HLB appoints Marina Kooijmans as Chief People Officer

03 December 2020 Consultancy.uk
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Professional services network HLB International has hired Marina Kooijmans as the organisation’s global Chief People Officer. Kooijmans brings more than two decades of experience to the role, and has held senior human capital roles with a number of industry heavyweights, including PwC and Deloitte.  

Human resources work faces a number of drastic headwinds in the coming months. From the UK’s changing ability to source talent from the continent post-Brexit, to the continued need to accommodate remote work amid the Covid-19 pandemic, to the increasing evolution of traditional work roles in relation to automation, the people practices of consultants in-house and for their clients will need to change to keep pace with these major shifts.

HLB International is a global network of independent advisory and accounting firms. Formed in 1969, the professional services firm works with clients through member firms in 158 countries, with 29,363 partners and staff in 795 offices worldwide.

Marina Kooijmans, Chief People Officer, HLB

As the company prepares for a busy 2021, HLB has appointed Marina Kooijmans as the organisation’s new Chief People Officer. Fulfilling the role on a global basis, Kooijmans will lead the network’s people strategy towards HLB’s 2023 objectives and drive the HLB culture around the brand’s core values and organisational purpose. Based in London, an important part of her role will also be the further development of HLB’s diversity & inclusion programme.

Global HLB CEO, Marco Donzelli, said, “Our people at are the heart of everything we do, and a key driver of our success. That is why I am thrilled to welcome Marina to HLB. Marina’s track record of success in talent strategies will be essential to our journey of creating a professional environment our people at all levels can thrive in.”

Arriving from Company MD&D concepts, where she was a Partner, Kooijmans brings over 26 years of consulting and human capital experience to the role. Having commenced her career with Korn Ferry, where she was latterly a Senior Managing Consultant, Kooijmans went on to hold senior roles at a string of professional service firms. These included Big Four giants PwC and Deloitte, where she was a Senior Manager Human Capital Advisory and a Director Human Capital Consultancy, Learning & Assessments, respectively.

Kooijmans commented, “It is an honour to be HLB’s CPO at a time when our values-driven purpose is more important than ever. It is a moment of unprecedented challenges and opportunities to invest in the development of HLB’s people and help the organisation in shaping a shared future for our people and clients. Working together in an environment and culture where everyone feels safe, valued, respected and heard.”