Chief People Officer
Sheers had been the company’s Global HR Director before the announcement of a complete Board reshuffle. The company launched a new initiative called Outlook, bringing Scheers in to guide the people strategy at a Board-level in the hope of improving growth, reliability and productivity, as well as organisation to improve accountability.
Valerie D’Aeth, HR Director
D’Aeth’s predecessor Lucy Adam’s faced a tough time at the BBC. High remuneration for BBC executives was thrown into the limelight and Adams found herself giving evidence to a parliamentary committee. Most recently working as Group HR and Communications Director at Amey, D’Aeth has held several specialist roles at various companies, including European Compensation and Benefits Manager at EDS - experience that will no doubt be vital in the new role.
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Neil Morrison, HR Director
Morrison had held the position of Group HR Director at Random House Group before the company’s merger completion in July 2013. As a member of the board he had successfully restructured the company to help it navigate the economic downturn successfully. His executive experience and deep understanding of HR within publishing look set to help him continue to guide the merged companies’ people strategy.
Mark Green, CHRO
After arriving late to the digital revolution Kodak were forced to file for bankruptcy in 2012. They emerged in 2013 announcing they had returned as a technology company focused on imaging for business. Green’s previous experience with Applied Materials, a Silicon Valley-based provider of equipment, services and software for technology industries will come in handy as the firm focuses on its digital strategy.
Emily Lawson, Group HR Director
In its 2013/14 annual report, the company revealed its intentions to build its online presence and increases its multichannel capabilities. Lawson’s previous roles with consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where she was a Partner and headed up the Human Capital Practice, and Avitech Diagnostics, where she was Technology and Business Development Manager, put her in good stead to lead the people agenda through this shift.
Chief People Officer
In the summer of 2012 Harriet Green was given the role of CEO at Thomas Cook, a job she secured after cold calling Chairman Frank Meysman. Campopiano had worked for Green in her previous role as CEO of technology company Premier Farnell. Campopiano will be expected to use her multichannel experience to support the company improve its offering, a key objective of Thomas Cook’s strategy.
Chris Van Steenberg, CHRO
Van Steenberg joined Heineken from Royal DSM, the Dutch multinational Life Sciences firm but he also has strong experience in the food and drinks industry – his previous positions have been with Cadbury and Quick Restaurants SA. The company consider its people its main competitive advantage and have so far trained over 6,000 in the Heineken Leadership competencies.
Irene McDermott Brown
Group HR Director
McDermott Brown initially took on the role on an interim basis in 2012 having joined as HR Director of Functions in 2011. She had spent six years with BP as part of the company’s HR transformation programme. As with all banks, Barclay’s has many change goals in terms of how they operate which will continue over the next few years. The bank will hope McDermot Brown’s experience at BP will help her support these objectives.