Previous Article Next Article Niamh Grimes is hoping to drive more success at Hertz, following her promotionto HR director at the vehicle rental firm. As head of the European HR function,she will be responsible for a multi-lingual, multi-cultural workforce with morethan 1,000 employees from 25 countries. In her new role, she will be looking atemployee relations, recruitment and selection, employee development andperformance management. “I also have the additional responsibility of working with other HRdirectors across the division to develop several pan-European HRinitiatives,” she explains. Grimes aims to strengthen the company’s position in the marketplace througha range of HR programmes, with an emphasis on training: “I am particularlyinterested in rolling out our training and development programmes to establisha framework that will help to sustain high performance,” she says. “I’m also looking forward to working on pan-European initiatives thatwill ensure we are fully utilising and developing the talents and abilitieswithin the company.” Grimes enjoys the challenge of balancing all the stakeholder needs withinthe company and sees HR as a key tool in developing the direction of abusiness: “The role of HR is vital in helping to create the conditions forhigh performance, combining the requirement to be profitable with a positive,hard working and rewarding atmosphere focused on delivering the ultimateservice to our customers.” Grimes has a degree in French and Politics, a post graduate diploma inmarketing management and is also CIPD qualified. On the moveMartin Pexton has joined LondonMerchant Securities as director of corporate development. His keyresponsibilities will include the training and development of employees. Priorto joining LMS, Pexton was personnel director at law firm Allen & Overy,where he had responsibility for 5,000 staff. He has worked for severalaccounting and insurance firms and served as an officer in the Royal Navy. Hehas an MBA from London Business School and will sit on the LMS Services board.Real estate firm Jones Lang LaSallehas appointed two new key HR professionals. Lawrence Deans is the new globalchief HR officer and Lisa Whitmore has been promoted to senior vice-presidentfor HR. In his new position, Deans will be responsible for the company’s globalHR strategy and will report to chief operating officer Peter Roberts. Whitmorewill cover the HR function in the Americas, focusing on skills development andcareer growth.Peter Bowyer has joined US technologycompany Mentor Graphics as its new HR manager. His role will cover westernEurope and the Nordic regions. As HR manager his remit will include looking atorganisational development across five different countries. Bowyer’s backgroundis in generalist HR as well as organisational development, particularly in US-ownedmanufacturing companies. PeopleOn 14 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.