Firm praises tyrants’ leadership

by Hannah Norton20 Jul 2015
The words “superattainers” and “high achieving individuals” probably aren’t what come to mind when describing the likes of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Attila the Hun, Mao Zedong and Ferdinand Marcos.

Nor is Hitler’s contribution to Germany’s autobahn likely to be the main thing the Nazi leader will be remembered for.

But one Manila-based recruitment firm – Charle Associates – is under fire after extolling the virtues - and these actions - of the ‘leaders’ on its website.

While HRD enquiries could no longer find the information on the firm’s website, and the company could not be reached for comment this morning, an article in the South China Morning Post on Friday said the five appeared as part of a long list of leadership exemplars on the website.

The company’s website states that Hitler was “instrumental in building the autobahn (superhighway) as well as putting German industry back on its feet”.

There was reportedly no mention of the Nazi regime’s genocide which resulted in the murder of around six million Jews.

The firm runs the Asia-CEO awards, and this month hosting a lunch including senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the deposed Philippine dictator.

When asked why Charle lists the tyrants on its website, president Rebecca Bustamante-Mills reportedly said: “People have different mind-sets, have different personalities. It doesn’t mean that we follow them.”

The company’s website states it “focuses its headhunter recruitment in the emerging countries of Southeast Asia”, but operates in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos, as well as the Middle East, Africa and Canada.

Its website stated that the company recently filled two human resource director positions at a large pharmaceutical company.

“The client has roughly 1000 people in Philippines and is growing quickly. The Managing Director needed a senior person to manage HR for his complex organization,” it said.

“The client had specific requirements with regard to experience, technical skills, management culture background and even area of residence.”

Charle presented five candidates, two of which were eventually hired as HRDs.

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