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As President of Lee Hecht Harrison, Ranjit de Sousa leads Lee Hecht Harrison's global team including sales, strategy, service innovation and client service. Ranjit is responsible for driving Lee Hecht Harrison's aggressive growth and diversification plans.
Ranjit, based in Zurich, has worked in global business development, strategy and M&A for the Adecco Group and Lee Hecht Harrison (previously Executive Vice President EMEA Operations) in Zurich, Paris (2006-2007) and New York (2008-2009) while at the same time leading several key sales and account management teams for some of the division's largest clients.
Prior to joining Lee Hecht Harrison, he worked as partner and strategy consultant at Ziel Consulting, a boutique M&A and growth strategy firm based in Zurich, driving the company's growth during its start up phase.
His career began in 2001 at Monitor Group, gathering working experience as strategy consultant with a focus on market entry and growth topics in different Continental European countries. Ranjit holds an M.A. (lic. rer. publ. HSG) in economics, law and political science from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and studied at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva (HEI). Between 2002 and 2005, he also was an assistant lecturer for Swiss public and private law at the University of St. Gallen.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Lee Hecht Harrison, Karine Storm is responsible for directing and overseeing the company’s overall financial activities. She plays a vital role in identifying opportunities for increased profitability and ensuring that the firm’s strategies are delivering their expected results. Karine joined LHH as a member of the company’s Executive Management Team in 2006. She has an international background and expertise in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Prior to joining LHH, Karine has held various Senior Finance positions within the Adecco Group in Europe and in the United States, including SVP, Business Analysis, Strategy and M&A for Adecco Staffing North America, SVP, Global Controller for Ajilon Professional Staffing, and Director of Planning and M&A for Adecco Management and Consulting (Global Headquarters of Adecco).
Karine is currently located in the LHH Maitland, FL global corporate office. She is originally from Switzerland and is fluent in several languages, including French and English, and conversational skills in German and Italian. Karine holds an MBA degree, with a specialization in Finance from New York University, Leonard Stern School of Business and a graduate license in Economics from the University of Lausanne (HEC), Switzerland.
Kevin Gagan is Executive Vice President for Global Sales at Lee Hecht Harrison — a subsidiary business of Adecco Group, the world's leading workforce solutions provider. In his role, Kevin is responsible for creating Lee Hecht Harrison's business strategies and identifying sources of innovation and growth for the company. He oversees LHH's three practice areas - Career Management, Leadership Consulting and Workforce Solutions, with focus on developing the company's thought leadership, client service methodologies and delivery capabilities. He also manages LHH's strategic alliances.
In 20 years of management consulting experience, Kevin has advised numerous companies from a variety of industries on the subject of talent management and often consults for many large client engagements. He has significant experience in planning and managing large-scale projects, and recruiting, developing and retaining executive talent. He also represents LHH by speaking at industry events such as the 2006 World Business Forum. Prior to joining LHH, Kevin advised organizations on large-scale leadership development and change management initiatives while running his own consulting practice.
Previously, Kevin was an Associate Partner with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) specializing in Change Management and Human Performance solutions. Kevin was also a Director with Spencer Stuart, a global retained executive recruiting firm, where he advised companies on recruiting, managing and retaining key executive talent. Kevin earned a B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University.
As President for Lee Hecht Harrison's Asian region Karen shapes the growth of the business through the oversight and design of strategic interventions in support of organisations undergoing change, developing leadership capability, implementing business improvement processes and enhancing personal performance.
Customers rely on Karen to address existing and emerging business issues and people strategies in concert with economic, market and cultural nuances stretching as far as Africa and the Middle East. In addition Karen sits on the Lee Hecht Harrison | DBM Global team representing her region for career transition, talent and capability development and all issues pertaining to the design of leading edge solutions in support of our customer's business results. Her team is the cornerstone for delivering to meet business imperatives representing Lee Hecht Harrison | DBM's centre of excellence for the Asia region.
Karen’s previous experience has also included oversight of business operations in the Arabian Gulf and South Africa. Karen has managed her own consultancy specializing in people performance and organizational dynamics and has over 18 years experience in the Human Capital Management industry. This experience also includes roles held with full commercial and financial performance accountability in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. Karen graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Education and Learning and is located in Hong Kong.
José Augusto Figueiredo acts as President for Lee Hecht Harrison Brazil and Executive VP for Latin America. He also coaches CEOs and works as consultant in cultural transformation projects at Lee Hecht Harrison.
He holds a Coaching Certificate from Columbia University, is accredited by ICF as Associate Certified Coach, holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute, is a member of Lee Hecht Harrison’s Global Executive Committee, and is a Global Board Director of the International Coach Federation – ICF.
He is a volunteer counselor at Rede Cidadã and Mentor at Endeavor. As Board Member he acts at ABRH-SP, ABRH-Rio and COPPEAD – UFRJ.
He holds an Executive MBA Certificate in Business Administration from COPPEAD – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has also a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Rio de Janeiro Estate (UERJ) and in Psychology from Santa Úrsula University.
As an executive, he worked for Prax Air, American Cyanamid, American Home Products and BASF, including while he lived in Germany and in the US. He is deeply committed to team-building and people integration, supported by enthusiasm and motivation, facilitating the pursuit of synergies and problem-solving.
As Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development Claudio has responsibility for Lee Hecht Harrison's business strategies and to identify sources of innovation and growth for the company. He oversees Lee Hecht Harrison's Practice areas, with focus on innovating and developing the client experience and delivery capabilities in the Talent Mobility arena. He is also responsible for building key industry and strategic alliances and overseeing geographic growth of the company.
Claudio served for seven years as Executive Vice President of Latin America Operations and as President of Latin America for DBM (acquired by Lee Hecht Harrison in 2011), during which time he led the development of the talent development practice, as well as geographic expansion in the region. These successes, together with market share growth in the career transition practice, resulted in a significant growth of the region operations in sales and in relevance inside Lee Hecht Harrison | DBM operations.
Claudio joined DBM in 2006. Claudio developed his career in a diversified range of segments such as financial industry, entertainment, media communications, and beverages in different areas from finance to operations. Claudio graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering, and a post-graduate degree in Business Management.
As Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Pamela Jones is the executive with oversight of Lee Hecht Harrison’s legal affairs. With over twenty years working in corporate environments, Pam supports the business strategies that drive Lee Hecht Harrison to be the market leader.
Until October 2016, Pam held a dual role as the EVP of Human Resources and Legal. Prior to joining Lee Hecht Harrison, Pam was Sr. Vice President, Human Resources and General Counsel for Drake Beam Morin, Inc., where she helped the senior management team establish best practices for DBM’s organizational transformation that resulted in greater market positioning, industry leading profit margins and high shareholder value. This led to DBM's acquisition by Adecco and merger with Lee Hecht Harrison.
Before joining DBM, Pam was Senior Corporate Counsel for Universal Studios, the adventure theme park and resort in Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining Universal, Pam was with Spherion Corporation, a leading North America recruitment and staffing company, for eight years. Pam held several positions with Spherion and its predecessor, Norrell Corporation, most recently Assistant General Counsel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Prior to starting her in-house career with Norrell in Atlanta, Pam was an associate with the management labor and employment law firm of Clark, Paul, Hoover and Mallard - now part of Ford & Harrison - in Atlanta, Georgia. Pam graduated with a law degree (Juris Doctorate) from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in May 1993. She earned a Bachelor of Science, Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in December 1990.
Sharon is responsible for leading all strategic HR initiatives globally at Lee Hecht Harrison. She has in-depth experience in employer branding, compensation and benefits, change management, employee relations, and training. Sharon brings a business-oriented approach to HR and a strong track record of success developing HR programs that align with strategic business objectives.
Prior to Lee Hecht Harrison, she was CHRO for Canadian Tire and held HR positions with ABB Canada and Union Gas. Sharon holds a BA in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Waseem Razzaq is responsible for developing and executing the technology strategy roadmap for Lee Hecht Harrison - locally in North America and globally across the Lee Hecht Harrison footprint. He is also a member of the Lee Hecht Harrison Executive Team.
Waseem has been operating in the HR/recruitment sector for 10 years with a number of IT roles culminating in the IT Director within Spring Group. While at Spring, Waseem executed strategic initiatives, which resulted in the technology within Spring being recognized by the 'Innovative use of Technology' award. Waseem was the IT Executive responsible for leading the complex integration following the merger and acquisition between Adecco UK&I, Spring Group plc and MPS Group.
After obtaining a Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Human Computer systems at the De Montfort University in Leicester UK, Waseem started his career working in various IT roles within blue chip organizations including The Woolwich (Barclays Bank) and Caterpillar.
He then moved to the CRT Group where he delivered a number of strategic projects in training and consultancy.
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