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Up the ranks: Hong Kong HR and global job moves at American Express and Aston Martin


HR/senior appointments

Helene Landrieu becomes American Express Market CHRO for Asia

In March 2019, Helene Landrieu was promoted to Market Chief Human Resources Officer for Asia at American Express. In this role, she is in charge of leading the market HR and global employee and labour relations teams in developing and delivering a business-focused HR strategy.

She initially joined American Express in 2016 as Market CHRO for France where she made a significant impact on the market HR team in France. Before American Express, she had more than 15 years of experience as an HR professional at large and mid-size international companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Aston Martin appoints Laura Schwab its first-ever female president

Luxury British sports car maker Aston Martin has its first female president in the firm’s 105-year history. Laura Schwab, head of Aston Martin the Americas, said her promotion signalled a “pivotal moment in time for women” in the sports car industry – traditionally considered a male-dominated bastion.

It’s a significant move for the car maker whose enduring image is James Bond (played by Sean Connery) slouching against the bonnet of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in the movie Goldfinger.

After rising through the ranks for 15 years at Jaguar Land Rover, Schwab was originally poached by Aston Martin in October 2015 to lead its Americas operations.

Then, a month after accepting the presidency position, she discovered she was pregnant. While she admitted to being initially nervous about revealing her status, she praised the Aston Martin workplace as being “super supportive” throughout her entire pregnancy.

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