Michael Piker has been appointed vice president of global total rewards at Naspers, in a move that sees him relocating from Beijing to Amsterdam.

Effective June 2015, he will be the company's first-ever head of total rewards, managing the function globally.

The role entails managing a classic total rewards package, including all elements of pay programmes, such as bonus, equity, as well as mobility.

Additionally, he will create the company's strategy for the emerging field of workforce analytics.

Piker spoke to Human Resources on the move, "My role is to build the foundation and credibility of the function, and the value it can deliver to the business."

While the company has made intiatives in the space, Piker will help to shape and align those with the business strategy, such as in the areas of mobility strategies, sales compensation and executive compensation.

Prior to this, Piker was based in Beijing, as vice president of global total rewards for Lenovo, where he led a team of 40 professionals in the company's total rewards and HR M&A team.

His past experience also includes roles at Syngenta, Alcoa, Cisco - all of which spanned nine countries, including Singapore, Japan, Brazil and Switzerland.

He is also the co-author of the report Talent Mobility Good Practices, produced in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.