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Carsten Arns
Group CHRO at Fawaz Al Hokair Group


Human Resources Business Consultant with expertise in high level leadership development, executive compensation, performance management, organization design and HR strategy. 20+ years’ experience working as part of business Executive top teams in consulting, start-up, early stage and mature businesses.

International experience and mindset, with strong understanding of diversity and cultural issues in business across the US, Middle East and Europe. Executive Leadership roles as part of multi-disciplinary, multinational teams often working remotely from colleagues and direct reports. Trusted Executive coach and sounding board who has provided advice and support to senior leaders through business critical change situations, during career transition and as part of leadership development initiatives.

Hands-on HR experience of corporate transactions/activity including preparation of business for sale, post-acquisition integration, global structure redesign and international expansion. Established leadership teams in new and existing markets from country MD down, managing on-boarding then professional development of these teams through a range of talent management initiatives. Extensive executive HR leadership experience spanning defence, aeronautics, IT, service and project management organizations; created and led HR teams in Europe and across the Middle East.

Accomplished Chief of Staff for the former CEO of EADS (now Airbus) Louis Gallois and selected Compensation & Benefits advisor for the IMF (International Monetary Fund / Washington D.C.).

January 2017 to December 2018 CHRO at The Adecco Group for Germany & Austria, leading various Change Management projects next to the operational day-to-day business and strategic missions.

Since January 2019 Group CHRO at Fawaz Alhokair in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.