People moves Americas: Barings, Unisys, Owens Corning
In a week where two leaders, CEO and CSO, step down from Publicis Media agency Starcom, we round up the latest executive transitions across the Americas.
Jawad Malik joins Barings as Global Chief Information Officer
Bringing more than 20 years of experience in ifnromation technology within the financial services and investment management industry to the table, Jawad Malik joins Barings as global CIO, leading the company’s Platform Architecture & Delivery Team. As CIO, Malik will lead a team of tech professionals in executing the technology strategy that supports Barings' ambitious growth and business plans. Malik previously served for eight years as CIO of The Hartford’s Investment Management and Corporate Technologies, where he led multiple digital transformations and M&A related integrations, and before that spent seven years at ING Financial Services as head of Financial Risk IT.
Garry Reeder named CEO of American Fintech Council
Financial services leader and innovation advocate Garry Reeder has been tapped by the American Fintech Council as its new CEO. Reeder brings to the fintech table more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, incuding senior roles in the US Department of Treasury, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and recent at the Financial Health Network. Reeder helped stand up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and served as its Chief of Staff and his management advocacy, and public policy experience will be instrumental in steering AFC’s mission to prmote policies that advance responsible innovation and inclusivity within financial services. The appointment of Reeder to lead the AFC “has drawn praise from several leaders in the financial services space”, states Richard Codray, former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Reeder will play a key role in the continued formation and maturation of the Council.
Komodo Health names new Chief Technology Officer
Enterprise software industry veteran Laurent Bride has been appointed as chief technology officer for Komodo Health. With 20 years of experience building and scaling platforms for hypergrowth tech companies, and passionate about new technologies, data challenges and fast-growing teams, Bride is charged with growing Komodo’s cloud-based enterprise platform. In addition to his most recent role, as CTO at Talend, where he built on his track record of success by taking the company public and driving next-generation data platform strategies, Bride also held executive roles at multi-biolion dollar software firms Business Objects and SAP, whe he led teams of developers to innovate for new market opportunities.
Wendy Reynolds-Dobbs joins Unisys Corp. as Chief DEI Officer
With a successful track record in talent management, Wendy Reynolds-Dobbs joins Unisys Corp as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer. Reynolds-Dobbs joins Unisys from Change Healthcare where she served as VP of Talent Management and D&I, responsible for leading talent management and succession planning as well as performance management, executive development and D&I strategy. Priot to his, she was senior director of talent management for McKesson Technology Solutions. Through Wendy’s efforts, “we will be able to listen more closely to the diverse pespectives of people both inside and outside of our company,a nd create new opportunities for equity and inclusion in our workplace as a result”, says Ebrahimi, who co-chairs Unisys’ Inclusion and Diversity Council.
Jose Mendez-Andino joins Owens Corning as Chief Research & Development Officer
Having been with Owens Corning since 2012, most recently as VP of Science and Technology, Jose Mendez-Andino has been promoted to VP and Chief Research & Development Officer, Owens Corning. With several decades of leadership roles spanning science, product and tech development, and R&D, including 10 years at Proctor & Gamble, Mendez-Andino brings to this new role proven leadership with experise “that uniquely positions him to advance our R&D efforts and ensure that we help our customers win and grow in the market”, says Brian Chambers, CEO. In this newly created role, Mendez-Andino will be responsible for leveraging product, process and material science innovation to accelerate growth for the company.
5 Ways Leaders Can Create a Healthy Workplace Culture
This week (14th-20th June 2021) is Men’s Health Week. Physical and mental well-being have been important considerations for leaders over the past year, and it is essential this focus is maintained as we build back for the future. Here we have asked 5 experts for practical tips leaders can implement to create healthy workplace cultures.
Know the early signs of burnout
Recently it was reported by the BBC that burnout for health and social care staff had reached emergency levels.
Monkey Puzzle Training Co-Founder Karen Meager has studied the burnout recovery process in partnership with Coventry University: “The past year has seen people suffer from job-loss worries, work from home challenges, isolation, and feeling overworked. These are continuing, and all have the potential to contribute towards burnout. Healthcare workers, executives, leaders, managers and small business owners will continue to be the top people to suffer from extreme burnout.”
“At the onset of burnout, people commonly enter a phase of denial. So leaders need to be aware of those who are reluctant to take their time off, are compelled to work all hours, or have changes in their behaviour or mood, as these can all be indications of burnout taking hold. Encouraging them to take a burnout self-test provides a starting point to supporting these employees through recovery, as is role modelling healthy sustainable ways of working.” Karen suggests.
Encourage professional self-reflection
Creating an environment that encourages self-reflection is an effective tool for promoting personal development. Journaling may not be something you instantly think of for professional development; however, it is a successful technique for adults to aid mindfulness and productivity. “Journaling is a form of self-expression that can empower you to understand your feelings and ambitions and how to deal with them, therefore promoting positive well-being and a healthy workplace culture,” describes Elisa Nardi, founder of Notebook Mentor.
“Just 15-20 minutes of journaling a day over the course of four months are enough to lessen the impact of physical stressors on your health,” explains Elisa. “It can also inspire creativity, aid your memory, and help set actionable goals. It is an underused tool that can help employees manage tricky workplace situations such as conflict, illness or new leadership roles.”
Manage your stress and resilience too
As a leader or manager, often, your complete focus is on the business or protecting your team, but you cannot pour from an empty cup. Leaders should also have strategies in place to manage their own stress, so they can sustain high levels of positive energy throughout the day. “Fueled by a burning desire for success, I ignored all the warning signs of exhaustion, which eventually took its toll on me - I literally collapsed from stress, and I didn’t even see it coming.” reflects Sascha Heinemann, an expert in Performance Recovery and Stress Resilience.
“When leaders manage their energy, create healthy daily habits, and practice resilience, they are able to perform to their fullest capacity and to provide the best possible support for others.”
“Taking a break every 90 minutes or so helps you to refuel, recharge, and re-energize and ultimately allows you to get more accomplished, in less time, at a higher level of quality, and more sustainably. This role model contributes dramatically to a healthier, more engaged, sustainable, and productive workplace culture," he adds.
Instil a sense of purpose for your team
The idea that success equals working 12-15 hour days and giving everything of yourself to your workplace continues to prevail in many organisations. This is not healthy, nor is it productive for anyone involved. “The healthiest and happiest workplace cultures are the ones that are organised around purpose.” describes business and life coach Anand Kulkarni.
“Leaders should be giving meaning to the work they are doing within their business and beyond and sharing this purpose with their staff, rather than focusing on long hours, crippling workloads or someone else’s idea of ‘success’. When people understand why they are doing what they do and how this contributes to something greater, productivity and well-being is increased.” adds Anand.
Promote well-being from the top down
Leaders need to act as role models if well-being is to become embedded at the very core of the organisation. It’s very unlikely that employees will start acting in a new way that puts their own needs first if the leadership team continues to behave in an entirely different manner.
‘Many organisations have worked hard in recent months to put new policies in place that better support well-being, promote hybrid working and attempt to set clear boundaries, but many leaders seem to assume that they are exempt from it all, that’s when it all falls over’, explains leadership experts Martin Boroson and Carmel Moore, from The One Moment Company.
A recent ONS report into Homeworking in the UK revealed that people are on average working 6 hours extra per week, and many are working until late in the evening, indicating that the boundaries between work and life are more blurred than ever.
“Despite all of these wonderful opportunities for people to self-organise, if the leadership team continues to work in the office Monday to Friday, or are communicating at all hours, then it’s a clear indicator that hybrid working is simply a ‘bolt-on’ tactic rather than an integral part of the company’s approach to promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.’