November 17, 2009 10:30 ET

HROA Announces New Co-Chairs for European Chapter

Industry Experts Take Lead Positions for Two-Year Terms

LONDON--(Marketwire - November 17, 2009) - The HROA today announced the new chairs of the HROA European Chapter. Tim Palmer from PA Consulting Group and Gary Madden from Cadbury will assume the roles previously held by Guy-Joel de Lhoneux (formerly of Unilever) and John Hindle, Accenture.

Madden has been working for Cadbury for 12 years. He has held various HR roles including establishing and running Cadbury's UK HR Services operation. He currently leads a global Program in which Cadbury will implement NorthgateArinso's euHReka platform. The program started in October 2007 and is expected to launch during the first quarter of 2010. By the end of the programme, Cadbury employees in more than 60 countries will be on a single, multi-language SAP HR with self service.

Palmer is a well respected influencer in the HR transformation industry, supporting HR Directors as they manage their organisations. His expertise includes shared service creation and optimisation, outsourcing and strategic HR organisation design. He has worked with clients across different sectors including consumer goods, banking, transport, pharma and telecoms.

Faye Holland, Managing Director of SharedXpertise Europe and Executive Director of HROA Europe, commented, "Both Tim and Gary share a clear vision of how the Association should evolve at a time when the whole industry is in transition. Their initial focus includes working with other associations and enhancing the overall sustainability of the association and its membership."

Organisations interested in HROA membership, can email for further details.

About PA Consulting Group

PA Consulting Group is a leading management and IT consulting and technology firm. Independent and employee-owned, we operate globally in more than 30 countries and transform the performance of major organisations in both the private and public sectors.

From initial idea generation and strategy development through to detailed implementation, we deliver significant and tangible results. We have outstanding technology development capability; a unique breadth of skills from strategy to performance improvement, from HR to IT; and strong expertise in communications, media and entertainment, defence, energy, financial services, government and public services, healthcare, international development, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and water.

About Cadbury

Cadbury is one of the world's largest confectionery businesses with number one or number two positions in over 20 of the world's 50 biggest confectionery markets. It also has the largest and most broadly spread emerging markets business of any confectionery company. With origins stretching back nearly 200 years, Cadbury's brands include many global, regional and local favourites including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Flake, Creme Egg and Green & Black's in chocolate; Trident, Dentyne, Hollywood and Bubbaloo in gum; and Halls, Cadbury Eclairs, Bassett's and The Natural Confectionery Co. in candy.

About HROA

Founded in 2003, the HRO Association (HROA) is a global association with chapters in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The Association is open to anyone in the HR Outsourcing industry anywhere in the world, including HR executives, buyers, providers, advisors, consultants, attorneys, and academics. Members of the Association include heads of HR, heads of companies or business units providing HR services, and leading industry sourcing advisors and attorneys.

About SharedXpertise Media, Managers of the HROA

SharedXpertise Media is the leader in providing media, summits and forums that develop professional practices in the areas of corporate responsibility, human resources and financial management. Its media offerings include print and online publications; its summits are conferences and its forums offer association membership programs. SharedXpertise serves strategy-level corporate executives in the human resources, finance, compliance and sustainability professions in North America, Europe and Asia.