The recent inclusion of Human Resource Manager in a highly controversial list of the top 5 non-essential jobs (published by Straits Times) stirred debate around what is and what isn’t “essential” work. There is of course a difference between “essential” and “value adding” and whilst it is possible to argue that some functions of a Human Resource Manager may be non-essential under certain circumstances, a good HR Manager will add huge value to a company and its employees.
Many companies clearly recognise the value adding nature of the Human Resource function as hiring has continued at a senior and strategic level during the unpredictable economic conditions we are all facing.
Here are some of the notable HR people moves and senior appointments that have taken place in Q2:
Terrence Wong joins Hengli Petrochemical International as Human Resources Director moving from Singapore Petroleum Company where he was Head of Human Resources.
Siew Hong Yim is appointed HR Director, South East Asia & India Region at ConvaTec, moving position of Senior Manager, Human Resources Asia Pacific at Terumo.
Audina Choong becomes VP Human Resources APAC at ASSA Abloy Group. Audina was previously VP HR APAC, Head of Global Talent Acquisition at Gemalto.
Sharon Foo joined Sembcorp as Vice President, Group Human Resources & Organisational Development moving from Hempel A/S where she was People & Culture Director South East Asia.
Simon Frank joins Thome Group as Chief Human Resources Officer, moving from the position of Director Crew Operations East at V.Ships.
Abhishek Mathur joins VNG Corporation as Vice President, Chief People Officer. Moving from Director of Human Resources at Space Matrix.
Sadaf Pitt becomes Director, Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Network Guard. Sadaf was previously Director, Head of Talent Acquisition Asia Pacific & Japan at Pivotal Software Inc.
Kelly Sofian joins Monde Nissin Corporation as Chief People Officer SEA moving from role of Vice President Human Resources Asia at Resorts World Sentosa.
Lance Foo joins Fiserv as Human Resources Director Asia Pacific, moving from Luxasia where she was Head of Talent Acquisition Asia Pacific.
John TW Tan joins Millennium Hotels and Resorts as Vice President, Human Resources South East Asia, moving from AEG.
Vinita Menon is appointed HR Director Singapore and South East Asia at Otis Elevator Co, having previously held the position of Human Resources Business Partner APAC at James Walker.
Kevin Tay becomes Head of Talent Development at Lazada, moving from role of Head of Talent Development at Study Group.
Jasmine Bahen becomes Chief Talent Officer APAC at Edelman moving from Director Talent Development at NBC Universal Media
Violet Chng joins Ultra Clean Technology as Human Resources Director. Violet was previously HR BP Manager at Global Foundries.
Fevian Siew Mun Leong becomes Head of Human Resources ASEAN at Linde Gas moving from the position of ASEAN HR Director at Signify.
Meena Wadhera joins FWD Insurance as Chief People Officer moving from Mastercard where she was Director, Senior HR Business Partner.
Sally Evans becomes Chief People Officer at My Republic having previously been Director People & Organisation at PwC.
Ana Dobreva becomes Regional L&D Director at Cartier moving from Shangri-La Group where she was Assistant Vice President, Human Resources.
Winnie Tsien joins JLL Hong Kong as Head of Human Resources Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan, moving from HC Digitalisation Lead at PwC.
Sylvia Chong moves to CBC Group as Fund HR Head joining from EQT Group where she was Chief Talent Officer, Asia Pacific.
Susanna Kong is appointed Director, Head of Human Resources at CPIC Investment Management, moving from Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific at APEX Group.
Carolyn Yim joins Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing as Head of Talent Development and Engagement. Carolyn was previously Head of People Capability at Standard Chartered Bank.
Caroline Bonnet-Maes joins Tory Birch as Chief People Officer APAC having previously held the position of Global HR Vice President at Balenciaga.
Dan Horne is appointed Vice President, Regional Head of Talent Acquisition at Moody’s Corporation, joining from BNP Paribas where he was Director, Regional Head of Talent Acquisition.
Bilal Waris joins Valiram as Senior Vice President HR, APAC moving from ADA where he was Regional Director Human Resources.
Norlida Azmi joins Permodalan Nasional Berhad as Chief People & Culture Officer, moving from HSBC where she was Country Head of Human Resources.
Izhan Faris is appointed SVP People & Culture at Permodalan Nasional Berhad, moving from Head of Human Resources at UEM Group Berhad.
Dr Kasuma Satria joins AEON as Chief Human Resources Officer, moving from General Manager Operations at LeadEd Services.
Zakir Hossain moves to SWIFT as Head of Talent Acquisition, Asia Pacific, joining from Citi where he was Vice President, Talent Acquisition and People Insights.
Jessie Khong joins Pentas Flora as Head of Human Resources moving from See Hoy Chan where she was Talent Acquisition Specialist.
Corwin Wong Ying Loon is appointed Vice President Human Resources at Genting Berhad, having previously held the position of Regional HR Senior Manager at RGE.
Sara Sands-Smith joins Lightnet Group as Head of HR, moving from Chilindo.com where she was HR & Recruitment Director.
Teerawat Udomyingcharoen joins Lazada as Head of Organization & Talent Development, having previously held the position of SVP Head of Talent & Learning at Central Group.
Mook Mathita Punchapatt is appointed Director Talent Acquisition at Minor Food, moving from the position of Vice President Human Resources at GMM Grammy.
Adool Junngam joins Thai Vegetable Oil Public Company as Human Resources Director having previously been Human Resource Manager at Benchachinda Holding Company.
Pachamon Panyosuk becomes Head of Human Resources Thailand at Schaeffler, moving from Siam Stars Limited where she was Group HR Manager.
Sao Phassanai Doyle joins Essilor Group as Head of HR, moving from Ecco Shoes where she was Human Resources Director.
Ratchadaporn Kongjaroenvitaya is appointed Head of HR at Thanulux Public Company, joining from Chokephana Mining where she was Human Resources Manager.
Huy Hoang joins Roche as Head HR Diagnostics, moving from Syngenta where he was HR Country Manager.
Lan Le becomes Chief Human Resources Officer at Telio, joining from PTF Vietnam where she was Chief Human Resources Officer.
Nga Nguyen is appointed Head of Human Resources at Shiseido moving from Beiersdorf Vietnam where she was HRBP Manager.
Tan Le becomes Human Resources Director at Ngoc Nghia Company, having previously held the position of Human Resources Manager at Exyte.
Sam Artanto joins British School Jakarta as Head of Human Resources, moving from PT Nissan Motor Indonesia where he was HR COE General Manager.
Wahyu Soekirno is appointed Head of Human Resources at Global Putra International Group having previously held the position of Head of HR Admin & Employee Services at Danone.
Fannie Elias joins Green Park Content as Regional Head of HR APAC, moving from Publicis Group where she was Talent Acquisition Manager.
Titian M. Hayyu joins Spacestock as Head of People, moving from Ayopop where she was Senior HR Manager.
Brigitta Savitrie joins Polygon Bikes as Human Resources Director having previously been Deputy Director at PT Bussan Auto Finance.
Widya Wardani joins PT Finnet Indonesia as Head of Human Capital Management moving from PT Jalin Bembayaran Nusantara where she was VP Human Capital Management.
Ocktaria Irmayanti joins Tencent as Head of Human Resources having previously held the position of Head of People & Culture at JD.ID.
Archife Sienes joins Philsouth Builders as HR Head moving from Lear Corporation where she was Talent Acquisition Manager.
Fleur Therese Saguid joins Uploan PH as Human Resources Director moving from Talent Tree Solutions where she was Managing Partner.
Michael Escalante is appointed Director, Head of HR Service Delivery at JTI, moving from Johnson & Johnson where he was Global Services HR Manager.
Thelma Meneses moves to Coca Cola Beverages Philippines as Vice President & Chief People Officer joining from Vivanti Executive Advantage where she was Senior Executive Human Resources.
Agnes Rowena Velasco joins Alorica as Director for Human Resources moving from ANZ where she was HR Business Partner.
Christian Baron moves to LIPAD Corporation as Head of Human Resources joining from TaskUs Philippines where he was People Director.