How to maintain a strong CEO/HRD relationship

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Global corporation Bayer – which has around 1,100 employees in Australia and New Zealand – has undertaken a global transformation project, ultimately aiming to create a culture of innovation and a different approach to leadership.

Bayer Australia/NZ’s CEO Jacqueline Applegate said that achieving this goal is reliant on the company’s ability to focus on improving Bayer’s leaders.

“We’re creating an environment where our people are willing to step forward, are willing to take risks, to be proactive and challenge the status quo,” she explained. “The way we feel we’ll do that is by building our leadership capability.”

Applegate refers to her HRD as her “right hand” in the process – but she is aware that there are big issues that HR needs to address in the near future.

“Knowledge management and big data is fundamentally important,” she said. “The connectivity of the world is closer than it’s ever been. In corporations historically, information was siloed. Today, we need to bring connectivity to that data.”


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