Gary Hays

Experienced international HR professional with extensive line management/business and supervisory board experience

  • Born in London but having spent much of his life in The Netherlands, Gary has a technical background having a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Physics
  • He joined Shell at the Research Centre in Amsterdam and after a first couple of years in a technical role, managed different research & development groups
  • Although the majority of his career from then onwards has been in HR, he has also done a number of line and business roles, moving back and forward between HR and business
  • International HR roles include: Global HR Manager in Shell Chemicals for 6 years and Graduate Recruitment Manager throughout Europe
  • Business/line roles include: Technology Manager (100 people) and Head/General Director of three Shell Technology Centres simultaneously – Amsterdam (1200 people), Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium (200 people) and Singapore (20 people)
  • In his last role at Shell as VP Strategy & VP HR for the Shell shared service network, Gary combined both HR and business, growing the number of jobs from 1500 to 9000 and leading 100 HR staff in 10 countries
  • Since leaving Shell Gary worked as HR Director for Fonterra, New Zealand’s biggest company, a dairy farmer’s co-operative (closing the European HQ in Hamburg and re-opening with almost all new staff in Amsterdam) and been Deputy VP HR & OD for one of Russia’s largest oil & gas companies in Moscow. For the last two years Gary has been in Kazakhstan, as General Director of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Corporate University
  • In-between these jobs Gary has consulted for TNT Post (advising unions/staff council on management’s reorganization plans), the European Space Agency (talent management), Allianz Global Investors in Frankfurt (talent management), Eataly, the Italian restaurant chain (HR audit) and Sibur, Russia’s largest petrochemical company
  • Outside of work Gary has been an active member of a number of (unpaid) Supervisory Boards for Foundations, whilst at the same time carrying out a number of smaller consulting assignments
  • Gary speaks English and Dutch fluently and intermediate Russian
  • Specialities: globalisation; change processes; talent; leadership; coaching/mentoring; building organisations; global & virtual organisations; diversity & inclusion; consultancy & facilitation; international workforces, organisations & culture; technological organisations; shared service centres; service organisations; corporate universities
  • Snapshot: has worked in fairly independent areas in Shell (and since), allowing independence of action & minimal institutional support; frequently demonstrated that can move between strategic, tactical and hands-on with ease