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Curtin appoints HR specialist Chris Ryan as Adjunct Professor

Media release

Curtin Business School (CBS) has appointed leading human resources (HR) specialist Chris Ryan as an Adjunct Professor.

Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan

Mr Ryan, an independent director and corporate advisor, has more than 25 years’ experience in the human resource sector, including leading the HR team during Wesfarmers’ takeover of the Coles group in 2007.

CBS Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Tony Travaglione, said Mr Ryan’s appointment would build on a relationship that was started three years ago.

“Since joining the CBS School of Management Advisory Board in 2009, Chris has provided valuable guidance in the area of human resources,” Professor Travaglione said

“We will continue to work closely with Chris to receive advice on strategic issues and to foster closer links with key industry players.”

Mr Ryan said his appointment was an opportunity to increase his contribution to the growth of CBS.

“Through my association with the Advisory Board I have come to appreciate the professional and pragmatic approach taken in both the management of CBS and the delivery of its education programs,” Mr Ryan said.

“This approach is very much aligned with my own business ethos,” he said.

Mr Ryan said he was looking forward to working with CBS students through student engagement programs.

“Throughout my career I have worked with some outstanding leaders,” he said.

“I hope to be able to share some of the knowledge gained through those experiences in areas such as organisational strategy and the development of leaders.”

About Chris Ryan

Chris is recognised nationally as a leader in the HR management profession. His HR career spans about 25 years in the public and private sector, and most recently in a corporate advisory capacity.

Chris led the Group Human Resources function for diversified industrial business Wesfarmers for about 10 years, where he led the people aspects of all acquisitions and integrations, including the takeover of Coles Group in 2007 which saw Wesfarmers grow to over 200,000 employees.

His role also focused on organizational development and talent management to support the ongoing growth of the business.

Following the Coles integration, Chris moved into advisory work.

Chris’ advisory practice, CRHR, works with Boards and CEOs on HR strategies, senior talent management, remuneration strategies and acquisition and restructuring projects.

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