Rfo Awards Dinner Panel Biographies

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JANET HOGBEN, CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER, EDF ENERGY

Janet joined EDF Energy on 3rd January 2012.  She has had a very varied career which has crossed many functional boundaries. She was originally a sponsored Business Studies BA student with BP Oil, as a result of which she was with that company for some 20 years. During that time she worked in Liquefied Petroleum Gas Logistics, North Sea Gas Contracts Negotiation, Refining Economics, Oil Trading and Bitumen General Management and lived in Belgium for 3 years. She also undertook 2 roles in Human Resources during her career with that company; Internal Culture Change & Communications and Global Training & Development.

She left her final role with BP Oil, as Head of Competitor Analysis, in 1998 and has spent her career since in the HR Function, firstly for Seagram then for Diageo. She has held various senior international positions in which she has been able to use her broad experience to deliver HR solutions to business challenges.  As well as being a Business Partner, she has been responsible for Organisational Change, Talent, Leadership Development, Resourcing, and HR Operations, all of which she has led in multiple circumstances, including during and after merger.

Janet is married with two grown up children and lives in London and Cambridgeshire.

 

 

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ADRIAN JOSEPH, DIRECTOR, SEARCH ADVERTISING SOLUTIONS, NORTHERN & CENTRAL EUROPE, GOOGLE AND CHAIR OF RACE FOR   OPPORTUNITY

Adrian is the Director of Search Advertising at Google with responsibility for driving advertising revenues and defining regional product requirements for Northern and Central Europe.  He was previously Managing Director of Google Enterprise for Europe, Middle East and Africa and has also worked in the Mobile, Display and YouTube businesses.

He joined Google seven years ago with fifteen years of sales, marketing and general management experience gained within industry and management consultancy. Prior to Google, he spent six years at Ford Motor Company in Sales and Brand Management roles in Europe, was a Principal Consultant at A.T Kearney and was on the main Board of Trafficmaster Plc.

In January 2012, he was appointed Chair of Race for Opportunity, the race campaign of Business in the Community, a Prince of Wales charity which stands for responsible business and strives to ensure that all ethnic groups are appropriately reflected in the UK workforce.

Adrian holds an Economics degree and an MBA.

 


 

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ANTONIO SIMOES, HEAD OF HSBC UK BANK & RBWM EUROPE

Antonio Simoes is the Chief Executive for HSBC in the UK, with responsibility for the Retail, Commercial, Global Banking and Markets, and Private Banking businesses.  In addition, as Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management (RBWM), Europe, he is responsible for all aspects of the RBWM business across Europe, including Asset Management and Insurance. 

Antonio has been a Director of HSBC Bank plc since January 2012.  He is also a Director of the French and Turkish subsidiary Boards of HSBC Bank plc.  He has been a member of the Practitioner Panel of the Financial Conduct Authority (conduct regulator for UK financial services industry) since July 2013.

Antonio joined HSBC in September 2007 as Group Head of Strategy, reporting to the Group Chairman.  In October 2009, he was appointed Group Head of Strategy & Planning and Chief of Staff to the Group CEO, and subsequently spent two years in Hong Kong.

Before joining HSBC, Antonio was a partner at McKinsey & Company’s London office.  During his time at McKinsey, he worked in financial services across several geographies.  He also worked at Goldman Sachs in London, serving financial institutions in Investment Banking. 

Antonio holds an MBA with honours from Columbia University.  He was appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2009.  He is married and lives in London. 


 
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CHAIR: STEPHEN HOWARD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY


Stephen Howard joined Business in the Community in September 2005. Stephen brings a wealth of senior management expertise to Business in the Community acquired in the corporate sector. Stephen has held a number of different executive and non executive roles including, Chief Executive of Cookson group plc, and Chief Executive of Novar PLC.

Stephen’s ongoing commitment to helping tackle homelessness on both a national and global scale has resulted in a non-executive directorship for Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, the charity with a mission to eliminate poverty housing. Other non-executive directorships include, In Kind Direct, membership of the Veolia Advisory Board, membership of the London Enterprise Panel and trustee of The Bread Tin.