The HR Exchange Network Advisory Board consists of key thinkers and thought leaders in the HR space. These seasoned industry experts guide the topics on the portal in addition to frequently contributing content and media. These industry leaders were selected due to the caliber of their work within their respective areas of expertise.
About our Advisors
Known for his ability to connect people with results, Jan van der Hoop advises and consults with senior executives across North America on how to get their organizations running more smoothly by better aligning their talent with their operations. With more than 25 years of business, management and human resources experience, he has become known for his ability to create bottom-line results.
Jan is the co-founder and president of Fit First Technologies, a company that applies its predictive analytics to the task of matching people to roles. Those algorithms drive platforms such as TalentSorter, FitFirstJobs and MyHiring.Guru, which are relied upon by organizations to screen high volumes of candidates for ‘fit’ in their open positions. They are also now being applied to the task of bridging pools of ‘hidden talent’ – those with diff-abilities, Veterans, people on the Autism spectrum and inner-city youth into the workforce.
Prior to Fit First Technologies, Jan consulted with companies to build their organizational capacity, grow their people and improve their financial results. He worked with an impressive client roster, including Nissan Canada, Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy, State Farm and Sleep Country Canada. He also has extensive Senior Management experience in both operations and HR, having built his corporate career with a number of leading organizations, including Hilton International Hotels, PepsiCo and Office Depot.
Jan has devoted his career to helping people and organizations to find better ways to work together. He speaks frequently on leadership and organizational performance issues to corporate, institutional, academic and association audiences. Jan’s views and opinions on hiring have been featured in media across the country including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, CTV News and various small business publications.Back to Top
Rebecca Ahmed is currently the Director of HR Systems & Operations for Pinnacle Entertainment, a dynamic and growing casino entertainment company with 16,000+ team members across the United States. She oversees and collaborates with HR Business Partners and senior leadership teams in the creation and execution of business growth and performance strategies. Ms. Ahmed studied Public Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, and received her Master’s in Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has 8+ years of HR experience, and held leadership positions at organizations including Allegiant Travel Company & The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Rebecca can best be described as a passionate and driven People Services professional, changing the face of HR! In her free time, you will find her working out via Class Pass, or hopping on plane with passport in hand, looking forward to discovering a new adventure!Back to Top
Larry Brand is Chief Human Resources Officer at Elkay Manufacturing, a global producer of sinks, water delivery systems, cabinets, and scullery with over 5,000 employees worldwide. He is a versatile HR executive with leadership experience serving CEOs, Board of Directors, and leadership teams. With over 20 years of business experience with increasing levels of responsibility, Mr. Brand compels leadership and boards to adopt business driving people strategies. He is an accomplished leader of talent, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and board of directors relations. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Human Resources Officer for Sparton Corporation (NYSE: SPA), an industrial manufacturer. Mr. Brand holds an MBA in Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN and also holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.Back to Top
Debra has been at TransUnion for over 20 years where her role included overseeing various functions within Human Resources including benefits, compensation, wellness, global mobility, immigration, and service delivery. In addition, she has worked closely with HRIS to implement and upgrade various self-service systems used by employees company-wide. In recent years, Debra created a global wellness program for TransUnion that is focused on the entire wellbeing of the employees, including physical, emotional, and financial health.Back to Top
Paul Baldassari is Chief Human Resources Officer at Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flex is a $26B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries. In this role, Mr. Baldassari leads the Company’s global human resources and corporate social and environmental responsibility teams.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Baldassari lead the Operational Excellence, Corporate Asset Management, Real Estate and Quality teams. Previously, he held various positions in IT, project and program management, operations and company-wide Lean and Six Sigma initiatives. He joined Flex in 1998 to transition the Company to a new ERP system.
Before his tenure at Flex, Mr. Baldassari was an ERP consultant at Origin, managing various implementation projects for international companies.
Mr. Baldassari holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics.Back to Top
With almost 30 years of experience in global business & people strategy, leadership & talent development, organizational design & development, and cultural intelligence, Fernando has been leading, speaking, training, coaching and building alliances in more than 70 countries. He currently is part of The Home Depot, acting as the Chief People Officer of Global Custom Commerce and HR Director of THD Marketing/Online.
Before joining the US retail leader, he worked as Corporate Director and Chief Learning Officer of LUKIVEN Energy & Business Group, an oil & gas, real state, construction and corporate education group. He co-cofounded UCEN, the corporate university of this business group. His passion for continuous improvement helped him to start MEJORAR, an international research, learning and development center for leaders, organizations and communities.
He holds a Magna Cum Laude university degree in Business Administration, with a major in Organization & Methods, is a Certified Executive Coach by the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) and Newfield Consulting, and an International Training Fellow (No. 31) of the JCI University. He served as member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Talent Development - ATD (formerly ASTD) and was the 59th World President of Junior Chamber International (JCI). He is currently part of the Wharton School/Graduate School of Education Work-based Learning Leadership Doctoral Program at the University of Pennsylvania (known as the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program).Back to Top
Andrea Ledford, Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Office, and Chief Human Resources Officer for NCR Corporation, is a strategic member of the NCR Executive Team helping to drive our future vision. She oversees critical functions that drive change management, support NCR's corporate strategy as a hardware-enabled, software-driven business, and cultivate incredible employee experiences that engage, educate and inspire. Her global responsibilities include Human Resources, Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs, Corporate Real Estate, Global Security and Aviation. Andrea also oversees the NCR Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build stronger communities around the world by investing in innovative solutions that help people become self-sufficient. Prior to this position, Ledford served as NCR’s vice president of Human Resources for the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Before joining NCR in February 2006, Ledford was Symbol Technologies’ EMEA leader of Human Resources and held a variety of leadership roles at Cisco Systems in EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Her background also includes positions in the areas of international human resources, compensation and benefits, and leadership development with Storage Technology, United International Holdings and Synergen.
Ledford has an Executive MBA from Insead University in Fontainebleau, France, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado.Back to Top
Dr. Jaclyn Lee is currently the Senior Director, Human Resources and Head of HR Technology and Analytics, for The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She handles the full spectrum of HR for the university and is one of the pioneer team members charged with starting up the new university from scratch. She has worked with the senior management team in developing the mission, vision and values of the new university when it was incepted. As the Senior Director for HR, she is also responsible for developing the Total Compensation Structure, Performance Management System, spearheading new HR policies and processes, recruiting key leaders, senior academics and faculty, as well as managing the Human Capital Development Strategy. In addition, she heads the Human Resource Technology and Analytics function and is also a specialist in the use of digital tools for culture change.
Jaclyn was previously Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources, responsible for managing the full spectrum of human resources for Certis CISCO Security Pte Ltd, a security services company comprising of about 10,000 employees in Singapore and 25,000 in the region. Her role there included strategic HR planning for Singapore and the region, compensation and benefits, performance management and scorecard measurement, employee engagement, human capital development, employer branding, resourcing and other special projects. One of her key achievements in Certis was successfully managing a very difficult wage re-structuring project that involved thousands of workers. She was also responsible for setting up a recruitment agency that provided a continuous supply of manpower to business units, eventually giving Certis the competitive advantage in winning large business contracts.
She has over 25 years of HR experience, and has also managed Strategic Planning, organizational development, and regional HR in one of her previous roles as Regional HR Director for NEC Solutions Asia Pacific. In that capacity as Regional HR Director, she developed the talent and career development framework for Engineers and high potentials in the South Asia Region. She was also the Balance Scorecard leader for the region.
Jaclyn participates actively in conferences as a speaker, both locally and internationally and has spoken at more than 50 local and international conferences. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to HR Award (HRM Asia 2017) as well as the Leading HR Leader Award at the annual SHRI Awards for 2008. On top of being a volunteer HR Director in SPRING Singapore’s initiative to drive good HR practices in SMEs, she is also a member of the Professional Practices Committee of the Institute for Human Resource Professionals, and a member of the Human Capital Policy Advisory Committee for SPRING Singapore.
Jaclyn is a strong advocate of HR Digitization and Analytics, and has in recent years been speaking on topics ranging from the future of work to future skills, appification, as well as the use of Big Data in Human Resources. She is also an expert in the use of crowd sourcing technologies for culture change, and has developed a tool called the, “OCAI-Spilter” that uses the concept of group decision making and Design Thinking to facilitate the process of culture change.
She has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Information Systems from the University of Twente (Netherlands), Masters in Business from Singapore Management University, Masters in Human Resources Management from the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (USA), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Brandon University (Canada).
To learn more about Dr. Lee, please visit her website at jaclynlee.sgBack to Top
Jack Bucalo joins HR Exchange Network as a featured columnist and member of our Advisory Board.
Bucalo retired in 2005 as the Corporate SVP Human Resources, Executive Development and Service Excellence at Fiserv, Inc., a $4.1 billion/22,000 employee/Fortune 500 and 1000 international company. In addition to typical HR functions, he was responsible for Board recruitment and compensation, executive development, and merger and acquisition support.
Throughout his career, Bucalo held various HR and management positions at Verizon, Zenith Electronics Corporation, AT&T, Nichols-Homeshield Aluminum, and John Crane International.Back to Top
Sana' Rasul is the President & Chief Girlfriend of HR Girlfriends, a Human Resources networking organization dedicated to advancing the practice and culture of people empowerment. Her team of Girlfriends consult, train, educate, develop, share, promote and advocate for solutions in the field of human resource management. Sana' is also a credentialed Career Strategist, at TheCareerHelpDesk.com, where she has helped professionals across all industries create a next level career plan, negotiate compensation and develop strategies to land the job, not just the interview.Back to Top