David is the Managing Director of Ponte Valle and Hofstede Insights Australasia. Ponte Valle is a consultancy that focuses on global collaboration, leadership engagement and matrix optimization. In partnership with Hofstede Insights, he leads culture-related consulting and coaching assignments for some of the worlds largest firms.
David has worked with organisations across a wide variety of industries in the areas of M&A cultural alignment, culture change, engagement, multi-national collaboration, business transformation and leadership development. He has also led Learning and Development and Organisational Development functions for global organisations such as the Avis Budget Group and Thales.
He also brings a depth of experience and success in leading international teaming and collaboration projects in many countries including Germany, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States, South Africa, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia and Romania.
Irrespective of the country or countries involved, or the assignment, David is known for his ability to develop engagement in a way that allows people and organisations to tap into their natural potency and achieve results.
Japanese Partner, Senior Consultant, Facilitator and Coach
Chika is a senior consultant in the Ponte Valle team. With more than 20 years of proven track record in the field of corporate communications and public affairs, Chika has provided consulting, training and coaching for multinational companies, educational institutions, NGOs and global professionals.
Chika is also the founder of Hofstede Insights Japan, is certified to use the research of Professor Geert Hofstede on Organisational Culture and Intercultural Management.
Previously she served as Managing Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at GE and Hewlett-Packard in Japan. She has visited more than 50 countries and worked with people from more than 30 nationalities, leading various multi-cultural & cross-functional projects. She has a wide range of experiences in teaching business and leadership communications.
Chika earned a B.A degree in French literature from Aoyama Gakuin University (Japan) and an M.B.A from Ashridge Business School (UK).
New Zealand Partner, Leadership and Organisational Culture Consultant
Daria is an experienced leader, manager, and consultant, based in Auckland, New Zealand. She has over 15 years of experience in leadership and management roles across a variety of industries. Her areas of practice include leadership and organisational development, capability building, and continuous improvement.
She has a keen ability to identify the critical connections between business processes, outputs and people, and listens closely to her clients in order to tailor an approach that supports individuals, teams, and organisations in achieving and exceeding their goals.
Daria’s style is positive, engaging, and inspirational. She believes in taking a “fully human” approach to her work, engaging hearts and minds in the transformation effort. She holds a Master of Management in Human Resources Management (with Distinction) from Massey University.
Nancy is the co-founder of Ponte Valle, and a director of Hofstede Insights Australasia, sharing responsibility for the strategic direction of both organisations, along with ensuring the business has the structures and systems in place to support our global client base.
Nancy brings to the business a diverse range of experience with a background spanning education administration, safety culture consulting, Registered Training Organisation management, finance and accounting management. Part of Nancy’s drive in setting up Ponte Valle is her belief in continuous individual development and the drive to help people reach their potential at work and at home; and this is evident throughout the overall way in which Ponte Valle interacts with partners, contractors, clients and suppliers alike.
Finance and Project Administrator
Melanie is the Finance & Project Administrator for Ponte Valle and Hofstede Insights Australasia, overseeing the full range of accounts functions. In addition to this, Melanie provides a wide range of project support including the administration of online assessment tools, coordinating and arranging workshops and providing client support for the global Ponte Valle client base. Prior to this role, Melanie held a range of roles in the hospitality sector ranging from shift supervisor, financial management, function/event management. Outside of work, Melanie enjoys travel and spending quality time with her family. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Development) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Newcastle.
European Partner, Executive Coach and Trainer
Marie has 20 years of management committee experience as an HR Director. She had the privilege of working with visionary leaders such as Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com) and Antoine Riboud (founder of the Danone Group). She learned to translate a global vision into concrete, sustainable actions and to anticipate the individual and systemic effects of change.
Her skills drove her career into companies that had to face the following specific challenges:
Ten years ago, Marie created her own company and delivers coaching and training for management teams, targeting both collective and individual accomplishments, in order to unleash collective intelligence. The NCS program based on neurosciences, executive coaching and mindfulness practice is one of her main methods to coach transformation and develop leadership skills like awareness, decision making, vision and anticipation, communication, and metacognition.
Marie brings a strong Humanist Foundation and the conviction that people can grow, change and enrich their skills and achievements.
This includes an “ecologic approach“ of the human being, that respects specificities, strengths, weaknesses, identity and values of each person.
US Partner, Senior Organisational Development Consultant & Coach
Based in St Petersburg, Florida, Suzanne is an accomplished leader and Executive Coach with global experience working for several large multinationals including IBM, HP and Thales.
Suzanne was born in Canada to a New Zealand diplomat and has lived and worked in many countries. Her early education was in the United States of America with senior school and tertiary studies completed in New Zealand and Australia.
Suzanne has over 25 years’ professional experience incorporating scientific research, sales, commercial management and human resource management. Most recently she was responsible for the global Human Resources function for the Thales Air Traffic Management business. In this role she was based in Paris but travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
Suzanne’s areas of expertise include organisational design and development, leadership, cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion, culture change and change management more broadly. Suzanne delivers solutions to add high value and to facilitate enduring change to both personal and business-wide performance. She is passionate about developing individuals and teams to achieve their full potential and obtaining alignment between people and business objectives. Suzanne offers a number of services for driving and sustaining high performance cultures and the tools related to establishing these.
Suzanne’s foundation Degree was a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biochemistry) from the Australian National University in Canberra. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Monash University and a Masters in Coaching Psychology from Sydney University.