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HR job moves of the week from Fendi, Wells Fargo, Savills and more



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Here are the major promotions and job moves in the world of HR for this week.

If you’ve been promoted or if you’ve moved to a new company, let us know and we will announce your news here – just email aditis@humanresourcesonline.net.

And for the pick of HR job opportunities in Asia, check out HRjobs.


HR Practitioner Appointments

Jimmy Sin moves up the ranks with move to real estate firm Savills
Tenured at Tsit Wing Coffee since December 2016 as HR assistant, Jimmy Sin has moved to Savills Property Management as assistant HR officer, effective May 2017. He has previously worked at Noah’s Ark Hotel and Resort as HR assistant, and started out at Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, based in Hong Kong.

Benson Yeung accepts new role as assistant training manager
Having been part of the hotel industry previously as assistant training manager at Eaton, Hong Kong, Benson Yeung, has moved to InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong as assistant training manager. He remains based in Hong Kong. Previously, he has worked with Cathay Pacific in a number of roles such as, learning and development executive, recruitment ambassador, and more.

Faizal Zain takes up new role at Honeywell UOP
Tenured with DaVita Kidney Care since November 2016 as director of people services/HR director, Faizal Zain has just taken up a new role as HR business leader – Asia Pacific at oil and gas supplier, Honeywell UOP. He continues to be based in Malaysia. His previous assignment include roles at Repsol, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Standard Chartered Bank, among others.

In a conversation with Human Resources, Zain said he will focus on supporting the high growth region initiatives for Honeywell UOP, looking at talent development and retention as one his key priorities for the year.

Tory Burch welcomes a new regional training and development manager
Effective last month, the American lifestyle brand appointed Pordy Ngan to the role of regional training and development manager. Based in Hong Kong, Ngan was previously the assistant training manager, country retail campus (SEA, Hong Kong and Macau) at Dolce & Gabbana. Prior to that, she held various roles in DFS, with the most recent being the product sales manager – Gucci, Bottega Veneta & Pop up (MCM), at DFS T Galleria.

Khoo Terry is the senior director of human resources at Infineon Technologies
Based in Malaysia, Khoo was promoted by the semiconductor company in April 2017 from the role of director of human resources to senior director of human resources. Prior to that, he joined the company in April 2011 in as the senior HR business partner/ C&B. Before joining Infineon Technologies, Khoo was with Dongwha MDF Malaysia as the group HR business partner.

Marsha Lau takes up HR role at Fendi
Working at Hong Kong Airlines as deputy general manager, HRBP for just over a year, Marsha Lau has been scouted by luxury retailer Fendi as country HR manager (head). Based in Hong Kong, Lau started her HR journey as assistant HR manager at Tsit Wing Coffee, and has since worked with VF Hong Kong.

Alex Chan gets a payroll position at Wells Fargo 
Financial services firm, Wells Fargo has appointed Alex Chan as payroll analyst (global payroll services). He continues to be based in Hong Kong. He has prior HR experience, having worked at LEGO Group and Noah’s Ark Hotel and Resort in varying roles.

Ernesto G. Espinosa, FPM appointed CHRO at Dalta Group of Companies 
For his new role as senior vice president/CHRO, Ernesto G. Espinosa, FPM has joined University of Perpetual Help System DALTA/Dalta Group of Companies. Based in Manila, Espinosa is the founder of Human Resource (HR) Gabay Asia Pacific, Inc, which offered HR consultancy services. Having worked with Fujitsu for more than 14 years, Espinosa is also well-versed on Japanese culture and can provide training on diversity and integration of Japanese-other nationalities’ culture.

Kamal Chawla promoted at Indian multiplex chain to AVP – human resources
As AVP – human resources, Kamal Chawla has been promoted by PVR up from his previous role as consultant. As consultant, he looked after strategic consulting and operations support for HR, payroll and labour compliance, among other responsibilities, after joining PVR in August 2016. He moved over from Mercer Consulting (India), where was HR operations leader, growth markets.

Yi Ling Tan to manage industrial relations at CIMB 
Investment bank major CIMB has appointed Yi Ling Tan as assistant manager of regional industrial relations, based in Kuala Lumpur. She moves from Hong Leong Bank, where she was assistant manager, industrial relations. She has previously worked in HR roles at Tan Chong Group as well as Aino Furnishing.

Qinetics Solutions welcomes HR and admin executive, Yih Bing Tan
Yih Bing Tan is joining domain name service provider, Qinetics Solutions as HR and admin executive, based Selangor. She comes from Achieve Group, where she held the same job title, and her past experience includes an internship with Poney Garments.

Erma SanMiguel is appointed to new role at Atos
Trust and compliance consulting firm Atos has promoted Erma SanMiguel from recruitment specialist to corporate recruiter, whilst based in the Philippines. She has been performing full-cycle recruiting from job analysis, sourcing, profiling, interviewing, selection and job offers, among other tasks.


HR Solutions Provider Appointments

Sashikala Devi Gopallan announces advancement to director, branding and PR at HRDF
Corporate communications and marketing expert, Sashikala Devi Gopallan, has been appointed by Malaysia’s national human capital development authority, HRDF  (Human Resources Development Fund) to the new role of director – branding and public relations. Bringing close to 20 years of experience in this new role, Gopallan was director of corporate communications for HRDF since July 2015, credited with setting up the division and looking after ATL, BTL, TTL, customer service, complaints as well as regulatory – a role she describes as “excitingly busy”.

Speaking to Human Resources, Gopallan explains the new role is certainly more defined than the previous one. “I’ve handed the baton over where it concerns BTL and regulatory assignments to other stakeholders. The primary focus of my team and I are ATL, speaking engagements of the CEO (as I’m currently the acting special assistant to the CEO), customer service and complaints,” she explains, adding that the division is also the custodian for HRDF’s social media properties on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Calling out branding and PR as more than a passion, but rather areas of expertise, Gopallan believes that organisations can no longer afford to believe that when an advert is placed, print, online or digital, that the job is half done. The customers of today, including internal stakeholders, need to believe that whatever one is offering, it is a win all for them – even if its at the expense of the business. As such, she says: “For 2018, I hope to be doing more stakeholder engagement initiatives, including focus group activities with members of the media (across all platforms); making them a part of our decision making process.

EY strengthens team in Japan through promotion of Shuhei Sano
Previously assistant director of talent for more than three years, Shuhei Sano of EY Advisory & Consulting has been promoted to the role of assistant director and recruiting lead. He continues to be based in Tokyo.

James Pickett takes up greater responsibility at Randstad Malaysia
Moving up from the role of associate director to director at recruitment firm Randstad, James Pickett has risen up the ranks since first joining Randstad in Brisbane as manager – construction property and engineering division in July 2012.

In terms of focus for the remainder of the year, Pickett spoke to Human Resources: “The first is continuing to expand our construction, property, engineering and manufacturing recruitment teams.” He added: “Secondly, we recently launched our sales and marketing division within Malaysia and we are growing this division for 2017 and 2018.”

Pickett will also be part of the Randstad Southeast Asia ‘Tech & Touch’ Team, assisting in the implementation of new technologies across the region. He is a recruitment sector specialist, where his prior experience includes stints at Kelly Services and Hays.

Emily Fok appointed as client relationship manager at Korn Ferry Hay Group
Based in Hong Kong, Fok joined the management consulting firm in May 2017 in the role of client relationship manager, leaving her previous role as senior consultant (M&A advisory – HR due diligence) at PwC. Prior to that, Fok has been with Mercer since August 2012, with her most recent role being associate consultant, AP compensation and benefits.

Brent McDougall ventures into recruitment consulting
Effective May 2017, McDougall joined Cornerstone Global Partners as director – hospitality, leisure and development. McDougall has essentially made the move to Cornerstone to lead a new division, hospitality, leisure and development across Asia.

“My main focus will be integrated resorts, hotels, casinos and food and beverage outlets both pre and post opening and then as the team grows we will make a move into the development area and broaden out into construction and property,” he spoke to Human Resources, adding, that the goal is to try to provide a solutions based talent sourcing offering for all senior and project based recruitment needs.

Previously to Cornerstone, he led the talent acquisition team for Imperial Pacific on the first phase of its US$7.1 bn project on Saipan and prior to that, he has led teams for Hays and Charterhouse across IT, construction and property, and supply chain. “Having sat on the other side of the desk over the last two year it has given me great insight into the gaps and pain points in the market from a client perspective and I will endeavour to provide innovative solutions within those areas,” McDougall shared.

Colliers International expands its HR team
Effective May 2017, the global real estate services company has appointed Irene Lee to the role of officer – people and performance. Lee was previously a recruitment consultant at Drake International; prior to that, she was a people development trainee at Swire Hotels. This new move will see her remaining based in Hong Kong.

Oakwood Worldwide builds up senior executive team, with appointment of SVP, CHRO
Corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions provider, Oakwood Worldwide, welcomes Craig Simmons as senior vice president and chief human resources officer globally, reporting to Chris Ahearn, CEO and located in Los Angeles.

With more than 25 years of experience, Simmons was most recently CHRO for American Apparel. He has also previously worked with Screen Actors Guild Pension & Health Plans, Catholic Healthcare West, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Nestlé and has had his own consulting company.

Ahearn said of the appointment: “Craig will play an essential role as we start a new era of global growth.  He will be a key member of my executive committee, a strong leader for our global HR organisation and a strategic business partner for our leadership team.”

CXC Global hires Chelvaem Ramasamy to country management role
Contract workforce and human capital solution provider, CXC Global has appointed Chelvaem Ramasamy as country manager. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Ramasamy has previously worked with organisations such as Agreyia Group, Kelly OCG, Acer Sales and Services, and more.


If you’ve been promoted or if you’ve moved to a new company, let us know and we will announce your news here – just email aditis@humanresourcesonline.net.

And for the pick of HR job opportunities in Asia check out HRjobs.



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