Building Rome in More Than a Day – Creating a Talent Management Strategy

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In 2012, the speaker was given an assignment to develop a leadership program for his company - Diamond Offshore. Not only had there not been any leadership development for the prior 10 years but also the company had no talent management strategy. In this presentation, you will learn about how the speaker has created and implemented a talent management strategy, where there was none before, in a large, multinational oil and gas company. Specifically, he will discuss his approaches to building the strategy, prioritization of initiatives, actual results to date. He will also share key learnings along the way of what has worked and what has not.


Aaron Sobel
Vice President Human Resources,
Diamond Offshore Drilling
Aaron has been Vice President of Human Resources for Diamond Offshore Drilling since February 2015. Diamond is a $3B company and provides offshore oil and gas drilling services through a global fleet of rigs and its 5,200 employees. In this role, Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing the HR strategy for the company as well as leading all worldwide compensation, benefits, talent management, learning and employee relations programs. He also works with the Board on significant matters concerning pay, benefits and performance practices. Aaron leads an international team of 70 HR professionals based in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Scotland and Australia.Before this role, he was a Corporate Director of HR for Diamond overseeing all non-US locations as well as companywide HR projects around performance management and compensation. Prior to Diamond, Aaron was a Group HR Director for Dean Foods with responsibility for a 5,000 employee group across the U.S. Southwest and Mountain regions. Earlier in his career, he held several HR leadership positions with Honeywell in their Mergers & Acquisitions group as well as Oil & Gas and Aerospace divisions.