CHRO2: The Consumerization of HR: Town Hall With Cisco, IBM and Kronos

Town Hall With Cisco, IBM and Kronos

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Wednesday 05 October
01:15 PM – 02:15 PM

Several sweeping consumer trends in mobile technology, usage of social networks, increased organizational transparency and the implementation of smart technologies are transforming how leading organizations are sourcing, developing and engaging with potential, current and former employees. But what are the keys to this “Consumerization” of HR? And how are companies using the principles of consumerization and consumer behavior to reinvent and expand HR’s role? Cisco, IBM and Kronos are leading the way. Hear examples of why and how these companies are using consumerization principles in HR and the business results they have achieved. You’ll learn how you can create the workplace as an experience where all the elements of work — physical, emotional, intellectual, virtual and aspirational — are carefully orchestrated to: inspire employees and help develop them into brand ambassadors, recruit boomerang employees, use state of the art collaborative technologies to engage employees, and build an open talent marketplace.


David Almeda

SVP, Chief People Officer
Kronos Incorporated


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David Almeda

As chief people officer, David Almeda is responsible for overseeing the global human resources function at Kronos. In this role, he drives the company’s human capital management strategy – including talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement programs – to support Kronos’ continued growth, innovation, and profitability. Almeda is credited with bringing Kronos’ award-winning “WorkInspired” culture to life. Prior to Kronos, Almeda spent 16 years in various HR functions at Staples, including VP of global HR, VP global HR administration, VP of worldwide HR integration, and VP of European strategy. Almeda is an active member of SHRM, serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Human Resources Association, and is an advisory board member of both The Workforce Institute at Kronos and the Executive Program in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton. Almeda holds a master’s degree in HR management and a doctoral degree from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School/Graduate School of Education.

Gianpaolo Barozzi

Senior Director, HR


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Gianpaolo Barozzi

Gianpaolo Barozzi is a Sr. Director in Cisco HR, leading the Digitalization Office and the Adaptive Talent Marketplace project in the newly formed Leadership & Team Intelligence organization. He is a thought leader in the design and development of innovative workforce experiences and solutions in multiple HR areas at Cisco. He has a wide experience in Talent Management and L&D gained by covering diverse roles and responsibilities which included global leadership for management development, innovation enablement and career development, EMEA Head of L&D, and global leadership for Sales L&D. His passion is re-defining the future of work in corporations – how talent is identified, leveraged, allocated and engaged, and how work is organized, measured and rewarded – and its implication on people, HR and ultimately the society. Curiosity, creativity, agility and the ability to make innovation happen are his recognized strengths. Gianpaolo is based in Milan, Italy, and holds a degree in Physics and is not an HR-born professional. Prior to transitioning to the HR world, he led R&D teams in Optical Transmission System at Cisco and Pirelli, and before that he was a visiting researcher at the French CNRS. During those years Gianpaolo authored >40 technical papers and 7 international patents. His love for science, art, design thinking and blending theory with experiments is the foundation of his characteristic innovative and future-looking professional forma mentis.

Anshul Sheopuri

Director, People Analytics


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Anshul Sheopuri

Anshul is the Director of the People Analytics team at IBM Corporate Headquarters where he leads a team of 60 analytics experts to build, accelerate and scale the impact of IBMs workforce analytics solutions across the analytics spectrum, from self-serve reporting to next-generation cognitive capabilities, to deliver significant, measurable, financial impact working across organizations including Research, Watson and the Smarter Workforce functions. Prior to this, Anshul was a Principal Research Staff Member and Senior Manager, Digital Research, at the IBM T J Watson Research Center. In this role, he led a team of researchers working on innovative big data digital technologies in areas such a real-time bidding algorithms for paid media optimization, spatio-temporal analytics for mobile personalization, and omni-channel content personalization using natural language processing and machine learning techniques. Anshul was featured in Fortune CNN as IBMs Face of the Future and his work has been highlighted in the IBM investor briefing. For his leadership and contributions leading to measurable financial impact, he has received the IBM Corporate Technical Award, the highest technical award given by IBM. His work has been cited in numerous media venues including New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, to name a few. His work has been published in top-tier journals and conferences including Operations Research, Management Science, European Journal of Operations Research, ICML, RecSys and Interfaces. He has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a Guest Professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD in Operations Management from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

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Jeanne Meister

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