Effective December 2017, Ilja Rijnen has joined Beam Suntory as HR director for Emerging Asia. Based in Singapore, as part of the Emerging Asia leadership team, he reports to the regional president based in Singapore and the VP of international HR based in Madrid, Spain.

In his role, Rijnen manages a team of 10 HR professionals and has HR oversight and management for the Emerging Asia region covering all of Asia apart from Japan and India.

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Speaking with Human Resources, he reveals his priorities include driving the right HR strategy and people focus in the fast-growing region; aligning HR across the region and to the global HR strategy; developing an EVP to attract and retain the right talent in high-growth markets; and strategic workforce planning.

Prior to joining Beam Suntory, Rijnen has gained significant HR experience through Edrington Asia Pacific and Diageo, with his most recent role being regional HR director Asia Pacific and India, Edrington.

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