Round-up of 12 Perfect Presentations at StandOut15

StandOut 2015 was an amazing success. Here’s a quick refresher for anyone that made it, or just in case you didn’t to give you a taste of the event for next year. First up, massive thanks to James Purvis, Head of Talent Acquisition at CERN who did a fantastic job as MC for the day, as well as a big shout out to the fantastic line-up of speakers who so selflessly shared their expertise and experiences. Our twelve jam-packed presentations fell under four key genres:

  • Implementing Video Interviewing
  • Candidate-Centric Recruitment
  • Aspirational Recruitment
  • Super Sonru

Implementing Video Interviewing – Clients know best

Sonru clients BD, Noble and Concern each gave their unique angle on implementing Video Interviewing. Claire Hirst, Talent Acquisition Lead, Europe at BD,  showed us how despite being innovative to the core, Becton Dickinson & Company’s talent acquisition was far from innovative until Sonru.
Moira Lynam, Head of HR at Noble Group, showed us how they deployed Video Interviewing in two stages of their recruitment process while Kim O’Kelly, Recruitment Team Lead at Concern shared the wide ranging recruitment challenges facing NGOs in International Recruitment.

Candidate-Centric Recruitment

Then Anna Cook from CERN – an organisation that invented the World Wide Web and questions the fundamental structure of the universe –  shared their huge internal recruitment challenge, and how they completely reinvented their recruitment process, with Sonru being a key part of their innovative approach.
Katie Dodsworth, Managing Consultant at Cubiks presented an overview of the results of Cubiks’ recent global candidate experience survey –  what candidates think about their previous selection experiences and what organisations can do to create a more positive candidate experience.
Andy Randall, CEO at eArcu, delivered a provocative presentation on mobilising the recruitment process urging people to think outside the box, accelerate recruitment efforts and how to set and raise the bar in mobile inspired recruitment.

Aspirational Recruitment

Two inspirational presentations reminded us what is really important in life. First up was Deborah White, CEO at the Milestone Group, who shared how and why she falls in love with her job at least once a day at the Passion Project and how they’re using Sonru to tackle the issue of youth unemployment, while Morgan Lobb, CEO & Founder at  Diversity Jobs provided the business case for integrating diversity into your organisation, and embracing it as an opportunity.

Super Sonru

At the beginning of the day, James Purvis, Head of Talent Acquisition at CERN, reminded us why we had all come along to StandOut15 – to celebrate and attend the first official in-person meeting of the Sonru User Group – and urged all clients to join the Sonru User Group on LinkedIn to continue the conversation online.

Maiken O’Byrne, Sonru’s Head of Client Success dug deep into Sonru user data and presented an insightful overview of Sonru candidates now and in the past along with data driven advice from the Client Success team. A highlight for many attendees was the “Glimpse into the Future of Video Interviewing” by Cormac Kelly, Sonru’s Head of User Experience and the company was commended for their ability in keeping secrets as Cormac shared exciting new developments coming on stream in the very near future.

Then it was time to fall in love with Sonru all over again after Maiken O’Byrne, Head of Client Success & Daniel Richard, Managing Director, Europe launched the Love Sonru programme, causing quite the stir. More information available here.

Watch this space to download the presentation slides and to see and share video and photo footage of the event.

Edward Hendrick
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness & Rural Development and a Higher Diploma in Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship.

Since founding Sonru in 2007 with the vision of introducing Video Interviewing to mainstream recruitment, Ed has established the organisation as a global leader and one of the top recruitment SaaS companies worldwide.

With numerous accolades to his name such as the Sunday Business Posts ‘Top 40 Under 40’ and IIA Net Visionary award for innovation, Ed is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in video recruitment technology and is a renowned industry speaker.

With a passion for new technology and how it can be used to make life easier for people in the real world, Ed has been instrumental in shaping the current landscape of the Video Interviewing industry.
Chris Horan
CTO at Sonru
Chris graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Computer Science and went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science in Physics and Computer Science as well as a Higher Diploma in Enterprise Development.

With almost 20 years’ experience in the software engineering and computer science space, Chris has worked with leading technology companies such as Accuris, CAPE Technologies and BearingPoint.

Chris has been at the forefront of Sonru’s product development since the company’s inception in 2007.
Daniel Richard
Managing Director EMEA
Sonru’s Europe MD, Daniel Richard, graduated from Queen’s University, Canada with a Master of Science in Industrial and Organisational Science.

A trained Occupational Psychologist with more than 15 years of sales and consulting experience in multinational recruitment and HR services companies, Daniel leads Sonru’s sales efforts within EMEA, helping to grow its rapidly expanding customer base.

Prior to joining Sonru, Daniel spent 10 years at Oracle Taleo helping to build the company from a small regional start-up to a true industry leader. Daniel has held a variety of sales and consulting positions on various continents, including the US and Europe.
Fergal O'Byrne
Non-Executive Director
Fergal holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology and is an experienced Internet industry entrepreneur.

Since founding Interactive Return in 1998, Fergal has been a member of the Board of Directors of, WINC, and CCD Limited and was a previous chair of the Project Advisory Group for Fáilte Ireland’s eBusiness Support Initiative.

A recognised influencer within the industry, Fergal has served as CEO of the Irish Internet Association and has published four books including ‘10 Online Marketing and Search Engine Essentials’ and ‘10 Technologies Every Executive Should Know’.

In 2015, Fergal was inducted into the IIA Internet Hall of Fame in recognition for services to the internet industry.
George Pennock
George holds an MA in History from Oxford University and is a previous Partner and Head of Saphir UK at Saphir Capital Partners.

George spent several years with the Goldman Sachs Group as a mergers and acquisitions banker before moving into private equity where he has spent most of the past 15 years. He has served as a Senior Investment Manager and COO at Pi Capital, and worked with Botts & Company Ltd where he made private equity investments in the leisure, publishing, branded goods, retail, and technology sectors.

Having spent the past two decades working with a myriad of talented and unconventional entrepreneurs, investing in everything from online employee benefits platforms to river boats and book publishers, George is passionate about backing exceptional people and interesting businesses and believes that while a mediocre management team can ruin even a great plan, a great management team can make a success of almost any business opportunity.
John Penning
Currently, I am a Director of Sonru, the leading Online Video Interviewing company. Previous career highlights include; CEO of the Irish Internet Association, Chairman of and Founder and CEO of Interactive Return. In 2015 I was very honoured to be inducted into the IIA Internet Hall of Fame in recognition for services to the internet industry.
Rodolphe Verhaegen
Non-Executive Director
Rodolphe is currently an Operational Advisor with Digital Ventures in Brussels having previously worked in Ebay, most recently as Director of Customer Innovation.

Rodolphe is an innovative and creative business leader, with a strong interest in technology and agile software development practices. He holds an Masters Degree in Business Information Management and a BA in Business Economics from the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels.
Georges Schmit
Non-Executive Director
A native of Luxembourg, Georges graduated with degrees in Economics from the University of Louvain, Belgium (BA) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MA). Besides his native Luxembourgish, Georges is fluent in French, English and German.

Georges served the Government of Luxembourg from 1981 to 2016 and throughout most of his career he focused on innovation and technology policy, economic development and trade and investment promotion.

During his time with the Government of Luxembourg, Georges served as Secretary General of the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and was a member of several European Union high-level advisory bodies including the European Commission's "Enterprise Policy Group”. He also served as both Vice-Chairman and Executive Chairman of the National Credit and Investment Corporation (SNCI) of Luxembourg.

Georges has served on the Board of Directors of both listed and private companies including the world's largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal, the Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES, the Luxembourg Post and Telecommunications Company, and the Luxembourg State and Savings Bank, among others. Most recently, he contributed to the design and launch of several major Luxembourg Government innovation policy initiatives and sits on the Luxembourg Government’s Advisory Board on Space Resources.
Daria Polunina
Non-Executive Director
A director at Saphir Capital Partners, Daria holds a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from the University of Essex as well as a MSc in Finance from Cass Business School. Daria also sits on the board of Molinare and Wine Source Group.

Patrick Sweeney
Non-Executive Director
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in Accounting, Management, Human Resources, Marketing and Economics from University of Limerick as well as Masters of Education in Management, Human Resources and Training and Development from University of Sheffield.

For 25 years, Patrick held the position of Human Resources and Public Affairs Director for Aughinish Alumina where he was involved in change management, restructuring and international mergers and acquisitions.

Patrick also undertook many other leadership roles including operations management, training and development and employee relations management. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors at Sonru since 2011, Patrick has operated his own strategic management and human resources consultancy firm for the past 8 years.