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Seasoned Global HR Leader with Diversified Background

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 16, 2019

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Garland Yang, MBA/CHRE

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Bilingual seasoned global HR leader with 15 years of experience including Fortune 500 companies.

Assisted company to grow from No. 17 to No. 3 worldwide in three years.

SAP SuccessFactors, Oracle, PeopleSoft, ADP Streamline, and Taleo.

Six Sigma (Green Belt certified), CMMI5, and ISO.

CHRE (Certified HR Executive).

Professional Experience

HR Director 2018 – Current

Nanshan America, Lafayette, IN, USA

Diversified, large sized, multinational company.

Formulate HR Authorization table for clear accountabilities and boundaries

Create KPIs and incentive plan resulting in 32% of growth

Implement high temperature allowance

Reform HR strategy and tactics for all international staff from the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe, reducing tremendous compliance risks

Provide HR diagnostic report and advice

Develop and execute HR and language training plans

Recruit key positions under high turnover

HR Business Partner (contract) 2016 – 2017

Investors Group, Toronto, Canada

Established in 1926, the largest non-banking financial services company in Canada.

Participated into year-end performance evaluation including termination of three employees.

Advised the senior management on the relocation plan to the Richmond Hill new office. Coordinated on selection and transferring 20+ employees.

Drafted 2017 HR plan.

Partnered with the business to achieve its objectives by identifying human resources and organizational development issues.

Formulated recruitment strategies and recruited three financial consultants.

Organized and coordinated employee training.

Head of HR 2013 – 2016

Int’l Division, Weichai Group, Beijing, China

The largest, multinational, state-owned, Chinese company operates on engines and vehicles, powertrains, luxury yacht and automotive parts.

Formulated innovative global people strategy of a mixture team composed of 50% expatriates and 50% local hires.

Restructured global sales teams.

Provided HR solutions to improve productivity. Revenues in 2014/5 increased up to 38% YOY.

Developed global recruitment strategies. Hired 5 sales directors and 12 senior sales managers.

Launched new performance management policies and schemes based on balance scorecard, KPIs, and forced distribution.

Designed global compensation strategy and programs.

Established HR policies and procedures mostly from scratch.

Provided HR integration to an acquired French company.

Corporate HR Director 2008 – 2012

Trina Solar, Changzhou, China & Toronto, Canada

A leading large-scale, multinational, and NYSE traded solar company with 22 overseas companies/offices in EU, the Americas, and APMEA.

Established Canada and US operations from ground zero.

Grew employees from 4,000+ in 2009 to 11,000 in 2011

Expanded from 1 overseas offices/countries in 2009 to 22 in 2012 with 25 nationalities.

Recruited 73 assistant directors and above employees, accounting for 68% of all senior management team. Grew global sales teams from 10- to 140+ generating 76%-98% of the company’s revenue. Hired more than 400 managers and below staff worldwide.

Established the European HQ and North America HQ in 6 months averaging 7-10 new hires per month. Saved $230,000 USD recruitment expenses.

Hired the VP, Finance, promoted to be the COO of the company next year.

Supported the company’s first overseas manufacturing site in Malaysia.

Created the global pay scales, annual bonus pay-out, incentive plan, and employee benefits program.

Outsourced all int’l payrolls to ADP.

Worked with IBM Consulting improving performance management culture and systems.

HR Director and Business Partner 2006 – 2008

Seagate Technology International Co. Ltd., Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China

World’s largest company in storage industry with annual revenue of $12.7 billion and more than 55,000 employees in 2008. The factory produced about 20% of the total volume in the world.

Recruited over 7,000+ employees per year

Slashed the historically high turnover on contract operators by 26% within five months saving USD 1.07M using Six Sigma approaches.

Launched the leadership development program for supervisors, the first one globally.

Set up worker’s union

Participated into the lay-off of PCBA plant shutdown with 900+ employees.

Supported the M&A with Maxtor

Human Resources Manager 2003 – 2006

Hewlett-Packard Global Development China Center, Shanghai, China

A Fortune 50 technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world

Grew employees from 200+ in 2003 to 600+ in 2006

Expanded from two cities to four in China

Established contingency workforce model with reward

Localized various HR policies and tools

Assisted the center to pass CMMI5, the industry’s highest quality standard

Network Engineer 2000 – 2002

Global Crossing Co., NexGen Support Center, Denver, CO, USA

The world's first and largest global IP-based network with $36B of investment

IT Trainer/Interviewer (Summer Contractor) 1998

Manpower International, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

A world leader in the employment services industry with $21 billion revenue, 4,500 offices in 80 countries, and 400,000 clients


HR Bridging Program, Seneca College, Toronto 2017

M.S. in Telecom Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA 1999-2000

MBA, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA 1997-1999

B Ed, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China 1986-1990

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