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Transitioning to an HR leadership role in a start-up

Considering transitioning to an HR leadership role in a start-up? ChapmanCG’s executive search team provides advice for those contemplating the move, including what to expect, what sort of leader is suited to the start-up environment and how to best make an impact.

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Katherine Qu

Managing Director

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Katherine Qu

Managing Director

Katherine Qu is a Managing Director based in Singapore. Since joining ChapmanCG in 2014, she has worked with the team across APAC and around the world to identify the top HR talent across Greater China, Singapore, SEA and APAC.

Before joining us, Katherine ran her own executive search business in Beijing focusing on senior executive roles for leading Chinese companies in the consumer, healthcare and real estate industries. She has also held positions with Hudson and Charterhouse Partnership leading the Healthcare practice and HR function respectively. Katherine’s corporate experience has spanned many different sectors with global leaders such as PepsiCo, Pfizer and Lenovo.

Born in China and educated in both China and the United States, Katherine achieved her Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She has worked in China, Singapore and the United States and speaks both Mandarin and English fluently.

EA Registration Number: R1220091 Licence Number: 08S3543

Latest Articles by Katherine

Future of Work 3 April 2022

Navigating the New Normal: Accelerating Leadership Success in Asia

A People & Culture Lab

Katherine Qu
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HR Trends 20 December 2021

Spotlight on China

The Chinese economy experienced astonishing growth in the last few decades that catapulted the country to become…

Steve BrownKatherine QuBen DaviesKalkin Cao
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ChapmanCG News 17 November 2021

Global HR Update Q4 2021

Our final Global HR Update for 2021 features the year’s hottest topics and trends for…

ChapmanCG
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Diversity and Inclusion 13 September 2021

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – A Journey of Discovery

Most leading high-performing businesses (large and small) already have strong DE&I programs. Consider the fact…

Katherine Qu
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Global HR Updates 25 August 2021

Global HR Update Q3 2021

In this edition of ChapmanCG’s Global HR Update, we call out the latest HR trends around…

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Diversity and Inclusion 2 June 2021

Revisiting HR Priorities in Times of Change

In 2016, we published the much-viewed Five Areas of Interest for Today’s HR Leader. Only…

Steve Brown
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ChapmanCG News 28 December 2020

A look back at top articles from 2020

The Top 5 Trends in German HR in the 2020s The HR trends shaping work…

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Culture & Business Transformation 15 September 2020

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (And Why We Need It)

Undoubtedly, effective leadership is critical for achieving business goals and building a healthy and sustainable…

Steve BrownKatherine Qu
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Future of Work 29 June 2020

How COVID-19 has Impacted the Workplace Norm in China

With the rise of COVID-19, the world found itself in uncharted territory amid a global…

Katherine Qu
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Talent Development 14 January 2020

What Should You Consider for Your Next HR Move?

When considering the next move in your HR career, be sure to take a long-term…

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Steve Brown

Regional Managing Director - Asia Pacific

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Steve Brown

Regional Managing Director - Asia Pacific

As the Regional Managing Director – Asia Pacific at ChapmanCG, Steve Brown finds exceptional Chief People Officer level talent (and their direct reports) for a broad range of clients including complex multinationals going through transformation and growth, to smaller and leaner organisations looking for contemporary and innovative people and culture solutions.

Steve has enjoyed an exciting and meaningful career journey of over two decades in the executive search and talent industry, having lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Singapore, mainland China, and Hong Kong SAR. He has a successful track record including delivering multiple high-profile HR searches both at C-level (group and global) and regional, across various industry sectors.

Steve is also a member of the executive committee at ChapmanCG, responsible for leading our world-class consulting team based across Asia Pacific. His team are located in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

Professionally, he is passionate about fostering long-term partnerships with HR influencers and CEOs to help organisations build diverse teams and inclusive workplaces, which ultimately drive innovation and high-performance.

EA Registration Number: R1216206 Licence Number: 08S3543 (SG) EA License 66251 (HK)

Latest Articles by Steve

Global HR Updates 28 December 2021

Top Articles of 2021

As 2021 finishes and we start to look into 2022, we reflect on some of…

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ChapmanCG News 23 December 2021

2021 – A Year of Contrasts

Steve Brown, Managing Director APAC 2021 enjoyed a remarkable rebound from the challenges of the…

Steve BrownStefanie Cross-WilsonTim Spriggs
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HR Trends 20 December 2021

Spotlight on China

The Chinese economy experienced astonishing growth in the last few decades that catapulted the country to become…

Steve BrownKatherine QuBen DaviesKalkin Cao
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ChapmanCG News 30 November 2021

Ageism in the Workplace

In partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership and Thrive HR Exchange, ChapmanCG recently led…

Steve Brown
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ChapmanCG News 17 November 2021

Global HR Update Q4 2021

Our final Global HR Update for 2021 features the year’s hottest topics and trends for…

ChapmanCG
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Diversity and Inclusion 2 June 2021

Revisiting HR Priorities in Times of Change

In 2016, we published the much-viewed Five Areas of Interest for Today’s HR Leader. Only…

Steve Brown
Watch
ChapmanCG News 12 May 2021

Global HR Update Q2 2021

The future of work is a consistent theme in our conversations with HR contacts around…

ChapmanCG
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Culture & Business Transformation 14 April 2021

Redefining the Employee Experience for Today’s Workforce

The past few months have seen the world separated by travel bans and social distancing…

Steve Brown
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Future of Work 20 January 2021

The Open Talent Market

Schneider Electric is Revolutionising the Future of Work.

Steve Brown
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ChapmanCG News 28 December 2020

A look back at top articles from 2020

The Top 5 Trends in German HR in the 2020s The HR trends shaping work…

ChapmanCG
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Tim Spriggs

Regional Managing Director - EMEA

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Tim Spriggs

Regional Managing Director - EMEA

Tim Spriggs is Regional Managing Director, EMEA with ChapmanCG based in the UK where, as part of the executive committee, he leads the EMEA business.

Tim and his team deliver senior retained executive searches for a range of clients from global multinationals to SMEs and has a background in global HR executive search. He is particularly passionate about finding unique and exceptional talent for his clients across the region.

Prior to returning to the UK in 2017, Tim spent five years in Singapore where he was instrumental in building the China business and covered international work out of Asia. Prior to ChapmanCG, Tim worked for JD Haspel, a boutique London-based executive search firm, where he specialised in EMEA HR search assignments across multiple sectors including technology, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, financial services and natural resources.

Before moving into executive search, Tim’s passion for sport led him to his first career in sports marketing and sponsorship with Octagon. He has a BA (Hons) in American Studies from the University of Nottingham, and a CIM Diploma from the London School of Marketing.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys running and cycling in the Chilterns and is known to have the occasional swim in the Thames near his home in Henley.

Latest Articles by Tim

Diversity and Inclusion 4 July 2022

Taking a Data-Driven Approach to I,D&E

In partnership with Estée Lauder Companies

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ChapmanCG News 1 July 2022

Mid-Year Throw Back

It is hard to believe that six months of the year has gone by already.…

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HR Trends 15 June 2022

Spotlight on Europe

In this selection of focus videos our European team reflects on the impact the growth…

Tim SpriggsAbby WaltersTim Rayner
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ChapmanCG News 18 May 2022

Global HR Update Q2 2022

This quarter, we are seeing the global HR community heavily focused on all things Talent,…

ChapmanCG
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HR Trends 31 January 2022

ChapmanCG Top 10 Trends for 2022

From conversations with a number of CHROs from different industries, ChapmanCG Managing Director Tim Spriggs…

Tim Spriggs
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Global HR Updates 28 December 2021

Top Articles of 2021

As 2021 finishes and we start to look into 2022, we reflect on some of…

ChapmanCG
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ChapmanCG News 23 December 2021

2021 – A Year of Contrasts

Steve Brown, Managing Director APAC 2021 enjoyed a remarkable rebound from the challenges of the…

Steve BrownStefanie Cross-WilsonTim Spriggs
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ChapmanCG News 13 December 2021

Mixing HR and Business – The New HR Leader

As HR executive search experts, we are constantly asked by clients to find HR leaders…

Tim Spriggs
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ChapmanCG News 17 November 2021

Global HR Update Q4 2021

Our final Global HR Update for 2021 features the year’s hottest topics and trends for…

ChapmanCG
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Well-being 10 October 2021

World Mental Health Day 2021

Well-being has taken on a renewed focus in the light of the global pandemic in…

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Vargin Yeke

Managing Director

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Vargin Yeke

Managing Director

Vargin Yeke is a Managing Director with ChapmanCG based in Singapore. He works to identify first-class HR talent across the ASEAN region and internationally with a key focus on senior HR appointments in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam across all sectors.

Vargin began his executive search career in 2007 in the UK, where he successfully led teams across various industry sectors, eventually specialising in Human Resources. Originally from Istanbul, he has lived and worked in Turkey, the UK, Thailand and Singapore.

An international-level water polo player and coach, Vargin has represented his club and country in multiple competitions in Europe for over 10 years. He is now a keen triathlete and a qualified triathlon coach with multiple podium finishes across APAC. Vargin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation & Interpretation from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

EA Registration Number: R1652680 Licence Number: 08S3543

Latest Articles by Vargin

Talent Development 22 June 2020

Inspiring a Learning Culture for Future Generations

Learning and Development is ever evolving, with the days of ‘classroom’ only learning long behind…

Vargin Yeke
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Global HR Updates 29 April 2020

Global HR Update Q2 2020

We are seeing the HR profession going through substantial change as a result of the…

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Well-being 23 April 2020

Well-Being at Work (Wherever That Might Be)

The concept of well-being at work has been rapidly growing in importance over the past…

Steve Brown
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Talent Acquisition 25 November 2019

How Are Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding Evolving

Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding is evolving. Up for debate is how HR leaders are…

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Talent Development 28 October 2019

How Can HR Leaders Position Themselves as True Business Leaders

How should HR leaders position themselves as true business leaders? Our ChapmanCG team have considered…

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Talent Development 25 September 2019

Shifting Talent Requirements for HR Teams

Data and analytics are being used not only to inform business decisions, but in the…

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Talent Development 5 September 2019

How Can HR Business Partners Stand Out?

Our latest video features leading members of ChapmanCG discussing how they can help HR leaders…

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Talent Development 15 July 2019

Talent Dynamics in Thailand and Southeast Asia

Foreign businesses continue to be attracted by Thailand’s strategic position between China and India and…

Vargin Yeke
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Future of Work 10 July 2019

What Will Be the Biggest Disruptors for HR in the Future?

Based on our business knowledge and our conversations with HR leaders, the ChapmanCG team, including…

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Talent Acquisition 9 June 2019

The Future of Work: Becoming Tomorrow’s Employer of Choice

The future of work shows that tomorrow's employer of choice will be flexible and a…

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