Nordic CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

20 October 2020 | 08:00 - 13:15 CEST

20 October 2020 | 08:00 - 13:15 CEST

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Nordic CHRO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Developing critical skills, competencies and the leadership bench for the future workforce

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models aligned with the digital agenda


Alexander Jaffe

Bunker Holding Group
Group Director, Head of Group HR & Corporate Communications

Hanna Reijonen



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08:00 - 08:45  CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

HR Transformation in Enterprise Organisations

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Dimitri Boylan

CEO & Founder


Kerstin Wagner headshot

Kerstin Wagner

Head of Talent Acquisition

Deutsche Bahn

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Jan Christian Seevogel

SVP Europe


With the dawn of COVID-19, the pace of digital transformation projects across organizations and industries collectively skyrocketed in a race to adapt to the new normal. When change is the only constant, agility becomes the silver bullet businesses need to survive and thrive. To open the day, Kerstin Wagner, Head of TA at Deutsche Bahn, and Dimitri Boylan, CEO of Avature will be discussing how talent acquisition teams can remain agile and innovative during these uncertain times.

08:45 - 09:00  CEST Break

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Expanding Data Collection and HR Analytics

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Cori Petersen

Group Executive, HR & HSE


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Eva Boström


RSA Scandinavia

Data has never been so important for businesses to enable them to make faster, better decisions during times of uncertainty and HR leaders have a wealth and breadth of metrics at their disposal. When it comes to talent analytics, how do you ensure its best utilised to create a resilient organisation fit for the future?

In this session, you'll discuss:

  • The most important metrics to assess performance
  • Empowering a data literate HR organisation
  • How to turn data into decisions that drive the business forward

10:00 - 11:15  CEST Break

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Leading Through a New Employee Experience

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Kerstin Ahlfont



Mikala Larsen headshot

Mikala Larsen

Head of HR Nordics


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Elke Karskens

Global Director of Executive Engagement

Workplace from Facebook

Many organisations have been managing two crises during this pandemic: the crisis of health and safety and that of the employee experience. The decisions HR leaders make at this time will have a long-term impact on how their organisations define the employee experience of the future. 

In this virtual roundtable discussion, you’ll explore: 

  • Implementation and management of communication and collaboration strategies to bring your workforce together
  • Why you need to update your employer brand in response to the pandemic
  • Early lessons learned on employee and manager behaviour during this disruption

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Business Resilience and Employee Engagement

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Steven Buck

Head of People Science, EMEA


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Petra Miesmaa

Country HR Manager, Nordics

GE Healthcare

In times of economic uncertainty and global disruption, HR has the power to guide enterprise strategy into reality. To do this, it is critical that HR leaders reinvigorate their workforce, help employees feel invested in the C-suite’s vision, and foster an environment that sets the organisation back on a course of engagement, entrepreneurship and innovation.

In this virtual boardroom, discuss how to:

  • Enable a resilient workforce that can keep up with the pace of change
  • Get buy-in from employees beyond engagement scores and surveys
  • Co-design with employees to meet their needs, and attract and retain talent needed for the future

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Anchoring Digital in Your Organisation

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Martin Nissler

VP, People & Organization


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Maria Romberg Ewerth



CHROs play a critical role in driving digital initiatives that support fundamental shifts in the workplace, the work itself and permanent states of agility.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Business needs, products and systems through a digital lens
  • Aligning the digital agenda with strategic plans
  • Plot next steps in your company’s digital journey

11:15 - 12:00  CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Future Focus – Digital Trends for CHROs

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Lena Bjurner

Secretary General and CEO

Swedish HR Association

2020 forced a new way of working for most organisations overnight. To survive through these times of change, an organisation-wide transformation is necessary and CHROs play a critical role in driving digital initiatives that support these fundamental shifts. What impact will these trends have on your workforce and how can you enable your people to adapt?

Attend this keynote to close the day as Lena Bjurner shares:

  • Trends to watch in 2021 and beyond
  • The evolving role of HR in the digital age
  • Digital-first strategies that address workforce design, HR processes, and talent and performance management

13:00 - 13:30  CEST Networking

Community Discussion

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Himanshu Saxena


Coty Europe

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups.

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Creating Community Through Care and Connection

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Martin Lexa

Chief People & Corporate Communications Officer


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Elke Karskens

Global Director of Executive Engagement

Workplace from Facebook

HR executives know that leading with care, developing deep human connections and building community can all create a sense of belonging. Today, they need to do this while balancing the employee experience needs of people working from home and in offices. How do you provide clarity, inspire leadership and build resilience when most workforces will remain distributed for the foreseeable future? Is your organisation ready to evolve its culture to meet the needs of employees and build a sense of belonging?

In this boardroom, you will explore:

  • How leading with care, connection and community can evolve your culture and create a sense of belonging
  • How to manage the ever-changing workforce needs as well as communications
  • Why leading with empathy and transparency is key for HR managers
  • Using data to measure employee sentiment and how to build employee resilience and respond to changing business needs

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Developing a Resilient Leadership Bench

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Laura Exner

Chief HR & Communications Officer

Höegh Autoliners

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Ida Åhlund


American Express Nordics

The need for purpose-led leadership has shone through in recent months. With CHRO peers, benchmark your own leadership development strategies and discuss:

  • How to grow skills such as candour, empathy and humility in your leaders to continue to drive teams forward and improve business resilience
  • Increase self-leadership amongst the workforce 
  • Fresh approaches to the use of technology for virtual leadership


16:00 - 17:00  CEST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow Nordic CHRO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Please contact your Program Manager to participate.

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For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contact.

Chloe Stevenson

Programme Manager

+44 (0)7701 308 236