HR director, South East Asia and South Korea

David Serés oversees pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim’s newest regional operating units: South East Asia and South Korea. To continue growing the talent base in these markets, Serés and his team established a regional leadership program in 2016, in partnership with Singapore Management University. They also facilitated various regional training programs for around 800 participating employees from seven different countries. Furthermore, the team has designed and implemented an employee recognition program to reward individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to the company. One major challenge the HR team faced this year was the global ‘business swap’ of Consumer Health Care and Animal Health between competitor Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, for which HR had to ensure smooth transitioning for the project.