Last year, our top global influencers in HR Tech post caused quite a stir. We got plenty of reactions, most of them positive, others less so.
This year, I’d like to keep things purely positive!
The idea behind this article simply is to share inspiring people from the global HR tech world with you. Some of them have just entered the industry while others have been around for a long time.
We don’t want to pretend that this list is exhaustive and no, there isn’t a sophisticated selection process on which we’ve based our article. Again, the idea is just to discover people in HR tech that are doing interesting, innovating work.
Just like last year, we’ve included as many (if not more) women as men.
And yes, that we did on purpose 🙂
I very much enjoyed checking out this year’s new additions and I hope you do to; go ahead, take a look, follow them and engage with them. The names are listed in no particular order.
Of course, if you feel we missed people, please do leave their names and why you think they should be included in the comments.
60+ Top Global Influencers in HR Tech of 2019
Adrian Tan – HR tech solutions architect at PeopleStrong
Adrian pioneered the Singapore HR Tech Market Map and covers the regional HR Tech space regularly on his personal blog – adriantan.com.sg. Currently, he is also helping HR in APAC to connect their HR Tech stack onto PeopleStrong platform and automate their manual processes.
Hayal Koc – Entrepreneur, Advisor & Co-Founder of Expertera
Hayal is a published thought leader and speaker on the ‘Future of Work’. She also is the Co-Founder of Expertera, a leading global talent platform connecting companies with top talent and expertise on a flexible, on-demand project basis. Hayal has extensive experience on topics including (among others) the evolution of the gig & on-demand economies, global talent strategy, workforce flexibility, and diversity.
Erik van Vulpen – HR Analytics Expert and Writer
Erik is a well-known writer and an entertaining speaker on HR analytics. He is the Co-Founder of AIHR, the Academy to Innovate HR and the largest People Analytics community in the world. Erik regularly writes articles for Digital HR Tech too.
Raphaëlle and Elise are the CEO, COO, and Co-Founders of Kokoroe, an online platform that provides people with training in the competencies of tomorrow. Think of courses about the art of giving feedback, how to become agile, aiming for diversity and many, many more.
Jamie True – CEO of LifeWorks
Jamie is a born entrepreneur. After a series of successful business ventures, he founded WorkAngel – a social platform for companies of any size that are transforming – in 2013. In 2016, WorkAngel merged with LifeWorks and Jamie became its CEO. LifeWorks is an industry leading, mobile-first solution focused on reinventing the well-being of employees and trusted by more than 50,000 companies.
Madeline Laurano – Founder at Aptitude Research
With Aptitude – a research-based analyst and advisory firm – Madeline Laurano’s goal is to look beyond the obvious product capabilities in order to identify the real differentiators organizations should take into account when selecting solutions. They also look at the change management and change readiness capabilities users need to have in place for a successful adoption of the technology.
Andrew Spence – HR Transformation Director at Glass Bead Consulting
Andy is an experienced management consultant who specializes in the design and implementation of new HR operating models to deliver business goals. He has an MSc in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence and works at the intersection of people, technology, and organizational development. He’s a very entertaining speaker and writer too.
Ellyn Shook – Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer at Accenture
Ellyn Shook is responsible for helping the more than 425,000 people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Together with her global team of HR leaders and experts, she is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment possible in the digital age. Ellen is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and Accenture has been widely recognized externally for its diversity efforts.
William Tincup – President at RecruitingDaily.com
William is the president of RecruitingDaily, a leading website for recruiting, Human Resources & talent acquisition professionals globally. William’s sweet spot lies at the intersection of HR and technology and he has written over 200 HR articles, spoken at over 150 HR & recruiting conferences and done more than 1000 podcasts. As an HR Tech advisor, he also supports startups in various areas of business.
Kristen Pressner – Global Head Human Resources, Roche Diagnostics
Kristen is a global business leader and HR executive who is passionate about unleashing people’s potential and creating high-ROI organizational change. Besides that – and perhaps even more interestingly – Kristen is a great speaker. If you haven’t seen her popular and very honest TEDx talk on unconscious bias I suggest you watch it right away.
Kyle Lagunas – Ideator, Loudmouth & Director of Strategy at Beamery
Kyle keeps tabs on key practices in recruiting, hiring and retention strategies and technologies, as he puts it himself. As such, he keeps people in touch with important conversations and emerging trends in the rapidly changing world of talent. For the past several years, he has offered companies a fresh take on the role of technology as part of an integrated talent strategy and he recently also joined Beamery, a Recruitment CRM and Marketing Automation platform, as their Director of Strategy.
Tawni L. Nazario-Cranz – Chief People Officer at Waymo
Tawni is a leading business strategist and culture transformer who drove companies such as Netflix, Bausch & Lomb, FedEx Kinko’s and other top companies to record-breaking success. During her ten years at Netflix, Tawni ensured the company’s systems, people and culture were perfectly aligned so that the company could sustain its unprecedented growth. She also authored Netflix’s Unlimited Maternity & Paternity Leave and the company’s first culture deck.
Soumyasanto Sen – Advisor/Evangelist/Investor in People Technologies
Soumyasanto blogs, speaks, and spreads the word about people technologies and digital transformation. As a Co-Founder and Partner of People Conscience, he also provides mentorship and coaching to start-ups and entrepreneurs. Striving for a better future and collaborating corporates in leading and adopting Digital Transformation with the right mindset, strategy, leadership, and cultural change.
Anna Ott – Former HR Practitioner turned HR Tech Startup Advisor, Consultant & Speaker
Anna has been working in HR for the past 18 years, first as a practitioner and for the past years, she has been helping HR tech entrepreneurs to build exciting products, engage with clients and meet investors. She also uses her expertise to enable organizations to build innovative talent strategies and to consult them in various aspects of their HR work.
Marc Coleman – Founder & CEO of UNLEASH Group
Marc is passionate about building a global community on the Future of Work & HR Technology where people are inspired to do good, thrive and have fun making the world a better place. This is exactly what he is doing with the UNLEASH conferences; leading the debate on the Work Revolution and creating a unique ecosystem. In 2019, the company was listed on Inc. 5000 – the world’s fastest growing companies in the top 30%.
Frida Polli – CEO and Co-Founder of Pymetrics
We continue our list with another female CEO and Co-Founder, Frida Polli. Frida heads Pymetrics, an HR tech start-up that, in a nutshell, applies proven neuroscience games and elements of machine learning & AI to reinvent the way companies attract, select and retain talent.
Alexandre Pachulski – Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer of Talentsoft
Alexandre is one of the founders of Talentsoft, a European leader in cloud-based talent management and learning software. He is passionate about helping people fulfill their dreams and ambitions in their work life and author of the book Unique(s) and the blog Les Talents d’Alex.
Wendy Van Ierschot – Founder, Investor and CEO at VIE Capital
Wendy is the Founder of VIE People, a consultancy firm for scaling companies that want to excel in people, culture, and teams. VIE teaches organizations how to combine the HR road for scale-ups with the use of HR technology and leadership development. She also is the Founder of Vie Tech Capital where they provide strategic seed capital for companies (with an HR Tech focus).
Tim Sackett – President of HRU Technical Resources
Tim has more than 20 years of experience in recruiting and selection, mixed with some solid experience within the HR generalist world. He’s an HR Pro, Dad, and a Backup Point Guard on his over 40 men’s team as he puts it on his blog. Tim’s specialties include Talent Aquisition, Employment Branding, Performance Management, and Succession Planning.
Karen Azulai – Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of HRtechnation.com
Karen is an HR Tech Evangelist and the editor-in-chief of HRtechnation.com – a platform featuring new technologies impacting the HR industry. HRtechnation also is a place for investors, founders, and HR professionals to meet and learn. Karen is on a mission to create awareness on how technologies are affecting the sourcing/recruiting and HR industries so that people can prepare themselves.
Tyrone D. Smith – Global Strategy & Workforce Analytics Leader
Tyrone D. Smith, Jr. is a strategic leader in – among other things – human capital management, people analytics, workforce planning, and people operations. He builds high performing teams and collaborates with business leaders and employees to identify, analyze, and solve complex business problems in line with short and long term business goals. Tyrone recently received an award for his work in People Analytics.
Trish McFarlane – CEO/ Principal Analyst, H3HR Advisors
Trish McFarlane is the author of the HR Ringleader blog and the CEO and Principal Analyst for H3 HR Advisors. She is also the CEO/ Co-Founder of HRevolutionize, LLP. As a former HR executive and HCM product leader with over 20 years of experience Trish brings that knowledge to her clients as an analyst and advisor.
Alain Roumilhac – CEO of ManPowerGroup France
Alain Roumilhac is the CEO of ManPowerGroup France, a world leader in innovative workforce solutions. The company creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable its clients to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness. Alain regularly shares his views on the latest developments in a rapidly changing – and digitalizing – world of work and the impact this has on society.
Mathilde le Coz – HR Transformation & Innovation Director at Mazars
Mathilde spends most of her time helping HR to be at the forefront of a constantly transforming organization. She has more than 15 years of experience at Mazars, a global audit, accounting and consulting group. As such, she makes sure all aspects regarding digital transformation and change management are taken into account: training people in Design Thinking, creating Learning Expeditions, an internal incubator, coaching, etc.
Bill Kutik – Host and Managing Editor at Firing Line with Bill Kutik
Bill Kutik is a leading independent expert on HR technology. He’s also the host of ‘Firing Line with Bill Kutik’ on YouTube, a broadcast-quality video series. Bill has written hundreds of columns for 27 years, organizes and moderates panels and has built the world’s largest conference, HR Tech, from 1998 until 2013.
Alexia (Lexy) Martin – Principal, Research and Customer Value at Visier Inc.
Alexia is definitely among those seasoned professionals I was talking about. Her specialties include People Analytics, Workforce Analytics, Value analysis, and HR Tech. She did extended research on HR technology adoption and was the author of Sierra-Cedar’s HR Systems Survey. Among other things.
Mostafa Azzam – Digital/Analytics HR Leader
Mostafa helps HR practitioners and organizations realize their full potential through leveraging data-driven HR & Analytics to drive and sustain improved business performance and outcomes. He is a widely recognized thought leader and globally respected authority on HR Analytics, Digital HR, Talent Management and Strategic HR. As a management consultant, writer & researcher Mostafa also remains actively committed to HR Best Practice Communities & Professional Societies around the world.
Ambrosia Vertesi – VP People Duo Security | Co-Founder HR Open Source
Ambrosia is an HR and Facilities Executive at Duo Security, a company that helps organizations protect their applications and systems against hackers by delivering an easy and effective cloud-based security system. Ambrosia also is the Co-Founder of HR Open Source, a knowledge sharing community of almost 5000 HR and Recruiting practitioners in 60 countries globally.
Volker Jacobs – CEO and Founder of TI People
Before he founded TI People, Volker Jacobs held an executive position with global responsibility for HR consulting and HR technology at CEB. With TI People, he helps companies define their own digital HR agenda so they can transform and innovate their people management.
Stela Lupushor – Founder and Chief Re-framer at Reframe.Work Inc.
Stela is the founder and Chief Re-framer at Reframe.Work, a consulting firm that advises organizations on how to future-proof their workforce and work environment in light of demographic shifts, disruptive technology, value chain disintermediation and human behavior evolution.
Tom Haak, Director of the HR Trend Institute
Tom has extensive experience in HR Management in multinational companies. He has a keen interest in innovative HR and how organizations can benefit from trend shifts. His areas of expertise include HR strategy, recruitment, talent management, HR trends, and people analytics.
Clara and Béatrice are the Co-Founders of Switch Collective, a French startup empowering people to redesign their work life. At Switch Collective, they help people who are disengaged and/or stuck in their job to find out what it is they want to do with their (professional) life. In other words: they help people switch (pun intended).
Bill Boorman – Startup advisor, Stand up comedian
Bill has, as he puts it himself, a simple vision to make recruitment better for everyone. He works to achieve this by – among other things – advising talent technology companies on their product road map, with VCs over investments in the sector, with hiring companies on technology and approach and by hosting #tru events. On top of that Bill regularly blogs, produces monthly white papers, and since the beginning of 2019 delivers stand up comedy about a life spent in recruiting and HR.
Suzanne Lucas – The Evil HR Lady
Suzanne Lucas gives career advice, with a little bit of snark. She’s a writer and speaker that helps people have great careers, be better managers and explains to them why in the heck their HR department is asking them to declare their race on that application form. Suzanne’s articles are highly entertaining so if you haven’t read one yet, I suggest you get to it!
David Green – People Analytics Leader
David is probably one of the most active people I know on LinkedIn. He’s always sharing relevant articles or content by field experts or himself. David is well-known in the industry and a respected writer, speaker, conference chair and executive consultant on people analytics, data-driven HR and the future of work.
Sharlyn Lauby – HR Bartender
Sharlyn Lauby runs the popular HR Bartender blog. A friendly place to discuss everyday workplace issues. Her articles are easy to read and practical. Sharlyn is also the president of ITM Group Inc., a South-Florida-based training and HR consulting firm focused on working with companies to retain and engage talent.
Daniel Chait – CEO at Greenhouse
Daniel Chait is the CEO of Greenhouse, an applicant tracking system designed to streamline the recruiting process. He is on a mission to eliminate application bias while helping companies manage candidates during the application process. Daniel often replies to users via Twitter and does this in a very pleasant way, talking to them, rather than at them.
Kieran Snyder – CEO of Textio
Kieran is the Co-Founder and CEO of Textio, a data-driven platform that supports companies in their recruitment process by predicting – and hence improving – the performance of their job listings.
George LaRocque – Founder & Principal Analyst at HRWins
George is a leading HR Tech analyst, advisor and the founder of HRWins, a company that helps employers understand the trends that are impacting their workforce today and in the future. Among many other things, he is a Go To Market Consultant for HR-related technology and has built companies that provide cloud-based software via a SaaS model.
Maren Hogan – CEO and Founder of Red Branch Media
As the CEO of Red Branch Media, Maren runs a team of over 20 people that build websites, create marketing strategies, produce over 100 pieces of content a month… and the list goes on. In the meantime, she finds time to regularly write and publish great content on HR, recruitment and running a business.
Barry Flack – Digital HR & Recruitment solutions | HR Tech Advisor
Barry is a seasoned Global HR Executive, leader, and strategist. He solves complex people-related business problems and has helped build successful people strategies for a hyper-growth start-up, launched a retail brand in the USA and offshored work to India, to name a few.
Kathleen Hogan – Chief People Officer at Microsoft
Kathleen focuses on empowering Microsoft’s more than 100 000 global employees to achieve their company’s mission and on creating a company culture that attracts and inspires the world’s most passionate talent. She’s also on the board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
Matt Buckland – VP of Customer Advocacy at Workable
Matt has over fifteen years of experience in the design and implementation of Recruitment and HR strategies. In his role as VP of Customer Advocacy for Workable, he speaks at events and conferences about how we can all hire better. Matt also runs a blog, the King’s Shilling, that covers topics on the future of HR, big data and HR tech.
Littal Shemer Haim – People Analytics Consultant | HR Data Strategist
Littal brings data science into HR activities to guide organizations towards data-based decision-making about people. She has a vast experience in – among other things – applied research, the usage of statistical modeling, and the constant exposure to HR tech. It was Littal and her personal challenge for 2018 to salute 365 women in HR (tech) that inspired me to include at least as many women as men in this Top Global HR Tech Influencer list.
Steve Boese, currently Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference
It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard of Steve. That is if you’re an HR professional interested in HR technology. But just in case: Steve has over 20 years of experience implementing enterprise technologies for HR, Recruiting, Finance and Distribution. He also has his own HR tech blog and, as mentioned above, co-hosts a popular podcast with Trish McFarlane.
Jackye Clayton – Director of Customer Success at Prophet 2
Jackye is a seasoned HR professional who helps recruiters go from ‘eh’ to ‘ah’ using the latest and greatest technology. She’s recognized as a people expert who puts the Human in Human Resources. Before she transitioned to Prophet 2, Jackye worked at RecruitingDaily where she had the opportunity to research, test and analyze a lot of HR tech.
Laszlo Bock – CEO and Co-Founder of Humu
Laszlo Bock is probably most known for his book ‘Work Rules!’ and his former role as SVP of People Operations at Google, especially since the company won numerous ‘Best Place to Work’ awards during the time Laszlo was there. At Humu, he works to help companies use behavioral science and machine learning to build stronger, happier and more capable teams.
Stacy Chapman – CEO and Co-Founder of SwoopTalent
Before she joined SwoopTalent to leverage data for truly effective talent sourcing and hiring, Stacy Chapman had done a lot of other interesting things across the ‘gamut of human capital and recruiting’. She has, for instance, designed and launched market-leading human capital management applications at PeopleSoft and founded Aruspex in 2003 to tackle the challenge of the strategic workforce.
Josh Bersin – Bersin by Deloitte
Josh Bersin is, of course, another one of those experienced veterans. I don’t think there’s anyone in the land of HR (tech) that doesn’t regularly turn to the research of Bersin and his team for insights and information.
Naomi Bloom – Managing Partner Bloom & Wallace
Naomi Bloom is a leading independent voice, strategic advisor, market influencer, blogger and speaker about enterprise HR technology and outsourcing. Still, she finds time to focus on some of her other interests that include – among many other things – writing, painting and improving gender diversity in tech leadership.
Meghan M. Biro – HR and Tech Evangelist
Meghan M. Biro is a globally recognized Talent Management and HR Tech brand strategist, analyst, digital catalyst, author, and speaker. She’s the Founder and CEO of TalentCulture and the Founder of the #WorkTrends Community. She is also a regular contributor at Forbes, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur, to name a few.
Alan Walker – #ChatTalent Editor | Webinar & Podcast Host | HR Tech Lover
Alan is the editor and host of #ChatTalent, an online platform that creates and curates a wide range of content aimed at supporting anyone who works in talent (recruitment, talent acquisition, HR, etc.) to build great organizations. He also is the Co-Founder of TheTalentFinders, a talent consultancy ‘born out of the experience, passion, and frustration of two normal guys over several cups of coffee’, as Walker puts it himself.
Jessica Miller-Merrell – Founder of @Workology
Jessica is the founder of Workology, a popular HR blog and community for HR professionals. Through Workology, she also hosts a podcast. On top of that, Jessica writes, trains and speaks on all things human capital. She has more than 15 years of industry experience as an executive leader, consultant, and analyst.
John Sumser – Principal Analyst at HRExaminer
John is the principal analyst for HRExaminer, an independent analyst firm covering HR technology and the intersection of people, tech, and work. His work includes profound research into the ‘nooks and crannies’ of HR tech to identify and explain rapidly evolving trends.
Stacey Harris – VP, Research and Analytics
Stacey has been a leading member of the HR practices and technology community since 2007 and launched the Bersin & Associates HR research practice. She has conducted groundbreaking research on High-Impact HR organizations, enterprise HR technologies and key practices across the talent management spectrum. Stacey co-hosts the HR Tech Weekly Radio show and frequently speaks and/or facilitates HR events in the US.
Juan Luis Betancourt – CEO of Humantelligence
Juan Luis is the CEO of Humantelligence, a culture analytics and AI-based recruiting SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution. With Humantelligence, Juan Luis runs the first company that actually measures company culture accurately. As such, they help companies hire for culture fit (in case you’re not sure; culture misfit is one of the most common reasons employees leave a company prematurely).
Joelle Emerson – Founder & CEO at Paradigm
Before she founded Paradigm and long before the #metoo movement, Joelle was a women’s rights employment lawyer. She represented women in gender discrimination and sexual harassment litigation and advocated for policies – on all levels – to ensure equal pay and other workplace protections for women. It’s her legal experience that inspired Joelle to found Paradigm, a strategy firm that partners with leading tech startups and Fortune 500 companies to build stronger, more inclusive organizations.
Adam Gordon – Co-Founder and CEO of Candidate.ID
Adam has years of HR and recruitment experience and co-launched Candidate.ID in 2016. Candidate.ID is a dedicated talent pipeline software company that enables recruitment marketers to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work and reduces time-to-shortlist by 60%. He regularly writes for Digital HR Tech too.
Sarah Brennan – Talent Acquisition and Engagement Strategist
Sarah Brennan is CEO of Accelir Insights and Founder of the HRTechBlog. She has been working as an industry analyst, interim strategy executive and advisor for investors, technology vendors and companies looking to be ahead of the trends on future of work, talent experience & employee engagement for more than a decade.
Barend Raaff – CEO at Harver
Barend heads Harver, an AI-powered preselection platform. He is on a mission to eliminate the traditional CV hence creating a better user experience for both companies and candidates. With mentions and contributions on Forbes, Businessinsider, and allbusiness it’s definitely worth having him on your radar.
Jeanne Achille – CEO of the Devon Group | Program Chair, Women in HR Tech
Jeanne has been the Founder and CEO of the Devon Group for 25 years now. The Devon Group is an independent tech (including HR tech) PR firm that has launched and represented numerous tech products worldwide.
Jason Averbook – CEO and Co-Founder at Leapgen
Jason is an executive, consultant, author and thought leader with a broad understanding of how tech can be applied to common business problems and help organizations realize the benefits of such solutions. With Leapgen, Jason drives the Future of Work in organizations all over the world and encourages HR leaders to build a better workforce experience based on empathy-driven design thinking principles.
Let the commenting begin
There you have it, our 60+ Global HR Tech Influencers of 2019. The above list is by no means exhaustive though, on the contrary. It’s a constantly evolving work in progress that gets better with your input.
So again, if you feel we missed people (which is definitely the case) please do leave their names and why you think they should be included in the comments!
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