June 25, 2008 06:00 ET

HROA and SharedXpertise Announce Details of Fifth Annual HRO World Europe Conference

World's Largest and Most Comprehensive HR Transformation Conference Serves as Platform for Executive Networking and Learning

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - HROA, the leading professional organization focused on the challenge of HR transformation, and SharedXpertise, an independent, global membership-based community of business professionals, today announced details of the Fifth Annual HRO World Europe Conference. The largest and most comprehensive HR transformation conference in Europe brings together 350+ senior executives from more than 20 countries who exchange views and experiences on how to transform HR through shared services and outsourcing.

This year's event returns to the Conrad Hotel in Brussels, Belgium from 18 - 20 November. Attendees include more than 25% C-level executives, 42% vice president and director level and 29% managers from the Benelux, the U.K., the U.S., France, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.

Sponsored by the HROA Europe Chapter, this year's conference will be the world's only event focused exclusively on the practical needs of HR practitioners on a Pan-European basis. Conference Co-Chair Guy-Joel de Lhoneux, VP Global HR Relationship, Unilever, commented, "We've created an agenda that offers something for everyone. Participants may attend sessions based on the stage they're involved in or interested in learning more about, such as planning and prospecting, transition and implementation, operations or renewal and renegotiation." De Lhoneux is also the Co-Chair of the HROA Europe Chapter.

The Conference will provide a set of highly interactive discussion groups and panel discussions in addition to keynote addresses from Ernie Lareau of DuPont, Elly Bond from ChevronTexaco, and De Lhoneux. The HROA and the conference organizers seek qualified speakers to address a range of topics, including governance, service level agreements, relationship management, global service delivery, and establishing the business case for renewal. Qualified presenters should contact the HROA at

Richard Crespin, Co-Chair of HRO World Europe and Global Executive Director of the HROA, shared, "HRO World Europe will feature sessions on managing contractual relationship, measuring satisfaction and identifying best practices for large-market and mid-market buyers. We'll also honor Europe's best at the third annual HROA Europe awards at the very exclusive Palais d'Egmont."

Palais d'Egmont was constructed in the 16th century and totally renovated in the 18th century. The Palace is normally not accessible to the public; however, HROA Europe has arranged exclusive access for HRO World Europe delegates.

Past speakers have included Lucy Kelloway of the Financial Times, Peter LeBlanc of Sun Microsystems, Mari Sako from Oxford University, and Jean-Michel Rale of Rhodia, among many others. Past sponsors have included Accenture, ACS, ADP, ARINSO, Ceridian, Convergys, ExcellerateHRO, EquaTerra, Globoforce, Hewitt, IBM, Kelly Services, Oracle, Randstad, SAP, SHL and TPI.

More details on the conference are available at

About the HROA

The HROA is the definitive independent organization for all those who purchase, provide, or participate in HR transformation and outsourcing. The mission of the European Chapter is to educate, promote, research, publish, recognize, and provide networking opportunities to foster professionalism in HR transformation and HR outsourcing across Europe. Its membership encompasses over 7,500 HR executives, including the largest 50 buyers, the top 30 providers, the leading sourcing advisors and attorneys, and the best thought leaders in HR Transformation. The HROA brings its diverse membership together to set standards and practices, provide peer networking, and maintain a robust curriculum.

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More about SharedXpertise

The SharedXpertise Forums help organizations transform, sharing their expertise through research, education, online and offline networking, information portals, and forums in F&A, HR, and Shared Services functions. The SharedXpertise Forums (formerly the SBPOA), include the Finance Forum and the HROA. The SharedXpertise Forums are the only global membership organizations focused on process transformation and outsourcing.

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