HR movers and shakers at AirAsia, Novartis and more

Here are some of this week's latest promotions and job moves within the Asia-Pacific HR scene.

If you or an industry colleague recently made a move, do reach out to us at, and we will be happy to announce your appointment.

Sahas SankaranSahas Sankaran, Group Head – People and Culture, AirAsia

Sankaran has assumed the role of Group Head – People and Culture at Malaysian airline AirAsia, effective May 2017.

He was previously Regional HR Director of the Integrated Supply Chain division at food and beverage company Mondelēz International from April 2012 to June 2016, where he oversaw the end to end HR delivery in 32 factories across the region.

Sankaran also serves as a principal consultant at Freelance Total Rewards, a Singapore-based management consultancy firm.

The HR veteran says he helps organisations by providing generalist HR advice and supporting them in strategic business partnering. HE specialised in organisational design, people engagement and rewards.

Shirley Wu, HR Head, Global Drug Development, Medical Affairs and Functions, Novartis

Wu has been appointed the Head of HR, Global Drug Development, Medical Affairs and Functions at pharmaceutical company Novartis.

She was the former Global Talent Programme Lead at Novartis’ parent company GSK.

Based in Shanghai, China, Wu has 15 years’ HR experience, starting her career at Wal-Mart China as the Associate HR Manager of compensation and benefits.

She graduated from East China Normal University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of English.

Mjay BuenaventuraMjay Buenaventura, Talent Analytics Specialist, Global Talent, Baker McKenzie

Buenaventura has joined global law firm Baker McKenzie in The Philippines at a Talent Analytics Specialist.

In this role, he will analyse and identify senior talent trends within the organisation.

He has seven years of experience in managing and leading HR and people analytics, HR process improvement/re-engineering, and strategic sourcing.

He started his career in Emerson Philippines, where he was part of the technical sourcing team helping to attract and retain various levels of talent in Information Technology and Analytics. 

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