Simon Brown has over 25 years experience in HR Management working in the organisation change, shared services, talent management and coaching & mentoring space, across a range of FMCG, B2B, Pharmaceuticals, Energy & Information Technology sectors. Companies include Duracell Batteries, GlaxoSmithKline, Premier Farnell, The Coca-Cola Company, E.ON & NCR.
“Simon is an outstanding HR professional, a natural leader whose communication abilities, proven capacity and comprehensive approach effectively help shape the vision in the design and implementation of new working models.
A good listener, integrating good ideas and motivating teams.”
He has been involved in the design and deployment of Shared Services six times since 1995, including vendor selection for outsourced partners. Simon has a strong expertise in selection and development of HR Shared Services teams and has worked with both onshore captives, off-shore, outsourced, and virtual working teams where a blended solution of retained and outsourced has been chosen.
I worked with Simon at GSK Consumer Healthcare on key projects devoted to increasing leadership capability in attracting, retaining and motivating/developing commercial leadership talent. Simon "knows his stuff." is up to date on research yet also has keen insight into people which he is able to apply in organizational development, coaching, and cultural change activities. He's certainly someone I would reach to for expertise and advice.Debbie Ryan VP HR, based Pittsburgh, USA, GSK
Simon is a competent HR Director, able to work at both strategic and operational level, and demonstrates strong capability as a hands-on business partner. As a manager, he is a highly effective coach, with the ability to spot and develop talent in others, and build and maintain high performing teams.Giles Cockman European Learning and Development Manager, Premier Farnell
Simon was instrumental as an executive coach in helping the Senior Leadership team learn about itself and become more effective as a high performing team. Utilizing his in-depth knowledge of best practice talent sourcing and selection methods, we were able to train hiring managers and HR recruiters to improve the effectiveness of our end-to-end recruiting process. As a result the overall business improved "first year of service" sales force retention by 25%, and therefore significantly reduced labour turnover costs. Simon is a dedicated leader who knows his subject material and delivers on what he says and it was a pleasure to have been in his peer team.George Kealy Sales and Marketing Director, KENT Europe
I strongly believe that it is quite unique to meet such an HR role model as Simon His knowledge about HR, his communication skills, his passion for developing People and his capacity to build a very strong virtual working European team (despite distance, language & culture barriers) impressed me a lot. I'm still very thankful to Simon for what he taught me, directly by sharing his expertise, and indirectly by watching him in actionAudrey Zitouni HR Business Partner, France
Thanks to his passion for personal coaching, Simon played a key role in my development within his virtual team, contributing greatly to my recent promotion in the extended Europe Eurasia & Africa group. Simon brings with him great experience in the recruitment field. Almost all associates hired by Simon to join the Shared Services Team were offered a role and in some cases were promoted within the new HR structure. This is a good indicator of his accomplishment for our Function.Anne Capodici HR Talent Acquisition Analyst, based Brussels, The Coca-Cola Company
Working with Simon and his team to recruit the new HR organization across Europe, Eurasia and Africa, we managed to beat the industry best practice benchmark for time to fill, averaging 39 days. A huge achievement given that we placed candidates across more than 20 countries, conducting around 250 interviews. Simon provides pragmatic and business focused solutions and I recommend his work in the Shared Services Design & Deployment and Talent Acquisition area.Stuart Martin Group HR Strategy and Transformation, The Coca-Cola Company
Simon worked for me as a key member of my Global HR Leadership team at Premier Farnell where he successfully led the development and global roll out of our competency based interviewing programme and on-line on boarding programme. He has a strong consulting style and significant experience in recruitment, coaching and organizational development. I can recommend Simon as a highly competent, creative thinker and active listener who develops practical solutions and brings people along with him.Brian Lewis Group Director, Human Resources, Premier Farnell PLC
Simon was hired to build the HR shared services organization for the Coca-Cola Europe Group. He not only designed and implemented a very comprehensive shared services network; he also hired a very competent team of professionals, many of whom have continued to be promoted within the organization. Simon is a thought leader who brings passion and energy to any team. It's been a pleasure to work with him.Kevin Shigley Global Talent Acquisition Director, based Atlanta, US. The Coca-Cola Company
Simon provides relevant and insightful articles for SSON which demonstrate his expert knowledge in the shared services space. He is a pleasure to work with — flexible to incorporate ever-changing requirements and priorities and readily responsive to requests for new article topics and titles. Simon is always on time with copy, his articles require minimal editing, and he is easy to communicate with. His content is always popular with our readers, achieving high read rates on our ssonetwork.com website.Barbara Hodge Editor, Shared Services Outsourcing Network
I worked with Simon on our annual HR Shared Services event and cannot recommend him highly enough as a talented speaker and chairman. He brings a great deal of credibility and industry knowledge to the role, which is exactly what a conference of this calibre needs. I would not hesitate to invite Simon to participate in our forums again.Richard Mill Event Director, IQPC
I worked with Simon for a number of years while he led the EMEA HR Shared Services organisation at NCR. He always exhibited a wealth of knowledge about HR and was a great team player who was willing to share his expertise to help others grow. I learned a great deal from him. Simon is very composed and articulate and has a strong executive presence. He would be an excellent HR leader for any organisation. Wendy Smith Strategic On Boarding Manager at NCR Corporation
Simon successfully led the design, change management and implementation of the new shared services function. Simon delivered clear alignment of the shared services function to support business strategy in both a UK and European context. He is highly collaborative and engaged with key stakeholders and senior leaders to enable the project and resolve business issues.Natalie Nel Senior HR Business Partner - Europe, based London, Coca- Cola
Simon is an experienced and credible HR Director, well respected by his colleagues. He achieved exceptional results for his work implementing innovative recruitment and training solutions within the challenge of tight budgetary constraint, delivering significant and sustainable improvement to profitability. I personally valued Simon's support to drive through organizational change programs during a business restructure and later through acquisition which improved value by reducing the combined costs of the business.Rob Harvey Finance Director, KENT Europe, Premier Farnell
I have worked with Simon Brown in Coca-Cola during several years in the Transformation of the Human Resources Function. He has been a key player at the beginning of this project and has contributed a lot to it through the creation and leadership of the "Service Network" ( our HR Shared Services ) in Europe. We have worked very closely in the development of several associates of the Company (an area where he has shown another clear strength). I recommend Simon as a very qualified partner you can trust.Blanca Gomez Gonzalez HR Director Iberia, Coca-Cola Europe
Simon has a strong knowledge and experience of HR Shared Services design and deployment, including the model for virtual working HR teams. He helped to shape the new Global Business Services model, and worked as a valued member of the HRT PMO team, in the role of HR Transformation Deployment Director for both Europe and Eurasia Africa Group. Simon successfully completed this project. It was a pleasure working with Simon. I value his collaborative and positive style.Ivan Smeets HR Director and Transformation Lead, The Coca-Cola Company
Simon is an experienced HR professional, whose wise counsel and willingness to push new approaches added real value in GSKRoger Scarlett-Smith President -Europe, Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline
I worked with Simon as a colleague on our European Leadership Team for over 5 years. He is a good listener, a creative thinker, passionate about growing the business through developing the potential of people, commercially focused, and someone I could trust professionally to give good advice, providing sensible and practical solutions to the business challenges we faced. I strongly recommend him as a senior consultant, and coach for your business management team.Omar Daoud Director of Marketing - Europe, Barnes Group Inc.
I reported to Simon when he set up the HR Shared Services function in Coca-Cola Europe. He not only did a great job in establishing the new team and managing the change process, but also - and importantly for me - he was a great coach and mentor. He gave me the right opportunities and support to develop all along the way. Simon's solid experience in setting up shared services was certainly a cornerstone to our achievements in this area at Coca-Cola over the last 3 years.Silvia Schunerits HR Business Partner based Vienna, Austria.
Simon was instrumental in the set-up of our European HR Shared Services team, leading the selection and development of a multi-geography, virtual team as well as embedding the shared service model in the business. He is a passionate leader of people, investing quality time in the coaching and development of his team and using his shared service knowledge and expertise to build the credibility of the concept across our European business, equipping his team to succeed.Stephen Mulvenna Talent Manager - Europe Group, The Coca-Cola Company
As Managing Director in Europe, I always valued Simon's counsel and collaboration in his role as HR Director. I trusted him to improve our recruitment strategy, build a cohesive HR team across Europe, and start up our virtual learning organization: the KENT Academy. He delivered excellent results on all counts! Simon is a person you can rely on for your Management team.Fabio Ferrari Managing Director - KENT Europe, Premier Farnell