Christian Schaub resigns as Group CHRO at Alexander Forbes


Christian is among three executives who have tendered their resignation. 

Christian Schaub has resigned as Alexander Forbes’ Group CHRO. Having taken on the role less than 18 months ago, Christian has joined what appears to be a growing list of executives parting ways with the specialised financial services group, which is SA’s largest pension funds administrator. According to this Bloomberg report, the Alexander Forbes Investments CEO Leon Greyling and the Group Chief Risk Officer Vishnu Naicker have also resigned. The report does provide reasons for the resignations as the company had stated that those details were confidential. 

Christian has been a visible member of the CHRO South Africa community since taking on his role, sharing his views on the importance of taking a chance on people when it comes to talent development. He said he believed that HR leaders should change their mentality when assessing whether a particular person is ready for a role and take more chances on people, allowing them to do jobs that they may have no experience in but are ready to learn more about. 

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Last year, at the inaugural HR Indaba, Christian was a panelist in a discussion about the importance developing owns skills in another country. He shared his thoughts on how such experiences would often teach people more about themselves, their work, the world around them and their role in it than any course or tertiary degree ever will. 

Before joining Alexander Forbes, Christian worked in specialist roles in recruitment, talent management and organisational effectiveness before he worked as the chief of staff for the CHRO at Marsh & McLennan Companies, which is a US-based global company with 60,000 employees. In 2011, the company acquired part of Alexander Forbes and that was when he first started coming to South Africa. He then spent a few years working as a change management specialist, where he oversaw the organisation of high-performing HR functions. In September 2017 he became the Group CHRO but is now moving on to new endeavours. CHRO South Africa wishes him well. 

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