Jackie Orme speaks of delight at behind-the-scenes secrets of the CIPD

Jackie Orme has spoken for the first time about her new role as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Orme, whose appointment caused surprise across the HR profession, said her first three weeks at the helm of the institute had been “terrific”.

“I have had the opportunity to understand issues about the CIPD that are impossible to understand from the outside,” she added. “What I’ve seen, I’ve been delighted by.”

Unfortunately, that was the limit to what the former PepsiCo HR chief would say about her new £300,000-per-year role.

She was speaking – albeit briefly – after chairing a session at the HRD 2008 conference at London’s Excel centre.

Hopefully in a sign of things to come for the HR profession, Orme chaired a session on intelligent leadership.

Nokia global vice-president of executive resourcing and diversity Karsten Hetland told delegates that Nokia judges managers equally on their results and the processes they use to get there.

“We pay equal attention to what and how,” he said. “Getting results is far from enough. You have to pay attention to the leadership values or you get help to develop yourself.”

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