HR team leader – APAC,
It might seem an unusual mix – accounting and HR – but Anchana Smith has proven what a powerful combination of skills this can be, having moved from an auditor role into the HR sphere. A colleague says Smith is able to “get into the detail, but also has the ability to see the bigger picture”. In her four years at Simplot, Smith has worked her way up from an HR graduate to an adviser, and now to team leader for Asia-Pacific. During this time, she has worked on and led multiple projects, including a large-scale organisational restructure and streamlining of the performance management and development planning process. Smith has also worked with senior HR business partners and shown herself to be capable of stepping up during their absences. Smith’s colleagues say her ability to directly express work concerns to her superiors while remaining empathic towards employees demonstrates a maturity beyond her age and experience, and makes her both a high-potential employee and a rising star.