Diverse perspectives fuel innovation and creativity. Moreover, diversity in the workforce and in leadership is often cited as the reason for improved performance results within an organization. Creating an inclusive work environment requires a commitment and full engagement in all levels of an organization. During the Men As Diversity Partners panel discussion at WE Local Europe in Prague in May, 2018, a distinguished panel of senior male leaders shared their insights on the business case for gender diversity along with how they have championed diversity and inclusion a executives and colleagues. Some specific attention was paid to sponsorship and mentoring as a component of advancing diversity initiatives within organizations.
Manager Vehicle Powertrain
Ludek Janik is leading a team of 30 engineers at the Eaton European Innovation Center, focusing on area of Vehicle Powertrain. After his Ph.D., prior to his role at Eaton; he was responsible for the development of hydrogen technologies in the Czech Republic. One of his main results was the development, manufacturing and operation of triple hybrid, hydrogen-powered bus and building of the first hydrogen filling station in Central Europe.
Senior Vice President, Paris Operations
Thierry Masurel has been with FM Global, a property insurance company, since February 1992. Since June 2012, he has held the title of SVP, Operations Manager Southern Europe, Management of all FM Global activities in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and French speaking Africa. He is responsible for managing a book of 90 clients for a total of 220M$ of premium and 250 persons in six countries. His main objective is to develop strategies and lead employees in order to generate profits, keep clients and grow their book of business.
Programme Director for Research and Technology Europe
Alastair McQueen’s career at Cummins reaches a milestone of 20 years in 2018, as Cummins approaches its 100th year. Starting out in 1998 as a placement student with Cummins Turbo Technologies (CTT), Alastair was sponsored by Cummins through his Master’s degree, returning in 2001 after graduating. A great example of the hire to develop culture within Cummins, Alastair has held several roles at CTT in Project Engineering, Service, Application Engineering, Technical Project Leadership, Programme Management and Programme Leadership, spending much of this time in Research & Technology and New Product Introduction. In 2013 Alastair joined the Power Generation business to lead New Product Introduction, growing the role to incorporate Market Communications and Product Planning. 2017 brought a return to R&T, but this time for all European business units, leading the department growth and development of innovative technologies to strengthen Cummins position for future growth.
Alastair says his current role is truly challenging and exciting as new technologies, policies, economics, energy security, social aspects etc. disrupt the core business of Cummins, paving the way for innovation in a multitude of disciplines and subjects. It’s also very important for him to help Cummins develop as a company, therefore he works hard alongside his technology deliverables to be part of the European Technical Women Initiative Leader Team, actively supporting and sponsoring projects, and more recently became a certified Diversity and Inclusion facilitator for Cummins.
Alastair is very fortunate to be married to Chloe and has three daughters, Evie, Mila and Laelia, which fills life outside of work with loads of fun and laughter, but also provides the motivation and passion he has for diversity and inclusion.
Culture Development Manager
Konstantin Mihov studied literature and art theory, combining experimental methods with story-telling. And after several years in marketing intelligence and sales, he is bridging the business world and the HR world to help Continental develop a diverse and inclusive culture.
Process Engineering Manager, Automotive EMEA
Lukáš Vaculík is the Process Engineering Manager for our TE Kurim manufacturing plant, part of the Automotive business unit. As a Process Engineering Manager at TE Connectivity, he is responsible for running the Process Engineering department. Lukáš joined TE as a Manufacturing Standardizer in Kuřim, Czechia over 10 years ago. He began leading a small team of 6 process engineers at cable assembly departments. Today, he manages the complete Process Engineering team with 40 process engineers at 10 production departments. Lukáš graduated from Mendel´s University in 2008, and he joined TE Connectivity shortly after.
Director, Package Engineering
Beth Keser, Ph.D., a recognized global leader in the semiconductor packaging industry with over 20 years of experience, received her B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beth’s excellence in developing revolutionary electronic packages for semiconductor devices has resulted in 27 patents and patents pending and over 40 publications in the semiconductor industry. Based in Munich, Germany, Beth leads the Wireless Packaging Solutions Department at Intel Corporation in the Communication Devices Group.