International IG: Global HR Strategies – Identify Cultural Differences to Build a Cohesive Team
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When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
8:00-8:30 AM Networking, 8:30-10:00 AM Program
Where: KPMG at Aon Center
200 E. Randolph Drive
Suite 5500
Chicago, Illinois  60601-6436
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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Global HR Strategies – Identify Cultural Differences to Build a Cohesive Team
Short interactive presentations given by HR Leaders covering different countries around the world.  Topics to include: Country specific HR differences; Recruiting from other countries; HR function structure, managing different culturally influenced, career ambitions; Maintaining a sense of brand Identity and Loyalty; Virtual teams spread  across different countries – managing employee performance, benefits; and more!


Sohil Bhimani, Global HR Director at John Crane, will speak about HR challenges in India.

Sohil Bhimani brings more than a decade of experience in partnering with C suite leadership and influencing people strategy for multiple corporations.  He has a Masters in Labour Studies and a Bachelors in Management Studies from Mumbai University.

Sohil started his career in Human Resources in India where he was responsible for APAC -- first at Siemens and later at Smiths Medical. Sohil moved to Chicago with John Crane in 2015 as Global HR Business partner where he was responsible for the Global Finance, Engineering, Legal and QHSE teams in addition to leading the Global Talent management function and Global Rewards related activities. 

In his current role, Sohil reports to the Vice President of Global Operations at John Crane and supports 1,900 employees in multi-continent sites and diverse regions.  He’s responsible for a spectrum of HR activities, such as workforce planning, talent development, rewards management, employee engagement, mergers & acquisitions, employee relations, HRIS and change management.

Kumiko Watanabe, Partner at Grant Thornton, will speak about HR challenges in Japan

She is also the national leader of the Japan Business Group, responsible for the planning, growth and execution in serving Japanese inbound companies.

Martijn Bouwman, Vice President at Orion Mobility, will speak about HR challenges in The Netherlands

Orion Mobility provides relocation expense management services and mobility tax support to help companies keep their globally mobile workforces happy and compliant. His 15 years of industry experience includes accounting, expansion strategies, HR and global mobility. Bouwman’s broad expertise uniquely qualifies him to appreciate the interdependent relationships that exist among HR, mobility and tax compliance.

A native of the Netherlands, Bouwman moved to the US 16 years ago. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently was a regional director at Radius. Bouwman has a MPA from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Indiana University Bloomington. He speaks Dutch and German.

Kamilla Petraeus, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist at Lundbeck Pharmaceutical LLC (Chicago)

Previous position: HR Consultant, H. Lundbeck A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark). Been employed with Lundbeck since January 2014.

Education: Master of Science in Business Administration and Psychology from Copenhagen Business School


This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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