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30 Years at SHL

In 2020, Ornella Chinotti, Managing Director France and Italy, celebrated an incredible 30 years at SHL. We caught up with her to find out her secret to a long SHL career.

How has your career developed over the years you’ve been with SHL?

I began my journey as a consultant, but over my 30 years, I’ve had the chance to work in a wide variety of roles and departments. From professional services, I moved to commercial and subsequently went into managerial roles. As MD I had the amazing opportunity to manage different countries, like Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany. These experiences help me deepen my understanding of the business and cultural differences.

What is it that’s kept you at SHL?

I stay because I am passionate about the company’s’ mission. I have always felt that my contribution was valued and recognized by my colleagues and superiors, and I have the continuous possibility to learn and develop my skills, even now.

What are the highlights of your career with SHL so far?

The first is being awarded a client impact award by CEB in recognition of my team and our SHL client-focused approach, only a few months after the CEB acquisition. The second is being promoted to the role of Commercial Director while I was pregnant, tangible proof that even 20 years ago SHL cared about equality, diversity, and inclusion.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to SHL what would it be?

Never stop learning. Once you join the SHL team you will be surrounded by amazing people, great content, and exciting challenges, so embrace these opportunities and grow through them.

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Ornella Chinotti

Ornella is a seasoned business leader with deep expertise leading teams across business segments to promote and develop business expansion opportunities in Europe for SHL. She has been working in the Human Capital Consulting field for over 30 years. She supports several large blue-chip companies in developing integrated Talent Management programs, Leadership Diversity and Inclusion and design Unbiases Assessment Programme. She collaborates in the Executive MBA at LUISS University, and Organizational and Development for the Psychology Faculty of Sapienza University of Rome. Ornella is VP at AssoKnowledge, the Education and Knowledge Association of Confindustria (Italian Industrial Association) and President of Aderenti Fondazione “Lavoroperlapersona”. She has published several articles on talent management space and is the coauthor of the book “Development Factory” - Franco Angeli editor. Ornella has a Degree in Psychology from University of Rome Sapienza and ACTP Master Business Coaching.

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