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HR job moves this week from SMRT, UOB, LEGO Group, and more



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

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HR practitioner appointments

Yin Yin Chong is United Overseas Bank’s (UOB) senior vice president of HR, HR BP, GTO
Chong was promoted to the role from her previous role as senior vice president of human resources, HR BP, personal financial services, effective September 2016. With about 22 years of HR experience, Chong has previously held HR roles in companies such as SGX, Standard Chartered Bank and ANZ. She will remain based in Singapore

SMRT has promoted their vice president, HR to the role of chief corporate officer
Having been with the company as a vice president, human resources, since January 2013, Gerard Keng Swee Koh was recently promoted to the role of chief corporate officer in September 2016. In his previous role, he reported directly to the CEO and was in charge of the full spectrum of HR strategy and management of 10,000 employees, training, administration and corporate planning. He will remain based in Singapore.

Vivek Chandra has joined LEGO Group’s BSO team
Chandra was appointed to the role of head – HR service desk and recruitment support, Asia Pacific, in August 2016 from his previous role as HR integration leader, APAC – global ops HR at GE. With over 14 years of HR experience, has previously held HR roles in companies such as GE, Walmart, Oracle, and more. He is a seasoned and result-oriented leader with expertise in HR shared services/HR ops, HR transformation projects, HR business process re-engineering, HR analytics, human capital management consulting, HR audit/SOX compliance, change and project management in the Asia Pacific region. Chandra will remain based in Singapore.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. welcomes Ronald Tay to its HR team
In June 2016, Tay joined JPMorgan as executive director, APAC head of learning and development, asset management, from his previous role as executive director, head of talent (Asia ex Japan) at Nomura International. Tay has close to 20 years of experience in leadership, talent and learning spanning diverse industries and is well positioned to leverage his skills and networks to consult, design, manage and facilitate the full spectrum of learning and organisational development initiatives. He will be based in Hong Kong.

Manoj Pattnaik has been promoted by HSBC
Having joined the bank in June 2000, Pattnail quickly rose up the ranks and was recently promoted to the role of head of human resources, global banking and markets, global finance, risk and compliance, legal, ASP, from his previous role as head of human resources, global banking and markets, Asia Pacific, in August 2016. He comes with about 23 years of HR experience and has worked for multinationals such as Tata Motors and Diageo. He will be based in Hong Kong.

Jackson Low is China Fortune Land Development’s new talent acquisition manager
China Fortune Land Development appointed Low to the role in September 2016 from his previous role as talent acquisition specialist in Tyco. In this new role, he will be responsible for acquiring new talent globally for the company and will be based in Singapore.

OCBC Bank has appointed June Shaul as HR brand and marketing
Shaul joined the bank in September from her previous role as global accounts team lead, employer branding and recruitment marketing at LinkedIn. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the APAC region and is a big believer in the power of brands and its ability to attract, instill confidence and trust, inspire and connect people. She will be based in Singapore.

Bank of Singapore recruits Elise Law
Law was recruited by the bank to the role of HR business partner, in August 2016 from her previous role as vice president, HR business partner at UOB. She has about nine years of experience in HR and excels in talent acquisition and talent management. Law will be based in Singapore.

Ezpay has welcomed Nadia James to its HR team
James joined the company in August 2016 as an executive assistant, office manager, HR and administration, from her previous role as project management – HR global projects at HSBC Global Technology. In her new role, she will be the executive assistant to CEO, Trent Brown and her responsibilities include supply management, staffing and recruitment, supervision, managing processes and more. She will be based in Malaysia.

Adeline Boey returns to GAMUDA
Boey first joined the company in November 2012 as senior executive human resources, before leaving to join Astro as head of university relations in December 2013. She has now returned to the company as assistant manager, organisational development and talent management in July 2016. She will remain based in Malaysia.

Regarding her new role, Boey told Human Resources: “My new role focuses on culture and values, as well as diversity and inclusion. The team aims to bring our corporate value proposition to the next level within the organisation. At the same time, we look at ways to further improve our flexibility with regards to catering the needs of our diverse workforce.”

Kerry Group has promoted David Maher
Maher joined the company as senior reward analyst – Kerry EMEA, in August 2014 and was promoted to the role of senior reward analyst – Kerry APAC, in August 2014. He holds about five years of experience in compensation and benefits and rewards and has previously worked for companies like Aer Lingus and Towers Watson. He will be based in Malaysia.

Lauren Lee is promoted by Conrad Hong Kong
Lee was promoted to the role of assistant human resources officer, in September 2016 from her previous role as human resources assistant. She has more than four years of HR experience having started her career as a human resources trainee, at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay in July 2012. She will remain based in Hong Kong.

BDO welcomes Tom Chau to its HR team
Chau joined the company in August 2016 as assistant manager human resources, from his previous role as senior officer – talent management at Hong Kong Broadband Network. He has more than four years of HR experience having started his career in The Sincere Company as senior human resources officer in March 2012. He will be based in Hong Kong.

Chloe Yuen joins Julius Baer as learning specialist, JB Academy Asia
Yuen joined the company in August 2016 from her previous role as manager, HR consulting at Gemini Personnel. She has more than 12 years of combined experience in training, coaching and consulting for leading consulting companies and is a certified DiSC trainer with strong interpersonal skills to coach and train both corporate clients and internal staff. She will be based in Hong Kong.

Morgan Stanley has promoted Jasmine Law
Law was promoted to the role of experienced hire recruiter, in September 2016 from her previous role as HR coverage coordinator –  business partners. With more than two years of experience, she is best known for her skills in recruiting, talent management, and interviewing. She will be based in Hong Kong.

HR solutions provider appointments

Bernard Neo has returned to P-Serv as manager, business support
Returning to the company in August 2016, Neo first joined P-Serv as business development manager, in April 2013 and was promoted to manager, business operations, at the company in December 2014 before leaving for a short 3-month stint at Talon Consulting as a consulting director in June this year. He has over 11 years of business experience in moth MNCs and local companies and believes in building sincere, long-term partnerships with his clients to help them grow their business by providing them with workforce solutions. He will be based in Singapore.

font welcomes Jon Sales to its team
Sales joined font in August 2016 in the role of talent agent – technology, from his previous role as client engagement manager in GECO-Group. He is a registered recruitment consultant in Singapore and is a sales professional with more than 14 years of experience in recruitment, corporate, telemarketing, dealer and retain sales. He will be based in Singapore.

Chris Davis has joined Manulife’s media relations and communications team
Davis joined the company in August this year from his previous role as senior media relations manager, Asia, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. He has more than eight years of experience in external and internal stakeholder management as well as online communications integration, thought leadership and media relations. He will be based in Hong Kong.

Joanne Chng joins Pedersen & Partners’ Singapore team
As of 16 August 2016, Chng was appointed by Pedersen & Partners’ as client partner. Prior to joining Pedersen & Partners, Chng was the Singapore managing director for a major Japanese listed recruitment company, where she rebuilt and redesigned the company’s business strategy, driving market growth through tailored and innovative talent strategy development, systems integration and business processes optimisation. She has over a decade’s worth of experience in senior-level executive search in the financial services, information communication technology, industrial, FMCG, and healthcare and life sciences sectors for global brands across APAC. She will be based in Singapore.

Newcastle University (UK) has appointed Professor Ian Postlethwaite
Professor Postlethwaite was appointed as the new dean and chief executive officer of its Singapore operation, effective 19 August 2016. In his role, professor Postlethwaite will grow Newcastle University’s profile in the region as well as strengthen the quality of research activity in support of its academic and partnership ambitions in Singapore. Professor Postlethwaite joined Newcastle University in February 2015 as director of corporate projects. He has over 30 years’ experience of working in the higher education sector.

Appointments from AXA
Annie Tay joins AXA Asia as regional chief risk officer
Tay has commenced her role as regional chief risk officer of AXA Asia on 29 August 2016, reporting directly to Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, regional chief executive officer of AXA Asia and AXA group’s chief risk officer Alban De Nesle Mailly. One of her responsibilities in her new role includes overseeing the overall risk management framework to ensure compliance and governance is maintained and managed on a global, regional and local level. Prior to joining AXA Asia in August 2016, Annie was director and CEO of Cubic Risk Solutions, a risk and actuarial management consulting firm she founded in 2010, that provided executive, interim and change management services to multinational and private equity firms. She will be based in Hong Kong.

Frédéric Tardy joins AXA as regional chief marketing, digital, data and customer officer
Frédéric Tardy commenced his role as regional chief marketing, digital, data and customer officer of AXA Asia on 1 September, reporting directly to Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, regional chief executive officer of AXA Asia and based in Hong Kong. In this role, he will be overseeing areas that cover customers, marketing, innovation, data, digital and partnership development. As a member of the regional executive committee, Tardy will be instrumental in leading and driving the regional strategic direction for customer centricity and customer experience initiatives across all business lines. Prior to joining AXA Asia, Tardy was chief marketing and distribution officer of AXA Group, based in Paris, a position he held since March 2013.

Indu Sharda has been promoted by General Mills Malaysia 
Sharda was promoted from HR manager to HR senior manager in August 2016. She currently leads the HR department for Malaysia and will take on additional responsibility as talent management leader for South East Asia. In her additional role, Sharda will be responsible for driving talent development and succession planning initiatives for SE Asia. She will be based in Malaysia.

Joo Seng Tan has joined BUNGE practical applied leadership program
Tan came on board the Nanyang Executive Education program as a program director, in August 2016 from his previous role as program director in the Alstom Future Management Program. He has about 22 years of experience in the education sector and has been with Nanyang Technological University as an associate professor since 1994. He will be based in Hong Kong.

Sean Lee is consulting director at inTalent HR Consulting
Lee joined the company in August 2016 from his previous role as consulting manager at Idealseed Talent Tactics. He is an enthusiastic HR practitioner with demonstratable working experience in all spectrums of HR spanning several industries. His specialties includes executive search – talent mapping, market intelligence, profiling, client acquisition and key account management. He will be based in Malaysia.

Tarun Arora has been promoted by Korn Ferry Hay Group
Arora was promoted to the role of senior compensation analyst, in August 2016 from her previous role as senior compensation and benefits analyst. In her new role, her responsibilities include reward benchmarking and salary structure designing, job mapping, and pay analysis. She will be based in India.

Ratneshwar Banerjee is a management consultant at Mercuri Urval
Banerjee joined the company in August 2016 from his previous role as principal consultant at EMA Partners India. He brings with him more than 10 years of experience in headhunting, program management, executive training (delivery and servicing) and business development. He will be based in India.

On his new role, Banerjee told Human Resources: “My first year priorities would be to strengthen our existing relationships and creating a strong foothold in the information technology and retail sector in India. I aim to achieve this by being a strategic consultant/advisor to my clients enabling them to grow their businesses through high impact HR interventions.”

Suvin HR Solutions has welcomed Makarand Rege as their new director
Rege joined the company in July 2016 from his previous role as adjunct professor at Mithibai College. He has 15 years of industry experience in the corporate sector as well as 15 years of experience in corporate training, having worked with companies across business sectors. His specialties includes sales training, leadership training and executive coaching. He also does team coaching and individual coachoing for senior managers following the Marshall Goldsmith methodology. He will be based in India.

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