Coats appoints HR Director for Industrial business in Asia

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, has appointed Valerie Hayden as Human Resources Director, Asia, Industrial.  Valerie joins from Dentsu Aegis Network, a global media group, where she was Regional Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific.

Valerie will work on all aspects of HR to help support the growth of Coats’ Industrial business in Asia.  This includes HR leadership and advice on talent management, performance management, engagement, recruitment and reward.  She will also be a member of Coats’ Asia leadership team.

Valerie has more than 25 years' HR experience gained across a broad range of industries including manufacturing.  She has been based in Asia for nearly 20 years and former roles include Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Swiss Re, as well as senior HR positions at Rolls Royce Singapore, Novell Asia Pacific (a business software provider) and Hilton International, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Andy Speak, Chief HR Officer, Coats, said: Valerie’s broad range of experience and base in Singapore ideally position her to provide HR leadership to the Asia management team and to lead and mentor the Asia HR team.'

Valerie has a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Organisational Management from Illinois State University where she also won the Outstanding Senior in International Business award for the highest grade point average in her year.  She is certified in various registered psychometric tools and courses including MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), Firo-B, OPQ and the full suite of SHL’s assessment tools.  Valerie is also a professionally trained Executive Coach.

Valerie reports to Ashok Mathur, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Industrial and is based in Singapore.


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About Coats

With a rich heritage dating back to the 1750s, Coats is the world's leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, at home in more than 70 countries, employing over 20,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2014 were US$1.7bn.

Our well-known brands and strong relationships with customers and consumers mean our products and services meet current and future needs. Our company-wide understanding of our business partners and consumers, coupled with the deep expertise of our people, builds trust and certainty.

Coats’ pioneering history and innovative culture ensure the company continues leading the way around the world: providing complementary and value added products and services to the apparel and footwear industries; extending the crafts offer into new markets and online; and applying innovative techniques to develop products in new areas such as tracer threads, aramids and fibre optics.

  • One in five garments on the planet is held together using Coats’ thread
  • More than 100 million car airbags are made using Coats’ thread every year
  • Coats produces enough yarn to knit 70 million scarves a year
  • Every three hours Coats makes enough thread to go to the moon and back
  • More than 450 million pairs of shoes are made every year using Coats’ thread
  • In 1879 Thomas Edison used Coats’ thread in his experiments to invent the light bulb
  • Every week over one billion teabags are brewed using Coats’ thread
  • Coats produces enough thread to reach around the Equator every ten minutes
  • Thousands of surgical operations take place every day using Coats’ thread
  • Coats is the second largest and fastest growing global zip manufacturer