My big break

My big break

first_img Previous Article Next Article Paul Culleton is vice-president of HR for the medical devices section ofJohnson & Johnson, where he has worked for the past five years. His 20-yearHR career has included stints at companies including Costain, Burma Oil and banknoteprinter De la Rue. Here he describes his biggest break: “In my first position with De la Rue, I had to start up an HRorganisation from scratch. It was graphic arts company Crosfield Electronics,of which De La Rue was the parent. “There was literally nothing there. It was a greenfield site, thebuilding wasn’t finished and I had no staff. To make matters worse, the wholecompany was relocating from London to Hemel Hempstead. “As the HQ personnel manager, I had to find the talent for the companyand create my own team. As Crosfield is involved in the computerelectronics/colour imaging industry, retention was a top priority. “The sector is notoriously volatile and it is very difficult to findthe right software engineers. And this was in 1985, which was a boom time forthe industry. “The whole experience taught me so many things. I am no longer phasedby change management and see that those sort of challenges are do-able. Isuppose I have the view that anything is possible “It also helped make me a business partner. I worked closely alongsidethe board and was extremely fortunate to have someone who was a boss, friend,colleague and mentor all at the same time. “But more than anything it just helped me realise that a positiveattitude gets you through most things – as long as it’s backed up by hard workand dedication.” My big breakOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img

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