Tom Kraabel is an accomplished human resources leader with over two decades’ experience living and working in countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, in addition to his home country of the United States.
During the past fifteen years, he has served Fortune 500 companies, Private Equity firms, locally owned enterprises, and individuals from bases in Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, and Brussels. Prior to his career in human resources, he lived in Israel and attended school in England. He travels extensively, visiting close to fifty countries in his lifetime.
Currently based in Singapore, Tom is helping companies and individuals improve organizational performance through his work at LeBaark Consulting, a provider of interim HR leadership, executive coaching, and strategic consulting services. He also serves as a Co-Chair on the American Chamber of Commerce’s Human Capital Committee.
Preceding his venture into entrepreneurship, Tom used his international experience and HR expertise to improve organizational capability by leading the Global Talent Acquisition and Talent Development functions at Pall Corporation, the world’s leading provider of purification and filtration solutions. Prior to his global Talent role, Tom served as Pall’s HR leader for the Asia Pacific Region. During his time as regional leader, Tom and his team were central to the integration of Pall into Danaher Corporation, its new parent company.
Before joining Pall Corporation, Tom served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MasterCard’s Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa region. Based in Singapore, Tom was responsible for the creation and execution of MasterCard’s human capital strategy across APMEA.
Prior to his tenure with MasterCard, Tom was Vice President for Human Resources and Services with Ingram Micro, Incorporated. Based in Brussels, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the EMEA’s human resources strategy. While in this role, Tom also served as a core member of the team responsible for repositioning Ingram’s EMEA business strategy during the global financial crisis. Tom joined Ingram Micro in 2004 as Senior Human Resources Director for Asia Pacific. During his tenure with Ingram in Asia Pacific, Tom was responsible for leading the HR component of Ingram’s acquisition of Tech Pacific, the largest in the corporation’s history.
Early in his human resources career, Tom served for nearly a decade with Honeywell, and its predecessor AlliedSignal, in the US and Asia Pacific. While with AlliedSignal, he played a pivotal role in the integration of AlliedSignal’s Honeywell acquisition. Following AlliedSignal’s acquisition of Honeywell, he also played an active role in General Electric’s attempt to buy the newly formed Honeywell. Before embarking on a career in human resources, Tom worked for UPS and The Fisher Group Companies where he held positions in operations, customer support, marketing, and sales.
Tom served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps as an aviation radar technician and instructor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Luther College and a Master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.