ASEAN HR Leaders Circle

The cohort for the current programme has come into place as of July 2022, and comprises more than 30 HR professionals who have been identified as protégés.

An informal group of more than 200 CHROs and senior HR leaders in Malaysia, known as the ASEAN HR Leaders Circle, has banded together to launch NextCHRO, a community-led mentoring programme aimed to accelerate the development of CHRO successors and prepare them for tomorrow’s leadership challenges.

The initiative, first established in April 2017 and recently hosting the launch event, sees CHROs volunteering their time, experience, and resources to the following causes:

  • Be a mentor,
  • Nominate a successor as a protégé, and
  • Focus on grooming the protégé's personal leadership strengths and providing them development opportunities.

"Our vision is to set a self-directed community of HR leaders that impact a sustainable regional people agenda," Farid Basir, Chief People Officer, MBSB Bank, told Human Resources Online in an exclusive conversation. He added that the leaders are looking forward to "accelerating our successors' development and growth through mentors from other industries who give different perspectives".

In addition to Farid, some of the other HR leaders who are volunteering their time to this cause include:

  1. Norlida (Oli) Azmi, Chief People Officer, Axiata
  2. Nadiah Tan Abdullah, Chief Human Resources Officer, S P Setia
  3. Michelle Ann Iking, Chief People Officer, Sime Darby Property
  4. Rina Sarif, Chief Human Capital Officer, Lembaga Tabung Haji
  5. Chen Fong Tuan, Senior Executive Vice President, Group Human Capital, Maybank
  6. Lim Chee Gay, Group CHRO, TDCX
  7. Felicia Tan, General Manager, Human Resources, Fujifilm Business Innovation Asia Pacific
  8. Izham Ab Wahab, Chief Human Capital Officer, Bank Simpanan Nasional
  9. Sik Kwang Then, Head of HR DPDHL ITS Cyberjaya & Global Business Partner for ITS Express Solutions, DHL IT Services
  10. Shazli Ghani, Human Resources Director, L'Oréal Malaysia & Singapore
  11. Mitzie Antonio, HR Director, Nestlé Malaysia and Singapore Region 
  12. Shahzad Umar, Regional Head of Talent: Asia, Oceania, Africa, Nestlé
  13. Salika Suksuwan, People Leader, PwC Acceleration Centre Kuala Lumpur
  14. Vinesh Naidu, Human Capital Leader, PwC Malaysia
  15. Syukri Sudari, Group Chief People Officer, Affin Bank Group
  16.  Sugunah Verumandy, Country Head of Human Resources, Hongkong And Shanghai Banking Corp (HSBC Bank)
  17. Shazmi Ali, Vice President HR - Malaysia, Shell

The cohort for the current programme has come into place as of July 2022, and comprises more than 30 HR professionals who have been identified as protégés and are keen to be mentored. The graduation will be held in January 2023.

As part of the six-month programme, this cohort of aspiring CHROs can look forward to a structured mentoring programme that includes intentional career conversations that focus on personal development and action plans, powered by potenxia.

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