Chris Dow – Consultant, Human Resources (prev. Manager Learning, Asia Pacific, BOC Limited)

I have known Marion for over ten years, having first working together at BOC Ltd. (Sydney Australia) in Human Resources Learning & Development in the beginning of 2008.

Marion came to Australia as the Subject Matter Expert and functional lead, implementing, together with a project team, a Learning Management System (LMS) into Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands that had been used to much success in Germany to manage behavioural leadership training.


At the time, I was responsible for technical training and competency development using an existing LMS. Through strong partnership arrangements that were built on mutual trust, Marion and I created an holistic learning strategy that leveraged the strengths of the two LMS systems into a cohesive learning and capability strategy for approximately 3800 staff.


From my perspective, what ensured Marion’s success, was, that she made no assumptions that a pre-existing solution for one country would be suitable for another. Instead, Marion benchmarked the Australian-German HR processes and systems including organisation, infrastructure and political environment and presented compelling arguments to showcase potential opportunity.


Additionally, Marion took the initiative to demonstrate proof of concept, by introducing a Leadership Program (developed in Germany) demonstrating success could be replicated across borders. Throughout the duration of Marion’s secondment, she sustained her support to others and maintained an excellent relationship with her supervisors, peers, colleagues and staff in other departments.


Her ability to take responsibility for driving success through interpersonal relationships was an asset to BOC.


Following her return to Germany, Marion and I sustained a strong working relationship, drawing on each other’s advice for local needs. Whenever I was in the Munich office, Marion continued to provide a professional, service-oriented approach to work. She was invaluable drawing on her professional network to provide me with guidance and make introductions to others who could assist further.


I have no hesitation in recommending Marion to others. You will find Marion to be a commercially astute business partner, who takes the time to understand the needs of her audience and provide a service that exceeds expectations.


I wish Marion well in her future endeavours and I am certain that others who take on Marion as a business partner will appreciate her capabilities as much as I do.