based in Hong Kong. He will be reporting to Palici-Chehab.

New executive vice president at Sage Asia Pacific
Sage has appointed Kerry Agiasotis as executive vice president.  Starting 11 September,  Agiasotis will report to President Blair Crump and take responsibility for ensuring Sage’s continued growth and success in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region as well as resume responsibilities for the Australia business.

Agiasotis joins from Western Union Business Solutions, where he had been president of Western Union’s global business solutions division since October 2013.

Based in Singapore, Agiasotis moved into the leadership role after Alan Osrin, managing director, Sage Australia announced his impending retirement a few months ago.

Chubb appoints head of financial lines
Chubb has appointed Johannes Gschossmann as head of financial lines in Singapore. He joined the company on 12 July and reports to Liam Burrell, division head of property & casualty (P&C).

In his new role, Gschossmann will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the financial lines portfolio in Singapore, including all underwriting and market-facing functions. In addition, he will spearhead product development as well as underwriting initiatives to achieve sustainable growth.

Gschossmann brings with him more than 10 years of industry and global experience. Prior to joining Chubb, he was at Allianz overseeing the financial lines operations in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Positive Performance Consulting promotes managing director
Mei Hwa Chang was appointed the role in June, after joining the company in February this year as a senior consultant.  She has more than 30 years of experience with global strategic and entrepreneurial marketing.  She is based in Singapore.

Stervey Lim joins F.A.C.E Maven Partnership
As a human profiler & performance maven professional, Lim looks to continue to transforming individuals into exceptional talent through self awareness & mindfulness in his new role.

He brings with him 20 years of corporate/business experience integrating with self awareness. His goal is to guide and assist frustrated and struggling individuals, executives and business owners who want to discover, understand self-awareness & mindfulness. He is based in Singapore.

Promotions at Korn Ferry
Pieter Wetsels was promoted to senior associate.  He started his career at Korn Ferry in Belgium in 2010 and relocated to Singapore in 2012.  He was promoted from the role as associate.

Mayur Rane moved up to senior associate, global technology markets in June.  He had been with Korn Ferry since 2013. Previously he was with DHR International in India before relocating to Singapore in 2012.

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

If you’ve been promoted or if you’ve moved to a new company, let us know and we will announce your news here – just email

And for the pick of HR job opportunities in Asia, check out HRjobs.

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