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Zalora appoints regional chief people officer

Online fashion platform Zalora has appointed Louise Pender as chief people officer, essentially a head of HR role.

With the new role, Pender will oversee “the people and culture teams” across all markets, the online retailer said in a statement. She will also be responsible for human resources functions, including talent acquisition, talent development, workforce planning and strategic business partnering.

“Louise is a leader with a record of building and empowering high performing teams,” said Gunjan Soni, CEO of Zalora. “Her career has centered around her passion for helping organisations and individuals reach their full potential. Since joining Zalora in March 2016, Louise has championed a number of People initiatives, including diversity and inclusion.”

She will concurrently head the Legal and Sustainability team, in her existing role as Zalora’s General Counsel, according to the company. 

Prior to Zalora, Louise worked in senior roles at United Group Services and Siemens in Australia, Gate Group Holdings in Switzerland, and Gate Gourmet Inc in the USA. She has more than 20 years experience in legal and business advice after graduating with a law degree in her native New Zealand.

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