Honorary Members of the ACSG
Hermann Spangenberg started working as a teacher-psychologist at Queens College, Queenstown. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Psychology, he became a lecturer in Psychology at the University of the Western Cape. While at UWC he obtained his doctorate in Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch. He then joined Personnel Consultants, an HR consultancy firm affiliated to Sanlam. Thereafter he practised as an industrial psychologist and career consultant, where-after he served as Human Resource Director of Alwarvo, a furniture company.
Hermann probably made his most important career decision in 1977 when he became part of the HR Development team of Stellenbosch Farmers Winery (SFW). His first major project was the implementation of Performance Management country wide. While at SFW, he undertook regular extensive study visits to the USA where he became acquainted with top leadership assessment and development researchers and practitioners. With leadership and management development being the real challenge of human resource practitioners in South Africa at the beginning of the 80’s, the need to share ideas became stronger and gradually the idea of a study group emerged.
Hermann established the Assessment Centre Study Group in 1981 under the auspices of the Institute of Personnel Management. One of the features of the Study Group – particularly during its formative years – was to bring out top assessment centre experts from the USA for the annual conference. He still has great appreciation for North American experts who made invaluable contributions at a time when South Africa was not a popular destination internationally.
In view of the importance of assessment in a wider sense Hermann, with the assistance of Ben Steenberg of Eskom, established the Psychometric Congress in 1989 under the auspices of the Institute of Industrial Psychology. The Psychometric Congress was later merged with a training conference to become the present annual SIOPSA Conference. In 1990 he became professor in Organisational Behaviour and Development at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) where he established the Centre for Leadership Studies. His research focused on leadership, Performance Management, and organisational performance. Since his retirement, he is still involved with updating of leadership and organisational assessment inventories in collaboration with professor Callie Theron of the Industrial Psychology Department at the University of Stellenbosch, his co-researcher for more than a decade. Hermann holds honourary membership from the Institute of Personnel Management, the ACSG, and the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa.
Prior to 1983, George Coetzee worked for government, semi-government and private organisations in South Africa. He gained valuable experience in staff selection, human resources research as well as training and development which included the application of the assessment centre technique for different purposes. In 1983 he joined Naspers Ltd, now a diversified multinational media company with interests in both the print and electronic media in more than 130 countries. He ultimately became the Human Resources Executive for the Group. Since 1998 until his retirement in 2008, he was the Group Company Secretary whilst retaining some high level human resources responsibilities. He remains involved with the Group on a part-time basis.
George first gained exposure to assessment centres at Infoplan, a subsidiary of the Armscor Group in the earlier eighties. When joining the Naspers Group, the review and realignment of their assessment centre for senior leaders was a first priority. To fulfill in the need for the assessment and development of senior editorial leaders, a fairly unique development centre was developed using typical real-life editorial situations. In the early nineties, he developed a learning centre for successors for senior management positions. The key focus was to prepare them for the key strategic challenges of the Group using assessment centre technology, action learning and coaching. He was asked to do a presentation on this initiative at the 1995 International Assessment Centre Congress in Kansas City, USA.
George served as the chair of the Assessment Centre Study Group of South Africa from 1989 until 1995.
George holds a MBA (1979) and a DBA (1989) from the University of Pretoria. He was one of the first registered Master HR Practitioners in South Africa. He is also a former board member of the SA Board for People Practices.
Eugene de Bruin (born 1948) established Psynomics, an Industrial Psychology practice in 1990. This practice specializes exclusively in the application of Assessment Technology to help people to make wise decisions about people. Since that time he has developed customized assessment centres, trained assessors, administrators and conducted assessments in a wide range of work settings. Psynomics Swaziland (Pty) Ltd has been established in 2012.
Prior to 1990 Eugene managed the Assessment Technology department at FSA Contact (Pty) Ltd. Earlier he held Managerial positions in Human Resources and Training Management. He also worked as an Industrial Relations Consultant in the Mining Industry.
Eugene holds a MA Psychology (Cum Laude) the University of Pretoria, and a BA Honours (Training Management) Rand Afrikaans University.
He is married to Sandra.
Deon Meiring is Associate Professor in Industrial Psychology at the Department of Human Resource Management, University of Pretoria in South Africa (2010). He also holds an Assistant Professorship extraordinary at the Department of Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2007).
He received his PhD at Tilburg University (2007), the Netherlands, where his promoter was Prof Fons van de Vijver – a leading cross-cultural psychologist.
Deon practiced as a Senior Police Psychologist in the South African Police Services (SAPS) (1991–2010) for 20 years. His main focus lay in designing and implementing selection and assessment practices in SAPS. In 2001 he developed and implemented the Senior Assessment Centre in SAPS, and designed and executed over 250 assessment centres in various top SAPS management positions. Deon also developed the first physical assessment centre facility in SAPS, financed by the European Union.
Deon Meiring’s association with the Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG) spans over a period of fifteen years. He has attended ACSG conferences since 1994, before becoming a Committee Member (2002–2005) and finally its Chairperson (2006–2007). In 2008 he established the Research Focus Area on Assessment Centres in South Africa. The aim of the Research Focus Area is to provide original, interesting, and rigorous research aimed at a broader scientific understanding of ADCs within both the South African context and the broader international arena. In 2010 he received honorary membership with the Assessment Centre Study Group for his work in the assessment centre field in South Africa, and his contribution and services towards the ACSG.
Deon leads the Master’s in Industrial Psychology programme at the University of Pretoria (2011). He teaches the Advanced Assessment module (HRM 803) that focuses on assessment centre practice. He has also developed UP’s own in-house assessment centre facility where students receive their training. Deon has published extensively and has recently contributed towards a book chapter in Assessment and Development Centres: Strategies for Global Talent Management by Povah and Thornton (2011). He is also an International Affiliate Member of the American Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and an Executive Committee Member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP).
Hennie Kriek is President of TTS-Top Talent Solutions Inc. and CEO of the TTS-Talent Group. He also serves as Professor Extraordinarius at the Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology at the University of South Africa. His most recent position was that of President of SHL Americas (USA, Canada and Latin America). Before that he was the founding member and Managing Director of SHL South Africa.
He received his DLitt et Phil at the University of South Africa in 1988. He was a faculty member and Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of South Africa from 1982 until 1994.
Hennie currently serves on the editorial board of “Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Perspectives on Science and Practice” (USA), “Human Performance” (USA), “Southern African Business Review” (SA) and advisory editor of the “Journal of Industrial Psychology“(SA). He also acted as a member of the awards committee of the “M Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace” of SIOP (USA) 2005-2007 and was a consulting editor of “International Journal of Management Reviews” (UK).
He was awarded honorary membership of SIOPSA (Society for Industrial Psychology of South Africa) for his contribution to IO Psychology in South Africa and was also awarded honorary membership of the Assessment Centre Study Group of South Africa for his contribution to the study of Assessment Centres in South Africa.
Hennie is currently acting as Chair of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP of South Africa). He was Chair of PAI (People Assessment in Industry) an interest group of SIOPSA, as well as the Assessment Centre Study Group of South Africa for a number of years. He also chaired a task force of SIOPSA that developed guidelines for the implementation and validation of fair personnel selection practices in 1991, 1998 and 2006. He is an International Affiliate member of the American Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the International Test Commission (ITC) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).
During his early career Hennie worked at an Internal IO Consultant to a large transport company Transnet in South Africa. He was a visiting scholar at Colorado State University, 1989-1990, where he conducted post-doctoral studies on fairness, discrimination, EEO and affirmative action.
He published widely in the field of Human Resources and Personnel Psychology and presented scientific and practical papers at various international conferences. He consults on a global basis in the end to end talent management cycle. This includes executive coaching, competency design, objective assessment, assessment centres, selection, personnel decision making, global talent management and human resource development. He worked with companies such as the UNITED NATIONS, ABSA, Telkom, IBM, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, BHPBilliton, Pfizer, HSBC, Capital One and Barclays to name a few
Sandra Schlebusch obtained a BCom Honours degree and continued her studies in business and management-leadership by obtaining an MBA during May 2004. She has extensive work experience in various industries. Sandra's experience covers the whole spectrum of human and organisational development. Her passion is using simulations and Assessment Centres for developmental purposes. Sandra's active involvement in Assessment Centre design, implementation and evaluation started at the end of 1987 and still continues. She received an Award of Recognition for Continuous Contribution to the Field of Assessment Centres in South Africa for the year 2007 from the Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG). She is co-editor of the book Assessment Centres: Unlocking Potential for Growth (2008), and a previous chairman of the ACSG. She was awarded Honorary Membership of the ACSG in 2012 and has started the ACSG Academy, focusing on training prospective Assessment Centre practitioners.