Human Resources

Key Themes

  • HR Technology: The pandemic has led to a rapid, and necessary shift towards more digital ways of working. Some of these changes (Teams, Zoom, the uptake in e-Learning) are obvious requirements, however the need to review traditional structures is opening the way for more radical change. Talent marketplaces, nudge engines, unconscious bias-revealing ATS, employee experience platforms – these have all gone from disruptive of the avant-garde to mainstream considerations in the space of a few months.
  • Inclusion & Diversity: The move away from the concept of “culture fit” to one of “culture add” – a recognition that the ideas of “fit” and cognitive diversity are fundamentally at odds with each other, thereby limiting progress toward a culture of true inclusivity. This, in turn, requires organisations to be more thoughtful about how they integrate diverse talent so that new ideas are considered objectively, not rejected.
  • Organisations are increasingly aware that the battle to recruit diverse talent starts before lateral hires and beyond the walls of their industry. Moving small numbers of diverse talent from one organisation to another will not shift the needle significantly. As such, firms are investing in disadvantaged communities and forming partnerships to support minority groups and being more transparent about their inclusion and diversity goals.

Internal news:

  • We are currently running our annual Global HR Leadership Survey which is now in its 5th year, and as participation and circulation grows year on year, so does the insight and impact it generates. Given the unprecedented demands placed on HR in 2020, our survey can serve as an important guide to navigating 2021, both for the HR community. Please find the survey here if you’d like to contribute.
  • We have just released our Quarterly HR Market Moves, which highlights the major HR hires over the last quarter (July – Sept).
  • We recently released a Whitepaper discussing the importance of Employee Experience. You can find it here.

Key Human Resources Moves: Q3 2020


  • Ronald Taylor is named Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Mihuzo. He joins from Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he served as the Diversity Officer.
  • Felicia Mayo is promoted to Chief Talent, Diversity & Culture Officer at Nike from her role as VP of HR.
  • Jonathan Beane is appointed Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at National Football League (NFL). Previously, he served as SVP of Global Diversity & Inclusion at 21st Century Fox.
  • Curran Brugger joins Gilead Sciences as VP of Talent, Development & Inclusion from Novartis where she served in a similar capacity.


  • Brydie Lear joins GSK as Global Head People data & Workforce analytics from ING where she served as Global Head of People Analytics.
  • Dan Cohen joins Standard Chartered Bank as Head of People Capabilities for Europe and the Americas from AstraZeneca, where he served as Talent and Leadership Development Lead for the UK.
  • Jacky Simmonds is appointed CPO at Experian. She joins from VEON where she served in a similar capacity.
  • Mica Ross joins Numis Securities as Head of HR from Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners where she served as Global Head of HR.
  • Noel Mulvihill is named Head of Performance and Reward at Pandora. Previously, he served as Global Head of Reward at Maersk Drilling.
  • Caroline Abercrombie joins UNiDAYS as Head of People. Previously, she was Head of HR for AOL in EMEA at Verizon Media.


  • Madeleine Price joins APG Asset Management as Head of HR & Talent Management, APAC. She was previously Regional Head of Talent, Succession Planning and Diversity & Inclusion, APAC at Manulife.
  • Andreea Margineantu joins as HR Director. She was previously VP, HR, APAC at Gartner.
  • Hamish Bruce joins Citi as Director, Asia Talent Acquisition Lead. He was previously Asia Head of Talent Acquisition at Manulife.
  • Vivian Law Annan joins Nomura as Head of HR Wholesale, AEJ. She was previously Head of HR, Asia at Standard Bank Group.
  • Kathleen Kee joins Santen Pharmaceutical Asia as Head of HR. She was previously People Partner, ASEAN, ANZ, Japan and Korea at Roll-Royce.

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