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People's champion

Stefan Ries, chief HR officer and executive board member of technology firm SAP, is a man on a mission when it comes to dusting off the stuffy reputation that HR is saddled with.

"We are going to walk away from the concept that you always have to sit in the office and that's the only way you can make your personal contribution." - Stefan Ries.

IN MANY companies, human resources (HR) does not have a seat at the proverbial table where major decisions are made. In fact, it is often a department dismissed as the "hirers and firers" of the organisation, a cost centre that is out of touch with business needs. After 26 years in his...

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