Keynote addresses

Keynote address: Sir Richard Branson

Wednesday, June 14

Excellent leaders believe their people come first. Challenging business leaders to put people first is Sir Richard Branson’s most recent endeavor. With his unique style and entrepreneurial spirit, he is calling on us all to put the health and culture of our teams at the top of our priority list. Join us in welcoming Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, to SuccessConnect London and learn how you can join the challenge and make a difference for your people and your organization. Read more about Sir Richard Branson.

Keynote address: Join Stefan Ries and SAP SuccessFactors Customers

Tuesday, June 13

SAP CHRO and Member of the Executive Board Stefan Ries hosts an unconventional, un-keynote opening session on HR transformation and the future of work, joined by SAP SuccessFactors customers including Julian Simee, Senior Manager, Corporate HR Strategy at Lufthansa; Yulia Chupina, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at SBERBANK of Russia; Jon West, HR Director, Manufacturing for Jaguar Land Rover; and Phil Pavitt, Global CIO at Specsavers, which will cover how today’s digital imperatives are creating a mandate for better people experiences, and technology like we use in our personal lives to support those experiences.

Keynote address: Bill McDermott

Wednesday, June 14

Bill McDermott is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, the world’s business software market leader with approximately 310,000 customers in 190 countries. He leads the company’s 78,000 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. Read Bill’s full bio.

Keynote address: David Ragones and Thomas Otter and friends

Wednesday, June 14

Join our heads of product David Ragones and Thomas Otter as they brew up a double espresso shot of innovation to jolt the movers and shakers of the HR technology world! David and Thomas will be joined by Tarun Wadhwani, Head of Integrated Talent Development for Nestlé, Karen Lofthouse, HR Executive at Nestle, and Bhrighu Sareen, General Manager of the Microsoft Teams Ecosystem and Developer Platform.

Keynote address: Tamara Lohan

Wednesday, June 14

At the Women in Leadership luncheon, hear from Tamara Lohan on her perspectives on women in technology and business and balancing parenting with career progression.

Tamara is an entrepreneur and technology strategist with a background in marketing. In 2002 she co-founded the boutique hotel travel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith with her husband James, and has been responsible for evolving the company's digital infrastructure ever since.

Keynote speakers

Sir Richard Branson: Founder and President, Virgin Group, Global Entrepreneur, Adventurer and Philanthropist

Sir Richard Branson: Founder and President, Virgin Group, Global Entrepreneur, Adventurer and Philanthropist

Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands.

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Julian Simee, Senior Manager, Corporate HR Strategy

Julian Simee, Senior Manager, Corporate HR Strategy

Julian's focus is to identify new HR trends and to modernize or develop new concepts, communicates the strategic framework for HR activities, and ensures the link between the organizational strategy and the HR strategy. Through his work in the digital space he has gathered profound knowhow about digital transformation and development of a digital HR organization.

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Yulia Chupina, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at SBERBANK of Russia

Yulia Chupina, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at SBERBANK of Russia

Yulia is responsible for Strategy, HR and Corporate culture. She is currently involved with major Bank transformation processes, including HR transformation, Agile and Marketplace projects. Prior to joining SBERBANK of Russia, Yulia worked for McKinsey & Company in Russian and Spanish offices, specializing in Finance and Insurance industry and being a member of Organizational development and Marketing knowledge practices in 1998-2003.

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Jon West, HR Director, Manufacturing for Jaguar Land Rover

Jon West, HR Director, Manufacturing for Jaguar Land Rover

Jon West is HR Director for Manufacturing at Jaguar Land Rover, and has held the position for 9 years. The role includes oversight of Jaguar Land Rover's largest population - the hourly-paid workforce, based in the UK and globally. Jon's career has spanned 27 years in automotive HR, starting with Ford and moving to JLR in 2009 where he has held a variety of HR positions.

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Phil Pavitt, Global CIO of Specsavers

Phil Pavitt, Global CIO of Specsavers

Described as ‘A Giant of the IT industry’ by the IT press, Pavitt has the unusual combined qualities of an IT expert and a captivating and inspirational leader. As he puts it he’s ‘a business leader who just happens to do IT'.

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Tarun Wadhwani, Head of Integrated Talent Development for Nestlé

Tarun Wadhwani, Head of Integrated Talent Development for Nestlé

Tarun Wadhwani is the Head of Integrated Talent Development for Nestlé globally. He has been with Nestlé since October 2007. He joined Nestle as the Regional Head of Human Resources for Nestlé Nutrition – Asia Pacific and China, based in Singapore and moved to the headquarters in Switzerland in July 2011.

Tarun has over 19 years of experience as an HR professional working across business partner and centre of expertise roles in the areas of HR Strategy, Talent & Performance Management, Resourcing, Compensation and Benefits, Training, Change Management and Mergers and Acquisitions. He has worked across a variety of industries encompassing pharmaceuticals, engineering, banking, real estate and FMCG.

He has lived and worked in India, Dubai and Singapore, and currently resides in Switzerland.

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Bhrighu Sareen,  General Manager of the Microsoft Teams Ecosystem and Developer Platform

Bhrighu Sareen, General Manager of the Microsoft Teams Ecosystem and Developer Platform

Bhrighu Sareen is General Manager of the Microsoft Teams Ecosystem and Developer Platform. In his 12 years at Microsoft, he has led a variety of product and operations organizations responsible for international growth. Most recently, he was responsible for leading Microsoft’s Global Storefront operations, which required him to manage a worldwide team that powered content experiences on MSN, Microsoft Edge, Windows Applications and operated the Microsoft consumer e-commerce site Microsoftstore.com.

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Bill McDermott, SAP SE Chief Executive Officer

Bill McDermott, SAP SE Chief Executive Officer

Bill McDermott is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, the world’s business software market leader with approximately 310,000 customers in 190 countries. He leads the company’s 78,000 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. Read Bill’s full bio.

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Stefan Ries, SAP Chief of Human Resources Officer

Stefan Ries, SAP Chief of Human Resources Officer

Stefan Ries, CHRO and Labor Relations Director, is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE with global responsibility for Human Resources. Stefan holds a masters of business in economics from the University of Constance, Germany. Prior to joining SAP he held HR leadership positions at Microsoft and Compaq and joined SAP in 2002. Stefan attaches great importance to a diverse working culture. To support innovation, he is convinced that appreciating people’s differences, unique backgrounds and personalities is a key success factor for SAP.

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Thomas Otter, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

Thomas Otter, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

Thomas Otter is Group Vice President of Product Management at SAP SuccessFactors. Thomas joined SAP SuccessFactors from Gartner, where he was a Research VP covering human capital management (HCM) technology and was Gartner’s lead analyst on SAP from 2009-2011. Prior to Gartner, Thomas held various roles at SAP, including business development, sales, and key account strategy. He holds a LLM in Computer Law, a PDM in HR Management, and a BA in Political Science.

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David Ragones, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

David Ragones, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

David Ragones is Group Vice President of Product Management at SAP SuccessFactors. Prior to joining SAP, David was founder and CEO of DreamCommerce, a leading mobile real estate start-up. Previously, he was a Director of Product Management at NVIDIA, where he managed the largest P&L in the Platform business unit as it grew from $100M to $1B+. David led software engineering teams at various venture-backed Bay Area start-ups. David earned a BSE degree in Computer Science from Princeton University and a MBA with High Honors from University of Michigan.use third image attachment below As CTO, she has overseen the development of their in-house booking engine and proprietary availability-management systems, alongside their iOS app and responsive global websites for Mr & Mrs Smith and its sister brand Smith & Family – their collection of the worlds best child-friendly and family stays.

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Tamara Lohan, Co-founder and CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith

Tamara Lohan, Co-founder and CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith

Tamara is an entrepreneur and technology strategist with a background in marketing. In 2002 she co-founded the boutique hotel travel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith with her husband James, and has been responsible for evolving the company’s digital infrastructure ever since.

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