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Jul 2010Present

Owner

Stratos Consulting LLC

Niche consulting practice providing insight and guidance to small to mid size companies in need of efficient and effective supplementary capability in the ares of : Strategy, Process, People and Technology

Jan 2012Jun 2018

President

Sanford Rose Associates-Somerset

Sanford Rose Associates® has, for the last 50+ years, helped its client companies meet the changing needs of talent acquisition across the globe. Its more than sixty offices worldwide have identified, and attracted high-potential executives, managers and professionals for essential position openings for their clients.As an independently owned office we can help your organization build a powerfulteam that delivers the greatest added value while crafting and executing your business strategy. We are committed to providing search and consulting services of the highest quality while adhering to high ethical standards, objectivity and confidentiality. Whether your needs are in General Management, Manufacturing, Sales, Product Development, or Human Resources, we firmly believe our team can help find the right candidates for you.

Apr 1998Jun 2010

Sr VP Human Resources & Communications

Ansell Ltd

Reported to the CEO, responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the HR function of this US based, $1.2bn global company.With sales/marketing and manufacturing operations in Asia, Europe and the US. (11,000 employees). Significant milestones include:-

  • Chair of Business Optimization Steering Committee overseeing introduction of world class (Oracle) ERP package, and Executive Sponsor of Hire to Retire process
  • Crafting of company’s first Strategic Human Capital Roadmap covering six broad areas of focus for the business including new Compensation Strategy, Talent Management System and Business Performance Management System
  • Introduced Intranet solutions for Management Development, Career Planning & the Identification of High Learners
  • Restructured Ansell’s R & D / Operations/Sales & Marketing structure to support growth, improve CRM and operate at World Class standards in Supply Chain Management while reducing costs by over $20m.
  • Totally re-engineered Senior Management team identifying and attracting significantly upgraded talent into the organization creating effective leadership team that met, or exceeded, revenue and profit goals in all but one of the last five financial years
  • Led and developed HR strategy, due diligence and integration for a number of key acquisitions in the US, China, Brazil, Poland and Germany
  • Planned and executed significant off-shoring of US manufactured products to both in and outsourced supply in Asia and Latin America with significant reductions in headcount (15%) and costs
  • Designed and managed (internally) Board search process involving both internal and external candidates
  • Redesigned and managed Global Executive Compensation Strategy, within highly regulated jurisdictions, creating competitive executive & management compensation programs that assisted in maintaining high levels of engagement and low levels of attrition
Apr 1996Jun 1997

VP Human Resources (CHRO)

Alpharma

Reported to the Chairman, and as an Officer of the Company, responsible for providing strategic Human Resource direction of this $500m publicly traded company. The Company had operations across five autonomous strategic business units in Europe, Asia and the US. Projects completed:

  • Designed and rolled-out of performance based Global Compensation Program for all employees in 30 markets worldwide.
  • Reorganized Animal Health business, transforming organization into more competitive, global structure, reducing non-sales positions by 10%
  • Identified and facilitated several keyexecutive changes across operating divisions
19941996

Director of Training and International Compensation

Textron

Reported to the Sr. VP Human Resources responsible for senior executive staffing, training and development, and international compensation and benefits. Sales for the $9.5bn organization were derived from diverse activities across 25 independent divisions covering five main business segments - Automotive, Aircraft, Industrial/Commercial, Systems & Components and Finance.

  • Led pilot of business transformation/change management process
  • Designed and managed global talent management process across 20+ divisions
  • Crafted and administered global compensation programs
19891993

HR Director EMEA

Bristol Myers Squibb

Reported to the VP Human Resources, Worldwide Pharmaceutical Operations, responsible

for providing overall direction on all HR matters to the President Europe and seventeen subsidiaries. $2bn in sales in the 4,500 employee region
19851988

Personnel Director

GEC Electronic Components

Responsible for all HR activities for 3,300 employees across six sites. Sales of $600m from the development and manufacture of componentry for the defense and tele-communications industry.

19761985

Various HR

British Leyland

Previously a state owned group with 180,000 employees and sales in excess of $5bn. Positions included:- Personnel Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Senior Staff Relations Officer, Graduate Trainee 

Education

Jul 1972Mar 1976

BA Economics

Univeristy of Central England
19701972

Ordinary National Diploma

Consett Technical College

Skills

Talent Acquistion
Responsible for identifying and building successful global leadership teams
Innovation/ Problem solving
Creative problem solver providing innovative solutions 
Global Awareness
Technical and practical skills/knowledge from operating in global/ international environments for last 20+ years
Leadership
Proven leader of small globally dispersed team. Involved team player within executive leadership teams
Business affiliation/acumen
Astute and involved business partner who is customer aware and financially savvy
Strategic Thinking/Strategy Mapping
Developed use of mapping tools / balanced scorecard and organizational assessment tools to provide framework for collective strategy discussion/ planning and communications 

References

Doug Tough

“Phil is a senior, and extremely accomplished, executive with a specialty in Human Resources.  He served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications at Ansell Ltd. and reported to me in that capacity for six years.  He was outstanding in all capacities and was the most accomplished Human Resources executive I had the pleasure to work with during my past 15 – 20 years as a president, or CEO of a major company.  His accomplishments transcend HR activities and he is adept at strategic and commercial issues at any level of management or board table discussions.”

Documents

Interest

Motor Sport

Technology

Photography

Functional specialities

Talent Acquisition

    Strategic Organizational Capability analysis and design

    Succession management process design and management

    Board level (global) compensation design and administration

    Hire to Retire process design and enterprise-wide technology enablement

    Scenario and Strategy mapping to maximize shareholder value

    Global communications and employee value proposition branding

    Due diligence and capability assessments in mergers and acquisitions

    Large scale reorganization / business transformation efforts from design through execution

      Modus Operandi

      • Self motivated team player who seeks involvement and ownership 
      • Prepared to accept challenge and responsibility, and not afraid to roll-up sleeves and get  “hands dirty”
      • Influential, in a relaxed informal way. Never gets ruffled
      • Action driven, results oriented. Rarely fails to achieve goals
      • Understands political and cultural nuances of organizations and uses to organization’s benefit
      • Refuses to be office bound and can always be found in the field to provide motivation and encouragement 
      • “Henry Kissinger” of the leadership team
      • Active listener and coach
      • Innovative problem solver 
      • Creative, added value technology advocate and practitioner

      Career Summary

      Senior  leader with broad industry experience (Pharmaceuticals, automotive, medical devices, consumer, electronics & defense). Capable executive possessing comprehensive global leadership experience in the Human Resource and Talent Acquisition field, Phil Corke has held executive-level positions at Textron, Alpharma and Ansell Ltd. Presently, Phil leverages his significant skill and expertise as Owner of Stratos Consulting.

      Throughout his career, Phil has proven his ability to excel at first time learning situations, assess and problem solve quickly, while creating a greater sense of engagement in the organizations in which he has worked.  A true strategic business partner, thoroughly adept at transforming organizations large and small, Phil has shown himself capable of building and leading strong teams, crafting insightful strategy, and creating the environment and organization that delivers results.

      The most recent highlight of Phil’s career include his tenure at Ansell Ltd where, over the last twelve years, he played a key role in taking the company from being an international division of an under performing diversified Australian conglomerate (Pacific Dunlop), to being a profitable, global leader in the field of hand protection. Phil brought renewed efficiency and capability to organization by streamlining structures, globally, and identifying and hiring a strong leadership team Before joining Ansell, Phil was the VP of Human Resources for Alpharma —a global leader in animal health-care and generic pharmaceuticals, where he orchestrated significant structural change

      Phil is British and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Central England.

      Significant Accomplishments

      • Chair of Business Optimization Steering Committee overseeing introduction of world class (Oracle) ERP package, and Executive Sponsor of Hire to Retire process
      • $65m project with core team of 45+
      • Co-lead with CIO initial selection efforts (SAP/Oracle & 7 systems integrator
      • Oracle ERP Platform /IBM systems integrator
      • Restructured Ansell’s R & D / Operations/Sales & Marketing structure to support growth, improve CRM and operate at World Class standards in Supply Chain Management while reducing costs by over $20m. Organization supported organic growth (and M&A) for nearly 8 years
      • Moved from two SBU’s to customer centric Regional organization
      • Removed two divisional presidents and 6 Divisional Directors and replaced with 3 regional S&M heads
      • Centralized and “globalized R&D
      • Created regional back room shared service centers in US, EMEA and Asia
      • Planned and executed significant off-shoring of US manufactured products to both in and outsourced supply in Asia and Latin America with significant reductions in headcount (15%) and costs 
      • Designed and led HR and Communications strategy and execution for facility closures in US, UK, France, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Mexico, India and significant “downsizing” in Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka
      • Designed and led HR and Communications strategy and execution for start ups in US, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Belgium, France and Germany
      • Led (internally) the highly successful efforts under Operation Full Potential a three year program designed to provide a minimum 10% increase in EBIT each year and 50% over 3 year period. Working with Bain Consultants:
      • Redesigned the resourcing program which saved approximately $3m in external consulting costs through innovative use of MBA’s as “interns”
      • Program achieved its goals and restored market perception and since then (2004) has not missed a financial commitment to the market (excluding GFC impact)
      • Created an internal communications program around initiative (based on Soccer analogies of scoring goals) with regular Board briefings and employee Newsletters