Josh Bersin, partner at Bersin by Deloitte, has been named one of the top 20 ‘Most Influential HR Thinkers’ of the globe by HRMagazine.co.uk. Bersin currently leads Bersin by Deloitte, the former Bersin which he co-founded in 2001. Bersin is the only consultant to have made the prestigious list, a list that is dominated by academics.
HR guru Josh Bersin has more than 25 years of experience in the field of human resources, in topics as human capital strategy, talent management, learning & development and HR analytics. After graduating from Stanford University with a MSc. in Engineering, Bersin started his career at IBM in 1982, where he spent 10 years working in the field of sales, management, technical support, marketing, and training positions. Following IBM he worked for IT-firm Sybase and Arista Knowledge Systems, where he helped co-found and build a new e-learning LMS software company. After the e-learning specialist was poached by DigitalThink (now Convergys) in April 2000, Bersin moved to the firm to serve as Vice President Product Management & Marketing.
In 2001 Bersin decided to embark on a new adventure, and established a firm that held his name, aimed at providing research and consulting in enterprise learning and talent management. In December 2012, Bersin was acquired by Big 4 giant, and rebranded to ‘Bersin by Deloitte’.
Over the past decade, Bersin has built an impressive track record in thought leadership – he is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, BBC Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. In addition he is a popular blogger and columnist, for among others Forbes.com.
Based on his reputation in the market, HRMagazine.co.uk has now named Bersin the 13th ‘Most Influential HR International Thinker of 2014’. Selected HR-leaders are according to the UK platform “advanced thinkers on talent management, combining academic rigour with practical relevance.” The list is led by Sylvia Ann Hewlett (CEO of Center for Talent Innovation) and Harvard Business School professors John Kotter and Rosabeth Moss Kanter.
It’s not the first time Bersin has been recognised as a thought leader in HR. In 2012, for instance, he was named ‘Top HR Online Influencer in Talent Management’ by HR Examiner Magazine and a ‘Top 10 HR Technology Expert’ by HR Executive Magazine. And earlier this year, he was named the #1 Top Human Resources Influencers by German software vendor SAP.