Up close and personal with Pepperl+Fuchs' HR Director
Thomas Schellerer, HR Director, Pepperl+Fuchs, sits down with HRM Asia for a quick chat on his personal and professional life.
Who is Thomas Schellerer and what defines you?
He is a highly dedicated person, who enjoys working and living in a multicultural environment like Asia.
What motivates you as an HR professional?
It motivates me to see how people develop and can bring their best forward for the company.
How did you get your start in HR?
After I graduated from university, I was working in a logistics job. The company did not have an HR department, so I had to do all the HR work – from talking to unions, to recruiting. And actually I liked the HR elements more than the technical parts, so I decided to start a career in HR.
Complete this sentence. HR is...
the most important part of a company. It’s about people, and you cannot run a company without people.
What would you be doing if you were not in HR?
I would be an author of travel guide books, a movie reviewer, or a professional football coach.
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
Both the best and worst parts are the people!
Briefly describe a day in the office.
I make tea, I sit in front of the computer, get into meetings, get on phone calls, and try to avoid snacking.
Now describe a day outside the office?
I spend time with family, go to the movies, play sports, and go travelling when I get the chance to.
What do you love most about travelling?
What I love most is that I get to discover different places, cultures, and cuisines.
In your opinion, what makes a good leader?
You have to be a good role model, you have to walk the talk, display integrity and exemplify team work.