Aimed at Developing Malaysian Leaders and Building a Culture of Innovation

hand-shake-table-400x267Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 26 April 2016 – According to a study by Deloitte, 56% of top executives worldwide stated that leaders are not being produced fast enough due to changes in business demands.

With the ASEAN economy predicted to grow over the next decade, the competition for top talent will intensify. To achieve the status of a high income nation, it is imperative that organisations address the issues in leadership and development. Employees need to be equipped with the appropriate competencies and proficiencies.

The “2016 Leadership and Talent Development Conference” aims to resolve the shortage of suitable talent focusing on the importance of targeted, continuous development in leadership and the ability of organisations to identify and develop talent from within.

Conference Chairman, Leigh Howard stated “Our objective for this year’s conference is to deliver quality content on one of the most critical issues facing business. The ability to develop the leaders of tomorrow is a goal any growing organisation can appreciate.”

The Conference will take place on Tuesday, 17th May at the KL Convention Centre and will feature key industry players sharing their experiences in leadership and building effective talent programs to meet business demands. The agenda includes high-profile speakers from leading companies such as Apple, BP, BMW, and Astro. Opening remarks will be delivered by Talentcorp CEO, Johan Merican.

Mr. Howard added, “We have also endeavoured to make the conference as accessible as possible so that a wide range of business people and HR practitioners can attend.” Registration fees are only RM900 per delegate and HRDF claimable.

Attendees will be exposed to a range of topics and learn how to effectively improve individual and organisational performance. The conference will also provide practical advice on how organisations can cultivate a competitive edge by adopting a best practice approach to Leadership and Talent Development.

Full details of the conference and how to register can be found at

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Leigh HowardAbout Leigh Howard, Chief Executive Officer

Leigh has 22 years of international business experience and 18 years in global HR consulting and recruitment. He has worked and been based in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and has spent the last 11 years in Malaysia. With Sheffield Executive, Leigh is responsible for conducting senior level assignments with multinational and large local conglomerates.

Leigh was previously Director, South Asia for Talent2 International Ltd, a company listed on the Australian stock exchange. Leigh founded the KL office when he joined the company in 2006 and the Malaysian operations grew to more than 100 staff across executive recruitment, volume workforce solutions, payroll, and psychometric assessment.

Prior to joining Talent2, Leigh spent 3 years as the Managing Director of an international consulting firm, managing their country operations initially in New Zealand and subsequently Malaysia. Leigh’s previous experience also includes the role of Consulting Manager in Singapore, and consulting roles in Sydney and Dubai, UAE. Originally from Australia, Leigh worked for 4 years with the Commonwealth Government with his last role as Manager for Fraud & Compliance.

On both a personal and professional level, Leigh is a firm believer in the importance of Human Capital in the modern world. Having worked in several countries he’s advised many firms on best-practice approaches to addressing their “people” challenges. He has also published several articles, addressed seminars, and been interviewed on radio, TV and press to comment on Human Capital issues.

About Sheffield Plus

Sheffield Plus provides a full range of cutting-edge Leadership Development, Training Programs, and Talent Solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of business in the Asia-Pacific region. The company delivers customised Talent Development Solutions with the potential to transform organisations by combining internationally benchmarked methodologies and frameworks, with local market knowledge.

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