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Unilever's HR expert capitalises on long and varied track record

Nardrerdee Arj-Harnwongse is one of the most sought-after human-resources professionals, thanks partly to her track record with a leading Thai conglomerate and three multinational companies in three industries - retail, telecommunications and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).

She also has direct experience in implementing workforce optimisation programmes during pre- and post-mergers and acquisitions processes.

Nardrerdee started her HR career with Charoen Pokphand Group in 1993 and rose to head the retail HR organisation for Tesco Lotus after the British retailer acquired the hypermarket business in Thailand from CP in 1998. She was one of the first three employees of the company.

She joined Nokia in 2005 as the head of HR for Indochina and moved to Nokia Siemens Network after a global merger of the two companies.

She joined Unilever Thai Holdings in 2010. Besides her HR role at the country's largest FMCG company with sales of over Bt40 billion and more than 4,000 staff, she also oversees the HR strategies and operations of Unilever in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

Nardrerdee graduated in English from Chulalongkorn University before earning a master's in human resources development from Webster University in the United States.

Atchara Juicharern, executive coach and facilitator at AcComm & Image International, said Unilever's success owed a lot to its HR department.

"Having supported Unilever with some leadership and team-building projects, I can see and touch the 'everything possible' attitude in their eyes, behaviour and everything they do.

"You have to give credit to the HR leader like Khun Nardrerdee," she said.


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