Stephen Pierce, chief people officer, Hitachi Europe
?Stephen Pierce is chief HR officer of Hitachi Europe, part of a Japanese company with a vision of creating ‘a better society through technology’.
Hitachi has 335,000 staff globally of which 20,000 are in Europe across a diverse range of businesses including rail, nuclear power, consulting, financial services, construction machinery and data systems. Pierce is also a board director of Hitachi Rail Europe, which has been awarded a 27 year contract to build and maintain high speed trains for the UK rail network.
Pierce leads a corporate team focusing on the growth and development of Hitachi businesses in Europe. They are introducing globally consistent HR best practices and providing HR shared services to 30 Hitachi companies across the region.
Pierce has led HR in international businesses for more than 25 years. Before joining Hitachi in 2008, he was European HR director of two US businesses and prior to that held various HR roles with an international food group.
Pierce is a regular speaker at HR conferences and an experienced coach and mentor. He has contributed to several books on talent management and has recently been appointed a companion of the Chartered Management Institute.