Sjoerd Gehring is Johnson & Johnson’s Global Head of Talent Acquisition overseeing all of the company’s global recruiting activities (approximately 25,000 hires annually). Sjoerd is responsible for developing the global talent acquisition strategy and devising innovative and progressive sourcing, selection and assessment processes to ensure J&J continues to attract and retain a globally diverse pipeline of talent. Sjoerd joined Johnson & Johnson from Accenture where he led the firm’s Global Talent Innovation Lab. He was responsible for starting up a talent R&D team focused on applied research, invention and rapid prototyping of ideas that would disrupt conventional recruiting strategies and products. Prior to this, Sjoerd was the Global Head of Talent Sourcing and Innovation for Accenture. He led a team that facilitated approximately 75,000 hires annually. Sjoerd was also responsible for developing the strategy to help ensure hires correlate efficiently with Accenture’s talent agenda. Sjoerd’s primary focus and passion is developing next generation recruiting platforms and channels. He is a widely recognized thought leader in the talent acquisition space, and has several patents pending with the United States Patent Office for cutting edge talent acquisition technologies. Sjoerd holds an M.B.A. in International Marketing from the ESLSCA Business School and a B.A. in Hospitality Management.