Levent Arabaci CHRO
Levent Arabaci has over 20 years of experience in management and currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Hitachi Ltd. and EVP and CHRO for Hitachi America Ltd. Levent is responsible for driving and executing the HR vision and strategy for Hitachi Ltd. worldwide. Prior to Hitachi Ltd., Levent held senior level positions at Hitachi Data Systems, Cisco Systems Inc., Nestle, and Pepsi Co. in multiple functions such as operations, finance, internal audit and primarily human resources. His unique background brings a business acumen that is unusual among human resources professionals.
Levent holds a Master’s degree in General Management from the University of Istanbul, and a MBA in Marketing from the California State University, San Bernardino. He is a member of various advisory boards and earned awards and recognition for the work he has produced in various positions during his career. The awards include the Best Plan Effectiveness in 2002, and the Best Use of Technology in 2003 from the Global Equity Organization (GEO) for the systems and programs he designed in the field of compensation. He also received the "Global HR Leadership" award from the Asia Pacific HRM Congress in 2008 for his contribution to the HR field and exemplary leadership in the global landscape. In May 2009, Levent has received the “Functional Excellence in HR” from the HR Symposium in the Silicon Valley for the work he produced in the areas of HR Shared Services and business partnership.
During Levent’s tenure, Hitachi Data Systems was recognized as the best place to work in 2009, 2010, and 2012. In addition, HDS was listed on the Fortune 100 “Best Companies to Work For” in 2012, and was recognized as the top 40 “Best Companies for Leaders” in 2012. 

Day 1

11:50 AM Integrating HR Systems and Building a Global Talent Pool to Boost Business Results: a Multi-Year Plan to Align HR Strategies and Leverage HR Efficiency

Hitachi has a diverse 30,000 employees globally with a consolidated workforce of over 300,000 distributed across 1000 subsidiaries. At the beginning of its HR Transformation journey, Hitachi’s diverse workforce was seen as both a challenge and strength; it had to be integrated from an HR perspective to be at its full efficiency and support business growth. HR partnered with its CEO to lead a complete transformation of its processes, systems and talent management to leverage their global workforce to the next level.

Join this session to hear from Hitachi’s CHRO, Levent Arabaci, on its 4 year successful journey of transformation, which culminated in the building of a global talent pool, system integration, and much greater HR efficiency - and what will be their next focus:

  • Introducing performance management from 0 to 90,000 employees in 4 years
  • Boosting an integrated recruiting system to increase the number of job applications
  • Metrics and KPIs that proved how HR is supporting business growth
  • What’s next? Leading the shift in culture and leadership, and talent development