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Lodders calls in Caroline
Posted on 13 Dec 2011 in Press News
A continuous improvement expert has joined Stratford-upon-Avon based Lodders Solicitors.
Caroline Gionis, who once worked for the likes of Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser, has been appointed human resources manager.
She said: “I am delighted to have joined such a respected firm. “I will be looking to further improve employee engagement and client satisfaction by ensuring that staff have the tools, skills and management to deliver a ‘best in class’ service. And I am also tasked with using my continuous improvement background to streamline internal processes.”
Mrs Gionis says she “enjoys implementing practical solutions to problems, and tries to look at issues from a number of angles”.
She read Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University and worked in fast moving consumer goods for the first 12 years of her career.That meant brands such as Pot Noodle, Airwick and Mr Sheen.
Starting out as an undergraduate trainee with aerospace group, Rolls-Royce, she joined Unilever, before becoming shift manager for food business, CPC (UK) Ltd, now a part of Unilever, where she was responsible for leading a shift of approximately 100 operators and engineers in the Pot Noodle factory.
She switched to Reckitt Benckiser in Derby, first as production manager responsible for the Airwick and Mr Sheen lines, and then as kaizen leader, charged with implementing a culture of continuous improvement across the site.
Then Mrs Gionis, who is half Swiss, decided to switch into human resources, studying for the required qualifications and joining the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health in Leicester as HR officer. And, prior to taking up her Lodders’ role, she was HR manager for Serco Occupational Health, Wythall, Birmingham for four years, responsible for all recruitment, including physicians and other clinical staff.
Senior partner David Lodder said: “We welcome Caroline to the firm. “She has a wealth of experience, a track-record of making things happen and I am confident she will make a real difference at Lodders.
“Continuous improvement is something we have always aspired to do and I am sure Caroline will have plenty of ideas for building on what has been achieved to date.”
Mrs Gionis is married with two children and lives near Stratford. She has an active lifestyle, playing tennis, swimming, going to the gym and mountain-biking.