Ilja Rijnen, Beam Suntory (Asia)

2021 HRD Global 100

Human resources director of employee experience, learning, and change

Just this January, Ilja Rijnen commenced his newly created role as director of employee experience, learning, and change, tasked with providing HR business partnership oversight for Oceania, global travel retail, and international legal. He is also responsible for the company’s international talent, EX, D&I, and L&D initiatives. Prior to this, he was HR director for Asia Pacific and global travel retail – a role he held for nearly two years. He joined Beam Suntory in 2017 from Edrington where he was regional HR director for Asia Pacific and India. He also gained significant HR experience working at Diageo and IKEA Group.