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How Bayer, Manulife, Maxis, PwC win in the war for talent



Asia’s most renowned regional HR Excellence Awards is back in October in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia to sieve out HR’s finest gems. Are you a diamond in the rough? View the categories and find out more.

No matter how well defined a recruitment strategy is, external factors such as technology, legislation, and competition will continue to affect the effectiveness of hiring and talent processes. At Recruitment Asia, the region’s most comprehensive forum on recruitment and talent acquisition, HR leaders and recruitment champions from leading organisations will share their experiences as well as proven methods and game-changing strategies on how to win in the war for top talent.

Recruitment Asia is an annual two-day conference happening in Kuala Lumpur on 31 October and 1 November, in Singapore on 2-3 November, and in Manila on 22 November.

“As always, the speakers of Recruitment Asia come from various industries and carry accomplishments under their belt that demonstrate excellence, innovation, and expertise,” said Aditi Sharma Kalra, regional editor of Human Resources magazine. “They will lead the event’s thought-provoking panel sessions, powerful case study presentations, and rare networking opportunities with other industry leaders.”

Recruitment Asia 2017 will explore what expert research and the recruitment sector find the most critical subjects in the industry today. Some of the speakers who will lead the discussions are:

Rahul Kalia is described as a global human resources professional with ability to lead the HR function within a matrix based global environment. Before becoming the head of talent management APAC & regional HRBP at Bayer, Kalia has worked in various industries throughout his 17 years of professional experience, particularly in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, retail finance, fine chemicals, and agriculture.

Manulife’s global business effectiveness lead for talent management, Suzanne Custerson, is known as an experienced Asia Pacific HR leader with specialist knowledge across the areas of talent management, recruitment & resourcing, and regional HR shared services operations. Custerson holds a Master’s degree in Business Strategy & Innovation from Australia and a Business Degree from the UK.

Jo-Ann Low, head of recruitment at Maxis, is focused on digitalising the recruitment process and experience. She carries over 10 years of experience in the field, with exposure in analytics. This allows her to provide a unique perspective for making sound business decisions.

With over 20 years of HR experience, Sherriza Nor Rashidi has covered six industries, such as aviation, manufacturing, financial services, construction management, oil and gas, and professional services. As the current employer branding and talent acquisition lead for PwC, she is in charge of enhancing the company’s brand presence to recruit top talent for PwC Malaysia and PwC Vietnam as well as executing talent attraction programmes with local and private learning institutions and professional bodies.

Developing global strategy for talent acquisition is the major task of Stephanie Morton as the global talent acquisition consultant for strategy & technology at Siemens. Morton also determines innovative technologies and analytics that can improve the recruitment process. Her other functions include providing internal consulting support to solve recruiting challenges and to transforming on the ground country operations in key locations.

Past companies represented on the Recruitment Asia agenda were AIG, Airbnb, Bloomberg, Cisco, Citi, Coca Cola, Ericsson, Google, HP, Manulife, Maxis, Philips, PWC, Sanofi, Shell, Unilever, Zalora, and many more. All presenters & panellists, such as Anuradha Katyal, HR Director, SEA at Scania South East Asia, are director or vice president level HR professionals with regional responsibility.

Senior HR professionals who do not want to be left behind can visit the event website www.recruitmentasia.net for more information and updates or contact the following regional producers:

For Singapore: Priya Veeriah, Regional Producer, priyav@humanresourcesonline.net, +65 6423 0329
For Malaysia: Nikita Erpini, Regional Producer, nikitae@humanresourcesonline.net,+65 6423 0329



Asia’s most renowned regional HR Excellence Awards is back in October in Malaysia to sieve out HR’s finest gems. Are you a diamond in the rough? View the categories and find out more.

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