Chris Pether

CEO, People Smart

Chris Pether

People Smart


Business Experience:
Chris founded PeopleSmart in 2001. Having spent the first part of her career in various HR, Commercial and General Management positions she had learnt to approach issues from the client’s perspective and focus on delivering an exceptional level of service with a solution driven attitude. She was able to apply this approach whilst building the PeopleSmart business. Her last corporate role was Managing Director Europe for a US HR consultancy company where she was responsible for developing new business, managing the European operations and building a profitable business. With considerable management experience across the EU and the US, Chris enjoys working with multi-cultural diverse organizations to improve people and business effectiveness as well as to assist with the development of current and future leadership skills.

Areas of Expertise:
Leadership development for high potential and senior managers, team facilitation both for small groups with new or under-performing teams, speaking at conferences, working with senior leadership teams to improve their working relationships and outward-facing impact in the organization, sales and negotiation skills for sales teams, performance management, coaching and mentoring to leaders at various levels, design and delivery of assessment and development centers, design and delivery of management skills training modules and working with cultural differences to improve individual or team performance.

Education & Professional Membership:
BSc International Law, German & Russian - Surrey Univ. LLM Public International Law - Nottingham Univ. Caliper Profile, OPQ/MQ, MBTI steps I & II and 360 surveys.
Certified facilitator of the Cultural Orientations Indicator. Certified Genos E.I Practitioner & Certified Globesmart Practitioner.
BPS levels A & B. Tri-lingual – German, French, English.

Client Successes:
Financial Services - GMF – Workshops across Europe to launch new competencies and development processes to all managers & leaders responsible for setting objectives/annual performance appraisals. Design & delivery of development centres across Europe.

Technology – GEMALTO – Workshops designed and delivered across Europe for new managers on people management skills. Workshops designed and delivered to senior managers on coaching skills.

Space Industry – TAS – Development centres and workshops designed and delivered for senior level managers on people management skills across Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and the UK.

Inter-governmental – EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE – Workshops designed and delivered for senior directors on people management skills using personality testing and 360 feedbacks as basis for individual feedbacks throughout the programme – sessions delivered in Germany and the Netherlands.

Petroleum – TECHNIPFMC – 360 survey and personality profiling assignment for participants in global talent pool as part of global leadership training programme and to support one-to-one development planning process. Blended behavioural skills programmes for project managers in global talent pool.

Pharmaceutical – JOHNSON & JOHNSON – Team coaching and facilitated team building event with focus on functional objectives and role definition amongst team members – session in Belgium. Action learning events across Europe.

Cosmetics - L’OREAL – Leadership transformation project and collective coaching events across the global R&I organization.

Aeronautical – AIRBUS – Executive leadership programmes across the group, high potential finance leadership programmes, design & development of assessment centres for global graduate programmes, design & development of leadership development centres.