Mr. László HEGEDŰS
Candidate for Second Vice President
Candidate for Board-Member-at-large (if not elected as Second Vice President)
BlackRock Hungary (Green field investment)
- HR Director 2018 – date
- Chief Operating Officer 2017 - 2018
MetLife Hungary Insurance Company (Acquisition and merge)
- HR Director 2012 – 2017
AVIVA Life Insurance Company (Regional restructuring)
- HR Director Hungary 2008 – 2012
- HRBP of European Change management function 2010-2011
- HR Lead for CEE region 2009-2010
Morgan Stanley Hungary (Green field investment)
- Senior HRBP 2007 – 2008
Credit Lyonnais /CALYON Bank Hungary (Acquisition)
- Head of Human Resources 2003 – 2007
Vodafone Hungary (Green field investment)
- Training and Development Lead 2000 – 2003
Budapest University of Technology and Economics 2012 - 2014
- MBA – Business Management and Finance
CEU - International Management Center 1999 - 2001
- Human Resources Management
University of Debrecen 1993 – 1998
- Economic & Social Psychology, Behavioural Economics
- AmCham – Member of the Innovation PTF
- BlackRock – Co-Chair of the European “Gives Grant” committee
- HBLF – Member of the Diversity working group
- Volunteering Hungary - Centre of Social Innovation (ÖKA) – Chair of Board of Trusties
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
AmCham is the most active and most influential chamber of commerce in Hungary that – by proxy of its member companies - represents a very large labor force and diverse knowledge base in multiple business areas. This position offers a very solid platform for members to share best practices, elaborate new ideas together, and to make real impact while using the organization’s lobby power to shape the business environment. These features of the AmCham give the governmental bodies and regulators a very trustworthy and credible source of feedback and access to forward-looking initiatives from significant business players. Therefore, AmCham’s cooperation with governmental bodies makes sure that the member companies’ voices are heard. The organization also offers excellent opportunities to the members to be part of a strong business network where the spirit of collaboration is key, to learn from each other, to connect with higher education institutions and to give back to the local community.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member/Supervisory Board Member?
In recent years, as a member of the AmCham Innovation PTF and a key member of the BlackRock leadership team, I have been involved in several interactions with ministries and governmental bodies. I have seen that we can influence the business ecosystem around us through these dialogues with policymakers and I deeply believe that now I am ready to utilize what I have learned and experienced during my career at an elevated level. It would be an honor to be a member of the Board and make an even greater impact on our business community. Being a Board member would also be a great opportunity to learn even more about advocacy and senior business leadership. As a member of the board, I would work for a more predictable, competitive business environment and to enhance the capabilities of our labor force also to facilitate university – business cooperation to foster innovation.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member/Supervisory Board?
During my 18+ years career, I always worked for large multinational companies where I have learned a lot about different industries and know well the challenges a company can face in different stages of its life cycle. The university relations were amongst my remit in most of my positions, therefore, I have a proper understanding of how companies can cooperate with higher education centers. While being a business leader one of my personal passion is the corporate social responsibility and to support volunteering activities. Along with these experiences and skills, I have proven to be good at delivery of business goals that requires solid change management - this knowledge would help the Board to fulfil the actual AmCham goals. I also tend to challenge the status quo that most probably would help when AmCham sets its future agenda. In addition, I am an enthusiastic and passionate leader who aims to make difference.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
In the past 5+ years, I became an active member of the AmCham business community and have participated in most of the Business Forums, conferences, and seminars in these years. In the past 3 years, I have been involved in the work of the Innovation Policy Task Force and been participated at the Business Meets Government Summits and the Competitive Education Conferences. I was involved in the work of the HR committee and was invited to be a panellist at the latest HR Dream day. I also have been honored to represent BlackRock when Chargé d’Affaires David J Kostelancik hosted a business meeting with leaders of American companies earlier this year.