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Media Rights: Formula 1 inks broadcast deal with ELEVEN SPORTS Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Kunal Dhyani – August 28, 2018 WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers TAGSEleven SportsFIA Formula 1 World ChampionshipFormula 1 SHARE Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Formula 1 and ELEVEN SPORTS have agreed on a three-year broadcast deal to broadcast the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport and global sports provider ELEVEN SPORTS have announced that they have agreed a three-year deal to broadcast the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Portugal from 2019 until 2021. 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ELEVEN SPORTS holds exclusive rights across linear platforms and will be expanding television coverage of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship™ in the region by offering fans additional feeds on its channels which will include the driver tracker, pit lane channel, mixed on-board and timing channel which will supplement the international feed coverage, states a Press release.As part of the commitment, ELEVEN SPORTS will be setting up full production at all races, bringing the action straight from the track to the fans.Also Read: Here comes rival kabaddi league; DSport unites with New Kabaddi FederationMichaella Snoeck, Senior Manager, Media Rights at Formula 1, said: “Formula 1 are delighted to be entering into a new partnership with ELEVEN SPORTS in Portugal for the next three seasons. ELEVEN SPORTS will be taking production in Portugal to the next level, offering extended coverage across their TV channels and their digital offering. This agreement, combined with our new OTT offering, marks another step in the development of our licensing strategy.Pedro Mendonça Pinto, Non-Executive Director of ELEVEN SPORTS Portugal, said: “Portuguese people love Formula 1 and we are delighted to have the opportunity to offer fans all the action combined with our high-quality production and delivery. Our quality production on the ground at all races will be accompanied by top analysis and insight delivered by a world-class team, including the best local commentators and pundits in Portugal. We are going to take F1 coverage to another level and people will be thrilled with what we will offer.”In addition to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and to confirm the commitment both partners have to introducing the sport to new audiences, ELEVEN SPORTS channels will be broadcasting live all the events of the FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 Championships until the same 2021 year.Also Read: Adidas set to replace Puma at Arsenal in third biggest kit sponsorship deal read more
“COPY” Projects Save this picture!© Isaac Ramírez Marín+ 28 Share Colombia ArchDaily Houses “COPY” Year: Architects: CONNATURAL Area Area of this architecture project Area: 550 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Medellin, Colombia 2017 Garden House / CONNATURAL CopyAbout this officeCONNATURALOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMedellínColombiaPublished on May 30, 2017Cite: “Garden House / CONNATURAL” [Casa Jardín / CONNATURAL] 30 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Save this picture!© Tim Nolan+ 31Curated by María Francisca González Share Year: Projects “COPY” Houses Area: 460 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/896784/22-jalan-kembangan-timurdesigns-llp Clipboard Singapore ArchDaily Photographs: Tim Nolan Architects: Timurdesigns LLP Area Area of this architecture project 22 Jalan Kembangan / Timurdesigns LLPSave this projectSave22 Jalan Kembangan / Timurdesigns LLP ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/896784/22-jalan-kembangan-timurdesigns-llp Clipboard 2017 Lead Architects: Photographs CopyHouses•Singapore Chan Wai Kin Save this picture!© Tim NolanText description provided by the architects. The site for this house posed several challenges to overcome. Firstly, it is located right at the junction of two busy 4-lane roads. And in addition to that, the overhead MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) viaduct for the East-West cross-island train is located just beyond one of these roads. There is constant noise coming from cars and the passing train. The front of the site, where the main gate is located, faces almost West. To keep out heat and glare from the low angle western sun, the 2 most visible facades cannot have too many see-through openings.Save this picture!© Tim NolanThus, in trying to shield the interior spaces from the traffic noise and the Western sun, the semi-detached house is “flipped” inwards by carving out large voids between the house and the party wall adjoining its neighbor. Natural light is directed down these voids, some of which stretch over the entire 4 stories of the house. All the bedrooms on the upper floors are buffered from the road noise by a common corridor and their windows open into the air-well voids for natural daylight (indirect) and ventilation.This explains why the front and side elevations are expressed with small fenestrations (except for the first story which opens out onto the patio and garden). The use of natural burnt-brown facing bricks as the façade material further enhances the “closed” look, in direct contrast to the windows opening onto the air-well voids which are often full-height from floor to ceiling. This inner side of the house is fully protected from direct sun and traffic noise.Save this picture!© Tim NolanSave this picture!Section ASave this picture!© Tim NolanThere are also many spatial permutations set within the voids – ranging from the 4-story high open air-well that ventilates the Powder room to the interlocking high volume entrance “Foyer”. The interlocking voids often permit lots of visual connections between different parts of the house, giving an illusion of more spaciousness than there really is.Save this picture!© Tim NolanProject gallerySee allShow lessSupermarket Metamorphism / archinautenSelected ProjectsStudio 3 / Architecture DisciplineSelected Projects Share 22 Jalan Kembangan / Timurdesigns LLP “COPY” CopyAbout this officeTimurdesigns LLPOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSingaporePublished on July 07, 2018Cite: “22 Jalan Kembangan / Timurdesigns LLP” 06 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Beko uses influencer marketing to raise €1 million for UNICEF Whalar co-founder James Street said:“The Beko Eat Like a Pro campaign worked so well because we were able to leverage the interest and excitement around the international event of El Clásico to build awareness of a topic that is of utmost societal importance. Beko, UNICEF, Barcelona FC and The FC Barca Foundation were aligned in their objective to end childhood obesity, and Whalar were able to find the right influencers to complement this, driving the campaign through social media. As influencer marketing continues on its upwards trajectory, changing the face of traditional marketing and advertising, the trend for using the power of influencer marketing to create societal change will only gather in momentum.” Tagged with: Fundraising ideas Influencing social media Beko has raised €1 million for UNICEF to help prevent childhood obesity by using influencer marketing. Beko collaborated with influencer marketing platform Whalar to create shareable content for its Eat Like A Pro initiative which has achieved around three million engagements to date. Beko aimed to fuel sharing of healthy eating habits and lifestyle content with €1 donated to UNICEF for each post shared using the hashtag #EatLikeAPro. With Beko a sponsor of Barcelona FC, the campaign centred on El Clásico, the football fixture between Barcelona FC and Real Madrid which took place on 6 May. Each influencer was asked to produce three pieces of content, one to be posted in the lead up to El Clásico and two stories on the day. Instead of the usual Beko logo on the Barcelona FC players shirts during El Clásico, the campaign hashtag #EatLikeAPro featured instead.Influencers included @allthatisshe, who produces content with a family focus and used her #scenefromtheceiling layout to create a post for the campaign to inspire families around healthy eating, and LA based pro player @_shawnagordon, who portrayed the #EatLikeAPro campaign with content to give the message that healthy activity and healthy eating should be a regular part of family life. 223 total views, 1 views today Melanie May | 21 June 2018 | News 224 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. read more
Katie Carter Previous articleTCU students unite in prayerNext articleNative American and Indigenous Peoples Day symposium focuses on the present Katie Carter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Katie is a senior journalism major with a political science minor from Lake Oswego, Oregon. When she is not in class or reporting you can find her watching college football, coaching Special Olympics or giving a campus tour. ReddIt ReddIt Katie Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katie-carter/ Twitter Katie Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katie-carter/ Cruz holds off O’Rourke to keep Senate seat Katie Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katie-carter/ What we’re reading: The rules don’t apply to some Katie Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katie-carter/ What we’re reading: Now he wants a tour What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Linkedin What we’re reading: The results are in Linkedin Facebook What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, talks to reporters as he emerges from a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after the Republican leaders agreed to delay a final vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to allow time for an investigation by the FBI of the sexual misconduct allegations against him, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Facebook Twitter printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got the latest on the Kavanaugh investigation, chemical pollutants killing marine life, and a progressive decision made in India.Kavanaugh vote delayed by up to a week; F.B.I. investigatingPresident Trump ordered the F.B.I. on Friday to open an investigation into accusations of sexual assault directed against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.It was a confusing day on Capitol Hill to say the least. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination, only after agreeing to a last minute demand.Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) requested a “time-limited inquiry” into the allegations, according to the New York Times.“I’ve ordered the F.B.I. to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file,” Trump said. “As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”Are trade disputes interfering with military relations?The trade disputes between the U.S. and China have potentially caused China to cancel friendly engagements with the U.S. Navy, CNBC reported.China and the U.S. have been exchanging tit-for-tat tariffs and there are suggestions that the trade unrest has started affecting military relations.According to CNBC, there were reports that China’s top naval commander canceled a planned visit to meet with his American counterpart. The U.S. was then denied a port visit in Hong Kong for its USS Wasp amphibious ship.Army Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesperson said, “We were informed that Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong has been recalled to China and will not conduct a visit with Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson.”Rosenstein set to meet with lawmakers Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to meet with House lawmakers to discuss the comments made a week ago about secretly recording President Trump.A Department of Justice source said Rosenstein agreed to the briefing prior to any subpoena threats. The meeting is expected within the next two weeks.According to Politico, it is unclear whether or not the meeting will be part of a formal House GOP investigation into “allegations of misconduct” by F.B.I. and Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017.Chemicals banned 40 years ago, still killing orcasChemical pollutants that were banned more than 40 years ago are still affecting marine life.According to CNN, a study shows that these pollutants could result in the disappearance of half of the world’s killer whale population by the end of the century.The use and production of polychlorinated biphenyls (PVC’s) were banned in 1979 and in 2001 under international treaty, to which 152 countries are signatories of. But it is still used and it not expected to be completely phased out until 2025.U.S. concerned about Iranian proxy attacksAn intelligence assessment concluded that the U.S. might be the next target for Iranian-backed militias and proxy forces.Officials have described the threat of militias located in Syria and other areas in the Middle East as “ongoing and worrisome.”According to CNN, these militias have increased access to advanced weapons as Iran continues to move weaponry into Syria.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear that Iran’s use of militias and proxies could provoke a U.S. military response if U.S. interests come under attack.There are no specific indicators that the U.S. will be attacked, officials said.Progressive ruling by India courtIndia’s 158 year-old adultery law was struck down yesterday by Chief Justice Dipark Misra and the rest of the five-member court.Before this, husbands could be imprisoned for up to five years for engaging in sexual relations with a married woman.According to the New York Times, it was a unanimous decision. They determined that the law was a clear violation of the rights guaranteed in the constitution.The verdict said, adultery can still be grounds for divorce in India.That’s all we have for today. Have a great weekend. Check back on Monday for more. + posts read more
Organisation News RSF_en to go further News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is concerned about repeated harassment of media personnel, especial TV crews, by the Iraqi security forces. Physical attacks on journalists, confiscation of their material and orders preventing them working are all common despite Reporters Without Borders’ appeals to the Iraqi government.The press freedom organization is also very alarmed to learn that a senior interior ministry official, Adnan Al-Asadi, said on 31 July that freedom of information could now pose “a threat to internal security” in Iraq. Journalists must no longer publish information about murders or arrests without the ministry’s consent because of the fragile security situation in Iraq, he said.This official’s statement confirms Reporters Without Borders’ growing concern about a deterioration in the media’s ability to operate freely in Iraq.In one of the most recent incidents, the security forces detained Salaheddeen TV cameraman Haidar Abid Hassan on 28 July in Tikrit, 185 km north of Baghdad, while he was covering an explosion in the city centre that killed 15 people and wounded around 40 others. He was forcibly taken to a military vehicle and beaten by soldiers. Then he was subjected to psychological harassment in connection with his work as a journalist. Many other journalists were attacked by the security forces that day.While covering a demonstration in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on 22 July, photographer Saad Allah Al-Khaledi was detained by members of the security forces, who forced him into a car, beat and threatened him with a gun against his head. He told the Journalism Freedom Observatory, the Reporters Without Borders partner organization in Iraq, that at one point, when he was blindfolded and his hands were tied, he heard one of his captors say: “Move away from him so that you don’t get blood on you when I shoot him in the head (lien: http://www.jfoiraq.org/newsdetails.aspx?back=1&id=819&page=0).”Security forces attacked a crew working for the Al-Baghdadiya TV programme “Sabahak ya Iraq” on 17 July, destroying their generator and injuring the soundman. Four days before that, on 13 July, an Al-Babliya TV crew was attacked and insulted by members of the security forces in front of witnesses while doing a report in Zawra Park in the centre of Baghdad.Without giving any reason, the authorities also banned the media from meeting victims and relatives of victims of the double suicide bombing on 4 July near the Hotel Rashid (http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/irak-au-moins-35-morts-dans-un-double-attent…).Reporters Without Borders takes note of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s decision to rescind the Broadcasting Security Council’s dismissal of Abd Al-Satar Al-Baydani as editor of the newspaper Al-Sabah, a position he had held since March. He was fired for getting the facts wrong in a report about relations between Iraq and Kuwait. August 4, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alarming statement and constant harassment offer no respite for journalists Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more read more
Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Homepage BannerNews By admin – July 6, 2015 Google+ Pinterest Dungloe residents protest at effect of construction traffic on road Facebook Twitter Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Residents in Dungloe are currently holding a protest outside the treatment plant which is under construction.The road outside the plant has been extensively broken up by heavy vehicles coming in and out of the site.As a result, residents in the surrounding area have had significant damage caused to their cars.They have called upon the council to fix the road but to no avail.They are currently blocking the road as a form of protest and in a bid to get the matter resolved.Local Cllr Michéal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is at the protest this morning……\Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/mehalroad8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleJurassic world tops the box office again – Terminator takes a diveNext articleCall for Fennelly Commission’s terms of reference to be widened following bugging allegations admin WhatsApp read more
Top StoriesPrashant Bhushan Contempt Case: Plea In SC Seeks Video Recording & Live Telecast Of Court Proceedings [Read Application] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Aug 2020 12:02 AMShare This – xAn intervention application has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking video recording and live telecast of the Prashant Bhushan contempt case. The applicant, Advocate Amritpal Singh Khalsa, has submitted that instant contempt case has been widely criticized all over the media by a “lobby” aimed to destabilize the Institution and to criticize it to the lowest possible level,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn intervention application has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking video recording and live telecast of the Prashant Bhushan contempt case. The applicant, Advocate Amritpal Singh Khalsa, has submitted that instant contempt case has been widely criticized all over the media by a “lobby” aimed to destabilize the Institution and to criticize it to the lowest possible level, on failure to obtain favourable orders from the Court. This lobby, he alleges, has been instrumental in holding protests against the SC verdict in Chandigarh, Chennai. Further, it is alleged that the lobby has the “gall and timid” to get multiple press releases by retired judges, civil societies, Bar Associations both foreign and Indian, issued supporting Prashant Bhushan for his widespread tweets which vilify the Supreme Court. In this backdrop, he has submitted that video-recording of proceedings of Courts in this case would bring to an end to the perception, generated by the lobby in the mind of public at large, that the Supreme Court has been unfair to Advocate Prashant Bhushan. He has relied on the case of Swapnil Tripathi v. Supreme Court of India, AIR 2018 SC 4806, whereby it was held that right to life takes within its ambit the right to have the proceedings of all Courts and Tribunal video recorded and in appropriate cases even allowed to be telecast live. It is submitted that live telecast of sentence order which scheduled to be pronounced on August 25, would set a deterrent message to public at large, that the criticism which tend to shake to public faith in the institution would be dealt with iron fist. It may be noted that the SC registry had rejected an intervention application filed in this case, stating that contempt is a matter strictly between the Court and the contemnor. Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case : SC Registry Rejects Impleadment Application Filed By 16 Civil Society Activists Click Here To Download Application Read Application Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story read more
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Shared InterestOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today TheCEO is becoming evermore hands-on when it comes to delivering peoplestrategies. But are the differences between the role of CEO and HR directorclearly defined? Former US president and architect of the Normandy landings Dwight Eisenhoweronce said, “You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’sassault, not leadership.” CEOs are increasingly taking this message tohear it appears. HR professionals and management experts have long pointed outthat it is the people in an organisation who can make the difference betweensuccess and failure for the ambitious CEO. But with eyes narrowly focused on next quarter’s profit and loss account orshareholder meeting, this message has too often been ignored. Yet there areclear signs this perception is changing. When GE’s legendary Jack Welch – knownas “neutron” for his ability to cut staff while leaving assetsstanding – was lauded in Business Week in 1998, for being “a fiercebeliever in the power of his people”. It is obvious there has been a majorshift in how bosses see their businesses. The CEO is becoming increasinglyhands-on when it comes to delivering people strategies. It is said Welch hiresall his top executives personally. According to William E Storts, a managing partner at consultancy Accenture,executives are becoming more focused on people issues – recruitment andretention, training and motivation and inspiring workers to be more creative.”Not long ago, one CEO actually described his job as director of HR,”he writes on Accenture’s website. And a survey by the Academy for Chief Executives of its members forPersonnel Today shows bosses in different sectors all taking a very closeinterest in the HR issues affecting their organisations. They are even becominginvolved with the recruitment of key individuals. The changing nature of the workplace, with a faster moving, more flexibleand more demanding workforce, is partly to blame for this paradigm shift inattitude, says Dr John Potter, visiting professor at the Centre for LeadershipResearch at the University of Exeter. “It is a very positive development.In the 1970s and ’80s the emphasis was on numbers. We have had a shift towardsthe importance of people in the business context.” Chief executives have been forced to move away from a command and controlstyle to a more consensual, people-centred approach. This inevitably raises thestatus of HR within the business and HR professionals immediately become morethan simply personnel assistants, he adds. Examples of this include oil giant Shell, which for a time combined the roleof its financial director and HR director. And publishing and media groupPearson in 1998 renamed its HR director as “director for people”, arole which encompassed a range of HR issues including recruitment, motivation,development and reward. “Everybody laughed at the time, but the cultural shift that went withit has made a very positive impact on the company,” says John Weston, headof the Centre for Director Development at the Institute of Directors. There has also been recognition, however slow, that the people strategy of abusiness is the same as the business strategy, believes Paul Kearns, seniorpartner of Personnel Works. “If the business strategy says ‘pile it high,sell it cheap’, then it becomes the default HR strategy,” he says.”There is definitely a view coming round to accept that people are youronly source of competitive advantage.” The CEO sets the vision, course and direction of a business, and has to keepone eye on where the company is going in the future. With people much closer tothe top of the agenda, it is the HR director who will be more involved inimplementing and guiding this strategy, Kearns says. “I do not think theCEO is going to work out how the strategy gets from A to B. And it is no goodhaving a high-quality HR director if the CEO does not understand the HR issues.”There is an opportunity for CEOs to make a significant difference totheir business by focusing less on the financials and looking at the HR issues.But you need a good, solid HR person around to do that and there aren’t many HRdirectors who are seriously influencing the business strategy,” he says. No CEO will want to take responsibility for the technical, day-to-dayoperational aspects of an HR director’s job, agrees Potter. “There are aset of skills involved in running something where actually if you know too muchabout its technicalities you can become bogged down in the nitty gritty,”he says. So, where does all this leave the HR director? Simple functionary or keystrategist, redundant or at the right hand of the CEO? According to FionaSellers, director of HR consultancy Courtenay, the roles of both the CEO andthe HR director have changed over the past few years and will continue to doso. “The CEO has become more people-focused. They are more HR-awarebecause the people responsibilities have become so much more important. It isabout motivating and holding on to your workforce in a very competitivemarketplace. Getting a more commercial edge has become more important,”she says. Similarly, HR directors have become more commercial. “The CEO and HRdirector are becoming closer. CEOs talk about HR directors being theirright-hand person, their conscience, their barometer. There is a very specialrelationship between the CEO and the HR director just as there is between theCEO and the finance director. “But I think that very few CEOs will want to develop an understandingof the technical aspects of HR, so although they are more HR aware, they willstill need someone on the team who has the technical understanding, who canactually put these things into practice,” she explains. Inevitably the level of change varies according to the sector, she adds. Inthe service sector, the view that you can gain an edge through being more HRaware is, perhaps unsurprisingly, more common. In other areas, the City forinstance, HR is still perceived as being more focused on bonuses and rewardstructures. HR directors are also being called on to coach the CEO as issuessuch as how you manage and how you are perceived by your staff become moreimportant, contends Sellers. One man who has seen it from both sides is Clive Hyland. Hyland started lifein HR and industrial relations with Lucas Industries, rising to become HRdirector at Thorn EMI. Then, at 28, he switched tack completely into generalmanagement, becoming an installation manager with Ericsson and finally, 15months ago, managing director of IT services firm PinkRoccade UK. “For me, as a managing director, the people dimension of anorganisation is absolutely critical. You can guarantee a minimum level ofperformance, but it is the voluntary effort, the motivational element thatmakes the difference,” he says. Having a CEO who is increasingly concerned with people strategies is, ifanything, more likely to strengthen the relationship between the boss and theHR director, he says. “Both sides will recognise its value. And even thebest CEOs need someone to bounce ideas off.” With a much broader remit and already having to juggle many balls in theair, the CEO will not want to become involved with the back room or back officeelement of HR – dealing with the employment law issues, putting the personneland administrative system in place and so on. But Hyland adds, “An HR director is only of very limited value if hecannot understand what HR means on the front line. They have to have a feel forthe motivation of the business. “I do not see the roles blurring but Ithink they can move on to another level where the HR guy is on the board as amember because he is making a significant contribution to the business, whereastoo often it has been as an insurance against things going wrong.” Organisations are expected to be a reflection of their leader, agrees Sue Cheshire,managing director of the Academy for Chief Executives. But chief executives donot want to become bogged down in the enormous, and ever increasing, legalobligations that can be sifted and sorted by an efficient HR director. “It is very important that CEOs, HR directors and all leaders oforganisations have to be fully aligned and look at what skills and talents arerequired for the organisation – what are the necessary attributes,” shesays. Yet it is important not to overstate the case, says Chris Pierce,professional standards executive at the Institute of Directors. CEOs are not HRdirectors and are never likely to want to be. “A lot of CEOs are saying they have responsibility for determining thestrategy of the organisation with particular reference to HR because they areseeing it as the main source of competitive edge. “But often the situation is misunderstood that the chief executive isthe main exponent of the core strategy in the first place. There will be thingsthat the CEO will say about the core strategy, central to which will be thedevelopment of the HR strategy, so they will be seen as being involved undulyin HR matters,” he explains. Turning in a profit, growing or consolidating the business, adding value forshareholders and, as looks increasingly likely, riding out the coming economicstorm will remain priorities for the conscientious CEO. But the fact thatpeople strategies are being given added weight is a challenge and anopportunity for the HR professional. In a sharply worsening economic climate, the hunt for a competitive edge islikely to become even more fierce. “CEOs have turned over the stones witheverything else on them but now they are turning over the stone markedpeople,” says the IoD’s Weston. “There is an opportunity for HR professionals to push their case,particularly the strategy for the business. Now is really an opportunity whilea lot of the businesses are up against it and looking for a competitiveadvantage. If they can find that then the HR professional has got a bigger roleto play,” he adds. In many boardrooms across the country it would not cross the minds of theassembled members that the finance director might not have a right to be seatedamong them. With the HR director it is a different matter. With the CEOincreasingly championing the HR function that could change. But a seat on theboard won’t be handed to HR directors on a plate, he warns. “HRprofessionals have to be much more assertive. They must say ‘we can guide youthrough this maze but you have to trust us to do it’. This is good news for HRprofessionals, but only if they seize the moment.” How CEOs view HRDerek Potts, chief executive,Inner Circle Services “I am in the middle of recruiting three to four new staff.I have found, unless I take care of the specifications and expectationsoutlining my vision for the company, I end up having to take the reigns andredoing it all myself anyway, because whoever turns up for second interviewssimply does not measure up to my ex- pectations or our needs. So as CEO I amtoday being the HR manager too, but sometimes it is a simply more efficient useof my time. As owner of the culture of the company, it is very important, moreso to me than anyone else.”Jacqueline de Baer, CEO, De Baer”I take an active role in recruitment strategy, settingthe brief for the kind of candidates who will be successful in the company. Acultural fit is essential – ’empire builders’ will not work, for example, andneither will shrinking violets. Teamwork and proactivity are essential. One ofthe most important elements of commercial success is having great staff and Ialways personally interview senior-level candidates.”David Moad, managing director,Communica “As the leader of the organisation, the chief executive(through their actions, personality, beliefs and skills) is ultimatelyresponsible for attracting and, just as importantly, retaining anorganisation’s key assets – its people. What we think of as traditional HRissues, such as managing the well-being of the organisation, or facilitatingeffective internal communication, must be seen to be coming from the top.Anything less and the initiative will fail, because if the board doesn’t buyinto it, and are seen to buy in to it, no-one will take the idea seriously –and it simply won’t work. It’s not so much that the chief executive is takingover the HR director’s role; the most successful companies appreciate that thetwo roles are intrinsically linked.”Source: Academy for ChiefExecutivesCEO vs HR director: their rolescomparedChief executiveThere is no management role more important in a business thanthat of the chief executive officer. In an organisation with a board ofdirectors, the CEO will normally be the person with prime responsibility forcarrying out strategic plans and policies as established by, and reporting to,the board.In a firm without a board, the CEO will generally set thedirection of the company and oversee the operation of the organisation.No two CEOs will have the same responsibilities or functionswithin an organisation but, as a rule of thumb, his or her responsibilitieswill include:– Acting as the key go-between between board and staff,providing direction, tone, leadership and strategic insight in conjunction withthe chairman, who will manage the board.– Overseeing the delivery of the organisation’s programmes,products or services. – Recommending the yearly budget for board approval, managingand overseeing the organisation’s finances in coordination with the financedirector.– Managing the HR strategy in coordination with the HRdirector, ensuring people management strategies are legal, competitive andappropriate to the sector.– Acting as the public face of the company, to shareholders,regulators, politicians, the media, public and competitors.– For non-profit organisations in particular, the CEO will alsooften play a pivotal role in areas such as fund-raising, campaigning andlobbying.HR director The HR director may be a board-level position, acting in closecontact with the CEO and finance director, or it may be a less high-flyingpersonnel function. Either way, the HR director is expected to direct andco-ordinate the main HR activities of the company.Similar to the CEO, no two HR directors will have the sameremit or responsibilities, but the range of key responsibilities are likely toinclude:– Analysing wage and salary data to ensure reward and benefitsand compensation policies remain competitive. – Ensuring the right people are working in the right way in theright part of the organisation.– Ensuring people are retained or shed as necessary, incoordination with the CEO, and drawing up projections of future need.– Advising managers, both above and below, on company policy inareas such as equal opportunities, compensation, benefits, personnel law andchanges in domestic, European and, if appropriate, international legislation.– Ensuring all appropriate records or data recording mechanismsare in place.– Representing management in negotiations with workforce,unions or other bodies on people-related issues.– Promoting and publicising the firm’s HR record and practicesto corporate officers, government and the general public. 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