International HR boss will outline emerging workplace challenges

IBM Corporation's Gary Kildare to deliver guest lecture

Date posted

11 March 2020



An IBM senior executive is to explore emerging trends in business with an Edinburgh Napier audience.

Gary Kildare, the information technology giant’s Chief HR Officer Europe and Global Head of Employee Relations, will identify key global developments and their impact on organisations and working environments. 

Head and shoulders portrait of Gary Kildare

His guest lecture will also address ways in which business leaders can respond to the challenges of Artificial Intelligence.

Madrid-based Dr Kildare will speak about “Trends in Business: 2020 and Beyond” at Edinburgh Napier University’s Business School on Thursday March 26. The event will include a Question and Answer session and a networking reception.

Dr Kildare said: "As we move into a new decade, it´s clear that there are many interesting and exciting developments influencing our world leaders and our businesses.  I am looking forward to sharing some perspectives and exchanging views in what I hope will be a very lively session!"

Dr Kildare, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University by Edinburgh Napier eight years ago, has spent most of his career with IBM, previously holding positions in Paris and New York.

He is currently a member of IBM’s Acceleration Team, a group of senior executives appointed by the CEO to provide global leadership across key strategic areas.

The March 26 free event at the Craiglockhart campus opens with refreshments at the Rivers Suite from 5pm, with Dr Kildare speaking from 6-7pm. His talk, including a Q and A, will be followed by a networking reception.

Maura Sheehan, Professor of International Management at Edinburgh Napier, said: “This will be an extremely interesting evening.  Gary’s expertise has in the past inspired international students as well as our own, and his insights have impacted on the way students influence management styles and HR practices in their own workplaces.”


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