Reignite Business Performance for Competitive Edge - From Vision to Reality
Executive Briefing

4th November, 2010
15:45 - 21:00




Blandine Kouyaté
Head of HR EMEA,Yahoo!

Blandine Kouyaté joined Yahoo! in 2002 as the France HR Manager then took responsibility of the HR department in Southern Europe as of 2006. Through that period, the focus was on integrating several businesses with a significant expansion of employees’ population while implementing a scalable HR function and supporting cultural transformation within the region.

In 2008, Blandine started partnering with the VP Sales Europe as an HR Director. In this role, Blandine has acted as a regular business partner to drive HR strategies in respect to both business needs and talents aspirations within the business unit. In 2010, the scope has been extended to support the other regional units (Partnerships, Audience and Marketplaces).

Since June 2010, Blandine acts as the interim Head of HR for Yahoo! to lead the EMEA HR function including 25 direct team members who support a population of over 1700 employees based in 19 countries.

Prior to this, amongst other experiences, Blandine worked in a French video game company (Kalisto Entertainment) as an HR generalist for 2 years and also engaged for 2 years in a humanitarian program in Africa working in cooperation with the United Nations Organization and the Malian government.

Blandine is graduated in Economics and in Human Resources (Sorbonne University and CELSA Institute, Paris).

Karsten Soderberg

Jesper Lillelund
Director, CorporateLeaders

Jesper Lillelund has been engaged in building valuable business networks on the international scene for over 15 years. Jesper combines his in-depth industry knowledge, unique branding, networking and market development skills with his keen sense of business, focusing on making business transformation (shared services and business process outsourcing BPO) and corporate excellence part of the business agenda.

Prior to starting CorporateLeaders, Jesper was instrumental in building a leading independent business transformation association from an informal business community to a global player. He also served as the Marketing Director at The Wall Street Journal Europe where he was responsible for managing brand, direct and on-line marketing. In his career at the Journal Europe, Jesper was also responsible for developing new revenue generating businesses. This included launching The Wall Street Journal Europe’s conference operations starting with the highly sought after European CEO Summits to the regional Central European Economic Review conferences. Prior to the Journal Europe, Jesper held market analyst roles at MAN B&W Diesel and Danisco in Denmark.

Jesper holds an MBA in International Management from the University of Dallas and a BBA in Management and International Business from Baylor University in Texas



Paul Swinscoe

Director of Sales and Marketing Europe,
Raytheon Professional Services

Paul Swinscoe is Director of Sales and Marketing Europe for Raytheon Professional Services LLC (RPS), a unit of Raytheon Company. Delivering more than eight million hours of custom training in 28 languages to learners in more than 70 countries each year, RPS is a global leader in training services and outsourcing. RPS improves clients’ business performance by redesigning how they train their employees, customers and partners; implementing their new training design; and managing their training in long-term outsourcing engagements.

Paul is currently responsible for ensuring that Raytheon’s learning solutions meet the needs of a wide variety of clients and among them clients from the Automotive Industry as well as the UK’s Defence Training Review Rationalisation Program. He has been involved with that program since 2002, and was instrumental in developing the winning training solution.

Paul’s extensive program management experience spans across the corporate and military learning arena. He began his career with British Aerospace in the aircraft design office before becoming a pilot with British Airways. In the USA he joined Hughes Flight Simulation rising to Software Engineering Manager, responsible for development of commercial and military flight simulators.

His expertise in creating large scale engineering designs, led to his career transition from engineering manager to program management and subsequently to business development. He was a key contributor to the establishment of the General Motors, Europe, Academy. This highly successful outsource provides extensive training services in over 20 European countries.

Paul has subsequently led several strategic assessments for clients on the future of their learning organizations. Today, he leads RPS’ EMEA Sales and Marketing efforts across EMEA to expand Raytheon’s training presence in defence and commercial markets.

He is a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma™ Specialist.



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