Bühler continued to invest into its global network of schools, training, and excellence centers. The Bühler Cocoa Competence Center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) was opened to support the region with R&D, training, and services and the aim to increase local processing of raw materials. With the same approach, Bühler established the International Rice Milling Academy (IRMA) at its site in Bangalore. IRMA offers the world’s first comprehensive Paddy to Rice Diploma course, a month-long course covering the full value chain from paddy to rice. Whereas these new competence hot spots focus on professional qualifications, we are aware that such skills only can flourish when embedded into personal capabilities. To foster our corporate culture in this respect, we have globally rolled out our new company values which are trust, ownership, and passion (TOP). Two strong examples how we at Bühler aim to live these values were given by our local team in Beirut, Lebanon, who went the extra mile to secure the food supply chain in the country after a major explosion at the capital’s port in August. The second example is our apprentices in Switzerland, who won eight medals in four categories in the 2020 SwissSkills championships.
2020 was also marked by a change in leadership in Human Resources. Dipak Mane handed over the Executive Board function of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to Irene Mark-Eisenring. Dipak Mane has significantly contributed to increasing the market leadership position of Bühler over the past decades, holding leadership roles at Bühler since 1992. As a successful business unit manager building up the business for Bühler in India, he was instrumental in creating a leading position for Bühler in the market for rice processing technologies, among others. In 2015, Dipak Mane assumed the function of CHRO and Member of the Executive Board. He successfully shaped Bühler’s global human resources strategy over many years and collaborated closely with Irene Mark-Eisenring so she could take over as his successor in September 2020. He is now pursuing other important management tasks within the organization, supporting the Executive Board (learn more in our ‘United we stand’ section).
Irene Mark-Eisenring joined Bühler in 2016 as Head of Corporate Personnel Development. She has been responsible for setting and implementing strategies in the fields of global human resources (HR) development, HR marketing and employer branding, talent and performance management, strategic recruiting, and Diversity & Inclusion. Irene Mark-Eisenring has a broad human resources background, with a 20-year record of accomplishment of managing HR projects and holding leading HR roles, primarily in the financial industry.
We are extremely happy to have found Irene Mark-Eisenring as an experienced leader and human resources expert for this key function. She is the right personality to shape the future of our work for, and with, our people for the next phase of our company.