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Google and SAP, SuccessFactors join Maybank EVP and former KPMG country CEO in global HR technology dialogue

July 7th 2014 - Monday

With 45% of employers rating themselves as “completely unprepared” for HR technology, will cloud computing, big data, and mobility solutions forever change the way companies handle leadership development, shared services, outsourcing, and talent management?

SINGAPORE – Search engine giant and self-driving cars developer Google is joining German computer giant SAP’s cloud computing subsidiary SuccessFactors in discussing the present state of HR technology in Asia with CEOs, EVPs and HR directors from Maybank, Pfizer, General Electric, McDonald’s, Maxis, PwC, Shell and Alstom at the 2014 HR Technology Congress Asia happening 25-26 September 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A full 45% of employers rate themselves as not ready at all when it comes to HR technology, with 46% saying the same thing about talent and HR analytics. This anxiety pinpointed by a recent survey of 2,532 HR and business leaders points to several large gaps that must be remedied particularly for employers in the Asia Pacific: leadership, retention and engagement, workforce capability, global HR and talent management, and learning and development.

Asian business leaders and HR directors are hopeful, however, with General Electric ASEAN CEO Stuart Dean already pointing to this need for HR and business leaders to focus on coping with change in 2011, alongside providers Oracle, Northgate Arinso (NGA), Ramco, SuccessFactors, KZEN, and Lumesse as they showed the latest capabilities of HR technology to boost a company’s talent management, leadership planning, retention and workforce capability development.

Toward this objective, Asian HR leaders believe knowing what’s going on in the business and being able to analyse the flood of data generated daily are key, and for this technology seems a good fit. In a recent interview with the Center for Business Strategy and Tactics, industry veteran Ms Siti Aishah Md Lassim, currently Chief Human Resources Officer at sovereign wealth fund turned strategic development company 1Malaysia Development Berhad quipped: “Why would I need to be so strict about enforcing that they’re here at 8:45 if I know at every moment where everyone is, what everyone is doing?”.

Ms Siti Aishah’s company, also known simply as 1MDB, is currently focused on major projects in the areas of energy, real estate, tourism and agribusiness, such as:

  • Setting up a US$ 2.5 billion joint venture with PetroSaudi International Limited
  • Working with the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) to undertake energy projects in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)
  • Working with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on clean technology
  • Jointly undertaking with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to redevelop the Sungai Besi old international airport, for which the QIA proposed to invest US$ 5 billion

For its part, Maybank, of which Ms Siti Aishah also happens to be an alumna, will be sending its Executive Vice President and Head, Business HR for its Global Wholesale and Investment Bank unit Ms Mei-lynn Chan to lead the annual congress as co-chairperson. With close to 3 decades of experience in HR from Consulting to Corporate Roles, with experience in both local as well as regional roles. Ms Chan has infused discipline, agility and focus into Maybank’s workforce powering its multibillion dollar Global Wholesale and Investment Bank business.

In early discussions on the theme of the 2014 congress, her impassioned stance with the congress committee was that, in order to be effective, HR must go beyond pushing paper and be a very strong partner in driving the business and achieving the bank’s commercial objectives to always increase shareholder value. Aside from leading the entire programme, she will be leading a panel discussion specifically focused on raising HR’s profile, entitled “HR, ready for the boardroom! Sharpening business acumen of the HR professional to build sustainable regional and global presence” and deliver a presentation on “Building strategic advantage, agility, and adaptability through sharpened business acumen for the HR profession”.

Leading the congress alongside Maybank’s Ms Chan is former KPMG country CEO Wilson Fyffe, who is now President of Amplios Academy in Singapore. His over 4 decades of experience and strong financial background, business acumen, and people skills have increased benchmarking for a consortium in the Oil & Gas industry including BP, Caltex, Conoco, Maxus, Mobil, Stanvac, Total, and Unocal. He also assisted leading companies such as Indonesian state energy company PLN and the World Bank in important corporate endeavours such as Restructuring, Strategic Foresight, Scenario Planning, Strategic Planning, Balanced Scorecard, KPI, FDI and Culture Change.

Mr Fyffe joins the congress again after having led the 2011 congress alongside award-winning Al Jazeera anchor Ms Veronica Pedrosa, also formerly of BBC and CNN.

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