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Tess Smillie    

VP Human Resources, Samsung UK

Tess Smillie, vice president of human resources at Samsung Electronics, is an experienced HR leader with a successful track record working in global, regional, and domestic environments. She has led cross-functional teams, business partners, OE and OD, recruitment, exec search, talent development, C&B, wellness, employee engagement and events, and operations and facilities, working with big-name companies such as Microsoft, BlackBerry, and now Samsung. Her extensive HR background includes working in APAC and EMEA, as well as taking charge of operations in the US and Canada. Other HR roles she held include HR director and HR manager.


Influential women in technology share advice for industry peers
Tess Smillie – Vice President, People Team, Samsung UK, Ireland & Europe HQ said: “Working women are facing more challenges than ever now; balancing and juggling even more demands in work and life, which this has been further exacerbated by the pandemic’s impact on homes and families. Progress towards equality has clearly been made, yet when you look at the stats, the slow pace of change is baffling when the line between business success and equality is so clearly tangible.
Coronavirus creates new challenges for women in tech (and every other industry)
Tess Smillie, VP of people at Samsung UK, Ireland & Europe HQ, said it was important for women to seek out others for support and offer their support in return. “There is so much value and power in shared experiences and learning through others. It can be as basic as having someone to talk with or to listen,” she said.
Samsung VP People: 'Do what you can't'
For Tess Smillie, her foray into HR was unexpected to say the least. The Samsung VP, people team, fell into the sector ‘accidentally’. “My first degree was Arts-based - I thought I’d follow that path,” she told HRD. “However, I spent some time temping after university and as a result was increasingly drawn into the business world and found that I really enjoyed it. I was lucky to start my career in a small business, led by a group of passionate individuals with a clear vision, at a time when the tech world was exploding.

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