For many organizations, overseas experience has increasingly become the norm for executives.
"Organizations that have successfully navigated time zones tend to have like-minded, like-valued and like-trained HR executives who come from diverse [and often local or global] backgrounds," says Jennifer Potter-Brotman, managing director of the human resource practice at Russell Reynolds Associates in Boston.
"They take a vested interest in making sure HR executives are moved to different divisions within the company to develop their leadership capabilities and round out their cultural astuteness. They learn what is negotiable and what is not. These HR executives develop a level of pragmatic idealism and cultural flexibility others often lack."
She adds that it is also essential to forge common bonds and relationships.
"Organizations that move people around provide executives with the opportunity to work with colleagues in other geographies," Potter-Brotman says. "This fosters global connectivity."