Insights

The Future of Department Stores with Christophe Cann

With over 30 years of retail fashion management experience across Europe and Asia, Christophe has led some of the largest and most recognised department store chains in the region.

Having begun his career with Auchan, Christophe joined luxury French department store group Galeries Lafayette in 1991. In the following years he worked his way up through the group in various management roles across their properties in Europe and Asia, until he was ultimately appointed Deputy CEO for the group with responsibility for over €2.5bn sales turnover and 12,000 employees.

In his role as Group CEO for Al-Futtaim Asia, Christophe managed the group’s department store and fashion brands across the region with responsibility for SGD1.6 billion sales turnover and 6,600 employees.

As customer behaviours and expectations continue to evolve, the retail industry fights to keep up with these new demands. Christophe shares with Barracuda Search his reflections on department stores today and his views of the future of the format.

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Kate Grant, Managing Director HR APAC of Deutsche Bank, shares her COVID 19 insights

Founded in 1870, Deutsche Bank is one of the world’s largest banking institutions.

Its core services include Corporate, Private and Investment Banking, as well as a strong and growing asset management division. With more than 78,000 employees in over 70 countries worldwide the Bank is a leader in Germany and Europe whilst holding a substantial presence across APAC.

Kate Grant joined the organisation in 2001 and has held a number of senior HR-related positions based in their offices across Australia, Singapore, London and Hong Kong. Today as Managing Director, Kate has broad responsibility in her roles as Head of HR APAC, Global Head of Operations and HR COO APAC.

Her previous career included Global Compensation & Benefits positions for both London-based advertising firm WPP and Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific.

Kate shares with Barracuda Search her experiences and reflections on the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak.

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Sakshi Jawa, Chief People Officer of TIKI Corporation, shares her COVID 19 insights

TIKI Corporation is in the top two largest companies in the fiercely competitive Vietnamese ecommerce landscape.

With a population of nearly 100 million people and one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, Vietnam’s young and highly educated population has been attracting ever increasing interest from both domestic and foreign organisations looking to tap into this expanding market.

TIKI has set itself as one of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in Vietnam, offering over 10 million products nationwide, a range of logistics services and providing two-hour delivery to certain areas.

Sakshi Jawa joined TIKI in October 2018. Her role since joining has been to facilitate the rapid growth of the company and build the next generation of talent for the business.

Prior to TIKI, Sakshi held senior HR positions for a number of the world’s largest ecommerce companies, namely Coupang and Amazon, based across Asia.

Sakshi shares with Barracuda Search her experiences and reflections on the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak.

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Lelia Konyn, global business and CHRO leader, shares her COVID 19 insights

Lelia Konyn is an internationally recognised business leader and human resources expert.

Her extensive experience spans nascent startups through to Global Fortune 100 companies, including listed as well as private organisations working closely with Boards and family shareholders alike.

As Group HR Director of commodities giant Noble Group, she facilitated the growth of the company from an 800 person, familial-style enterprise to a 16,000 employee, US$100bn, global multinational.

Her other appointments stretch across shipping, financial services, retail and tech giving her a deep and broad perspective into what it takes to sustain, build and grow diverse teams and organisations.

Having lived in Hong Kong since 1991, Lelia has helped lead organisations through a number of significant crises including the 1997 Asia financial crisis, the global financial crisis of 2007/8, SARS in 2003/4 and several natural disasters meaning that she is well practiced at navigating through times of ambiguity and difficulty.

Lelia shares with Barracuda Search her thoughts and reflections on the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak.

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Roger Young, outgoing Chief Human Resources Officer of Li & Fung, shares his COVID 19 insights

Founded in 1906 and based in Hong Kong, Li & Fung is the world’s largest sourcing and supply company.

Through its 17,000 people it operates an extensive global supply chain network over 230 offices and 270 distribution centers in 50 economies around the world, primarily for US and EU brands and retailers.

The organisation’s significant investment in its digital supply chain capabilities, as well as its network of over 10,000 suppliers globally, has allowed it to successfully guide and support its customers through the current COVID 19 crisis.

Roger Young is the outgoing Chief Human Resources Officer of Li & Fung. Having joined the organisation in 2016 he has helped lead the global structural transformation and build their talent capabilities for the supply chain of the future.

Prior to joining Li & Fung he served as SVP HR for National Grid USA. His earlier career included leadership roles spanning Finance, General Management and HR for the multi-US$bn, global coatings supplier, PPG Industries.

Roger shares with Barracuda Search his experiences and reflections on the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak.

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Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer APAC of Marriott International, shares his COVID 19 insights

Marriott International is the world’s largest hotel company with 30 brands and over 7,000 properties across 131 countries and territories.

As Chief Human Resources Officer of APAC since 2013, Regan Taikitsadaporn has served over 20 years with the company, predominantly in APAC-focused HR positions.

He has guided the company and its associates through numerous significant events including the SARS outbreak of 2002, the major acquisition of Starwood, launching the award-winning Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program and navigating the challenges of the recent social unrest in Hong Kong.

Regan shares with Barracuda Search his experiences and reflections on the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak.

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