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Diving Into The Global Talent Pool

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— Pearson English Business Solutions announces new products to drive business performance through enhanced English language skills
BRISBANE, Calif., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pearson English Business Solutions (PEBS) today announced new products and services designed to equip HR professionals to mine global talent in an era in which human capital drives innovation and competitive advantage.

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Success in today’s connected economy depends on access to global talent as well as global consumers. Employees with an international outlook bring cultural diversity and local insight to the heart of global businesses. But accessing and developing global talent requires business English proficiency to be treated like any other skill.

PEBS announced two new product sets for HR leaders to harness global talent:

ONE Standard covers the communication spectrum, from effective writing to business exchanges and persuasive discussions.
ONE Professional augments One Standard with one-to-one guidance from an advisor, business skills practice and writing feedback.
PEBS’s new consulting and benchmarking services put HR leaders in control, aligning business objectives, global proficiency standards and individual advancement.

Industry Profile Benchmark defines candidate and employee requirements against recommended proficiency benchmarks for industry and role profiles.
Custom Profile Benchmark defines a company’s talent and employee proficiency benchmarks against the organization’s standards for roles, departments or disciplines.
Karine Allouche Salanon, leader of Pearson English Business Solutions, said:

“These new products put power in the hands of HR leaders. Talent management is about consistently developing individuals’ skills and aligning them with the strategy of the organization.”

Nicole Brown, Vice President, Go-To-Market and Operations of PEBS added:

“Our approach follows three principles to meet the needs of business: firstly, we deploy advanced technology for worldwide access; secondly, we blend this with one-to-one coaching to ensure that programs are truly tailored to each learner; finally, these solutions are scalable and flexible to ensure that we are delivering first-rate value for money as well as cutting edge skills support.”

Pearson English is the world’s largest provider of English language learning, from basics for beginners to boardroom-level business English. Pearson English is a division of Pearson, one of the world’s largest learning companies. Learn more at

Nicole Brown’s blog post on talent management and the alignment with PEBS’s portfolio can be found here.

Connect with Pearson English Business Solutions on LinkedIn (, Facebook (, Twitter ( #english4business.

Source: Pearson English Business Solutions (PEBS)

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May 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Posted in Human Resources

Culture Trumps CEO Charisma for Delivering Value in a Volatile World

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— The Success Formula identifies evidence-led culture as essential to strategy implementation

CHICAGO, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — A two-year research collaboration between Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII), the premier provider of executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping worldwide, and a leading business author explores how senior executives around the world can improve value delivery in an era of unprecedented volatility and change.

The Success Formula: How Smart Leaders Deliver Outstanding Value (Bloomsbury Publishing) reveals that the most successful organizations are not those led by charismatic and visionary leaders, but by leaders who create a culture of delivering outstanding value.

Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School in the UK and the author of 43 business and leadership books, embarked on a global study with consultants at Heidrick & Struggles to examine the link between leadership and sustainable business value. Together, they interviewed more than 100 chairmen, board directors, chief executives and senior executives in the public, private and third sectors in 14 countries.

“In today’s VUCA world – that is to say, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – a business leader needs to build a culture that is driven to create value, and to transform personal vision into the organization’s purpose,” said Steve Mullinjer, Regional Leader, Asia Pacific, Heidrick & Struggles and co-leader of The Success Formula research project. “Our research clearly shows the importance of culture and purpose in an organization that successfully delivers the leader’s strategy.”

Kakabadse shows that smart leaders who sustain success over a long period drive strategy in an ‘evidence-led’ approach instead of a ‘strategy-led’ one.

“Even in the age of Big Data, many important decisions are still based on prejudices, preconceptions, entrenched beliefs, outdated worldviews, and even ego,” Kakabadse said. “In contrast, smart leaders create an evidence-led culture in the organization that generates sustainable value.”

According to The Success Formula, three qualities are essential for value-delivery leaders:

Not just diversity, but diversity of thinking
Increasing the diversity of a leadership team in terms of gender, ethnicity and other demographic factors undoubtedly leads to more creative and broad-minded thinking. High-performing organizations, however, recognize that these benefits will not stick unless the organization creates a process around diversity of thinking to instill a culture that welcomes wide-ranging experiences, viewpoints and interests.

Leadership through alignment and engagement
The effective implementation of a strategy requires top-down engagement and alignment, as well as bottom-up feedback within the organization to test and modify the strategy. During this process, leaders need to facilitate engagement so that people are willing to voluntarily invest their efforts to position the organization to achieve its strategic objectives.

Evidence-led action
Effective leaders critically examine evidence and interrogate the issues through quality data. They recognize the importance of contextual (soft) evidence as well as intellectual (hard) evidence, and seek to test any strategy before it goes live. They make a habit of debating the evidence with their teams to challenge their thinking.

About Heidrick & Struggles
Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII) serves the executive talent and leadership needs of the world’s top organizations as the premier provider of leadership consulting, culture shaping and senior-level executive search services. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 60 years ago. Today, the firm serves as a trusted advisor, providing integrated leadership solutions and helping its clients change the world, one leadership team at a time.

H&S Media Contacts:
Lia Randazzo – 312.496.1788,
Karen Lau – +852 2103 9329,

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Source: Heidrick & Struggles
Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:HSII

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May 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Posted in Human Resources

jobsDB organises Superhero HR Day for HR professionals

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HONG KONG, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Jobs DB Hong Kong Limited (jobsDB) announced today the details of their upcoming jobsDB Superhero HR day. Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare has been invited to give an officiating speech.

This year, the theme of the conference is “Mastering the many HR hats” where diverse human resources topics will be covered and discussed by eight HR senior executives from various industries. This landmark event is also one of the highlights of the group’s ‘Happy is a better job’ campaign launched this year.

jobsDB understands the challenges facing today’s HR professionals and it is committed to helping them towards the goal of achieving happy hiring — where the best talent is recruited into satisfying and fulfilling roles. To this end, jobsDB Superhero HR Day is organised to address the recruitment and talent management needs of HR practitioners and provide a platform for experience sharing and networking.

Top-tier speakers from renowned corporations are invited to share their experience and best practices in talent management with their fellow human resources professionals. Among the honorable speakers is Mrs. Christine Cheung, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Asia Pacific of AECOM, who is expected to share her experience of building operating platforms and her insights in manpower strategies.

Mr. Justin Yiu, General Manager of Jobs DB Hong Kong Limited, says, “We understand human resources is no easy task nowadays as HR practitioners are expected to perform an unprecedented diverse range of functions. At jobsDB, we are dedicated to helping these HR superheroes cope with the challenges of the ever-changing hiring landscape while at the same time enabling a happy hiring experience. We are confident that our participants will enjoy the engaging discussions during the conference and take away some great HR tips.”

The event details are as follows:

Date: 22 May 2015 (Friday)
Time: 9:45am – 5:00pm
Location: Level 2, S221-223, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Key themes: What are the many hats of HR?

HR’s marketing hat: what makes a really cool employer brand and how can HR best leverage it?
HR’s leadership hat: getting very different people to work together very effectively as a team
HR’s recruiter hat: attracting and retaining Gen-C and retirees
HR’s financial hat: cost-saving practical tips to help HR better manage talent without breaking the bank
Guest of Honour:

Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare

Honorable speakers:

Mrs. Christine Cheung

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Asia Pacific, AECOM

Ms. Bianca Wong

Human Resources and Corporate Communications Director, Jebsen Group

Ms. Connie Lam

Human Resources Director, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Ms. Deborah Kelly

Global Director of Talent, Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited

Ms. Lena Tsang

CEO, Sir Hudson International

Ms. Susie Quirk

People and Change Advisory Lead, Hong Kong & China, Management Consulting, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited

Ms. Vivien Hau

Head of Talent Management, AXA China Region Insurance Company Limited, AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited

Mr. Wan Ezrin Sazli Wan Zahari

Group Head of Leadership & Talent Development, AirAsia

Participants will benefit from meeting the top-tier speakers as well as networking with hiring managers during the event. Experienced HR and Corporate Managers are welcome to participate. For program information, please visit:

Media representatives are cordially invited to the event. Please contact us for media arrangement.

About jobsDB Group (“jobsDB”)

At jobsDB, we believe in an open and inclusive world for all. Here, opportunities and possibilities are plenty: A fresh start. A new career. A welcome change. These are just a few of the things we help to make our candidates happy.

As a leading job portal with substantial positions across Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, we are Asia’s preferred destination for candidates. With a team of 1,000 talented individuals, we’ve a strong local presence in every country we’re in.

With our understanding and insights on each market, as well as our passion for technology, we provide candidates the best opportunities and deliver exceptional value to hirers.


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May 5, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Posted in Human Resources

Mercuria Announces Expansion to Minerva Maritime Fuel Business

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Company will Hire 20 to 40 Bunker Fuel Specialists

In a statement today, the global head of trading of Mercuria, one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodities groups, discussed the expansion of the group’s maritime fuel business, Minerva.


“We believe we are forging a strong new model in the maritime fuel business. This is a transparent and reliable model that puts the client first to ensure the quality and delivery of their energy needs to their marine vessels,” said Magid Shenouda.

“We are investing substantial resources into the bunkering business. Minerva is the natural complement to Mercuria’s fuel oil trading structure,” continued the global head of trading.

“We are building upon Mercuria’s skill sets and balance sheet to expand relationships in the physical fuel oil business. As a result, we are seeking the very best marine fuel talent to join our vigorous trading environment and provide expertise to those that rely on knowledge of the energy space. We look forward to filling these positions in Asia, Europe and the United States,” concluded Shenouda.

For employment opportunities at Minerva, visit

Source: Mercuria

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March 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Human Resources

Daimler Financial Services is One of the World’s 25 Best Employers

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— Great Place to Work Institute names Daimler Financial Services one of World’s Best 25 Multinational Workplaces
— Nine of ten employees rate the company as a “great place to work” in an independent survey

STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It’s a great day for the more than 8,000 employees of Daimler Financial Services worldwide — the company is ranked as one of the world’s best 25 employers. That was confirmed today by the independent Great Place to Work Institute at the award ceremony for the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces 2014 in San Francisco. This makes Daimler Financial Services the first company with German origins to win a place in this fiercely contested ranking of the world’s most attractive employers.

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More than 6,200 companies participated in the survey in 2014. Of these, 2,800 qualified for the competition “World’s Best Multinational Companies”. 429 companies won a place on one of the national lists of the best employers in individual countries. In order to qualify for the global list, a company must be one of the top employers in at least five countries, it must have at least 5,000 employees, and at least 40 percent of its employees must work outside the company’s home country.

“Becoming a great place to work is a mindset”, says Klaus Entenmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Financial Services. “Our corporate culture is based on a clear set of core values. Every employee has both the opportunity and responsibility to make our company a great place to work. And they do. Our highly motivated employees and our strong culture are reasons why we’re able to deliver outstanding service and strong results year for year.”

Daimler’s financial and mobility services division, like the whole Group, is clearly committed to its corporate values. Amongst others, Daimler Financial Financial Services wants to foster a culture of trust, individual responsibility, openness to innovation and, last but not least, a love of one’s work. The Great Place to Work Institute has been investigating these and similar attitudes at Daimler Financial Services since 2007 by conducting anonymous employee surveys. In the most recent survey, about nine out of ten employees of Daimler Financial Services agreed that their company is a great place to work.

“This achievement shows that we are on the right track in our journey as an employer. Our focus on creating a great place to work will continue to be unwavering across all markets”, commented Peter Henn, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Financial Services responsible for the Africa & Asia Pacific region.

Daimler Financial Services supports sales of Daimler’s vehicles by offering financing, leasing and insurance contracts, fleet management, banking services and innovative mobility services. At the end of the third quarter of 2014, well over three million cars and commercial vehicles worth almost Euro94 billion were recorded in the company’s accounts.


Andreas Spannbauer, +49 711-25 74 40 78,

Michael Braun, +65 6849 5632,

Further information from Daimler is available at: and

About Daimler
Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled Euro118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to Euro10.8 billion.

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Source: Daimler Financial Services

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October 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

CIO Impact Awards Experience: What it Takes to be a Winner in Today’s Competitive, Untraditional Corporate World

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— Frost & Sullivan hosts the complimentary CIO Impact Awards Experience Webinar revealing how global executives can prepare for imminent transformations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —


CIO Impact Awards Experience Webinar: What It Takes To Be A Winner


2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Online, with free registration


Frost & Sullivan’s Global Vice President, Research and Editorial Director David Brousell; Research Director Jeffrey Moad; NutriSaving’ CIO and COO Niraj Jetly; and The College Network’s CIO Ryan Sallee


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We live in a world where the status quo and traditional strategies no longer suffice, where what we least expect happens more often than not, and where the very nature of what it means to innovate is forever changed. How can executives prepare for these shifts, and who are the leaders taking advantage of these trends?

Frost & Sullivan’s upcoming, complimentary “CIO Impact Awards Experience Webinar: What It Takes To Be A Winner,” will address how your organization can get the recognition it deserves as a world class IT innovator.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • How CIO Impact Award winners such as NutriSavings and The College Network are leveraging new technologies to disrupt and win in their markets
  • The value of receiving recognition for your own innovative IT achievements
  • How to craft a winning CIO Impact Awards nomination


  • Register to attend the “CIO Impact Awards Experience Webinar: What It Takes To Be A Winner,” by visiting:

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  • This webinar serves as an early taste of what the 3rd Annual ConNEXTions 2015: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange and CIO Impact Awards & Gala will offer, February 8-10, 2014, in San Francisco, CA.
  • Executives and organizations can submit nominations for the most innovative CIO or IT team for the upcoming CIO Impact Awards & Gala 2015. Public relations professionals and agencies/consultancies can also submit nominations at no cost on behalf of their clients for small, medium and large size companies — globally — provided they have an IT function. Visit to learn more.
  • Be a part of the 3rd Annual ConNEXTions 2015: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange by or visiting
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About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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July 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Xora, A ClickSoftware Company with its 2014 North America Award for Customer Value Leadership

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Best in class support programs for Mobile Workforce Management aid SMB customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the mobile workforce management (MWM) market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Xora, A ClickSoftware Company with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Xora is a MWM partner to a wide range of industries that depend on mobile field employees. Xora’s flagship MWM product, StreetSmart™ enables a best-in-class customer support program with real-time data through its solutions-based platform.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company’s inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and, ultimately, customer base expansion.

“Xora employs an affordable, cloud-based delivery model and forges strong partnerships with wireless carriers to expand its solution’s use and value in the current marketplace,” said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Jeanine Sterling. “Recognizing Xora’s standard of excellence, ClickSoftware, a field service management leader, recently acquired the company, expanding its base of mobile cloud-based solutions.”

Xora targets SMBs with a best-in-class strategy that combines intuitive products, top-tier channels, affordability, and a quick time-to-value process for each customer. The company excels in the customer onboarding and training process, an especially challenging area in the SMB segment. In its bid to shorten the time-to-realized-value as much as possible, Xora segments its customers into three tiers and adjusts its onboarding approach accordingly.

However, onboarding is just the start when it comes to adding value.  Following implementation, Xora regularly sends out “Smart Start” emails containing recommendations and product information to customers. “Xora Insiders”‘ webcasts on various topics of interest are also made available to current Xora customers. In addition, the company provides documents addressing and educating customers on a variety of topics, including best practices, goals and ROI tracking, available tools, current use cases and expansion ideas. Finally, Xora regularly surveys its newest customers to uncover impacts and needs.

“Among its mobile-centric peers, Xora has demonstrated an ability to be both a visionary and evangelist regarding the business potential of MWM solutions,” noted Sterling. “This type of forward thinking can directly enhance the value that customers gain from their MWM solutions.”

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Xora

Xora is the #1 market leader in mobile workforce management. Our flagship product is a suite of configurable mobile apps and a web-based management application that helps mobile businesses and their field employees work smarter and faster. More than 16,000 organizations rely on Xora every day to save money and grow their businesses. Visit Xora on the web at

About ClickSoftware

ClickSoftware is a leading provider of automated mobile workforce management and service optimization solutions for the enterprise, both for mobile and in-house resources. As pioneers of the “Service chain optimization” concept, our solutions provide organizations with end-to-end visibility and control of the entire service management chain by optimizing forecasting, planning, shift and task scheduling, mobility and real-time management of resource and customer communication.

Available via the cloud or on-premise, our products incorporate best business practices and advanced decision-making algorithms to manage service operations more efficiently, in a scalable, integrated manner. Our solutions have become the backbone for many leading organizations worldwide by addressing the fundamental question of job fulfillment: Who does What, for Whom, With what, Where and When.

ClickSoftware is the premier choice for delivering superb business performance to service sector organizations of all sizes. The company is headquartered in the United States and Israel, with offices across EuropeLatin America and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion.


Mireya Espinoza

Source: Frost & Sullivan

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July 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm