VP, HR, Asia-Pacific

Susana Garcia Bernal oversees the HR function in a detailed ‘matrix structure’ covering over 550 employees in six businesses across 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Despite the scope of her work, Garcia Bernal believes in the importance of “paying attention to the small details”, especially when celebrating cultural differences. Being “an introvert Spaniard” based in Asia and having worked in different countries and industries have both certainly helped her develop this cultural sensitivity. In terms of D&I initiatives, Garcia Bernal and her team launched OUT in Australia, an LGBT group that also has a presence in the US, Singapore and London. In April 2016 the company launched a comprehensive leadership development program, the Talent Lab Space, based in Singapore. The Singapore Lab follows on from similar concepts in New York, LA and London, and provides a suite of L&D experiences matched to key transition points in an employee’s career.