10 Most influential HR professionals in India

10 Most influential HR professionals in India

Leaders, leaders, and leaders! They are our role models and we indeed get to learn a lot from their journeys. Read about the 10 most influential HR professionals in India below.

1. Ajoyendra Mukherjee:


Ajoyendra Mukherjee is the Executive Vice President and Head of Global Human Resources at TCS. He plays the crucial role of ensuring that the 300,000 professionals working at TCS are functioning continuously and are able to tackle the daily challenges and of the industry. As an HR professional, he has been taking initiatives to build a skilled and highly talented workforce. He has played a key role in attaining a number of awards for Talent Management for TCS.

2. Nandita Gurjar:

Nandita Gurjar is the Senior Vice President and Head HR at Infosys. She headed the HR department at Infosys BPO. Her performance has been very appreciable in leveling up the HR department as the business grew to US$250 million with 16,000 employees, five offices in India and six global offices. She had joined Infosys in 1999 and established the Learning and Development unit to train employees and set benchmarks for growth and development. Nandita is a member of the World Economic Forum – Global Advisory Council on New Models of Leadership. She has been listed as one of the Most Powerful Women in India and has been awarded the                                                                      Human Capital Business Leader of the Year Award.

3. Saurabh Govil:

Saurabh Govil is the Chief Human Resources Officer and President at Wipro. He leads all the Human Resources functions for Wipro and reposts directly to the CEO. In his position, he is responsible for Talent Acquisition, Talent Engagement and learning and development initiatives across the company. Saurabh did his Masters in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He is the member of the Advisory Board of SHRM India and a speaker at NASSCOM’s HR summit. Saurabh is also an author of NHRDN’s journal.

4. Rajan Dutta:

Rajan Dutta is the president of Human Resources at Reliance Communications (RCOM). His range of authority involves engagement, development and ensuring operational excellence. His very first objective is to create a “happy people’s organization” by motivating all employees to work efficiently and productively. To achieve operational excellence, RCOM initiates several development-centric programs to boost employees’ confidence and competence. To accomplish the company’s tasks, Dutta ensures there is active employee participation, involvement, and engagement. Dutta has an experience of 27 years in the fields of HR and Total Quality Management.

5. Joji Sekhon Gill:

Joji Sekhon Gill is the Strategic HR Director at DuPont South Asia. She is responsible for managing the Talent Strategy for DuPont’s South Asia region. Before joining DuPont she was the director for Human Resources for Microsoft India since April 2006. There she was responsible for combining the strategies of the people of all the six Microsoft businesses in India. Joji has more than 23 years of experience in HR and has lived and worked in 3 different continents.

6. K. Srivastava:

Dilip Kumar Srivastava is the Head of HR, HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation. It is his job to drive strategies around talent, culture and organizational effectiveness at HCL. Under his authority, the HR designs and functions programs to attract, cultivate, train and engage talent, and manage the building of the well-performing organization. He has been around with HCL for the past 18 years. Nestle, Tata, and L&T amongst the well-known companies he has previously worked with. D.K. is very determined to empower every employee of HCL so that they put in their best efforts to build a dynamic organization.

7. K Ramkumar:

Ramkumar is the Executive Director and Head of Operations and HR at ICICI Bank. He has 24 years of experience in the HR field in both private and public sector organizations. He is currently heading the Human Resources Management at ICICI Bank. Prior to this, he has worked in Hindustan Aeronautics, Hindustan Lever Limited, and ICI India Ltd. He has worked in areas of success management, recruiting, learning and development of employee relations.

8. Leena Nair:

Leena Nair is the Executive Director- HR at Hindustan Unilever Ltd. She is an MBA in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations and a gold medalist from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Leena had joined HLL in 1992 as a Management Trainee. She worked as Factory Personnel Manager Madras, Personnel Manager Taloja and Personnel Manager, HO. In 1997, she got promoted to Management Development Planning Manager and subsequently became HR Manager – Detergents in April 2000. In October 2004, she was appointed as General Manager- HR HPC.

9. Mandeep Maitra:

Mandeep Maitra is the Country Head- HR at HDFC Bank. She has over 19 years of experience in her field. Mandeep has degrees in Bachelors in Psychology Honours from Lady Sriram College, Delhi University and Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She started her career with Eicher Tractors and played the lead role in Eicher’s modernization programme. Later, she moved to the HR function of Retail banking ANZ Grindlays Bank. Apart from handling HR functions, she also managed critical public issues during tough times such as the scam in 1992. After this, she worked for three years at Arthur Andersen at a Senior Management Position. She was a part of the core team which took strategic HR initiatives and Best people Practises across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

10. Abhijit Bhaduri:

Abhijit Bhaduri is the HR Director at Microsoft Corporation Pvt Ltd. He did his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and his Masters in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Abhijit has work experience of over 20 years in HR Management across different industries and countries. He has previously worked with companies such as Eicher, Goodearth, Tata Steel, FMCG firms like Colgate-Palmolive and PepsiCo. He has won a Global Talent Sustainability Award for his HR initiatives for employee relations development and engagement.

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