With a younger generation rising in the workplace, technology replacing more and more roles and new technology and data centric strategies demanding new skills that are short in supply, 2014 could be the year of the employee. Recruitment and retention will require new strategies and investments in this new normal. So how will HR be redefined? How will organizations begin taking career development seriously? How will we rewrite the traditional rules of acquisition and retention to win the war for talent?
John J. Higginson, CTO, Wheels Inc.
As Chief Technology Officer, John leads technology and innovation at Wheels. His teams are responsible for developing and managing our client-facing applications, systems infrastructure and security, telecommunications, internal networks, a... More View all posts
As Chief Technology Officer, John leads technology and innovation at Wheels. His teams are responsible for developing and managing our client-facing applications, systems infrastructure and security, telecommunications, internal networks, and business continuance functions. Wheels’ applications serve more than 300,000 business users and process more than 40M transactions annually. John has more than 20 years of technology leadership experience in fields like eCommerce, software development, datacenter design, systems architecture, and customer service tools. Most recently, John served as the Chief Technology Officer for FTD Companies, a leading provider of floral-related products, services and technologies. At FTD, he ran one of the largest retail websites in North America, handling millions of orders and customer interactions each year. Prior to FTD, John spent 14 years at Applied Systems, the largest independent software company in the property & casualty insurance industry, where he held a progression of IT management roles, ultimately serving as EVP of Technology. Throughout his career, John has been active in a number of technology forums, and has appeared as a guest speaker at the ACORD|LOMA conference and various CxO summits. He is also an accomplished writer, having contributed articles to business and technology publications like Independent Agent and National Underwriter. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in IT and Privacy Law, with honors, from The John Marshall Law School. Less View all posts
Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte
Josh Bersin founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte’s long term strategy and market eminence. Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events a... More View all posts
Josh Bersin founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte’s long term strategy and market eminence. Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, on BBC Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine. Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies at companies including DigitalThink (now Convergys), Arista Knowledge Systems, Sybase, and IBM. Josh's education includes a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Less View all posts
Steve Safier, Chief Transformation and Human Resources Officer, Panasonic North America
Dr. Steve Safier is Chief Transformation and Human Resources Officer for Panasonic Corporation of North America, where he leads a team focused on deploying and motivating an outstanding and engaged workforce that is eager to develop innovat... More View all posts
Dr. Steve Safier is Chief Transformation and Human Resources Officer for Panasonic Corporation of North America, where he leads a team focused on deploying and motivating an outstanding and engaged workforce that is eager to develop innovative technology solutions, deepen customer relationships and steadily expand market share and revenues in the hyper-competitive consumer and business-to-business electronics industry. Prior to assuming the Panasonic role, Steve was the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Subway Franchisee Advertising Trust, where he supported the Board of Directors and CEO and was accountable for all operations functions. He also spent 20 years as a consultant for Hay Group, where he led client relationship management teams and provided consulting solutions for clients in the financial services, health care, telecom and consumer electronics sectors. Steve has a BA in Psychology from Touro College, and a Masters in Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In Interbrand’s 2014 annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility, built to meet LEED certification standards, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. Learn more about Panasonic at www.panasonic.com. Less View all posts