Ron Thomas

About the Author

Ron Thomas is Managing Director, Strategy Focused Group DWC LLC, based in Dubai. He is also a senior faculty member and representative of the Human Capital Institute covering the MENA/Asia Pacific region.

He was formerly CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and former CHRO based in Riyadh. He holds certifications from the Human Capital Institute as Global Human Capital Strategist, Master Human Capital Strategist, and Strategic Workforce Planner.

He's been cited by CIPD as one of the top 5 HR Thinkers in the Middle East. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia

Ron's prior roles included senior HR positions with Xerox HR services, IBM, and Martha Stewart Living.

Board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly's Executive Online Panel, and HCI's Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy.

His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India and the Middle East.

HR Is NOT Just An Order Taker

Editor’s note: While Ron Thomas is traveling, TLNT is reposting some of his more popular columns. “HR must stop being order takers.” Browsing the Internet this week, I came across this quote from my good friend, Josh Bersin. It caused me to stop as I read the accompanying article. My first foray into…

In the Rest of the World, Diversity Is a Competitive Advantage

As the presentations started, a comment she made caught my attention. From that point on I noticed a pattern. Every other company started out by bragging about the same point: Our company is comprised of 35 nationalities and we speak x languages. We are proud to say that we consider ourselves a mini-UN…

The Next Generation of HR Leaders Depends on You

“What we call this group is a succession plan for Virginia banking,” (Bruce) Whitehurst said. “For any industry, success lies in energizing the next generation.” Sometimes during our daily reading, we come across statements that give us pause. Those type of statements normally cause me to stop and lookout with a distant gaze,…

Your Mission Statement Must Be More Than Words

Mylan’s Mission At Mylan, we are committed to setting new standards in health care. Working together around the world to provide 7 billion people access to high quality medicine, we: Innovate to satisfy unmet needs Make reliability and service excellence a habit Do what’s right, not what’s easy Impact the future through passionate…