HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Willis Towers Watson hires Jobable's team of experts

This is expected to enhance the advisory firm's capabilities in human capital data science.

Global advisory firm Willis Towers Watson (WTW) hired the entire team of Hong Kong-based human capital analytics company Jobable to boost its drive toward digital transformation.

Jobable’s expertise in human capital data and software development is expected to complement WTW’s efforts in helping organisations digitalise as well as uncover insights using their human capital data.

“Throughout our partnership with Jobable, we experienced first-hand their capabilities across data science, software design and development. The Jobable team often provided a valuable point of differentiation to our clients’ work,” said Mark Reid, global leader for work and rewards at WTW.

The move serves as the culmination of the success of WTW and Jobable’s multi-year global partnership. Jobable is expected to share its full stack software development, data engineering, DevOps, natural language processing, deep learning, and topic modeling among other capabilities to WTW’s technology team.

Former Jobable chief executive officer Richard Hanson will assume the post of WTW Global Head of Data Science for Talent & Rewards.

Joining him is Jobable co-founder and former chief operating officer Luke Byrne, who will lead the transition process. Byrne will continue to be based in Hong Kong to identify global revenue opportunities.

“Joining WTW is the perfect way for us to ensure that we can amplify the impact of our work going forward,” Byrne said.

Shai Ganu, gobal leader for executive compensation at WTW, said the addition of the Jobable team will sharpen WTW’s competitive edge in the face of an increasingly complex and ever evolving client demand.

“We are excited to be able to apply data science in all our DataSoftware-Advisory offerings, and ultimately help our clients find solutions to critical and emerging people challenges,” Ganu added.

The two companies have previously partnered in developing innovative skill-based compensation modelling software SkillsVue in 2019 and award-winning AI-driven job reinvention software WorkVue in 2020.

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