Commercially minded HR leader with considerable experience in multi-national blue-chip companies and hyper-growth start-ups.
Experienced in working in complex matrix organisations and with senior stakeholders.
Energetic change leader, experienced in transformations, new market entry, expansion, restructuring, and M&A.
Proven track record of adding value through driving improvements to organisation effectiveness, workforce planning and employee engagement, and by better aligning talent management with business strategy.
Versatile global leader with experience in emerging (CEE, MEA, Africa, Latam) and mature markets (Europe, US, Japan).
3 Master degrees: MBA, International Relations, and CSR. Multilingual (German, English, French, Spanish). Black belt in Six Sigma. Trained systemic coach.
- Partnering with BioXpansion for
Life Science Companies to expand internationally
and establish their business in Switzerland
- Collaborating with MCR Consulting as
Senior HR Project Lead
“Having worked with Barbara for over two years I can firmly say she is unique. Barbara is a senior commercial HR business partner and leader with a difference. She truly understands the overall commercial strategy and how that translates to the way we lead, and manage, our most precious resource. I have worked with Barbara on two major projects which have had a profound impact on the business. I have found her to be strategic and a great sparring partner to those tricky situations, someone with humanity and humility, and ultimately someone who delivers on our shared objectives. I would without a doubt work with Barbara again.”
Sebastian Stachowiak, Head of Europe at Global Blood Therapeutics
“Barbara is one of the most talented people I’ve had the chance to work with. She is very professional, pragmatic, and business-oriented. She knows perfectly how to balance and negotiate keeping human skills in mind. All the projects you entrust her succeed even in a moving environment.”
VP Finance and Legal / Chief Financial Officer
"Barbara possesses a powerful combination of skills - she is both conceptual and strategic in her thinking but never loses the focus on pragmatic "hands-on" implementation where she demonstrates a high level of detail-orientation, tenacity, and focus to get things done. Striking is also her high intellectual and professional curiosity, she loves to learn, explore and apply new things making her with her broad expertise in HR and General Management a creative resource to work with.
Dr. Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Executive School of Management Technology and Law, St. Gallen
- Trained Start-Up Board Member and Business Angel
- Lecturer and PhD Program Participant with a focus on corporate entrepreneurship and innovation at International School of Management (https://www.ism.edu/)
I see HR as an integral business function enabling companies to get on track and stay ahead. With clear line of sight on the aspired vision and business goals, I am recognised as a creative and analytical thinker with a systematic approach from strategy to execution.
I am a thoughtful change leader with a high level of integrity, and known to fully embrace diversity. I believe in employee engagement and the value of integrating purpose, mission and values to unleash the full potential and make organisations achieve better results.
In my role as consultant and senior project lead, I am committed to strategies that build on the strength of your organisation and can be implemented pragmatically. I flex my approach based on customer needs and, together with my customers, periodically evaluate the impact of my contribution to demonstrate success.
I am outcome and people focused.
My clients are companies in a critical stage of their development: established global companies facing a strategic shift, a merger, divestiture, or expansion plans to venture into new markets or hyper-growth start-ups needing to quickly set up their infrastructure.
In my consulting work, I support them in strategic projects that contribute to business success:
Aligned and high performing teams foster synergies and positive energy. This enhances their ability to drive innovation and contribute to value creation for the broader organisation. My customized approach to facilitation is based on a thorough briefing with the champion and other stakeholders where I seek to understand your organisation’s operating model, and style, tone of voice and other parameters. The process always begins with an assessment of team issues and desired improvements, drawing from a range of effective assessment options.
Working with leadership teams, I help accelerate productivity and team performance by creating:
Shared and compelling vision, mission and strategic framework
Clear roles and decision making processes
Challenging, realistic and aligned work plans and goals
Collaborative working relationships and processes
Team operating principles and agreements
Understanding of the diverse and unique capabilities of the team