Press Releases | 24 June 2013

Etex chooses Talentia Software’s global succession planning and performance management software

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Belgian-based conglomerate Etex, a specialist in the manufacture and marketing of high quality building materials and systems, has selected Talentia Softwares global succession planning and performance management module to manage its top tier employees.

Through its subsidiaries, Etex offers an extensive range of products: small and large roofing materials, cladding and building boards, passive fire protection systems and ceramic tiles. Since its inception in 1905, the Group has grown to over 17,000 employees across 44 countries and 116 group companies. The recent acquisition of LaFarge Gypsum and Lafarge Plasterboard UK elevates Etex to one of the three major players in Europe in this sector with annual revenues of around € 2.3 billion.

Talentia’s global talent management software solution was chosen because of its rich functionality, flexibility, intuitive look and feel and the fact that is a simple, but effective succession and performance management tool.

Kathleen De Jode, Etex’s HR Manager with over fifteen years’ experience in implementing systems comments: “We started with a long list of twenty suppliers and shortlisted to five who each received a copy of our Request for Proposal (RFP). From the RFP, three talent management software suppliers made it to the final round. Talentia Software differed from the final three suppliers in that, like us, they are a European headquartered company with great experience in delivering succession planning and performance projects for other large companies across the globe. Their project methodology is also very strong and the fact that Talentia offered us a business partnership and not just a solution is key, particularly as Etex has an extremely lean HR structure with limited resources.”

Etex values its people, both as individuals and as a vital part of a greater whole, working in an environment of trust, team spirit and mutual respect. Equal opportunity, with respect to recruitment, employment, personal and professional development are values the Group wants to see adherence to in all of its affiliated companies. It is no surprise therefore that the succession planning and performance management project is driven by Etex’s CEO and senior management team, and their desire to create a platform allowing for easier identification of succession candidates and high potentials.

Kathleen De Jode says: “Moving away from a time consuming manual process for succession planning and performance management is critical for any business and of course we are very lucky that the CEO and senior management team are committed to making sure that the global talent and performance management software project is at the heart of Etex’s business strategy. It is also great that Talentia Software is offering us a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, which of course makes this type of project more palatable to most CFO’s. We deliberately chose SaaS as we did not have the internal IT infrastructure in place to manage the solution and needed access to the system as soon as possible. With SaaS there is less of a reliance to involve IT and SaaS gives the HR team much more freedom in making a talent management software project a reality.”

Etex global talent and performance management software project will apply to the top 1,000 employees before expanding to the top 4,000 employees at a later date.

Julie Windsor, Managing Director for Talentia Software UK, comments, “We are delighted to help another European headquartered company with a global footprint and its succession planning and performance management project. With over 25 years of working in the European HR and talent management market we are perfectly placed to help companies like Etex.”