About Diane - Professionally
Values Driven, Passionate Learner
Global Leader – Talent Management – Cultivator of Corporate Culture Leadership Development - Business Coach/Consultant - Facilitator - Trainer
Executive & Leadership Experience
Logistics, Clothing Retail & Automotive Industries
Diane Ramirez is an inspirational, inclusive leader with a natural ability to connect with people and influence at all levels of an organization.
Throughout her career, this ability has enabled her to create strategies that lead to positive results by linking company culture & values to business targets through the identification of talent and the development of people. Appreciated for her integrity and positive outlook, Diane is also highly regarded for her competence in continuous improvement thinking and problem-solving capabilities. Diane continues to be sought out by Board level executives, peers, and colleagues as a trusted advisor on key decisions and new concept development.
Following 30 years of success in the corporate world, lots of self-reflection and personal development, in 2021, Diane decided to further follow her passion for helping others and continue her career as an independent business coach & consultant. Having the ability to help others realize their potential and achieve their ambitions, without being confined to one organization, is truly liberating, energizing, and fulfilling beyond her wildest expectations!
The comments that Diane received when she publicized her decision on LinkedIN further excited and confirmed what her “inner voice” was already telling her… that she was headed into the best part of her career journey!
Recent Corporate Career Highlights
As Global VP, Talent Management & Development at DB Schenker AG, Diane lead the strategic development and implementation of several of the company’s first global talent management topics - including its competency framework, talent identification, succession planning processes, New Hire Orientation and Global Executive On-Boarding Program. She also created new strategies for executive, talent, and core learning & development.
While in the role of Head of Learning & Talent Development at C&A Europe, Diane was the first to hold this position for the Pan-European organization and its Sourcing entities in Asia. Diane created the L&D strategy and lead the implementation of several new leadership and management programs for the Buying and Sourcing organizations. As a HR Business Partner for the Chief Merchandise Officer, Diane helped build a new Buying Organization with the recruitment of 35+ key executives and experts in Buying, Design and Merchandise Planning. She also created a Pan-European Orientation week and 90-day On-Boarding Program to facilitate the integration of the new joiners.
Career Beginnings & Foundation:
Diane’s career began and remained for over 22 years in the company that would greatly contribute to her success and capabilities – TOYOTA (Toyota North America, Toyota Motor Europe & Toyota Motor Italia). Her experience began in field roles that lead to Management positions at Toyota’s USA Headquarters. In 2001, an expat assignment led Diane to Toyota Motor Europe (TME) to establish their first corporate L&D division, the “Toyota Academy Europe”. This successful journey included the European roll-out of the global “Toyota Way” values & culture where she developed and delivered programs to Toyota’s European CEOs, V.P.’s and other executives. Diane flourished whilst broadening her ability to connect and lead, now across 35 countries and cultures.
Her last role at TME was as Head of Customer Experience, Relations & Satisfaction where she and her team drove improvements to Toyota’s Customer Experience standards, trainings and actions that lead to increased results and
#1 rankings for customer satisfaction in dealer industry benchmark sales & after-sales surveys for Toyota Europe.
Diane holds an MBA from the University of Redlands and a BA in Political Science from Whittier College, both in California. Within these studies she lived in Denmark completing the Danish International Studies Program at the University of Copenhagen for her BA and a month’s study at the University of Cambridge, UK for her MBA. Born in California, Diane has also lived in Belgium, Italy and now in Germany.
About Diane - On a Personal Note
Apocalyptic skilled knitter – Creative bullet journal practitioner
Book lover – Avid world traveler – “Marvel Universe” movie fanatic!
Diane Ramirez is a native Californian from a suburb just south of Los Angeles. She grew up in a family that from generation to generation, were service driven. Though none had college degrees, their leadership and service qualities were well proven as her grandparents, parents, aunts & uncles were PTA Presidents, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and local church community leaders.
“Leadership can absolutely be taught and if you’re lucky, you can also grow up surrounded with examples of good leadership and strong values in your own family!” – Diane Ramirez
During her last year of college, Diane was an exchange student living in Copenhagen, Denmark with her host “Danish Family”, the Dalgaard’s. This experience had such a positive impact that Diane knew then that she would once again live in Europe …one day.
Through focus, patience and the support of her family, Diane’s aspiration became reality when she again moved to Europe in 2001, this time to Brussels, Belgium through an expatriate assignment with Toyota Motor Europe. Diane’s love of diverse cultures, history, and European travel lead to her decision to remain in Europe, now residing in Dusseldorf, Germany. The genuine friendships that Diane has developed throughout the years, and the support that they bring, contribute to her comfort and happiness as she approaches her 21st year in Europe.
Diane continues to love traveling and considers her life genuinely blessed as she’s able to visit her “happy place” of Positano, Italy, frequently and also travels “home” each year as she remains close to her parents, brother, family & friends in California.
The creative “maker” talents of her Nana and Mom continue through Diane’s knitting passion and bullet journaling. Diane also remains loyal to her home basketball and baseball teams, the Los Angeles Lakers & Los Angeles Dodgers!