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Vlad Makarenko


Phone: +43 665 65360477

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Professional info​

HR Professional with hands-on business experience in various local and regional senior roles and projects in Area Management, Sales, Marketing and Purchasing. Within Human Resources have covered senior generalist roles at regional and large market levels, as well as specialist roles in Reward, Training, Change Management and Organization Development. Since 2005 have lived and worked for international corporations in Emerging and Developed Markets in United Arab Emirates, UK, Kazakhstan, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary. Multi-lingual in Russian, Ukrainian, English, and German language.

I have the skills, multi-cultural experience and track-record of inspiring and driving HR and Culture Transformation in business teams.


English - equal to native

German - fluent (B2)

Russian - native

Ukrainian - fluent

Work experience

AGC Biologics, Global / Europe (based out of Vienna)

Vice President, Global People & Culture - COE and EU Region (2020 - present)

Reported to the Executive VP HR. Two areas of focus: Global HR Center of Excellence and Operational HR Management in Europe. Lead the research, development, design and implementation of global HR strategies, programs in the areas of Total Rewards, Leadership Development and Engagement, Learning, Performance Management, HR Programs and Systems.

AGC Biologics, Denmark & Germany

Vice President, Human Resources (2020 - 2021)

Reported to the Executive VP HR. Drove the business growth by deploying full spectrum of HR tools, with the focus on Recruitment, Employee Experience and Performance Management.

Boehringer Ingelheim, Hungary, Europe

Head of Marketing (2018 to 2020)

Led the multi-channel marketing team to meet and exceed business goals. Developed strategy and executed Integrated Customer Plans for 12 promoted products in Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Metabolic, Oncology, and IPF. Drove digital transformation to maximize customer experience.

Boehringer Ingelheim, CEE

Regional Business Manager / Culture Transformation Program Manager (2013 to 2018)

Direct P&L responsibility for distributor-managed countries including Belarus, Moldova, Albania, CIS-Asia and Caucasus countries. Supported Managing Director CEE in achieving business goals across the Region of 33 countries. Ran Culture Transformation Projects in the CEE Region of 3500 employees: a) Agility Transformation Program across the CEE countries; b) 5 year RCV Business Aspiration and key behaviors.

Boehringer Ingelheim, Russia

HR Director (2010 to 2013)

Reported to Managing Director. Recruited, trained, mentored, and developed new management team. Managed a team of 34 people in HR, overseeing full spectrum of HR activities for 1000 employees.

British American Tobacco, Caucasus & Central Asia, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Area Head of HR (2008-2010)

Reported to the Area Director – CCA, was a member of Regional HR Leadership Team. Managed three HR teams across the Area. Analyzed and reviewed the complete Area organizational structure, leading to the approval of the new Organizational Blue Print.

British American Tobacco, London, UK

Head of Organization Development Europe (2007-2008)

Reported to the Regional HRD Europe. Managed the team of 4 Area OD Managers. Developed and aligned Regional Change Plans for the Europe Restructuring project. Ran two pan-European employee surveys.

British American Tobacco – Gulf Cooperation Council, Dubai

Cluster Head of HR (2005 – 2007)

Reported to the GCC Managing Director. Managed several restructuring projects. Led two Area above-market teams for Training and Reward. Significantly enhanced employee dialogue, resulting in solid improvements in the GCC organizational climate, measured by employee survey. Developed the AME (Africa & Middle East) Change Management plan for the regional restructuring.

Areas of Expertise
  • HR Planning & Management

  • Sales Forecasting

  • Staff Training & Development

  • Employee Engagement

  • Talent Acquisition & Retention

  • HR Transformation & Restructuring

  • Virtual Teams Management

  • Performance Improvement

  • Change Management

  • Issue & Conflict Resolution


Master’s Degree in International Law · 1997 - 2000 · Shevchenko National University, Ukraine

Master’s Degree in Teaching ·  1991 - 1996 · Kherson State Pedagogical University, Ukraine

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