Robert Stone, National people and talent director, McCann Australia

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For a long and successful career in talent management, you need an endless supply of enthusiasm and a gift for understanding people. Robert Stone has both in abundance. Born and raised in Melbourne, he made a name for himself in HR, working in the UK and Europe. Previously, Stone was global talent partner at Adidas, where he oversaw the brand’s largest talent initiative in the history of the business. In 2017 he presented evidence at the House of Lords regarding the benefits of an internationally diverse workforce in the wake of Brexit.

Another major achievement for Stone has been the McCann Worldgroup Global Diversity Coalition, of which he was a founding member. The group is made up of Diversity Coalition Champion leaders from various global markets who work together to inspire an open, dynamic and integrated global community with a focus on conscious inclusion. Stone has played a critical part in McCann Australia’s recent success, having helped transform and diversify talent and performance management. His forward-thinking approach to talent has been key to converting global clients.