Fernando Sanchez-Arias

Chief People Officer, Global Custom Commerce
The Home Depot

With almost 30 years of experience in global business & people strategy, leadership & talent development, organizational design & development, and cultural intelligence, Fernando has been leading, speaking, training, coaching and building alliances in more than 70 countries. He currently is part of The Home Depot, acting as the Chief People Officer of Global Custom Commerce and HR Director of THD Marketing/Online. 

Before joining the US retail leader, he worked as Corporate Director and Chief Learning Officer of LUKIVEN Energy & Business Group, an oil & gas, real state, construction and corporate education group. He co-cofounded UCEN, the corporate university of this business group. His passion for continuous improvement helped him to start MEJORAR, an international research, learning and development center for leaders, organizations and communities.

He holds a Magna Cum Laude university degree in Business Administration, with a major in Organization & Methods, is a Certified Executive Coach by the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) and Newfield Consulting, and an International Training Fellow (No. 31) of the JCI University. He served as member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Talent Development - ATD (formerly ASTD) and was the 59th World President of Junior Chamber International (JCI). He is currently part of the Wharton School/Graduate School of Education Work-based Learning Leadership Doctoral Program at the University of Pennsylvania (known as the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program).

8:20 AM HR 2.0 – The Path to Success

Today’s CEOs expect CHROs to be strategic partners and advisors, who can speak the business language from the perspective of talent strategy and talent data. With the economy largely becoming more knowledge-and service-based, talent has become a company’s most important resource and value-driving force. The opportunity for game-changer CHROs is to prescribe actions on the people side that will add real value to the business – actions which should be grounded in technology and predictive analytics, proving the ROI on human capital initiatives. 

This inspiring discussion will focus on a forward outlook of CHROs, starting now: what the key components of a forward-thinking leader that will help shape the new organization in the years to come.

Topics will include:
•Creating the blueprint of next-gen leadership
•Working with multi-geographical, knowledge-based, and inter-generational workforces
•Agile application of big data for key decisions 
•Implementing new technologies to increase HR impact
•Leveraging predictive analytics to help re-design the organization of the future
•Championing a culture of transparency, empowerment and digital enablement