Soni K Basi, Ph.D.
Soni K Basi, Ph.D. is a strategic and passionate Global Human Resources (GHR) executive guiding the creation of cutting-edge talent programs. With a track record of delivering digital first initiatives, and 20+ years of experience, Soni has worked with some of the world's most notable companies in Luxury and Consumer Goods, Financial Services, and Pharma.
She has been featured in Chief Learning Officer magazine, in American Healthcare Leader magazine, and is a Top 100 Chief Learning Officer. She also speaks frequently at conferences and publishes articles as an Influencer on LinkedIn.
Most recently, Soni was the head of Global Talent at Allergan (Global Pharma, $16B). With a global team of 35 and two Recruitment Process Outsource (RPO) partners, Soni was instrumental in shaping the strategic end-to-end Global Talent agenda for the business. She created innovative, cutting-edge programs that attracted candidates to join, filling appx 4,500 positions a year, and through these programs, motivated employees to deliver strong business performance.
Prior to Allergan, Soni was the VP, Global Learning & Talent Development at The Estée Lauder Companies (NYC, Luxury Retail, $15B). She successfully built the first Global Talent programs across 30 brands and 40,000 employees. Among her many successes, she designed and delivered the Global Performance and Talent Management processes, and partnered with the CEO to introduce a pivotal annual ‘People’ month that significantly amplified the focus on talent.
During her time at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals (NJ) Soni was responsible for building a corporate university, delivering executive programs for the CEO, and played a critical role in two significant M&A’s.
She serves on the Advisory Board for Jobs for America's Graduates New Jersey (JAG NJ), the nation’s largest dropout prevention and recovery program, serving young adults ages 12-24. Soni is also on the Client Advisory Board for Cielo, one of the world’s top Recruitment Process Outsourcing firms.
She is a subject matter expert in Executive Search, Global Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, Performance & Talent Management, Executive Succession Planning, Culture, Inclusion and Diversity.
Soni received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in the Social Psychology, with a Minor in Quantitative Psychology.
Soni has a gorgeous 11-year old son, Armaan, who brings joy and wonder to her life.