Welcome to CHRO Exchange 2013

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Chief Human Resources Officer Exchange. If ever we lived in a time of change, this is it. Profound uncertainties exist originating in global finance. It seems we are in a period of increased social entropy with declining maintenance ROI combined with global technology change by the hour. Companies must function, plan and execute strategy in their markets in this era and there are winners. They are using the data at their shoreline to make data-driven decisions and implement predictive analytics in spite of the data silos before the full onslaught of the big data tsunami hits. The talent squeeze barely let up during the recession and came back with a bite. Corporate culture matters across five generations. Education is undergoing a revolution and is perhaps only 5% there. Can you imagine what life or corporate learning will look like in five years? How will your company manage and distribute knowledge to achieve business outcomes? Engagement is down and gamification seen as a new tool in the box. Will it work? Do you know how and when? Health and benefits are going through profound change with the ongoing rollout of the PPACA. There is the real prospect of immigration reform because of electoral losses and talent needs. Indeed immigration reform could form the basis of a housing recovery if done smartly. Is your BYOD policy and governance ready for Google Glass? Jack Welch once said, if the rate of change outside your organization is faster than the rate of change inside your organization, the end is near. This applies to HR as well. Corporate HR is at the center of all of the above constellations and CHRO’s should be in the driver’s seat. Are you?

This exclusive event has been designed with you – the senior human resources executive – in mind. You will find this unique three day, content-rich forum full of relevant topics gleaned from extensive research, market intelligence and feedback from industry leaders, influencers and senior executives like you. Come prepared to be engaged. No gamification will be needed, but I’m still looking for that opportunity, so be prepared.

The Exchange will be delivered in a format that is wholly conducive to true peer-to-peer networking and provides opportunities for you to learn, strategize and share best practices with your colleagues from some of the most admired brands in the world.

At the same time, CHRO’s need help with solutions, quickly, efficiently, exceeding expectations, and under budget. They need to be able to interact decisively with the Exchange sponsors now more than ever.

Over the course of the next few days, you will participate in interactive sessions and debates, listen to in-depth case studies from leading organizations, attend one-on-one business meetings, and enjoy many social functions organized for you to maximize networking opportunities with your peers and solution providers.

As the Chief Human Resources Officer 2013 program unfolds, we look forward to your feedback on the program and your overall experience at the Exchange. As always, your input is paramount to the development of future events; it helps us, to ultimately help you, address your most pressing human capital priorities and fulfill your learning and development needs. I will go the distance to help make that happen for you, your company, and your employees.

I would like to extend a BIG thank you to all the speakers, steering committee members, solution providers, delegates and media partners who have played an integral role in creating such an informative and productive Exchange.

Finally, IQPC Exchange staff is on-site to help with any questions. Please approach us during the event whenever you require our assistance.