Dean Summlar

Vice President HR - Pacific Zone, Schneider Electric

Dean Summlar is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Schneider Electric in the Pacific Zone.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Dean has led a varied career in multiple industries including Retail, Healthcare as well as Energy Management & Automation. He started his career as a Commercial Manager leading large teams for UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Plc before diversifying his career into Human Resources in 2009.

Dean first joined Schneider Electric in UK & Ireland in 2014 as the Senior Business Partner for Transformation, leading large-scale change projects. In 2017 he and his wife moved to Australia where he joined the Pacific Human Resources Team. In 2018 he took up the role as Vice President of Human Resources.

Dean has a passion for how technology, business strategy and commerce intersect with human behaviour. He believes it is HR’s responsibility to develop new ways of responding to the changing demands this brings and rapidly develop strategies and culture to enable the workforce to learn and adapt.

The idea of helping people create careers they love gets Dean out of bed every morning.

Whilst living in the U.K. Dean also worked part time as a professional musician and his love for music, creativity and enjoying yourself filters into his approach to work.