Head of HR - Central & Eastern Europe Division, UniCredit
Laura Bendekovic is passionate about helping people develop and transforming HR strategy into value adding practice. Currently she is responsible for HR function of UniCredit´s Central and Eastern Europe Division. She started her HR journey 19 years ago in Zagrebacka Banka, in area of compensation & benefits, followed by HR planning and organization structure. From the year 2004 she was Head of Learning & Development department, focusing on optimizing recruitment effectiveness, integrating performance evaluation with development and learning, creating and implementing the talent management and succession planning processes.
Mother of two boys, in 2011 she moved with her family to Italy and joined the Corporate Learning function of UniCredit holding. In 3 years she nurtured 3 generations of young potentials, in total 240 people on their way to be the future leaders of the Group. She strongly contributed to the creation of the Group Learning Framework – a new global approach to learning in UniCredit. One key part of this framework is Group Leadership Curriculum, an innovative learning offer bringing common guidelines for the group leadership pipeline. Since 2011, she has been highly committed to the Group Gender Balance Program, contributing with her ´mother-in-career´ experience to spread a culture of awareness and sensibility to the topic.