A-Z HR Gurus of Q4 2018: See the Current Experts in Human Resources

We have developed an A-Z list of HR experts every quarter of the year to spotlight some of the human resources industry leaders for our readers to take inspiration from. So let’s take a look at which HR Gurus made our final A-Z list of 2018.

We’ve just said goodbye to 2018 and as a last tribute to such a great year, we wanted to finish up with our final A-Z HR Gurus instalment to see who has influenced areas of human resources in the last quarter.

Our 2018 Q4 HR experts collectively encompass knowledge and skills across HR technology, culture, global and offshore workforce planning, transformative recruitment, org design, digitalisation and administration.  But the most popular theme across the 2018 Q4 list is Change Management.

“One of the biggest mistakes I see organizations make today is how they handle change. A company will undergo change for many reasons — some will merge to become bigger and more stable, to remain competitive, to build a better brand or simply to survive. But how they handle change is critical to an organization’s success, and it can sometimes be the tipping point between that and failure.”

– Charece Newell, sHRBP, CCLC, CRC,  Chief HR Officer, Corporate Culture Coach for Your Healthy Reality, providing strategic corporate life coaching services to organizations.

Although change management has always been highly important to HR operations in business, it hasn’t always been implemented and managed appropriately to actually be of benefit.  This is something that must change going forward into 2019 as more developments, especially in technology and digitalisation, are set to take effect.

With change management, we are not talking about just communicating and pushing changes to keep in line with competition, we are talking about implementing successful change management strategies to better reduce resistance and push back from employees.  With bad change management techniques in place, no strategy is going to be accepted by the workforce and could be compared to “pushing the accelerator and the brakes at the same time.”

So take direction from our list of HR Guru’s and follow them to get updates on how they successfully manage high volumes of change across organisations, no matter how big or small.

Some regularly share their knowledge by means of original written articles, relevant publications, have their own podcasts (such as Ben Eubanks with https://upstarthr.com), are climbing their own HR career ladder, are public speakers at HR events and even deliver e-learning to enable other HR professionals to upskill.

As transformations are going to be prominent across 2019, we feel that as a HR community we should be helping and supporting others during the more challenging times.

If you are looking for inspiration on how to successfully implement new initiatives, procedures or services within your business and want to develop an organisational change management strategy to support them, then our A-Z list of influencers may be able to offer up some guidance!

CakeHR's A-Z HR Gurus of Q4 2018
CakeHR’s A-Z HR Gurus of Q4 2018

Linkedin logo  Alice Taylor, HR Director at Unilever

Linkedin logo Pranesh Anthapur, VP HR at Uber

Linkedin logo  David Bernstein, Head Of Partnerships at AllyO

Linkedin logo Swati Chawla, Director, Organisation Effectiveness, Global at Philip Morris International

Linkedin logo  Ben Eubanks, HR Analyst | Author | Podcaster

Linkedin logo  Louise Dobbs, Director of HR at Homebase

Linkedin logo  Anum fatima, HR Manager at Altayyar Overseas Employment Promoter

Linkedin logo  Elīna Giļa, Talent Acquisition Team Lead at Tele2 Shared Service Center

Linkedin logo  Liane Hornsey, Chief People Officer at Palo Alto Networks

Linkedin logo Paul Iske, Chief Failure Officer

Linkedin logo  Ateet Jayaswal, VP / Global Head – Organization & Talent Development, GE Digital

Linkedin logo  Tatjana Kuzmina, HR Director at G4S Latvia

Linkedin logo  Simon LI, HR Senior Director and Head of Talent Acquisition

Linkedin logo Evita Mackevica, Hello BNI members and quests! I can help you with employee recruitment (finance, marketing, HR, sale) and assessment.

Linkedin logo  Emily Nishi, Chief People Officer at Lyft

Linkedin logo  Laura Oxton, Head of HR (Head Office)

Linkedin logo  lahari pydimarri, HR Coordinator at Qualcomm

Linkedin logo  Sean Q, HR Director at Tencent

Linkedin logo Paul Slezak, Cofounder and CEO at RecruitLoop – Giving Employers Globally a Smarter Way to Hire

Linkedin logo  Annette Reavis, VP of HR at Facebook

Linkedin logo  Harry Urschel, Retained Executive Search and Leadership Consultant

Linkedin logo  Brian Vanover, Director of Executive Recruiting at Amazon

Linkedin logo  Jennifer Waldo, CHRO, GE Digital

Linkedin logo  Joyce Xu, Recruiting @Apple

Linkedin logo Peter Yi, Vice President at SAP Greater China

Linkedin logo Sadaf Zarrar, Head of Integrated Marketing Communications at The Coca-Cola Company

We look forward to see how 2019 develops – please get in touch if you know of any HR Guru’s that should be included within our next list!


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Robyn South

Robyn is a HR professional with over 7 years experience in generalist and complex employee relations matters. A newly established Virtual HR Assistant offering a range of HR services online, who loves to travel and part of the content management team at CakeHR.