For the 24th Annual Director of Human Resources Award organised by Cadremploi, Morgan Phillips Hudson, Le Figaro Décideurs and Fyte, Olivier Blum, chief human resources at Schneider Electric, has been awarded the title of Director of Human Resources 2019.
The HR Innovation 2019 award was won by ExterionMedia France, in partnership with Sciences Po, for its Digital Passport project.
The annual Director of Human Resources award promotes the profession and highlights the importance of the function and the strategic contribution made by HR directors to the company development.
Blum began his career at Schneider Electric in 1993 in sales, and held various positions in the sales department in France for seven years, before becoming director of sales.
In 2001, he was appointed secretary of the Executive Committee and Global Company Program vice-president. In 2003, he moved to China to occupy the position of Low Voltage Activity director, before being appointed the head of Strategy and Marketing Director for overall China activity in 2006.
In 2008, he was appointed managing director & country president of Schneider Electric India to accelerate growth in operations in a country undergoing a profound transformation.
In 2013, he was nominated executive vice president of the Retail Division.
Since September 2014, Blum has been chief human resources officer and a member of the Executive Committee. He is based in Hong Kong.
Olivier graduated from Grenoble École de Management (GEM, France).
Samuel Tamagnaud, chairman of Morgan Philips Group, on the Jury’s decision, said: “The final decision this year was particularly difficult given the exceptional quality of the candidates. In addition to his international career in a company that has undertaken a transformation in its core business as well as in its offering and geographical positions, Oliver Blum is the perfect example of what an HR director in a global environment should be. Pragmatic, attentive to others, working closely with his teams, managing business constraints, able to provide a strategic vision and to lead his Schneider Electric co-workers through the changes, Olivier Blum perfectly personifies his function and fully deserves the title of Director of Human Resources 2019."
Thibaut Gemignani, CEO of Cadremploi, added: “We are delighted to present the Director of Human Resources 2019 award to Olivier Blum. The jury, who I thank most sincerely, wish to recognise his unique career within Schneider Electric. Following his training in business, Olivier Blum held various positions within the company before becoming HR Director in 2014. Strategic and pragmatic, alongside his CEO he began a complete transformation plan. His vision of the HR function, perfectly aligned with the company's business, led him to inspire and bring to the fore new cultural foundations and a new form of leadership within Schneider Electric. His openness, characterised by his 17 years working outside France, is also an undeniable advantage in ensuring the success of this global scale transformation.”