Charles Bendotti is Senior Vice President, People & Culture at Philip Morris International (PMI) since January 2018.
Mr. Bendotti joined PMI in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1999 as a Business Analyst. From 2000 until 2006, he served in various cross-functional roles in Marketing & Sales and Business Development in different markets of the Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America & Canada Regions. Mr. Bendotti then became Managing Director, Ecuador & Bolivia, followed by his appointment as Vice President, Human Resources for the Latin America & Canada Region in 2008. In 2012 he was named Vice President, Human Resources Asia, a position he held until December 2016, a w2znd then Senior Vice President, Human Resources (HR).
Mr. Bendotti holds a master’s degree in international relations, economy and law from the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies in Geneva and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.
As Lead Catalyst, Cheri partners with people to catalyze positive change in workplaces and communities. The two simple practices she introduces give leaders and teams the power to strengthen relationships, expand possibilities, and increase productivity and engagement through everyday conversation. These practices are grounded in neuroscience, positive psychology, and Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used approaches for systems change. She’s worked with thousands of leaders and teams around the world to support high performance, engagement, and organization success.
She’s written numerous books and articles; her most recent book is a Berrett Koehler bestseller, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. She’s been featured in leading media sources including Fast Company, Forbes, HR Magazine, SmartBrief, Training Industry, and Training Magazine. A perpetual learner, she’s accumulated a Ph.D. in Collaborative Learning, an MBA., Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, and Level II certification in Spiral Dynamics Integral.
Cheryl Allen works for Atos IT Services & Solutions Ltd, a leading global technology organisation, where she is employed as HR Director for Transformation UK&I. Cheryl has spent most of her working life in HR, spanning most of the function from generalist through to subject matter expert roles. Over the past 2 years, she has taken on more future focused roles including establishing a HR analytics function, driving automation into HR and leading a skills and transformation programme called ‘Future Fit’. She will be joining us to share her experiences of ‘Future Fit’ & how she has built a workforce for the future!
Dawn joined Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure in September 2014. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Dawn holds a Master’s Degree in HR Management and a postgraduate qualification in employment law.
Dawn has developed a transformational and inclusive culture at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure. Her strategy recognises the wider need to address national skills gaps in the sector by tapping into pools of talent who have not previously considered a career in the sector or that want to balance family life with a rewarding career.
Dawn recognises that change cannot be achieved by just developing a raft of policies, but also requires a cultural shift in thinking and behaviour. This thinking has led to recognition at the Top Employer Awards as well as the top accolade for transforming workplace culture at CECA’s Inspiring Change Awards and the Best Diversity and Inclusion initiative at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) People Management Awards in 2018.
Debra Corey is a highly experienced and award-winning HR professional, two-time author and world-class speaker. She’s had a varied and exciting career over the last 20+ years, working for global companies such as Gap Inc., Honeywell, Merlin Entertainments and Reward Gateway to name a few, where she’s developed an delivered HR strategies in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement.
Debra’s just moved into what she calls the ‘pay it forward’ part of her career, where she’s using her experience to assist and influence others through her speaking, consulting and writing.
Dina Alvarez is Head of Culture and Talent in everis UK. She has an extensive international experience that includes countries like Brazil, Australia, Spain and UK. Dina has built her career over one principle: How to make people happier at work. To do that she has develop her expertise through the whole talent management areas such as Employer Branding, Culture, Internal Communications, Rewards, Recruitment, Learning and Talent development.
She has been working on local, regional and corporate roles combining strategic, tactical and operational expertise and a deep knowledge of HR with an innovative point of view. She is skilled in the design, development and delivery of award finalist HR strategies to support organisational growth and transformation.
Dr Shaun Davis MA, MBA, MA, MSc, MA, LLM
CDir, FIoD, CFIOSH, FCIPD, FIIRSM
One of a relatively small number of Chartered Directors and a Fellow of The Institute of Directors Shaun has a wide portfolio of responsibilities across the Royal Mail Group; his responsibilities include safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability. He is also a Chartered Fellow of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.
Joining Royal Mail Group in September 2012 Shaun has led many improvement programmes across a range of areas – contributing to improvements in accident prevention and a reduction in road traffic collisions. Shaun has led an organisation wide attendance improvement programme as part of a broader wellbeing and health promotion agenda, with particular attention being paid to mental health, musculoskeletal issues and issues affecting an ageing workforce.
Eric Hutcherson leads the NBA’s Human Resources department, managing a team that drives the NBA’s global workforce strategy built on a commitment to attracting, retaining, developing and engaging top talent for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson is responsible for leading global projects, processes and analytics that address business needs. He partners with the leagues’ senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 U.S. and international offices guided by the league’s strategic direction.
Prior to joining the NBA in July 2014, Hutcherson was Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for the U.S. and Canada Division of Marsh, a leading global insurance brokerage firm. Before that, he held several leadership positions at Mercer, a financial services and human resource consulting firm, including Chief Human Resources Officer – Americas, and Global Leader for Mercer’s Outsourcing and Global Operations and Shared Services businesses.
Earlier in his career, he worked for Foot Locker and served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Boston Celtics.
Outside of the NBA, Hutcherson is a motivational speaker and created a career development training program, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hun School of Princeton, the Board of Directors for Covenant House and the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR.
Hutcherson earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from New York University and a master’s degree in Sports Management and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He resides in Freehold, N.J. with his wife Linda and their two sons, Austin and Myles.
Hilary became Director-General of the National Trust in 2018. Hilary has worked for the Trust since 2006 when she joined as Regional Director for Northern Ireland. She later became Regional Director for Wales and the London & South East region and in 2014 was appointed Chief Operating Officer, leading the Operations & Consultancy teams. Originally trained in graphic design, Hilary’s career path started in the drinks industry in brand and marketing. In 1998 she moved to become Director of a national arts charity and was seconded in 2002 to become CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.
Howard Sloane began his HR career in the 90’s, operating in challenging, low margin logistics businesses that quickly sharpened his skills and developed his resolve to finding people solutions to complex business challenges. After spending a decade in multi-site operations he moved to increasingly responsible roles in civil defence contracting, renewable energy, ports and finally in oil & gas where he is now Chief People Officer at £4.2bn energy business Essar Oil UK.
Often working internationally and within a variety of industry sectors, Howard is a keen advocate of putting HR at the center of commercial thinking through engaging the best talent to deliver the best results.
Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard & Poor’s. She was Chief Executive of Information Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation and was named
The author of five books, Margaret’s third book, ‘Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril’ was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for ‘A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better’, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.”
Her TED talks have been seen by over seven million people and in 2015 TED published ‘Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes’. She is Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times, the New York Observer and the Huffington Post.
Mark’s consultancy practice Leading Change specialises in strategy execution, change leadership and leadership team development. He has 35 years of experience combining Army operational leadership and strategic planning roles with a second career in consulting. As a consultant, he has designed and delivered high impact programmes bridging the gap between strategy and results in leading companies such as Pfizer, Diageo, LVMH, AstraZeneca, Autotrader, Compass Group and a leading Formula 1 motor-racing team. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and the Institute of Leadership and Management. In his spare time he is a keen skier, marathon canoeist and trustee of a local canoe club.
Meg spent 15 years with Accenture and PA Consulting, working in HR Transformation and Business Process Re-engineering, with global clients such as BP and UBS. She has also taught at the Accenture University in Chicago. She then joined The Gap Partnership as HR Director and spent 8 years building and growing a highly specialised work force on a global basis. Passionate about the ability of businesses to make profit and do good, Atticus was formed in 2018, to create strategic and practical consultancy, to create shared value between corporates and the charity world.
As Group HR Director Paul is a full member of the Executive Team. Paul has full responsibility for the people strategy and delivery across the OUTDOOR & CYCLE CONCEPTS Ltd Group where he has been in the role since May 2017.
Comprising of the well-known high street brands Snow+Rock, Cotswold Outdoor, Cycle Surgery, and Runners Need, Paul’s personal deep-rooted passion for the outdoors & his commitment to improving business performance through a values based-culture is a core principle that he drives through his organisation.
Prior to this Paul was HR Director at Greene King where he was responsible for the post-acquisition integration of the Spirit Pub co taking the business to a FTSE 250 – 44,00 employee strong business.
Previous to this, Paul spent six years at LV= General Insurance as HR Director – taking the business from a 650 employee company to 6,000 to become the 2nd largest General Insurer in the UK with one of the most recognised employer brands in the country for which he and his team won numerous external awards.
Before this, Paul spend 8 years as UK HR Director at Sanofi Pharmaceutical. Sanofi is the 2nd largest Pharma company in the world. Prior to this Paul was Group HR Manager at Laing-O’Rourke where he put in place a company-wide HR function for the UK’s largest privately owned construction company. Paul started his career with Royal Mail as a Graduate entrant where he spent 8 years leading numerous large-scale transformational programmes in heavily unionised environment.
As a commercially astute HR professional, genuinely interested in impacting bottom line performance, Paul has worked across multiple business environments including multi-national PLC corporates, privately owned family led, and private equity owned businesses. Paul has worked in HR for 20+ years across a variety of business sectors – enjoying the wide variety a successful career in HR allows working in Logistics & Distribution, Construction, Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Hospitality & Retail business sectors.
As Boom Chicago For Business’s Director of Content, Pep does it all: high level event host & facilitator, writer, stand-up comedian, public speaker, coach, and creator of innovative corporate programs. A co-founder of Boom Chicago, Pep’s passion is using comedy to make hard-to-communicate messages land and stick, as featured In his 2012 TED talk, ‘Fight, Flight or Make Your Opponent Laugh.’ Pep hosts events like TEDx Amsterdam, The Next Web Conference and The Nordic Business Forum to rave reviews, even making President Obama laugh at the NBF. He was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on America’s long-running television show, Saturday Night Live.
Swatee is the Head Capability Development of Larsen & Toubro Limited. She drives the robust seven-step leadership pipeline and is responsible for building and boosting leadership succession models and learning strategies. She partners with business for talent, workforce capability, competency demands and strategic learning & development interventions.
Swatee has over two decades of blended industry experience encompassing teaching, research, training, consulting and leading excellence in talent modelling, strategic visioning, learning, people, leadership development, culture, work force diversity and work practice innovations. An academic Gold medallist, her Ph.D. is in the area of Talent Management and Organizational Development. She is passionate about applying human constructs in the workplace. She is an eminent researcher with several publications in reputed international journals. She is an avid collaborator who partners with best global academic and consulting partners to shape leadership and future workforce competencies with global dimensions. As a HR Influencer, she illumines audiences on diverse themes in various global forums.
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