Laurence Smith, Singapore
Managing Director HR, Group Head of Learning & Talent Development, DBS Bank
Laurence Smith – Established visionary practitioner with a proven track record of driving large-scale organisational transformation, culture change, leadership and development, and performance improvement
Laurence Smith is the Managing Director HR, Group Head of Learning & Talent Development of DBS Bank. Reporting to Group Head of HR, he is responsible for all Learning, Leadership, and Talent development activities for 21,000 staff across 15 countries globally.
As a Chief Talent and Learning Officer with 25 years of experience (16 of which is spent in Asia), Laurence Smith brings with him a proven track record of driving large-scale organisational transformation, culture change, leadership and development, and performance improvement. Laurence partners with visionary CEOs to transform organisations, and is a thought leader on globalising Asian organisations and leaders. He is also a leading practitioner in developing a digital mindset across an organisation, and applying Social Media to collaboration, innovation and globalisation.
Of significance in DBS recently is Laurence’s leadership of a cultural initiative that transformed the Purpose of DBS and created strong top team alignment through the implementation of Authentic Leadership. This has directly led to a refresh of the Bank’s strategic priorities to be centred around Culture, and Innovation in the Digital World. Other notable achievements in the last 18 months include leading DBS’s first online Values Jam with senior leaders and launching the pioneering #DBSHackathon series to develop ‘Digital Mindset’ in high potential leaders across the bank.
The DBS LTD team won 8 national, regional and global Awards in 2014 including the Gallup Best Workplace Award, and Aon Hewitt’s globally recognized Top Companies for Leaders Award, with First place in ASEAN and 18th place globally.
Laurence has held executive positions with some of the world’s leading organisations, including Human Resources Vice President, Head of Global Learning & Development at LG Electronics,
Vice President, Human Resources, Head of Learning & Development at GE Money Asia, and Vice President, Accenture Learning Asia-Pacific at Accenture.