PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ
But for Hans Montenegro
, what he
does today could very well be one of his
biggest "dream roles" in life.
He is the current country manager of NorthgateArinso, a leading global human resources (HR) provider.
company offers HR business solutions through HR Technology, Outsourcing and Consulting.
traces its roots to the United Kingdom and Belgium.
While the company is now US-owned
, the original company, Northgate Information Systems
, is one of the biggest payroll companies in the public sector in the UK.
Until now, "at least one of every three British is being paid through a Northgate payslip," according to Montenegro
According to Montenegro
, the growth strategy the company employed was either to "build or buy, and it was quicker to buy.
That's where the decision to buy the HR
line of business of Convergys was born, and Convergys HR was sold to NorthgateArinso
in the first quarter of 2010.
They also applied the same strategy in Australia, buying a 30-year-old company called Meller.
That is why Montenegro
claimed that NorthgateArinso
is present in "every continent of the world," clarifying that they are now in about 100 countries.
At present, NorthgateArinso
Philippines is one of the biggest in Asia Pacific.
Since it opened in 2006, its scope of operations covers all the functions, from delivery and implementation, to sales and operations.
The company runs the gamut of all HR services
and practices, providing the software in many different forms, some of which are proprietary.
By focusing on HR
explained that the company's strategy was to be "the master of one, instead of being the jack of all trades.
provides its clients the whole range of services from hosting, implementation, proprietary solutions, outsourcing and consulting.
The company employs about 600 people servicing local, regional and global accounts.
said that their clients are businesses that are seeking to upgrade and revolutionize their HR service delivery models.
is quite optimistic in their growth here in the Philippines, as more businesses and individuals become more tech-savvy and are no longer reluctant to embrace newer technology.
admitted that his
work is completely different from where he
shared that he
took up pre-med in college, intending to become a psychiatrist.
fourth year, he
took up one subject called Industrial Organization Psychology, which deals with the psychology of the workforce, otherwise simply known as HR
, which caught his
career took a slight detour when, after graduation, he
entered local show business.
Of course he
knew that it was a temporary thing.
Later on, Montenegro
decided to pursue further studies at Santa Clara University
in San Francisco.
came back to the Philippines in 2001 because of the "bubble burst" among "dotcom companies" that affected much of the Bay Area at the time.
also admitted that the shift from show business to the corporate world was not easy.
struggled until he
finally found his
own niche in the world of HR
, as head of the HR Department of ABC5 when Tonyboy Cojuangco acquired the network.
Soon after, he
transferred to the vibrant BPO industry, and today, he
is happy to be at the helm of one of the world's leading HR providers.
So in the end, he
ended doing what interested him in his
Despite the setbacks, he
never lost sight of his
goal to be in the world where he
wants to be-a world that deals with people and human interests and hopefully making impersonal technology a little bit more personal while efficiently helping run businesses at the same time.