Top 60 CHROs in India
A chief human resources officer (CHRO) or chief people officer (CPO) is a corporate officer who oversees all aspects of human resource management and industrial relations policies, practices and operations for an organization. Similar job titles include: chief people officer, chief personnel officer, executive vice president of human resources and senior vice president of human resources. Roles and responsibilities of a typical CHRO can be categorized as follows: workforce strategist, organizational and performance conductor, HR service delivery owner, compliance and governance regulator, and coach and adviser to the senior leadership team and the board of directors. CHROs may also be involved in board member selection and orientation, executive compensation, and succession planning. In addition, functions such as communications, facilities, public relations and related areas may fall within the scope of the CHRO role. Increasingly, CHROs report directly to chief executive officers and are members of the most senior-level committees of a company.
01. ASHWANI PRASHARA
Company – Reliance Industries Limited
Ashwani Prashara is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Reliance Industries Limited. He is
HR leader with over 32 years of global experience across the entire gamut of HR activities with expertise in driving HR transformational initiatives, Change Management, HR Capability Building and Industrial Relations.Currently, He is responsible for HR, Corporate Services and Medical Services functions for Hydrocarbons and Allied Businesses.
He is specialised in HR Strategy, Industrial Relations, Total Rewards Strategies, Organizational Development, Change Management, Business Revitalisation, Growth Enablement, Human Resources Transformation and Service Delivery, Human Capital Strategy & Management.
02. MILIND LAKKAD
Company – Tata Consultancy Services
Milind Lakkad is the Chief Human Resource Officer and Executive Vice President of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). As CHRO, Milind is focussed on further strengthening the high performance culture of TCS, and is passionate about building a purpose driven, learning organization that transcends geographical barriers, and embraces practices that enable the future of work. The wellbeing of the diverse 450,000+ workforce is at the centre of the people strategy driven by Milind that focuses on learning, work and social collaboration and engagement with purpose. He strongly believes in the motto that a happy workplace is where every employee is encouraged to follow their passion, invest in lifelong learning, thrive together and stay hungry. He sees the role of HR as a key enabler – proactively partnering with business to enable long term planning and growth, institutionalizing collaboration to leverage ecosystems, and reinforcing the TCS Way by harnessing the diversity of the organization and creating a common language across the organization based on TCS values. Driving compliance to local and regulatory requirements across the globe, while creating value for the entire ecosystem of customers, analysts, partners and societies globally will continue to be his prime focus. With continued efforts towards social initiatives focused on education, healthcare, and sustainability, Milind envisions creating impact globally through inclusion and empowerment.
03. KRISHNAMURTHY SHANKAR
Company – Infosys
Krishnamurthy Shankar is an Executive Vice President and the Group Head of Human Resource Development at Infosys. In this role, he is responsible for envisioning the roadmap for HR, driving strategy, and implementing operational priorities aligned with the overall organizational mandate. Krish has over 30 years of experience and has led several global HR functions in organizations like Bharti Airtel, Hindustan Unilever and Unilever. Prior to joining Infosys, Krish was the Head of HR for South Asia at Philips. In his wide ranging experience in these organizations, he has led the transformation of HR into a strategic partner, facilitated organization-wide transformation and capability development, and was instrumental in building a strong talent pool through a series of leadership development initiatives. Krish holds a postgraduate diploma in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur, and has received an executive certificate in Strategy and Organization from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Krish is an avid reader, loves wildlife photography, and trekking. A football enthusiast, he occasionally runs half-marathons. He is passionate about teaching and exploring new ideas in HR and organization development. Krish is based in Bangalore.
04. VINAY RAZDAN
Company – HDFC Bank Ltd
Mr. Vinay Razdan is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of HDFC Bank. In his current role, he is responsible for the entire human resource function in the Bank. Prior to joining the bank in September 2018, Mr. Razdan was the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Idea Cellular Ltd. He had joined Idea in 2006 and spearheaded several transformational initiatives there. An HR veteran of 32 + years, Vinay brings in rich, vast, and varied experience across sectors such as FMCG, IT Services and Telecommunications. He has held leadership positions with marquee organizations such as ITC Ltd, HCL Technologies and Idea Cellular Ltd. Under Vinay’s leadership, some of these organisations were recognised as great places to work. Vinay is an alumnus of Delhi University and holds a postgraduate degree/diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Vinay is married to Jagriti, who is involved in various charitable causes. He is a football aficionado, and also enjoys playing cricket and table tennis. Reading and travelling are his other interests.
05. ANURADHA RAZDAN
Company – Hindustan Unilever Limited
Anuradha Razdan is the Executive Director HR of Hindustan Unilever Limited and Chief Human Resource Officer, South Asia at Unilever, Co-chair FICCI HR Committee. Her purpose is to spark magic between people, passion and opportunity for the benefit of the business, society and for everyone.
She is a business focused HR leader with an international career. Currently, she is serving as a member of the Management Committee of HUL, (an independently listed company) and CHRO for Unilever in South Asia. Her crucible experiences include Business Partnering members of the Unilever Executive, Strategic Assistant to former CHRO, global & local roles within Leadership Development, deep M&A experience and Global Head of Talent Attraction and Employer Brand. Strong equity advocate and change and transformation leader.
06. NIRAJ RAVAL
Company – Adani Gas
Niraj Raval is a HR Head at Adani based in Khodiyar, Gujarat. Previously, Niraj was a Senior Manager, Human Resources at Reliance Industries. He started working in 1998, then the he has changed 3 companies. On an average, Niraj Raval worked for one company for 5 years 10 months. Niraj Raval has been working as a Head Of Human Resources for Adani Total Gas for 455 days. If you are interested in this candidate, contact him directly by using contact details provided by SignalHire.
07. ANURAG PATNAIK
Company – Nestle India
Mr. Anurag Patnaik is the Director, Human Resources Nestlé South Asia Region.Through his current role, Anurag led the Human Resources function during the turbulent Covid-19 crisis. With people centric approach, he introduced new policies and provided all best possible support for the employees & their family’s well-being. He is keenly driving some of the best-in-class benefit reviews for the organization, working to broaden the scope of diversity and bringing in renewed focus on employee engagement. Prior to the current role Anurag was Head of Total Reward (COC) for Asia Oceania and Africa, and after completing a successful assignment in Malaysia, returned to Nestlé India. He was responsible for delivering important structural changes in the organization, improving Field Force Effectiveness and growing manager capabilities. In 2014, he became Head of Total Rewards Manager for the Market and drove major advances in the region’s pay and performance practices, overhauled sales incentives and medical plans, and deployed new communication strategies. In 2016, Anurag moved as the H2R Deployment Lead for Zone AOA, and enabled the transformation in CWAR, EAR, Japan, the Philippines and SAR, as well as in Italy. Anurag joined Nestlé as a Management Trainee in 2005 from XLRI, and since then, increasingly took on senior HR positions in Recruitment, Total Rewards & Senior HR Business Partner for Nestlé Nutrition, Nestle Health Science and Finance &Control.
08. VIKRAM TANDON
Company – Adani Group
Vikram Tandon is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Adani Group. He is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over three decades of experience across a range of diverse businesses, geographies, and cultures. His expertise lies in thoughtful management of the intersection of strategy, talent, and organization culture, with extensive outcomes in organizational effectiveness, talent management, succession planning and leadership development. Prior to joining the Adani Group, Vikram donned many transformative leadership roles across global brands such as HSBC India, American International Group, Inchcape Plc, Dubai, and ANZ Grindlays Bank, among others. Vikram holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur and has certifications in Leading Change, Management & Innovation from the Harvard Business School. Vikram was the past President of the National HRD Network, Mumbai Chapter and has been a recipient of the GNOSIS Excellence award from XLRI.
09. AMRITA PADDA
Company – Bharti Airtel India
Amrita Padda is the Chief People Officer of Bharti Airtel India. She joined Bharti Airtel on October 1, 2021. She reports to Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel. She is responsible for Airtel’s People strategy as the company transforms into a digital services provider of choice. Amrita has work experience of over two decades with Hindustan Unilever, where she has handled the entire spectrum of Human Resources roles. Most recently, she was the Chief People Officer for Unilever Marketplace, their newly set up global business unit to transform Distributive Trade. In the past, she has also led Human Resources for Unilever Philippines and for their Global Procurement function. She has strong expertise in leading Human Resources transformation projects globally and has been a pioneer of new initiatives at Unilever.
10. SUKHJIT SINGH PASRICHA
Company- Kotak Mahindra Bank
Sukhjit Singh Pasricha is the President and Group Chief Human Resource Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank. His 25+ years of career is in Corporate HR roles and Business HR roles across different industry sectors and complex businesses (both B2B and B2C). His experience across the entire value chain of HR function has helped him gain the ability to understand business imperatives and align HR solutions to the same and also an in-depth understanding of technical subject matter in the area of Human Resources. Also the ability to work with senior-leadership, design policy and processes and work with large teams across locations. His Business aligned HR Strategy are Driving HR Transformation projects and Productivity, Building Organisational Capability, HR Technology (strategy, design and execution), Outsourcing and Change Management, HR Operations Analysing and Improving HR Metrics. He has
Global exposure, in addition to specific India expertise. Also he is high on networking skills for environment scanning, analysing trends and deriving learnings.
11. SHANTA GUPTA
Company – Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd.
Shanta Gupta is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience as Business partner, responsible shaping Business AOP, Manpower Planning Talent Acquisition, OD interventions, PMS, Employee Engagement, Training – implementation of Matrix structure& Multiskilling. He is specialised in Manpower planning as per project cycle or need basis and monitoring productivity and projectwise manpower budget.
12. AMITAV MUKHERJI
Company – ITC Ltd.
Amitav Mukherjee is the Head- Corporate Human Resource Officer at ITC Ltd. Prior to this role, Mukherjee was serving as the VP-HR at ITC’s food division. Mukherjee comes with an experience of over 25 years and has spent a significant part of his career with ITC. He joined ITC in 1995 as assistant manager-HR and over a period of more than two decades, he kept climbing the ladder of success taking responsibilities as human resource manager, vice president-HR and now as corporate HR-head in the organisation. Mukherjee’s whirlwind journey with ITC began with a strong desire to gain experience in industrial relations. In trying to meet the challenges at ITC, including gathering knowledge of manufacturing and working with various top leaders, he managed to gain experience in labour management as well as collective bargaining. It took Mukherjee merely five years to begin leading the HR function at the Company’s Bangalore factory. He also lead a team of sales and marketing personnel and managed the distribution portfolio for the Company. His long-time desire to go overseas and attain a master’s degree was also fulfilled by the Company, which supported him financially in this endeavour. After completing a master’s in human resources from Cornell University,Mukherjee began leading the HR function at ITC’s food division in 2006. An alumnus of XLRI, Mukherjee also worked as an intern with Citibank India. He graduated in economics from Loyola College and completed his schooling from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
13. SRIRANG T K
Company – ICICI Bank Ltd.
Srirang is the Group Chief Human Resource Officer at ICICI Bank Limited. He is also a Member of the Research Advisory Council of IIT Bombay – Monash Research Academy, Member of IMD, Switzerland’s Executive Education Advisory Council, Member of Society of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Member of the Governing Body ofThe International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B ) and Board Member of the National HRD Network.
Mr. Srirang holds an MBA degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and Bachelors in Industrial Engineering. He has been with the Bank since 2001. In his 20 years of work experience at organisations like Coca-Cola India Limited, Ford India Limited, ICI India limited and ICICI Bank, Srirang has handled Industrial Relations, Mergers, Leadership Development, Performance Management, Talent acquisition and employee engagement processes.
14. DR. C JAYAKUMAR
Company – Larsen & Turbo
He is the Executive Vice President & Head – Corporate Human Resources (CHRO) of Larsen & Toubro Limited, an Indian Multi-national Conglomerate with diversified interests in infrastructure, heavy engineering, manufacturing, IT, technology, and financial services with operations across 30+ countries worldwide. A highly result-oriented, HR professional with 33 years of experience in successfully planning, designing, implementing. and managing various Strategic HR Initiatives. He has been the Head of HR for various businesses, independent companies, and JVs within L&T Group, including leadership roles in the Middle East & Africa Region. He has led various transformational initiatives within the organization including digital transformation. He has been an established thought leader and widely acclaimed speaker in various national and international conferences and forums.
15. VIBHASH NAIK
Company – HDFC Life Insurance
Experienced Human Resources and L&D professional with a demonstrated history of working in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance industry. Strong human resources professional skilled in Talent Management, Compensation and Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Personnel Management, Employee Engagement, and Organizational Development.
16. APPARAO V V
Company – HCL Technologies
Apparao VV is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at HCL Technologies, a role in which he leads a global organization responsible for engaging, developing and transforming the company’s workforce into a competitive differentiator. His team of HR experts is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create a workplace aligned to the needs of the digital age. Apparao is an HCL veteran, having joined the company in 2002. Before taking over his current role, he was a Corporate Vice President in Financial Services business. Apparao has three decades of overall industry experience covering various domains like talent management, client relationship management, industrialized delivery and strategic partnerships. He is widely admired amongst his peers for his deftness at integrating and managing diverse, multi-cultural and multi-national teams and expertise in process lifecycles and next-gen technologies. Apparao holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee which he passed as a Gold medalist. He has also published several research papers in industry publications and holds two patents under his name.
17. DEEPAK REDDY
Company- Bajaj Finserv Limited
Deepak Reddy is currently the Group Head of Human Resources for Bajaj Finserv Ltd. Bajaj Finserv Ltd
has the following companies in its fold – Bajaj Finance Ltd, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company, Bajaj
Allianz General Insurance Company, Bajaj Housing Finance Ltd, Bajaj Financial Securities Ltd, Bajaj
Finserv Health Ltd and Bajaj Finserv Direct Ltd. The newly set up “Group Learning Academy” also
reports into Deepak. Deepak is known to be a people’s person and is key member the team that helped transform Bajaj
Finserv into one of India’s most respected & profitable Financial Services Institutions. He was also
instrumental in the transformation of the HR practises of Bajaj Finance Ltd in a short period of time.
The company has consistently been awarded, by GPTW and AON Hewitt, to be amongst the Best
Employers in India. Deepak is a versatile leader and has done multiple roles, in his 27+ years career, spanning across
Managing Businesses, Sales & Distribution, Product Management & Human Resources. He in fact had
never done a HR role until eight years ago. His HR Mantra is to develop practises that are simple,
common sensical, transparent, engaging and with high business impact! He has previously worked with American Express, Standard Chartered Bank & Onida. He is proud to be a Management graduate from T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal (1994 batch). Deepak loves riding his 2400 cc motorcycle along with sports, trekking and movies.
18. SAVITHA SHIVSANKAR
Company – Asian Paints
Savitha Shivsankar has joined Asian Paints as Chief Human Resources Officer. Earlier, she had worked with Mondelez International, Diageo, Marico, Castrol India and ITC. An alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Shivsankar’s expertise includes exposure to all forms of HR in multiple roles – factories, sales regions, marketing HR, new businesses as well as Corporate. In this role, Savitha is leading the people and culture agenda of Asian Paints globally. She has over 20 years of experience spanning various industries and diverse aspects of the HR function. Prior to joining Asian Paints, she was associated with Novartis as Head – Talent Organisational Development and Inclusion for almost 3 years. She brings in 23 years of professional experience to the Company. She joined Novartis in 2016, as the head of the people functions for India. She climbed up the ranks and was elevated to the role of head, talent, organisational development and inclusion in 2020.
19. SAURABH GOVIL
Company – Wipro
Saurabh Govil is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Wipro, and a member of the Management Team. He leads all Wipro’s HR functions, including talent acquisition, talent engagement, and learning and development programs. Saurabh has been a HR practitioner for over two decades, and has worked with organizations like ITC and GE. Since joining Wipro in May, 2009, he has been instrumental in transforming the organization. His work with people, processes, and organizational structure over the last three years has contributed significantly to Wipro’s growth, improving operations and introducing many new initiatives. Saurabh is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur where he completed his master’s in human resources. He is on the advisory board of SHRM India. Saurabh has been a regular speaker at NASSCOM’s HR summit. He also contributes to NHRDN’s journal as an author.
20. RAJKAMAL VEMPATI
Company- Axis Bank
Ms. Rajkamal Vempati is the Head of Human Resources at Axis Bank, one of India’s largest private sector banks. In a career spanning more than 17 years, she has donned various hats successfully and carved a niche for herself in the industry. Having started her career in HR as a Consultant with Associates, she went on to be a part of the Global HR Leadership Program at GE Capital. Prior to Axis Bank she was heading Human Resources for ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited. She has worked extensively in the area of Learning and Organization Development. At ICICI Lombard, she led organization-wide change interventions which have received global accolades such as the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) Award and the Golden Peacock award to name a few. Ms. Vempati is the Chairperson, CII (Western Region) of the Indian Women Network and is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the “Young Achiever Award” in Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards and “Women Super Achiever” by the World HRD Congress.
21. RAMESH MITRAGOTRI
Company – Ultratech Cement
Ramesh Mitragotri is an HR professional with about 35 years of experience across different industries and sectors such as Consumer products, Electronics, Engineering & Construction, Performance Materials, Cement, Retail and Chemicals and in a range of companies from family-owned and managed to multinational organizations. He has been involved in Organisation Transformation and Changes Management over different life cycles of a business. His understanding of business and partnership with line managers has seen him successfully steer the organizations through challenging times. He joined Aditya Birla Group in 2007 as Head – HR (Marketing Division) in Cement Business. In 2009, he moved to Aditya Birla Retail Limited as Chief People Officer. In 2015, he moved briefly as Group Head – Employee Relations when he was entrusted with early work of aligning Century group to ABG ways of working among other responsibilities. He then moved as CHRO – Chemical, Fertilisers and Insulators business. In November 2016, took over as CHRO for UltraTech Cement which is undergoing rapid expansion through acquisitions and organic growth during this period.
22. RITESH RANA
Company – Britannia Industries Limited
Ritesh Rana is Vice President, Human Resources. Ritesh joined Britannia in 1997 as a Management Trainee after a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations at XLRI, Jamshedpur. Joining the company as Assistant Personnel Manager, Chennai, he has progressed through several roles such as Compensation and Benefits Manager, Industrial Relations Manager in Delhi handling the North region, Manager Manpower Planning and Reporting, HR Business Partner and currently heads HR for the Organization. He has previously worked for companies such as Max New York Life Insurance, Intel and GE (GE Money and SBI cards).
23. SWADESH BEHRA
Company – Titan Company Limited
Swadesh Behra is the Chief People Officer of Titan Company Limited. He is the senior Human Resources Professional with diverse sectoral experience in MNCs & Indian Organizations covering Pharmaceuticals FMCG and Manufacturing. His extensive change management experience includes setting up of green field operations, building capabilities and talent acquisition during high growth phases of business, Implementing appropriate HR interventions, Employee Transition Management during business closures etc. He has Good Analytical skills, Business Appreciation, Process Orientation and Strong Inter Personal skills are some of my key strengths. His Expertise lies in building key People Programmes,HR Strategy Development, Talent Management, Employee Relations, Setting up HR Systems & Processes for Start up Operations. Providing HR Support to business in leadership roles in Sales and Mfg.HR in various sectors.
24. BIPLAB BASKI
Company – Dabur
He is the Executive Director and CHRO at Dabur. He is an HR Leader with passion for growing Business, People and bringing positive Cultural change. As a career HR professional with 26 years of experience, he had the outdone himself in work and growing in diverse HR areas thus cultivating diverse set of HR skills in change management, leadership development, coaching & mentoring, integrated Talent Management, Remuneration & Rewards, Talent Selection and Employee Relations. Over a period and with increasing responsibilities he developed a keen sense of Business Partnering and making sure that HR Programs are delivering the business Results. HR Exposure in various cultures such as South Africa, Switzerland, Oceania and having led diverse Teams in multiple cultures and geographies has added to his abilities to understand cultural nuances and contextualise HR programs for maximum effectiveness and business results.
25. AJAY KUMAR SINGHROHA
Company – Hindustan Zinc
He is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Hindustan Zinc Limited. He is a seasoned global HR professional with over 23 years of experience in leading multinational FMCG and Automobile organizations like Unilever, Philips, General Motors & Bombardier. He has worked across diverse cultures, partnering with Senior Business Leaders in strategy formulation. Established track record building up capacity and capability while achieving transformative growth in times of disruption – Including Green field and Brown field projects. i.e. Setting up New Factories, Expanding & Consolidating sites, Setting up new Shared Services Organisation (HR SSO) and Technology Centers. His strengths include Industrial Relations, Business and HR Strategy Formulation, Business Transformation, Business Partnering, Talent Management and Succession Planning, Merger/Acquisition Integration.
26. SHARAD K SHARMA
Company – Pramerica Life Insurance Limited
Sharad K Sharma is the Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Ethics Officer of Pramerica Life Insurance Limited (JV between Piramal Capital & Housing Finance Ltd & Prudential International Insurance, USA). He carries 25+ years of HR Leadership experience in Financial Services, IT, ITES, Healthcare & FMCG sectors. Held Senior leadership roles as Management Team & Board member. Extensively worked in markets like India, UK, Germany, Luxembourg, USA & Canada. He has held Senior HR Leadership roles in Organization’s like Vertex Group (UK), Max New York Life Insurance, Fidelity Investments, eFunds Corporation, Bharti British Telecom & Canon India. Before joining PLI, he served as the EVP & Chief People Officer, GE Capital – SBI CARDS a JV between State Bank of India & GE Capital. He has now been the CHRO for over a decade and has played fairly complex roles in fast paced set ups. A certified OD practitioner from TISS, Mumbai, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from University of Delhi, a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from Rajendra Prasad Institute of Management,
Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan & a Post Graduate Diploma in Training & Development from The Indian Society for Training & Development. Sharad is also a Certified NLP Practitioner & Life Coach from Transformation Academy, Florida, USA. He has been awarded as the Most Influential HR Leader in the Country by TOI Ascent & World HRD Congress in the year 2016-2017 & was also given the HR Fellowship Award by TOI Ascent & World HRD Congress in 2018 in recognition of his contribution in the Human Resources Domain.
27. MANISH SINHA
Company- Mahindra and Mahindra Limited
Manish Sinha is a globally experienced HR Leader in the Automotive, Energy, FMCG, and Pharma industry, with demonstrated ability to lead multicultural teams across geographies. Manish has distinctive competency and experience in high-impact senior leadership roles for more than 2 decades. He currently leads HR for Mahindra & Mahindra Auto business. He has earlier been associated with PepsiCo and General Electric. Manish is an alumnus of BHU Varanasi, Delhi University, and XLRI Jamshedpur. He is an avid reader and keen learner of human behavior and leadership challenges. He likes Hindi poetry, listening to music, and connecting with people of diverse interests.
28. RAHUL GAMA
Company – Godrej Consumer Products Limited
Rahul Gama is Head – Human Resources, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL). Rahul is responsible for driving the Human Resource strategy at GCPL. Prior to this, he was the Head of Human Resources at the erstwhile Godrej Sara Lee, and before that, Head of Corporate HR at Marico Limited. He has worked across a variety of sectors, including Manufacturing, Consulting, FMCG, Services and Retail and built expertise across verticals – from handling industrial relations issues and dealing with compensation planning, to creating a talent strategy. Rahul was also instrumental in shaping the HR function for a service business, Kaya Skin Care Limited, during his stint with Marico. A generalist in HR, Rahul holds a postgraduate degree from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and daughter, and is passionate about conservation and wildlife.
29. RAHUL SINHA
Company- Pidilite industries
He has moved to HR after working 22 years in Sales and Marketing. He has spent over six and a half years with Pidilite Industries. For him managing Human Resources is exciting, interesting and challenging. He believes Today’s organisations need to be digitally savvy, consumer centric, people sensitive and value focused. Success, in many ways, is when we win our consumers’ heart and mind together. He is a Post Graduate in Marketing & Strategy from IIM Bangalore. Prior to joining Pidilite, he have served with blue chip organisation like ITC, Kotak Mahindra Group and Aditya Birla Group and have leadership level exposure in FMCG and Financial Services. His Specialties are Brand Management, Communication Development, Media Planning and Buying, Product Development, Corporate Communications, Loyalty Program Development, Channel Marketing.
30. ARCHANA BHASKAR
Company– Dr. Reddy’s Lab
Archana Bhaskar serves as Chief Human Resource Officer of Dr. Reddy’s Lab. She joined the company in June 2017. She has over 30 years of experience across various industries, geographies and companies. She has held senior management roles with Royal Dutch Shell, Singapore where she headed Human Resources for the Global Commercial businesses and with Unilever, where she held positions of European and global responsibility, as well as large Indian corporations with whom she consulted in professionalizing Human Resources policies and practices. She graduated from Lady Shri ram College, Delhi University, majoring in Psychology and Mathematics and holds a degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru.
31. HARSHVENDRA SOIN
Company – Tech Mahindra
Harshvendra Soin is the Global Chief People Officer and Head of Marketing at Tech Mahindra. Harsh has been associated with Tech Mahindra since 2012. He brings with him a rich experience of more than 26 years in the industry. Before his current role, he was heading the Canada Enterprise Business as Senior Vice President and Country Head at Tech Mahindra (Canada). He was also the Global Leadership Acquisition & Development, and Head – Business HR for APAC & IMEA (Telecom & Enterprise) for Tech Mahindra. Before joining Tech Mahindra, Harshvendra was the Chief People Officer at Fortis Healthcare Limited, looking after all areas of Human Resources. He also worked with Aditya Birla Retail Limited as a Chief People Officer before Fortis. Harshvendra has also worked towards creating innovative HR Processes and Policies in Bharti Enterprises where he was Senior Vice President – People Excellence before moving as the Head – HR for Bharti Retail Ltd. He has also worked with the Oberoi Group and Punwire Limited. He has been a recipient of many prestigious awards including the HR Leadership Award – Asia Pacific HRM Congress, Ascent – Most Powerful HR Professionals of India Award – World HRD Congress. Other awards include the Talent Magnet Award – Conscious Business Leader Award 2016 by LinkedIn.
32. MIKE CLARKE
Company – Hero Motocorp Limited
Mike Claire is a business leader driving for excellence as a COO / CHRO. He is a results-orientated Human Resources and Operations professional delivering success across various sectors and globally. He has extensive experience in Automotive and Retail / Service sectors at C-suite level. He has significant expertise in leading major transformations and restructuring, “spin off’s” and divestitures – integrations and cultural change programs. He has a passion deploying talent and succession plans for enterprise growth. He demonstrates a creative, innovative, and pragmatic approach focused on delivering business performance.
33. RAJU MISTRY
Company – Cipla
She is currently leading and shaping the HR agenda for the Global workforce of an organisation that is driven by its purpose of ‘Caring for Life’. In steering Cipla’s dynamic and ambitious people agenda, she ensure that its most valued asset, its people, remain the core of its future-ready strategies. She believe that as an HR leader the sine qua non of her existence in an organisation is to unleash the true potential of an individual, provide rich and diverse opportunities, set high standards for excellence and witness the exhilaration when people accomplish things that they once believed were impossible. Global experience of more than a quarter century across companies and sectors has made her realise that excellent quality is not an act of serendipity, but an outcome of conscious acts and choices — and ‘just one miss’ is never an option. She feel privileged to have had many opportunities to shape careers of many leaders, build global connections that have enriched me professionally and partnered with business to lay rock solid foundations for business success.
34. AMITAVA SAHA
Company – Biocon Limited
Mr. Amitava Saha is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Biocon Ltd. He joined Biocon in December 2013. Amitava has more than two decades of diverse experience in Human Resource (HR) management with organizations such as Firstsource Solutions, Mashreq Bank, Accenture and Infosys. During his tenure at Infosys, Amitava handled various talent acquisition responsibilities, before managing HR for the company’s global sales force and retail vertical. He was responsible for setting up and leading the recruitment practice for Accenture’s BPO voice and data business in India. At Mashreq Bank, Dubai, he headed HR for the Corporate Bank. Prior to joining Biocon, Amitava was the head of talent acquisition and HR for Firstsource Solutions’ APAC business. Amitava has a B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
35. DILLIP PATTNAYAK
Company – JSW Steel
Dilip Pattanayak currently working as President & CHRO – Steel & Corporate for JSW. He is responsible for the entire gamut of HR and related activities for Steel Vertical in addition to corporate functions of HR. Before joining JSW, he was with Reliance Industries where he was Senior Executive Vice President & Head HR (Manufacturing). During his over 24 years of experience, he has worked with companies like Vedanta, L&T, Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited, and Siemens. Dilip’s professional career encompasses experience in the areas like Organization Design & Building organization, HR Policies including Systems & Procedures for Start-Ups, Manpower Planning & Resourcing (including expats), Performance Management & Compensation Management, Leadership Development Intiatives, Change Management consequent to merger/acquisition. He is Gold Medalist in HR from Utkal University.
36. AMIT PRAKASH
Company – Marico Limited
Amit Prakash is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Marico Limited and joined Marico in 2015. In his current role as the CHRO, Amit is responsible for envisioning the roadmap for human resources, driving strategy and initiatives in the areas of talent management, leadership development, capability & career development and organization effectiveness. Amit endeavours to leverage human capital to meet the organization’s ambitious targets and deliver high business impact. Along with the Leadership Team, Amit aims towards creating Marico as a future workplace, with a strong emphasis on innovation and digitisation. Amit has over 19 years of experience and has worked with leading organisations like Coca Cola Beverages, ITC and LG electronics. In his wide ranging experience, he has facilitated organization-wide transformation and capability development, and was instrumental in building a strong talent pool through a series of leadership development initiatives. He is widely admired amongst his peers for his deftness at integrating and managing diverse teams and expertise in process lifecycles and next-gen technologies. Amit holds a postgraduate diploma in HR from Symbiosis International University, Pune. He is an avid reader, loves travelling and exploring new places. He is also passionate about teaching and exploring new ideas in HR and organization development.
37. AARIF AZIZ
Company – United Spirits Ltd (A Diageo Co.)
Aarif leads the Human Resource function at Diageo India and is part of its Executive Committee. At Diageo India, he is responsible for building people and organizational capability aligned to deliver the corporate objective of building capable leaders and attracting right talent. Aarif returns from the US where he was the Global HR Head for GE’s Gas Power Systems – a business focused on creating power infrastructure. Prior to this, he was heading the HR function for GE Healthcare’s Emerging Markets based out of India. In his 18+ years of experience with GE he has assumed roles with increasing leadership responsibilities in various businesses of GE, partnering teams across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. An experienced Human Resources professional, Aarif’s 20 years’ experience spans several sectors many of which have been senior leadership roles. This includes facilitating organizational and cultural transformation, leading efforts to build talent pipelines while developing the leadership bench, as well as coaching the leadership. His cross-functional experience in Sales, Manufacturing and Services have contributed to his broad understanding of the business. Aarif holds a post-graduate degree from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD (SCMHRD), Pune and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kota Engineering College. He is also a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma.
38. SAKTHIVEL M
Company – Vedanta Resources Limited
He is the Chief Human Resource Officer at Vedanta Resources Limited. He is an Astute leader with proven track record in HR Field and experience over 23 years in both MNCs and Indian Corporates including FMCG, Textile, Engineering and Natural Resources company. A Human Resources strategist with extensive experience spanning several areas including Organization Development, Change Management, Leadership Development, Digitization & Innovation, Business Process Engineering and a seasoned Employee Relations expert. Delivered business bottom line through Modern HR Interventions & Systems by implementing best in class industry practices and reputed HR Awards. He has won the “Great Manager Award” by “The Economic Times” and “101 Top HR Minds in India” by ET NOW. He is Certified CII HR Excellence Assessor.
39. CHANDRA BHATTACHARJEE
Company – Grasim Industries
Chandra Bhattacharjee works as a Chief Human Resource Officer at Grasim Industries, which is a Manufacturing company with an estimated 24.4 K employees; and founded in 1947. They are part of the Human Resources Executive team within the C-Suite Department and their management level is C-Level. Chandra is currently based in Noida, India. They used to work at Exclusive Securities and National Stock Exchange of India.
40. RAHUL MAITRA
Company – Ambuja Cements Ltd.
Rahul Maitra is Chief Human Resources Officer at Ambuja Cements Ltd.(A LafargeHolcim Group Company) He lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
41. DEBABRATA D.
Company – TS Alloys Ltd Tata Steel.
Debabrata D. is the Chief Human Resource Officer at TS Alloys Ltd Tata Steel. He is an HR professional having an Excellent Track Record with exposure of Diverse Sectors(Steel, automotive, FMCG). Not only this, he is also a Certified Competency Mapper, Career counsellor and Trained Facilitator for Thomas PPA. He has successfully handled HR Leadership positions both for Various Corp & Plant Level roles. As he is currently handling Role of CHRO of TS Alloys Ltd a 100 percent subsidiary of Tata Steel, he is based at Bhubaneswar and involved in developing Business Centric HR and IR Strategy basically focussing on relevant policy formulation, Revamping the performance, Reward and Talent Management System, Design of Land Roadmap and three tier Action plan to improve engagement of Unionised Workforce.
42. AMIT CHINCHOLIKAR
Company – Tata Consumer Products
Amit Chincholikar joined Tata Consumer Products in September 2018 and was appointed Global CHRO in December 2018. He moved from Tata Sons where he was Senior Vice President – Group Human Resources. Amit has been with the Tata Group since 2010 prior to which he has worked with Aditya Birla Group and Mercer Consulting across all HR domains including mergers and integration, HR strategy, talent, learning, compensation and business partnership roles. Amit has also worked in several geographies across the world and has lived in India, Singapore and the US. Amit is a post-graduate from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. He graduated in science with specialisation in statistics and operations research from the University of Mumbai.
43. PRITPAL SINGH KULAR
Company – Indus Towers Limited
Pratap Singh Kular is the Chief Human Resource Officer at Indus Towers Limited. He is a seasoned HR professional with over 27 years of rich and diverse experience across various facets of Human Resources and Business Strategy. He believes in delivering high value to the organisation through a focus on culture and building a future – ready talent pipeline to enable business strategies. He thrives on progressive change, enabling business through people and giving back to the profession by mentoring young professionals.
44. SHARMEEN KHALID
Company – Info Edge India Limited.
Sharmeen Khalid is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Info Edge India Ltd. It’s a premiere internet company with headquarters in India and offices across the Gulf. Along her professional journey, she gained good exposure in all facets of HR viz talent management, performance management, recruitment, learning and OD, mainly in IT services and Product companies. She says “Being part of the success story of Info Edge has been a very exhilarating and rewarding experience.” She gives all the credits to her trustworthy mentors, an amazing team and family members who always supported her.
45. V KRISHNAN
Company – Havells India
V Krishnan is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Havells India. He has capabilities in Business Partnering across industries; with Indian multinationals and MNCs, covering Human Capital Management, Business Processes, Quality, Knowledge Management and IT Enablement, with organizations like Dabur, Whirlpool, Xerox and Eicher. He possess extensive exposure to consumer facing complex businesses with multiple linkages across the value chain. He has driven initiatives to create an engaging work environment for a multi-generational workforce in the digital age that is fully equipped to respond to the challenges of a dynamic industry. He has led focused initiatives on Employer Branding through visibility on media, specific forums and leading B-Schools / educational institutions.
He has a keen sense of Organizational Awareness and deep business insights has led to an enriching professional career spanning over thirty years.
46. SAMIK BASU
Company – Hindalco at Aditya Birla Group
Samik Basu is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Hindalco at Aditya Birla Group. He is a collaborative HR leader with 25 years of diverse experiences in reputed CPG companies including Unilever and PepsiCo, across multiple geographies and cultures in India and the Asia Pacific Region. His passion is to help organizations to deliver sustained business results by building, inspiring and coaching diverse teams to excel and leverage their full potential, in a values based and inclusive environment. His specific areas of interest and specialization in the field of HR include strategic business partnership, execution excellence, change management, employee relations, organization design & effectiveness and leadership development.
47. RAVINDRA KUMAR G.P.
Company – Tata Motors
Ravindra Kumar G.P is the President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Tata Motors. Ravindra oversee all human resource operations for Tata Motors. He is a member of the Executive Committee. He is an alumni of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Ravindra has a rich global experience of over 20 years. In his most recent role, Ravindra Kumar was CHRO, GE, South Asia and prior to GE, he worked with Asian Paints where he began his career in 1998.
48. SANJAY SINGH
Company – UPL
Mr. Sanjay Singh joined UPL as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer in September, 2018. Sanjay began his career in Civil Services of India, where he served the Indian Railways for 10 years. His foray into the private sector took him to Dr. Reddy’s where he handled multiple global assignments in Russia & Europe. He then moved to Tata Motors as Head of HR for the commercial vehicle division including international operations. In his last assignment with Crompton Greaves he was designated as Executive VP & Global Head – Human Resources and was a member of the Executive Committee.
49. VIKRAM BECTOR
Company – Piramal Group
Vikram Bector is the President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Piramal Group. He is a leader with over 30 years of experience in sales & HR. He has e-enabled practices in areas such as talent acquisition, leadership development, succession planning, managing high potentials, training, organisation development and employee engagement. He has added phases of growth i.e. accelerated ramp up, consolidation/M&A and in de-growth phase, he has worked in the BFSI, automotive, commodities, chemicals and Pharma sectors in global Indian conglomerates & global MNC’s. He has fair global exposure in facilitating M&A and change initiatives in countries such as Brazil, United States, China, Singapore, Japan and the Middle-East. In his current role as President and CHRO, he is leading HR transformation on a global scale in The U.S., Canada, U.K., India and Sri Lanka. In the past 6-7 years, he has been practicing as an executive coach and as a performance consultant for CXO’s.
50. ANURAG ADLAKHA
Company – YES BANK
Anurag Adlakha is the Chief Human Resource Officer at YES BANK. He is driving organisational performance through HR enablement. He is a Finance Professional with significant leadership experience in managing diverse, cross border Finance Teams. He is also a Trusted Advisor with keen ability to challenge constructively and help formulate & drive Business Strategies. He has sound knowledge of Risk Management and is exposed to highest standards of Corporate Governance. He is well versed in Stakeholder Management across key internal and external constituents. His leadership roles have covered responsibility for various areas of the Finance function, namely Capital & Liquidity Management, Performance Management, Business Finance, Budget and Planning, Business Strategy, Compliance with Prudential norms, Regulatory/Financial/ Management Reporting, Financial Controls, Investor Relations and Tax. His responsibilities also includes oversight of Property and Procurement Functions. He is very well experienced in Investor/Analyst interactions with hands on experience of conducting roadshows during BSE/NSE listings and ongoing Results presentations.
51. Melvin Gladstone
Company – Edelweiss General Insurance Company Limited
Melvin is the Chief Human Resources Officer & Head Administration at Edelweiss General Insurance Company Limited. She is a Chief Human Resources Officer with a demonstrated history of working in Manufacturing, Service & Finance Sector. She has worked in organization of maturity cycle (start-up, growth, maturity & decline). She has handled HR Team of 140+ catering to a manpower of 8000 Full Time Employees & 8000 Part Time Employees which includes Corporate & PAN India. She has led HR independently in a business of size, scale and complexity with distributed footprint. She has knowledge & experience across the HR spectrum of Talent Acquisition, OD, L&D, Total Rewards & Service Excellence, IR & Legal, Employee Branding, Corporate HR , Business Partnering.
52. Kavita Singh
Company – United Breweries Ltd. (A HEINEKEN Group Company)
Kavita Singh is the Chief Human Resources Officer at United Breweries Ltd. (A HEINEKEN Group Company). She is passionate about making her workplace better by actively working with colleagues to bring out their best.
She is an HR professional with over 20 years experience with FMCG, Natural Resources, Mining & Metals, Shipping, Supply Chain & Logistics, Financial Services and Telecom. Experience in HR practices across geographies and emerging markets – Africa, Middle East, Europe, Indian Sub Continent. She has worked extensively on Strategic HR, Change Management, Leadership Effectiveness, Coaching, Culture Building, Business Partnering, Digitisation, Organisational Effectiveness and Analytics, Rewards, Talent Management, Governance, compliance and project management.
53. Suvamoy Roy Choudhury
Company – Vodafone Idea Limited
Suvamoy Roy Choudhury is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Vodafone Idea Limited. Over the years, he has worked across organizations to build institution that embrace high performance culture, Human Capital productivity & developing superior future ready workforce. In his role as Director Human Resource of Vodafone India, he is responsible for developing people strategies that compliment and support their business initiatives. He front-end people investment & development decisions with the objective of building a robust and sustainable talent pipeline. He work with a team of extremely talented professionals to achieve and think beyond the expected.
54. Chandrajit Pati
Company – PI Industries Ltd
Chandrajit Pati is the President and Chief People Officer at PI Industries Ltd. He has overall 30 years of experience in Business Transformation, HR Strategy, HR Operations, Employee Engagement and Organisational Capability Enhancement . He has experience in setting up businesses in Green field ventures as well as restructuring of Brown field organizations. He has mantled the role of a HR leader for the past 15 years. His objective as a Business and HR Leader is to ensure the long term success of the Organization in making it customer focussed and agile to the changing demands of the business environment.
55. Megha Goel
Company – Godrej Properties Limited
Megha Goel is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Godrej Properties Limited. As a Head, Human Resources – Animal Feeds, Corporate Functions & Seeds Business, Godrej Agrovet Ltd. (GAVL), she has led various projects across areas like organization structure & design, variable pay plans and manpower productivity with several business units and also spearheaded the setting up of the HR analytics initiative for Godrej. She has been associated with the Godrej Group since 2014. As Lead, Rewards & Performance for the HR Corporate Function from 2014-2017, she was responsible for leading the organizational rewards and performance strategy across the group companies and improving and implementing various policies, benefits and processes. Prior to Godrej, Megha was associated with J.P. Morgan India from 2010 – 2014. During her tenure there as AVP, India Performance & Rewards Team – she was responsible for the compensation & benefits initiatives for the India business. During this time, she worked with all the business units of the bank like investment banking, treasury management, asset management and cards services. Megha started her career with Britannia Industries Ltd. as a Management Trainee, that she joined after a successful summer internship (awarded the best project award that year) and played different stints like HR manager (North region), Sales HR manager and HR Manager – compensation.
56. Ajay Chowdhury
Company – SRF Limited
Ajay Chowdhury is the President and Chief Human Resource Officer at SRF Limited.
Ajay comes across as someone who has managed the right blend of professionalism and human factor. Being innovative comes to him at ease. He possesses this great ability to convert knowledge in daily applications and thus he gets the maximum outcome in the benefit of business. An alumnus of Hindu College and Jawaharlal Nehru University, he is a people person who goes beyond his call of duty to counsel and lead his teams. He has an MBA degree in Human Resources from the Faculty of Management Studies. He joined SRF in 2010 with the aim to transform words such as “business-aligned”, “value-driven”, “issue-based”, “employee-centric” from being jargons to becoming the very essence of his workdays in the firm. With him, these words find their true meaning. His more than 2 decades of rich work experience has seen him lead teams both in India and abroad. His work experience in the UK helped him further hone his cross-cultural people management skills.
57. Rahul Pinjarkar
Company – Trent Hypermarket
Rahul Pinjarkar is the Chief Human Resource Officer at Trent Hypermarket. He has over 22 years of professional experience in industries varied in their endeavours, temperaments, approach and policies. He has an experience in creating a competitive advantage through people and further transforming a company to become an employer of choice. His strength lies in building employee engagement strategies, creating a compelling employer brand and building high performing teams. From employee relations standpoint I have signed multiple long term settlements and initiated cost containment strategies resulting into significant savings in operating costs. In his career he has also led manpower rationalisation exercises in order to optimise capabilities & costs. He has spent major part of his career in Philips, Novartis and Saint-Gobain Group. From last 14 years he has been in Country HR Head’s role providing leadership to the HR Function that includes facilitating culture of meritocracy, improving HR functional delivery and managing the change process. He is also an active thought leader in the area of HR and Organisational Development in forums to name a few, NHRDN, NASSCOM, CII, ICT ACADEMY, WORLD HRD CONGRESS, CLO Summit, Retail Association of India, TRRAIN etc.
58. Raman Kumar Singh
Company – ABB India Subcontinen
Raman Kumar Singh is the Chief Human Resource Officer at ABB India Subcontinen. He is an HR Leader with close to 25 years of In-depth experience in Technology, FMCG, Media & Consulting Industry. He has had successful stints in OD, Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, HR Transformation, Change Management and Business Partnering. His areas of expertise are Leadership Development, Business and HR Transformation, Coaching and Facilitation, Employee Relations and Strategic Business Partnership.
59. Srikanth Karra
Company – Mphasi
Srikanth Karra is the Chief Human Resource Officer at Mphasi. He is an industry veteran and seasoned human resources (HR) officer with close to 30 years’ experience in business-focused, innovative, HR systems and processes. He has been instrumental in institutionalizing global benchmarks for large enterprises as well as startups. Over the years, Srikanth has strategized, spearheaded, and seamlessly executed numerous people initiatives. His functional experience spans resource strategy, manufacturing operations, industrial relations, HR technology implementation, and process excellence in multiple industries including manufacturing, information technology (IT/ITES), and telecom.
Srikanth started his career with ITC, where he worked for about 10 years across various geographies before moving to a Silicon Valley startup, Aztec Software, and then to General Electric Capital International Services (GECIS) as their HR Head. He was also the Global HR Head at Syntel Inc., and then the country Head HR for Hewlett-Packard (HP) India. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest and work with technology startups, which he passionately continues. He then took on the role of HR Director at Airtel and later as Head of HR Strategy and Culture for Syntel. Srikanth holds a master’s degree in personnel management and industrial relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and a bachelor’s degree in general law from Mumbai University. He has also attended various executive programs with Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Manila, Wharton, GE Crotonville, and Harvard.
60. Aparna Vishwasrao
Company – Raymond Consumer Care
Aparna Vishwasrao is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Raymond Consumer Care Limited. She is part of the HR Committee responsible for oversight and governance of all HR matters of the Raymond group. Aparna is a versatile HR leader with 22+ years of diverse industry experience. She has handled leadership roles in areas like Strategic HR business partnerships, post-merger integration initiatives, Leadership Development, start-up HR, Diversity & Inclusion etc. in all stages of the business cycle. She has set up organizations, worked in cross border teams, coached & mentored leaders and in the process evolve as a leader herself. She has worked with BPCL, Standard Chartered Bank, Reliance Capital ( Reliance Mutual Fund, launched Reliance Money also helped set up Reliance Life Insurance), MSD Pharmaceuticals in local and regional roles. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has also done her MA in English Literature. She is a Winner of the Iconic Women award-Women Economic Forum, 2020; Top 101 HR Minds in India Award (2019); World HRD Congress, WILL Women’s Choice Award (2018), Pride of Profession Award through CMO magazine(2017) etc. in acknowledgement of strategic and iconic leadership. In her spare time, she likes to write, read and travel. She is a registered writer with womensweb.in.