Jimmy Zhang

Vice President, Head of Global Talent Acquisition

Jimmy Zhang is the Vice President, Head of Global Talent Acquisition at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He provides overall leadership and strategic direction for TA activities and programs, focused on ensuring a seamless and positive experience throughout the hiring process for candidates and managers. Before joining Takeda, Jimmy was the Head of People Strategy and Analytics at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Jimmy was recognized for building one of the most agile, innovative, and successful People Analytics functions.

Before Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Jimmy held various leadership roles at Biogen in the functions of Global People Operations and Organization Effectiveness. As Leader of Global People Operations, he engineered the transformation of Biogen’s global approach to employee services. In 2017, Jimmy led the re-establishment of the People Analytics function, focusing on business outcomes and direct partnership with stakeholder to develop new and innovative programs.

Before Biogen, Jimmy led the HR digital transformation at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He implemented an integrated HR service solution that scaled with the company's growth from 25,000 to 7,0000 employees in more than 60 countries in 3 years. Before that, he started his career at Liberty Mutual Insurance as part of the Human Resources Leadership Development Program, serving in generalist and specialist roles.

Jimmy holds M.S. in Information Technology and M.B.A from Bentley University and M.S in Business Analytics from NYU Stern.


Jimmy Zhang’s Session(s)

2:10 p.m.–3:00 p.m. PT —

Panel Discussion: Steps to Build Meaningful Diversity and Inclusion Analytics

It’s no secret that TA teams who prioritize diversity and inclusion will find more quality candidates, and those candidates can turn into new hires. Metrics help employers committed to diversity and inclusion stay on track by encouraging the identification and management of bias.  Without clear measures to track diversity and inclusion efforts and outcomes, limits the ROI on those initiatives. 

This panel discussion will address: 

  • Steps to build meaningful D&I analytics 

  • Using metrics to prioritize initiatives, set targets and assign accountability

  • Identify challenges global companies face with diversity tracking

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