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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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Key Contributors:

Katherine Qu

Senior Director

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Katherine Qu

Senior Director

Katherine is a Senior Director with ChapmanCG, based in Singapore. She works with the global team to identify top HR talent across Asia, North America, and Europe.

Prior to joining ChapmanCG, Katherine started her own executive search business in Beijing, which focused on senior executive roles for leading Chinese companies in the consumer, healthcare and real estate industries. Subsequently, Katherine held positions with Hudson and Charterhouse Partnership, a boutique executive search firm based in Singapore. Katherine has also had extensive industry experience across different sectors with global leaders such as Pepsi, Pfizer, and Lenovo.

Katherine was born in China and was educated in both China and the United States, achieving 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

HR Trends 24 June 2019

Trends in Employee and Workplace Wellbeing

Research into trends in employee and workplace wellbeing suggests that happier people are 12 percent…

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Talent Development 27 December 2018

How are HR Leaders’ Roles Evolving?

What will HR leaders’ roles look like in the future? The ChapmanCG share their observations…

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Culture & Business Transformation 28 November 2018

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…

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Diversity and Inclusion 30 October 2018

Delivering Compensation and Benefits that Matter

Rewards are in the midst of a transition from the strictly standardised to the highly…

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Talent Development 15 October 2018

What Makes an HR Leader Stand Out in China?

When multinational companies first entered China, companies looked abroad for international HR leaders to train…

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ChapmanCG News 2 October 2018

Matching Workforce Talent to China’s Productivity Challenge

Originally published in Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management’s HR magazine. As multinational and…

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Diversity and Inclusion 25 September 2018

What Makes China’s HR Market so Unique?

One of the things that makes the China HR market so unique is the sheer…

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Talent Acquisition 17 July 2018

The Changing Landscape of Singapore’s HR Talent

In Singapore, hiring quality talent remains a key challenge for most CEOs and senior leaders.…

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Digital Transformation 22 November 2017

Predictive Analytics in HR

Located at Firmenich’s impressive regional offices in Singapore, predictive HR analytics was the order of…

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Talent Development 14 June 2017

From West to East and Back Again

One of the key success factors for multinational companies in Asia is their ability to…

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Steve Brown

Managing Director

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Steve Brown

Managing Director

Steve Brown is a Managing Director with ChapmanCG based in Singapore. He specialises in HR search across Southeast Asia and Greater China. He has over 17 years experience in the search industry in the United Kingdom, Australia, Southeast Asia and China.

Prior to joining ChapmanCG, Steve worked for Profile Search & Selection, where he was responsible for the specialist HR practice in Singapore and Shanghai.

Originally from Scotland and now living in Singapore, Steve attended Glasgow Caledonian University, where he studied International Tourism & Hospitality Management.

In his spare time, Steve is an avid traveler and explorer who is passionate about photography.

EA Registration Number: R1216206 Licence Number: 08S3543

Latest Articles by Steve

ChapmanCG News 18 June 2019

Powering Business Transformation through Culture Shaping

Most businesses are embarking on a journey of transformation in this fast-changing business environment. Those…

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Culture & Business Transformation 2 May 2019

Elevating the Value of HR – Being Innovative in a Changing Era

Springtime is a season of renewal, transformation, hope and prosperity. Steve Brown, Managing Director, and…

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Talent Acquisition 9 January 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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Digital Transformation 11 December 2018

Man's New Best Friend: AI and the Future of HR

AI and automation are set to become big players in the HR sphere, but will…

Vargin Yeke
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ChapmanCG News 1 December 2018

Top HR Podcasts of 2018

Since our launch of the ChapmanCG Global HR Interview podcast series in 2015, we have…

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Culture & Business Transformation 28 November 2018

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…

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Digital Transformation 2 November 2018

How is Talent Acquisition Evolving for the Future Workforce

Talent acquisition is constantly evolving to meet the needs of changing talent markets. At the…

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Diversity and Inclusion 30 October 2018

Delivering Compensation and Benefits that Matter

Rewards are in the midst of a transition from the strictly standardised to the highly…

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ChapmanCG News 22 October 2018

Five Ways Digitalisation Will Impact HR

Digitalisation is transforming the function of human resources. As organisations look more-and-more towards digitalising their systems…

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Talent Development 15 October 2018

What Makes an HR Leader Stand Out in China?

When multinational companies first entered China, companies looked abroad for international HR leaders to train…

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Tim Spriggs

Managing Director

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Tim Spriggs

Managing Director

Tim Spriggs is a Managing Director with ChapmanCG based in the UK. He works with the team to identify high-calibre HR talent across EMEA and internationally.

Tim has worked on behalf of some of the top global multinationals and has a background in global HR search. He works with our teams across Europe, APAC and North America to foster our strong links between our global headquarters and the regions.

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, 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 media 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

ChapmanCG News 29 May 2019

Destination Agile: HR’s Role in the Journey

A group of HR leaders took part in this session with a topic of ‘Destination Agile:…

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Future of Work 19 January 2019

Re-imagining Performance Management

As companies continue to grapple with finding an effective performance management solution, HR leaders are…

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Talent Development 27 December 2018

How are HR Leaders’ Roles Evolving?

What will HR leaders’ roles look like in the future? The ChapmanCG share their observations…

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ChapmanCG News 1 December 2018

Top HR Podcasts of 2018

Since our launch of the ChapmanCG Global HR Interview podcast series in 2015, we have…

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Culture & Business Transformation 28 November 2018

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…

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ChapmanCG News 22 October 2018

Five Ways Digitalisation Will Impact HR

Digitalisation is transforming the function of human resources. As organisations look more-and-more towards digitalising their systems…

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Talent Development 15 October 2018

What Makes an HR Leader Stand Out in China?

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Digital Transformation 17 July 2018

Four Essential Tips to Attracting and Retaining Quality Digital Talent

Attracting high-calibre digital talent is one of the hottest talent and leadership topics and is…

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Talent Acquisition 17 July 2018

The Changing Landscape of Singapore’s HR Talent

In Singapore, hiring quality talent remains a key challenge for most CEOs and senior leaders.…

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Digital Transformation 7 July 2018

Innovations in Workforce Analytics

Innovations in workforce analytics can play an important role in supporting HR teams to better…

Graham Tollit
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Vargin Yeke

Senior Director

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Vargin Yeke

Senior Director

Vargin Yeke is a Senior Director with ChapmanCG based in Singapore. He works closely with the global team to identify first class HR talent in Singapore and across the Asia Pacific region, with a particular focus on HR leadership roles in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia across all sectors.

Vargin began his executive search career almost a decade ago in the UK, where he successfully led teams focused on various industries, eventually specialising in Human Resources. Originally from Istanbul, he has previously lived and worked in Turkey, the UK, Thailand and Singapore, where he covered the APAC region.

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 Acquisition 9 January 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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ChapmanCG News 6 December 2018

An HR Leader's Guide to Compensation and Benefits

Traditionally, many rewards functions have offered compensation and benefits that are ‘one size fits all’.…

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Culture & Business Transformation 28 November 2018

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…

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ChapmanCG News 22 November 2018

Digital Transformation and the Future of HR Talent

Schneider Electric is leading the way on digital transformation with everything from creating flexible organisations…

Tracy Goh
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ChapmanCG News 11 October 2018

Vargin Yeke Promoted to Senior Director

A massive congratulations to our resident Ironman, Vargin Yeke, for his promotion to Senior Director…

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Digital Transformation 20 September 2018

The Evolution of Performance Management

How important is it to provide effective feedback and coaching, and what is the place…

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Talent Acquisition 17 July 2018

The Changing Landscape of Singapore’s HR Talent

In Singapore, hiring quality talent remains a key challenge for most CEOs and senior leaders.…

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Digital Transformation 5 July 2018

AI is Transforming the Function of Human Resources

AI is transforming the function of human resources. Organisations are beginning to embrace artificial intelligence…

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Culture & Business Transformation 22 December 2017

Renovating the Workplace Environment

To consolidate our series of global HR Roundtable Sessions for 2017, ChapmanCG and Philip Morris…

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Culture & Business Transformation 21 December 2017

The Pulse of the Organisation—The Employee Experience

In December, we were hosted at IBM’s futuristic APAC HQ and client service centre in…

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