PeopleOn 13 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR has gained yet another seat at the top table with Vanessa Georgioujoining manufacturer Fisher Foods as human resources director. The company is the latest in a long line of firms to realise the importanceof the function at the very top of the business and Georgiou is thrilled thatshe has been chosen to fill this challenging role. “The company has never had an HR director before, so it’s reallyexciting, and an honour to be involved from the outset,” she says. Georgiou began her career in the HR function at supermarket giant Tesco, buthas also worked for clothing retailer Dorothy Perkins and paper distributorPapyrus, where she was also human resources director. As her industry background is varied, she sees her first task in her newrole as getting to know the business. Fisher Foods specialises in supplying private label products to the retailsector and Georgiou is looking to spread good HR practice across theorganisation. “I want to make it a place that’s focused on its people and a placewhere people want to work. “We need to have a consistency in how we manage our people. “For me, the biggest HR challenge is to convince line managers that ifyou train people in the right way you really can make a huge difference,”she says. Georgiou lives in Hertfordshire and spends most of her time looking afterher sons Alex, aged 10, and five-year-old Jason. “My hobbies are my children because when you are working and have twoyoung kids you don’t have time for much else,” she explains. CV2001 HR director, Fisher Foods1999 HRdirector, Papyrus1997 Head of HR, Nobar1991 Various HR roles, EverestOn the moveKaren Sheehan has joined Pitney BowesOffice Systems as HR manager. The position is newly created and she will reportdirectly to the company president. She joins from music wholesale companyTelstar and has over eight years experience in HR. Her role will includeinternal communications, reviewing and developing HR policies and helping toinfluence the company’s strategic direction.UK supply chain management companyGist has appointed Mike Bousfield as its new HR director. He will beresponsible for all aspects of the firm’s HR function and will focus primarilyon the development of its current staff as well as recruiting employees. Hejoins Gist from P&O cruises where he was head of HR, looking after 5,000multinational staff. The company operates across the globe serving over twomillion customers in 50 countries.Graham Hardiman is moving from hisposition as vice-president of marketing and HR at Netstore to join the VignetteCorporation as HR director EMEA. He will be based at the web content managementspecialist’s European headquarters in Maidenhead. He was previously withNetstore, an application service provider, and has also worked for Cellnet,Data General and EMC.