Tell us about your journey in the Middle East
I have been living in the ME now for approximately 5-6 years. I left New York City where I managed Xerox HR Talent Solution for the consulting side. Arrived in Riyadh, SA as Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer. From there I came to Dubai as CEO for Great Place to Work Middle East. After completion of my contract, I started my consulting practice, Strategy Focused Group. We now have an office in Dubai as well as Singapore.
How would you describe your business?
Our business is to provide talent solutions to organization from Leadership Development to Strategic Workforce Planning. We offer bespoke solutions to our clients and not “off the shelf” development. Our goal is to develop leaders.
What are the biggest challenges in the next 5 years?
We are adjusting our business model as it relates to development to an online model for the time being but gradually going back to face to face interactions later in the year. We have developed over the years a stable of global clients that we represent here in the Middle East.
What is your Philosophy?
My philosophy is to always give and expect nothing in return. The satisfaction of helping someone is priceless.
Ron Thomas is the Managing Director of Strategy Focused Group an international consulting firm based in Dubai and Singapore.
He is a visiting executive faculty member at the Global Human Resources Leadership Institute at Howard University School of Business in Washington, DC. Certified @Leadership Architect by Korn Ferry.
He is also a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute, covering the MENA/Asia Pacific & Africa Region. Was selected as a Business Intelligence Board Member for Chief Learning Officer Magazine
Ron is the former CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and CHRO of Al Raha Group, based in Riyadh. He holds certifications from HCI as Global Human Capital Strategist (GHCS), Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP) as well as New York University