ING appoints new head of HR for UK and Middle East

Financial services firm ING has appointed a new head of HR for the UK and Middle East.

Elena Orsini started in the role this month (April), will be based in London and responsible for 800 full-time employees across the two regions.

She has nearly 25 years’ experience in HR. Most recently she was head of HR at Kleinwort Hambros Private Bank, part of Société Générale Group, where she was responsible for the management and development of human capital across the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, and Gibraltar/

A core remit of her new role will be developing, implementing and executing the UK HR strategy and processes for ING, plus to ensure all initiatives comply with local legislation and regulations.

Another key area of focus will diversity and inclusion, in particular promoting an inclusive culture within the bank, said ING.

Priorities here include fostering a culture of collaboration, performance, and innovation, contributing to the diversity and inclusion agenda, identifying and developing talent and expanding leadership capability across the organisation, ING added.

Malgorzata Kolakowska, CEO head of wholesale banking UK and Middle East, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Elena as our new head of HR in the UK and Middle East.  She brings a wealth of experience across a number of financial services business areas, making her best placed to lead and manage the UK HR team to ensure high performance and seamless delivery to ING in the UK.”

Orsini added: “I’m very pleased to be joining ING as Head of HR in the UK and Middle East and to lead the co-ordination of the full range of human resource processing, advice, and expertise to ensure operational excellence in all applicable HR processes.”