Utrecht, Netherlands, May 13, 2015 – Unit4, a fast growing leader in enterprise applications for service organizations, today announced the appointment of Kara Walsh as Executive Vice President - Chief Human Capital Officer.
The appointment follows the launch of the company’s new corporate identity which reinforces its commitment to people-centric industries with the purpose statement “In Business for People”. At the same time, Unit4 is dedicated to helping its own people develop, prosper and innovate.
Kara will be responsible for building an infrastructure that supports the full employee lifecycle with a focus on career development and creating an environment within which people can grow and contribute. Unit4’s established YOUniversity program will now roll up under her leadership to ensure end to end delivery of training to all Unit4 employees via a virtual personalized platform focused on professional development.
“Our success depends on the quality, motivation and engagement of our people. Kara’s role is critical to achieving our ambitions and supporting our people to be successful,” said Jose Duarte, Unit4 CEO. “She understands the balance that is necessary in HR – a passion for people and a sound understanding of business. HR is both an ÄRT and a Science - the Science is the ‘what’ and the ART is the ‘how’.”
Kara has 17 years’ experience in Human Resources. Over the last nine years she held a number of senior roles within SAP’s Global and Regional Human Resources Leadership Team (HRLT), most recently as SVP - Chief HR Officer for Middle, Central and Eastern Europe. She has extensive HR consulting experience working in the Private and Public Sector including leadership roles at APC, Schneider Electric and Ingersoll Rand. Prior to her career in HR she gained General Manager experience at Tower Hamlets Healthcare Trust and Camden and Islington Healthcare Trust in the UK.
“Unit4’s commitment to people and its transformational agenda attracted me to the position,” said Kara. “I look forward to driving the company’s strategy by enabling people initiatives working in tight collaboration with all lines of business.”
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