Syed Ali Abbas

Executive Director (Human Resources)
AT&T Asia Pacific and India

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Syed Ali Abbas is the Executive Director (Human Resources) for AT&T in the Asia Pacific and India regions. In this role, he oversees the HR direction for AT&T across 13 markets and provides strategic, tactical and operational support on people and organization-related issues. He is currently the international leader for HR Business Continuity Planning for AT&T and also leads the international Avian Flu Response Strategy team in partnership with the Corporate Business Continuity function.

Abbas has over 8 years of experience in HR, with the past 6 years at AT&T. He previously served as AT&T’s HR Service Delivery Manager for Asia Pacific and Japan, as well as the Country HR Manager in India. In 2003, Abbas was a member of the AT&T International HR Transformation team which was responsible for revamping the entire international HR function including organization structure, governance, staffing, process re-engineering, systems, vendor management and setting up the international HR shared services operation for AT&T.

Before joining AT&T, Abbas held various operational HR and Business positions at KPMG, Genpact and Catvision Products. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with a major in Strategic Management from Lancaster University, UK and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Delhi University. He is fluent in English and Hindi.

Abbas is a Life Member of the HRD Network (India) and a Global Member of the Society for Human Resource Management (USA).

Ignacio Abia

President & CEO
Olympus Imaging Europe GmbH

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Nacho Abia was born in Spain in 1968. He holds an Engineering degree in Telecommunications by University of Barcelona and a degree in the Senior Management Program (AMP) from the Institute for Advanced Business Studies (IESE) in Barcelona.

In April 2008, Nacho was appointed President & CEO of Olympus Imaging Europe GmbH. He began his career with Olympus as the Managing Director of Olympus Spain before progressing to Regional Managing Director for the Iberia region in 2005.

Prior to working for Olympus Nacho was the South European Marketing Manager at Sony Europe’s Digital Imaging Division.

He has a wide experience in business which he has acquired especially in the digital imaging market but also in the medical and science fields, as Managing Director for Olympus Spain.

He is married to Nuria and in his spare time enjoys traveling, reading and sports.

Ulrich F. Ackermann

Member of the Board of Directors
TRANSEARCH International Partners PLC

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After studying Business Administration and Classical Languages at Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen/Germany and a subsequent IEP at INSEAD, Fontainebleau/France, Ulrich spent over 20 years in the branded consumer goods industry. He started the German business of ellesse s.p.a., Perugia/Italy where he served until 1984 as Managing Director of the German subsidiary. In 1984 he joined adidas Group in Germany, firstly as Sales and Marketing Director Germany. In 1988 he became CEO of adidas Austria AG, followed by assuming the responsibility as CEO for adidas-Sarragan S.A., Fribourg/Switzerland. In 1992 he joined the Board of Directors of Hugo Boss AG, Metzingen/Germany with responsibility for Global Sales and Marketing.

In 1996 he embarked on his Executive Search career with CETRA Managementberatung and TRANSEARCH International. Today Ulrich is Managing Partner of TRANSEARCH International Deutschland GmbH, Managing Partner of TRANSEARCH CETRA Consulting GmbH and Member of the Board of Directors of TRANSEARCH International Partners PLC, London. Since 2001 Ulrich has been serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants), New York and since 2007 he is also the Chairman of AESC Deutschland. Ulrich is based in Stuttgart, Germany.

William Barribal

Founder & Managing Director
in2Vista Ltd

Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October, 9:30am - 12:30pm

William Barribal is the founder and managing director of in2Vista Ltd, a pioneering software and services business providing a unique video interviewing application to leading executive search firms and multi-national organisations around the globe.

Will spent 18 years in the executive search industry, the last 12 of which with Michael Page PLC, as a managing consultant and Korn/Ferry International, as a client partner, where he worked in the international hi-tech sectors.

He established in2Vista Ltd in 2004 and developed in2View™ (, the first cross platform, video interviewing application, which has been used by a growing number of executive search firms and multi-national clients to hire MBA graduates through to chief executives from around the world.

Over the last 4 years he has developed and introduced a range innovative products and solutions for the recruitment and talent management industry, winning “best innovation in recruitment” at the RAD awards in 2005 and launching a video production service specifically for recruitment and resourcing teams, enabling clients to further exploit the value and reach of online campaigns.

He has a unique combination of technology and recruitment process experience and has used this to drive innovation in the global industry.

George Bradt

Managing Director

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George Bradt has a unique perspective on helping leaders accelerate transitions based on his combined senior line management and consulting experience. After his education at Harvard and Wharton, George progressed through a series of sales, marketing and general management roles around the world at Fortune 500 companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and then J.D. Power and Associates as Chief Executive of its Power Information Network spin off.

Now he is Managing Director of PrimeGenesis, the executive onboarding and transition acceleration group he founded in 2002. Since then, PrimeGenesis has been able to reduce the risk of failure fourfold for executives they have worked with - from 40% to 10% through a single-minded focus on helping them and their teams deliver better results faster.

George is the author of "The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan" (Wiley, 2006) and of "Back-to-School Chats - Advice from Fathers to their Sons" (Durban House, 2006) and of "Back-to-School Chats - Advice from Mothers to their Daughters" (Durban House, 2009).

Fiona Bunker

Quality & Process Manager
Odgers Ray & Berndtson

Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October 2008, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Fiona Bunker joined Odgers Ray & Berndtson in May 2006 as the Quality and Process Manager. Prior to this, her work experience included 2½ years at Whitehead Mann where she had various roles in research, 2 years with Tregrehan Partners, a small boutique asset management search firm as a researcher and 7 years at Russell Reynolds where she was the European IT Manager and also project managed various global IT rollouts, new database development, testing and training along with other ad-hoc projects.

Prior to her career in Executive Search, Fiona worked in the City as an analyst for a French bank and in trade finance. She studied coral genetics in Western Australia and has also worked as a professional sailor. Fiona is currently based in London but has also lived in France and Australia.

John Callagher

International Director

Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October, 9:30am - 12:30pm

John Callagher has over fifteen years experience in Executive Search and Recruitment and is the International Director for the Grafton and SpenglerFox International divisions. Prior to joining SpenglerFox in 2003, John was also a Director for Alexander Mann Solutions, Nicholson International and Antal.

John has also vast knowledge and experience in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) across a number of Countries and Regions.

Previous to working in Recruitment, John had worked for Xerox and IBM in the IT and Office Equipment Industry, then became Founder of a company specialising in IT solutions and maintenance.

John is married with one child and his country of birth is England.

Dr. Daniel Dirks

Head of Group Human Resources
Allianz SE

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Dr. Daniel Dirks is Head of Group HR (GHR), the corporate Human Resources function of Allianz SE, based in Munich, Germany. GHR covers all global policies and activities concerning executive development (Global Talent Development), HR global IT projects, Diversity management, and HR compliance/reporting (Global HR Solutions), as well as compensation and benefits (Global Reward & Performance). He assumed this position in January 2006, after two years with Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., a US-subsidiary of Allianz SE, where he was in charge of a restructuring project in the Claims area, as well as designing and implementing an Innovation process and structure at Fireman’s Fund.

Prior to his US assignment, Mr Dirks was responsible for global Management Development activities at Allianz Group, comprising the Allianz Management Institute, i.e. Allianz’ corporate university, and other global training and development tasks. He joined Allianz in 1999, following four years as a senior researcher and Head of the Economics Department at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, Japan.

He earned his Diploma and Ph.D. in Business Studies & Economics at the Private University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. He is a Bank clerk by training (German Apprenticeship Program, Dresdner Bank Berlin), a German national, married, and has two daughters.

Keith Dugdale

Director, Global Recruitment

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Keith joined the global professional services firm KPMG in 1999. Keith was initially KPMG’s UK Director of Graduate Recruitment and in 2003 became their overall Director of Recruitment and Resourcing. In 2007 Keith became Director of Global Recruitment with responsibility for developing and delivering KPMG’s global recruitment strategy. The global network of KPMG member firms currently recruits more than 30,000 new hires per year.

Prior to joining KPMG, Keith spent 20 years in the University sector in the UK as Director of the Careers Services at Manchester and Strathclyde. Keith is a former President of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and Board Director of the Association of Graduate Recruiters. He is therefore uniquely well positioned to talk about the interface between employment and education. His publications include ‘What do Graduates Do?’ and ‘Beyond First Degree’. Keith is a regular international speaker on recruitment strategy and best practice and has consistently championed innovative recruitment solutions as a source of competitive advantage.

Chris Forman


Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Chris Forman serves as Chief Development Officer of The RightThing and President of AIRS. Over his 15 year technology career, Forman has become a seasoned business executive and one of the HR industry's most dynamic speakers and thinkers on recruiting technology, talent development, and OFCCP compliance.
Mr. Forman has spoken at more than 75 HR and recruiting industry events and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, HR Executive, Government Executive, SI Review and Purple Squirrel.

Prior to joining AIRS in 1998, (acquired by The RightThing in 2008), Mr. Forman held a series of leadership positions at fast-growth technology firms including Centricut (acquired by Hypertherm in 1998) and Direct Imaging. He is a graduate of Colby College and lives with his wife Angela and their four children Emma, Noah, Will, and Sara in Meriden, NH.

Nancy Garrison-Jenn

Consultant / Writer
The Economist Intelligence Unit

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Nancy Garrison-Jenn has dual American/French nationality and is based in London, after having lived for 8 years in Paris. She has her own consulting firm which has been closely tracking the executive search world for multinational firms for the last 10 years after a 20-year career in international marketing management with Gillette, Revlon, LVMH and Warner Communications.

Mrs. Garrison-Jenn has written 10 authoritative books for the Economist on executive search in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. A new book called “Headhunters and how to use them” was published by Profile Books in April 2005. She also wrote a bestselling book called “The Global 200 Executive Recruiters” (Jossey Bass/Wiley) profiling 200 outstanding search consultants around the world.

She has consulted many multinational firms (including AIG, Chanel, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Estée Lauder, Goldman Sachs, KAO, KPMG, LVMH, Philips, Sanofi, United Technologies, Viacom) on the selection of headhunters on a global basis. She lectures MBA students at LBS, INSEAD, IMD, Oxford Said, Cambridge Judge Institute, Columbia, Esade, IE and other leading business schools on networking in the executive search world and runs a networking panel for Harvard/HBS alumni in Europe each year.

Mrs. Garrison-Jenn is a graduate of Yale University School of Management and assists with interviewing for the university in the UK. She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and is learning Arabic.

John Goldberg

Director, Executive Talent Acquisition
The Coca-Cola Company

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John J. Goldberg has responsibility for the acquisition of executive talent at The Coca-Cola Company. In this capacity, he is focused on designing short- and long-term sourcing strategies, leading global executive talent sourcing, and executing against key searches for leadership roles in the Company.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, John was a senior recruiting manager with Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for global talent acquisition across the Enterprise Server and Developer Tools organization. In this role, he worked with the Business Unit President to develop a targeted recruitment strategy and subsequently led his team to successful execution against all key talent needs.

Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, John worked for the Home Depot, where he held several roles within the staffing organization, each comprised of increased responsibility, until finally leading the corporate staffing function. In this capacity, John was responsible for developing and executing the first headquarters recruitment function in the history of the Company.

John was previously the owner and managing partner of the Georgetown Group, a technology focused retained search firm. He started his recruiting career in the Washington, D.C. area with a boutique retained and contingency search practice.

John is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in English from Lafayette College. John is an active member of the Human Capital Institute and member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (IACPR).

Rob Grimsey

Strategic Development Director
Harvey Nash Plc

Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October, 9:30am - 12:30pm

In his role as Strategic Development Director, Rob is responsible for Harvey Nash's vision of becoming a leading professional services group.

Following a career in management consulting at Accenture he joined Harvey Nash, initially as an executive search consultant. Unable to quell his ‘inner management consultant’, Rob moved on to become heavily involved in helping the Group grow and capitalise on technology for competitive advantage, including launching Harvey Nash’s award winning online division.

He is passionate about how technology can make a positive difference. But only when it’s simple.

Peter Haddad

Talent Acquisition Executive

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Peter Haddad is Talent Acquisition executive for Lenovo, the world’s third largest personal computer provider. He is responsible for global workforce management programs including executive recruiting, global staffing, university relations and employment policies.

Peter began his career at IBM in 1984 and has held a variety of human resource positions. In 1995 he was named HR leader for the Global Banking, Finance and Securities Industry, which accounted for US$13 billion in revenue. In 1997 he was named Manager of Workforce Diversity Initiatives and following that assignment became HR Manager for the East Fishkill manufacturing and development site, supporting 6,000 employees. In 2001 he was Director of Human Resources and Administration, where he provided human resources and operational support for Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, New York. He also served as the Senior Location Executive for the Westchester geography. He was appointed to Vice President, Personal Systems Group in January 2003, where he was the senior HR leader responsible for divesting IBM’s personal computer division for US$1.75 billion. He is currently a member of Lenovo’s senior human resources team where he contributes to the longer-term HR strategy of Lenovo.

Peter has a bachelor's degree in political science from DePauw University and a master's degree in industrial relations from the University of New Haven.

Rolf Heeb

AIMS International

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Rolf Heeb, President of AIMS International, is founder and Managing Director of AIMS International-Germany.

Before founding the company, he held senior key positions with BDO and Arthur Andersen in Germany and the US.

He was previously Managing Director with Baumgartner + Partner, a leading German Management Consulting and Search firm.

Alexander Hiller

Global Head of Talent & Leadership
Deutsche Bank AG

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Alexander Hiller is Head of Talent & Leadership (T&L) within Deutsche Bank’s HR Development function, based in Frankfurt, Germany. T&L covers talent identification and management, succession, leadership development as well as core people processes like performance and competency management.

He re-joined Deutsche Bank in this position in February 2008, after 2 years at McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he consulted for international banks as well as private equity firms on strategic and organizational issues.

Prior to that he worked for over 10 years at Deutsche Bank in various HR and business roles in Munich, Frankfurt, New York and London, amongst them Head of Learning & Development for Private Wealth Management, Learning & Development for Global Markets, Executive Assistant to the CEO Rolf-E. Breuer as well as project management roles within Asset Management and Private Wealth Management divisions.

Alex is a banker by training and holds an EMBA from INSEAD, France/ Singapore as well as a Bankfachwirt diploma from Bankakademie/ IHK Munich.

David Lord

Executive Search Information Services

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Optional Workshop:
Search Management Roundtable
20 October 2008, 9:30am - 12:30pm

David Lord is Founder and Principal of Executive Search Information Services (ESIS), where he helps companies improve executive recruiting effectiveness, and assists in selecting and engaging executive search resources.

He’s been called “the Nostradamus of executive recruiting” and has assisted more than 100 Fortune 500 organizations over the past 12 years.

David is facilitator of the Executive Search Information Exchange (ESIX), a network of executive talent officers from70 leading corporations who meet regularly in New York and on the West Coast, sharing information on best practices in executive recruiting worldwide.

And he is founder of the Executive Search Academy, a 2-day program on best practices in corporate executive recruiting, held twice a year in New York.

David is a frequently quoted writer and speaker on issues in executive recruiting and has been an analyst of the executive search profession since 1987. He is former Editor at Kennedy Information, publishers of Executive Recruiter News and The Directory of Executive Recruiters. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of William & Mary.

Simon Mullins

Director, Executive Recruiting
Microsoft Corporation

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As the Director of Executive Recruiting for Microsoft, Simon leads the team that recruits the most senior executives into Microsoft - the world’s largest software company, with 90,000 employees and $60 billion in revenues. The team’s mission is simple: ‘Hire the top executive and technical talent to enhance Microsoft’s ability to compete in the global market.’ Simon has held this role since June 2006.

Simon joined Microsoft as an Executive Recruiter in 2004, after leaving his prior role as a Client Partner at executive search firm Korn/Ferry International. He spent seven years with Korn/Ferry in both Boston and Silicon Valley, focused on recruiting senior executives in technology, professional services and venture capital. Prior to Korn/Ferry, Simon recruited for clients in the technology industry in Hong Kong for two years. He started his recruiting career in London, and has an honors degree in economics and public administration from the University of London.

Simon is a member of the ESIX Advisory Board, and has spoken before the International Association for Corporate & Professional Recruitment (IACPR) conference, the Asian American Management Association, the IBF Venture Capital Conference, and the Stanford School of Engineering Alumni Association, among others.

Parag Paranjpe

Senior Director, Human Resources
ICICI Venture

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After Dinner Speaker

Parag Paranjpe is Senior Director, Human Resources for ICICI Venture, India’s largest Private Equity Fund.

Parag Paranjpe joined ICICI Venture in 2006 and brings more than 18 years of experience in HR Function in various Organizations. At ICICI Venture, he focuses on working with the Portfolio Companies to strengthen their HR Processes; help them acquire, retain and develop talent and help manage their overall HR functions effectively.

He started his career with Atlas Copco, Pune and thereafter he has worked in various companies such as INDAL, Cadbury, Schindler, Thomas Cook & Bunge. Parag has extensive experience in all facets of Human Resources function ranging from Industrial Relations to Organization Development, Training & Development, Compensation Management, Managerial & Leadership Development & Assessments, etc. He has also conducted several Leadership and Behavioral programs and is an authorized user of various Psychometric Instruments.

Parag has a Masters Degree in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 1988.

Nirmit Parekh

Penrhyn International

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Nirmit has over 18 years experience in executive search. He is well regarded and acknowledged as one of the pioneers of retained executive search consulting in India. He founded Three P Consultants in 1990. His search experience at the CXO levels spans across industry sector which includes large Indian groups, multinational conglomerates and early start–up ventures. Over the years a large part of his assignments have been cross border in nature. In the last decade he has successfully partnered with over 100 clients in their talent acquisition efforts.

Nirmit is a qualified Engineer and had the unique opportunity of being trained in the latest methodologies of executive search by D. E. Foster Partners, New York. Nirmit also has the following responsibilities:

• Managing Director & CEO, 3P Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (
• Director on the Global Board of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), for years 2007 & 2008
• Board of Trustees and Charter member for The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)

Over the years he has held several professional memberships which include, Senate Member-University of Mumbai, Founder Member – Executive Recruiters Association (ERA) and Member Executive Committee & Chairman (Academic Programme) – Indo American Society.

In 2006 Nirmit was awarded the Penrhyn Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution to the Global Network. In December 2006, Nirmit was awarded the “Enterprise Scions Award” for Entrepreneurship Excellence in the Services Sector by Institute of Technology & Management (An affiliate of University of Hampshire).

Nirmit’s hobbies are reading management books, travel and photography.

Anna Patrono

Director Talent Acquisition and Management
Whirlpool Europe

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Anna has been Director Talent Acquisition and Management at Whirlpool since 2005. Her current responsibilities span the European organisation, with a focus on building, developing and acquiring talent, continuously raising the bar on Whirlpool Europe’s leadership bench strenght.

Anna Joined Whirlpool Europe from Abbey National, in London, where she was Head of Learning Strategy. Prior to this, she was a Senior Manager at Accenture, where she enjoyed a 9-year management consulting career in the area of Human Resource Management, Organisational Transformation and Leadership Development.

She holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Humanities, an MSc in Organizational Behavior from the University of London. Her passion is personal and organisational development, to this end she holds professional qualifications in person-centered counselling and is currently training in Gestalt psychotherapy in London.

Jörg Rischke

Managing Partner
Oliver Wyman – Delta Organization & Leadership

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Jörg Rischke is currently Managing Partner with Oliver Wyman – Delta Organization & Leadership. He has 18 years of experience in HR and is considered a “Trusted Advisor” by many top managers. Jörg specializes in the management of complex international projects; has in-depth know-how in the area of restructuring, strategy definition and organizational optimization as well as change management; is able to plan and develop leadership competencies on all business levels, and is effective in evaluating board level management.

Previously, Jörg was Director of Human Resources for Airbus GmbH Germany, where he was responsible for integrating the German division with the international operations of Airbus SAS and helping establish a first-rate global HR organization. Before this role, Jörg has been Director of Human Resources for Hays Germany; Director of development and change management at Citibank Germany as well as holding various operational HR positions at Dow Chemicals.

Jörg has an engineering degree from the Technical University in Hamburg, Germany and has majored in HR for international corporations. He speaks German and English fluently, and can converse in basic Spanish and French.

Karl-Heinz Reitz

Director Learning and Talent Management

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Karl-Heinz Reitz joined SAP's Change Management Team in 2004 to support large scale business and organisational transformation. His experience as a management consultant at CapGemini fueled his career path at SAP, where he is now Director of Learning and Talent Management. In this role since 2007, he is responsible for designing global leadership trainings, internal talent sourcing programs and for growing the global SAP Top Talent Pool.

SAP, as a global company, strives to continuously leverage its global talent pool across regional and organizational boundaries. Globally standardized processes, highly efficient IT tools & solutions and well managed global teams are essential for SAP's success. Karl-Heinz and his team aim to optimize these leverages of SAP's success and to align global HR trends and best practices across the organization.

Stephen Sidebottom

Head of HR
Nomura International Plc

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Stephen Sidebottom joined Nomura International Plc as Head of Human Resources in September 2004. Prior to joining Nomura he was Global Head of Corporate Finance and Advisory HR, and Global Head of Organisational Development at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. In this role he was responsible for the provision of HR to the Corporate Finance and Advisory business globally and for establishing global training, performance management and OD functions as well as for new talent recruitment at graduate and MBA levels.

Stephen spent four years with DKW; before that he spent two years at Commerzbank AG as Head of HR for their UK business, building a new HR function to support their securities business; and prior to that he was a director of HR for the investment banking and structured finance businesses of Barclays de Zoete Wedd/ CSFB.

Stephen began his career in the Middle East, based in Bahrain, where he spent nine years focusing on training and development for commercial organizations as well as in the further education sector. This included a position as lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Bahrain and latterly as advisor to senior ministers at the Bahrain Ministry of Finance and National Economy. He returned to the UK in 1994 to join Hay Management Consultants as a senior strategy consultant.

Stephen is currently Chairman of the City HR Association and has fellowships with the CIPD and RSA. He has an MA in Modern History and Economics from St John’s, Oxford and an MBA from the London Business School. In 2007 Stephen was ranked 37 in UK magazine Personnel Today’s Top 40 HR Power Players.

Marjolein Stead-Grijsen

Director Human Resources EMEA

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Marjolein Stead-Grijsen is the Director Human Resources for Europe, Middle East & Africa for Lexmark International, based in their EMEA HQ in Geneva, Switzerland. She overseas all HR activities over 24 different countries and here main responsibility is to provide strategic, tactical and operational support on people, talent management and organisational related issues.

She is a Human Resources professional with 15 years of highly varied International HR experiences in multiple industries throughout Europe and the US, including 2 years being an independent consultant supporting companies in setting up their international business organisations.

Before starting her career in International Human Resources, she worked for 8 years in the International Hotel business industry mainly in Switzerland and in Latin America. Marjolein is Dutch and holds a Master degree in Hotel Management and Senior CIPD qualifiefications.

Betty Thayer

a Financial Times company

Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Betty Thayer is a charismatic and results-orientated businesswoman. She is Chief Executive of, a Financial Times company and the leading, award-winning online site for executive jobs. Betty also runs, the only independent site dedicated to non-execs and trustees and a major Europe-wide source of information and comment on the non-exec sector. She also heads up, a unique resource for business schools to link their MBA students and alumni, at every stage of their career, to the most significant recruiters of MBAs.

Previously, Betty was a management consulting partner at Ernst & Young and associate partner at Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. She holds several non-executive positions and is a frequent and popular speaker at key industry conferences.

Katharina C. Toth

Consultant & Head of Research
NP Neumann & Partners GmbH

Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Katharina Toth is Head of Research / Consultant at NP Neumann & Partners GmbH Austria. NP Neumann & Partners is a leading executive search company with European roots and a major presence in fast moving and emerging markets.

Katharina holds a master’s degree from the university of economics in Vienna and wrote her thesis on “How to build trust in client relations within the executive search business”.

Katharina started her career with Heidrick & Struggles as junior researcher in 1999 and has not left the industry since back then. She joined NP Neumann & Partners shortly after it was founded and climbed up the ladder from researcher to head of research. In 2008 she was promoted to a consultant position focusing on IT and New Technologies, as she is a true passionate of this industry. This sphere of interest puts her to the forefront of the state of the art developments in research, as she improves on an ongoing basis process and tools used in this area of activity.

Besides her native German, Katharina is fluent in English. She is based in Vienna, Austria.

Celeste Whatley

Vice President
Marketing, Technology and Quality
TRANSEARCH International Partners Plc

Optional Workshop:
Competitive Advantage Through Technology
20 October, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Celeste Whatley is currently Vice President responsible for Marketing, Technology and Quality for TRANSEARCH International Partners plc. She joined the firm in 2000 and overseas the strategy implementation for all marketing initiatives including communication, brand development and public relations. She also handles the group technology infrastructure while executing the quality management system across the group.

Prior to joining TRANSEARCH, Celeste managed CGU Africa’s e-business department and call centre. She joined Commercial Union as an HRD Manager following four years as a consultant specialising in competency based training and development.

Celeste has several insurance qualifications and degrees in Political Science, Labour Relations and Anthropology. She is based in London.

Dr. Dagmar Wilbs

Head of Human Capital Practice

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Dagmar has many years of experience in strategic HR management in various branches within Germany and abroad. She worked in different corporate & line management HR positions for Global Companies such as Hewlett Packard, Whirlpool and Deutsche Bank. In addition Dagmar worked in International Strategic Consultancies e.g. as Partner for HRM & Human Capital Consulting in Price Waterhouse Coopers, Roland Berger and PA Consulting Group.

With her core competences she focuses on HR Strategy, HR Processes & Organisation, Workforce Strategy, Change-& Transformation Management as well as (Top) Leadership Assessment, Audit and Development, Performance Management & Talent Potential Diagnostics.

She has comprehensive knowledge in the areas of Attraction & Retention Management, (Global) Talent Management & Development Concepts. She has worked in different industries, markets and cultures. She has headed numerous Change, Communication & Transformation Management Projects.

Dr. Dagmar Wilbs is located in Mercer’s Frankfurt office and heads as Market Leader the Human Capital Practice Germany.

Stanislaw Wojnicki

Group HR Head
The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)

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After working for Procter and Gamble Poland, then RJ Reynolds Tobacco Poland, as Head of Human Resources in the early 90's, Stanislaw Wojnicki joined Citibank Poland in 1995 as country Human Resources Director. He helped setting up the Consumer business in 1998, and in 2000-2002 was member of the senior integration committee managing the acquisition of Bank Handlowy and its merger with the structures of Citibank Poland. In March 2001 he became the head of HR for the integrated bank and its affiliated entities in Poland. In 2004 Mr. Wojnicki moved to Citibank Dubai to become the Head of Human Resources for the Middle East. In October 2008 he joined The National Bank of Kuwait as a Group HR Head.

Miguel Ángel Zuil

Boyden Spain

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Since 2005, Mr. Zuil has been a Partner of Boyden Madrid.

Born in Spain, Miguel has a Degree in Law from the University Complutense at Madrid and has a graduate degree in Business Administration (General Manager Program) from Harvard Business School.

In 2000 he joined a local Executive Search firm, developing many searches for different companies in the IT; Healthcare, Biotechnology and other sectors.

Miguel's business experience includes participation in several deals in technology, consumer goods and healthcare markets with Cazenove.

Prior to search, he worked for AUCHAN, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts and COLT Telecom, as part of the senior management team.