Global leadership team

Stephen Kaye | President and CEO

Stephen KayeStephen joined Hay Group in 1993. He was appointed chief financial officer of Hay Group worldwide in 1998 and president and CEO in March of 2013.

Before joining Hay Group, Stephen worked with one of the leading international accountancy firms for over seven years, based in their London and Philadelphia offices. He worked extensively with professional services businesses and the insurance industry, gaining significant experience working with troubled businesses that either had financial issues or problems arising from breakdowns in their internal control systems.

Stephen has a BSc (Eng) in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London and is a chartered accountant in England and Wales.

Israel Berman | Global managing director, mature markets

Isreal BermanIn October 2010 Israel took responsibility for leading and directing our client engagements across Europe. Previously at Hay Group he headed up operations in Asia, Pacific, and Africa and was the global managing director for the building effective organizations and Hay Group Insight practices.

A business veteran with over 23 years of experience, Israel brings in-depth global experience to help clients turn their strategic vision into working reality. This includes hands-on leadership of international teams working on mergers and acquisitions, strategy development and implementation and organizational restructuring – both as a corporate executive and Hay Group management consultant. Israel provides a wide range of insights and advice in the areas of strategy decoding and business analysis, value chain and operating model design, organizational restructuring, capability building and change management.

Prior to joining Hay Group in 2004, Israel held senior corporate roles in companies such as Best Foods. He holds an MBA from the Reccanati Business School at Tel-Aviv University, majoring in organizational behavior; and a BA from Ben-Gurion University, majoring in behavioral sciences.

Tharuma Rajah | Global managing director, fast growing markets

Tharuma RajahBased in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tharuma works with senior executives to ensure Hay Group understands their issues and can scope insightful solutions to create real business benefits. As head of practices for Asia Pacific and Africa, he leads the Hay Group Asia team to work with clients in seamless manner, creating genuine business partnerships.

As a consultant, he helps organizations make the major shift required for organization transformation by bringing insights to clients about the scale of change facing them and how they can work towards the change by mitigating the risk of derailment in that journey. He also helps develop and implement talent, assists with leadership transformation interventions and clarifies the impact of business change on organizations and roles.

Tharuma holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of London, and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales. He is co-author of the book “The Indian CEO: A Portrait of Excellence “(Sage Publications).

Philip Spriet | Global managing director, productized services

Philip SprietPhilip ensures that local and international clients in over 100 countries have access to high quality and globally consistent tools and protocols that can support their recurring processes in talent, effectiveness and reward benchmarking. These services link to Hay Group’s world class databases and are delivered through local account management organizations or e-platform.

Philip joined Hay Group in 1990 in the Belgium office, and since has been active in many Western and Eastern European countries, servicing clients with wide scale remuneration strategy implementation programs and setting up Reward Information Services activities. Prior to his current job, Philip has been in charge of the Russian Hay Group operation, and he has been the Global Head of Reward Information Services.

Philip obtained his Master degree at the University of Leuven. He achieved additional qualifications in Statistics (Brussels) and Management (Gent).

Lesley Wilkin | Global managing director, people delivered services

Lesley WilkinLesley is leading the development of Hay Group’s standardized services. This business will ensure that local and international clients have access to our world class intellectual property and expertise through a range of high quality, standardized services delivered locally.

Currently, Lesley is also managing director of Hay Group in the UK and Ireland. Her consulting experience includes organisation and leadership development, top team effectiveness and coaching. She has also managed a number of our most important client relationships. Her breadth of experience enables her to offer insightful and pragmatic support to her clients on a wide range of people issues.

Prior to joining Hay Group in 1996, Lesley worked for 15 years in human resources latterly on the top team as a director for a large public sector organisation. She has a BSc in economics, Postgraduate Diploma in management, Diploma in Board effectiveness and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Jean-Marc Laouchez | Managing director

Jean Marc LaouchezOver the course of his career, Jean-Marc has developed a passion for helping leaders and organizations transform and grow by integrating business and people dimensions.

Jean-Marc specializes in strategy implementation, addressing board governance, culture transformation, change management, turnaround, M&A and organization issues. He is also a mentor and coach to several CEOs and facilitates the alignment and development of senior executive teams.

Prior to joining Hay Group, Jean Marc has acquired broad experience working in management consulting firms and financial institutions, including time at McKinsey.

Jean-Marc holds a Business Administration degree from École Supérieure du Commerce de Paris and M.B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, Jean-Marc completed an exchange program with Coppead, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.