Krishnakumar Natarajan, popularly known as KK, has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry and a respected industry veteran in the global IT sector. He is one of the co-founders of MINDTREE, a global information technology solutions company, where he is currently the Executive Chairman. He was appointed as the Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2013–2014. He was earlier a senior executive with Wipro and is an alumnus of XLRI.
KK graduated in 1979 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, India. In 1981, he completed his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in marketing and systems from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India.
KK started his career in Wipro and held various key positions there from 1982 to 1999. During this time, he started and grew the Ecommerce division as the Chief Executive of the Ecommerce and Financial Solutions Division from 1996 to 1999. He served as Group Vice President of Human Resources and also as Chief Marketing Officer for Wipro's IT business.
In August 1999, KK along with nine other businessmen in IT, co-founded Mindtree. In the early years of Mindtree, KK was instrumental in setting up the U.S. operations and played a key role in building the organization. He then drove Mindtree's expansion into Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, transforming Mindtree's IT services business. He is the Executive Chairman of Mindtree, and is responsible for ensuring high quality of governance throughout the organization.
KK is an Ex-Chairman of NASSCOM and chaired the 'emerging companies' forum. In this capacity, he worked towards bringing together large and emerging companies to make the Indian IT industry a globally competitive ecosystem.
KK is an active member of several professional industry organizations, such as the Manufacturer's Association for Information Technology (MAIT) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is a regular speaker at reputed conferences and is a faculty member at management schools worldwide.
The industry has honored KK with several awards, including the AIMA award for India's best young manager; Bloomberg UTV's award as the CEO of the year 2010 in the emerging company category; and Chief Executive Magazine's recognition as one of the twelve global leaders of tomorrow. KK was ranked number 28 on the 50 highest rated CEOs list published by Glassdoor, 2013. PERSONAL LIFE AND FAMILY KK is married to Akhila Krishnakumar. The couple have 2 sons, Siddarth and Abhirath
Director - Compensation and Benefits
Subinoy Banerjee has over 16yrs of experience in functional leadership roles, HR, M&A, International Compensation and Benefits in leading Multinational companies in the hi-tech and services sectors. Working with global multinational organization, he has demonstrated ability to learn, lead and collaborate in a multicultural environment.
Subinoy is leading C&B (Compensation and Benefits) for Dell in India since August 2012. As a C&B leader, he built a strong C&B team which is contributing in change management while the organization transforms from a public to private company and engages in mergers and divestiture. Currently he is engaged in Dell-EMC merger and divestiture of Services and Software business lines. He is a member of Global C&B leadership council at Dell and actively engages in various global projects, strategy and policy formulation. He is passionate about employee wellness and leads the formulation and implementation of India wellness strategy.
Prior to Dell, Subinoy was in a global C&B role leading Compensation and Benefits for EMC's Global Research and Delivery Centers in India, China, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Ireland & Durham NC. Noteworthy contribution during the tenure was forming C&B team, Integrating Ireland COE (Center of Excellence), setting up C&B for Egypt center, differentiated approach for emerging markets and developing key talent retention program. Additionally, he also had a corporate role of setting up and leading Global Market Intelligence organization supporting EMC worldwide.
Earlier, he has lead C&B, performance management and staffing functions for LG's software entity in India. He has actively played the role of HR point of contact between headquarters in Seoul and India center, facilitating implementation of various global initiatives. In the initial years of his career he worked in hospitality industry with Radisson and Hyatt group of hotels. Subinoy holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from IHM, Kolkata and a Post Graduate Diploma from XISS, Ranchi.
In his leisure time Subinoy enjoys watching documentaries and travelling to new places, particularly road trips with his family.
Senior Vice President – Group Human Resources
Sunita R. Cherian is Senior Vice President – Group Human Resources at Wipro Limited. Her experience over the last two decades spans Sales, Human Capital Strategy, Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion.
A Human Resources leader since 2000, Sunita helped shape the HR organization of Wipro Limited and has led some impactful change management initiatives. She has been the Business HR Head for various Divisions of Wipro, including a start-up unit where she designed and established the talent and leadership strategy. Her current responsibilities include developing a successful Talent Management Strategy, automation of HR Shared Services, designing Global Compensation and Benefits Plans, developing a healthy Leadership Pipeline, Board effectiveness, Organization Design Capability, Talent Assessments and an integrated Career Management Framework for Wipro.
Sunita has been a member of Wipro's Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee, is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, certified Master Coach and a Hogan specialist. She is a member of Wipro's Sustainability Council, Domain Council, DMTS Council and has headed its Diversity & Inclusion committee. She launched "Women of Wipro" a platform that transformed the pace of inclusion and empowerment of women employees and was awarded for its success. She was the Chair of NASSCOM National Diversity & Inclusion Council & a member of CII and Catalyst D&I Core Committee.
Sunita is an Electrical and Electronics Engineer and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Director - HR
Vodafone India Services Pvt. Ltd.
Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
Master's degree in Business Administration.
HR – India & Philippines Compensation
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Navin J Vettamvelil leads the Compensation team for Cognizant Technology Solutions, India. As the compensation lead, he is responsible for the Ideation, Design & Execution of the compensation strategy that impacts a workforce of over 1.5 Lakh employees across India and Philippines.
He carries with him over 15 years of experience, most of which has been in the Human Resource Management arena. During the years, he has played a variety of roles spanning across Compensation, Performance management, Talent Management, HR Systems and Processes, HR Analytics and HR Technology.
During his career, he has worked across companies ranging from start-ups to mid-sized firms and large organizations across India and abroad. During these stints, he has been instrumental in driven some complex change management and transformational initiatives that impact the employee lifecycle across companies like Cognizant Technology Solutions, Standard Chartered Bank and SumTotal Systems.
He obtained his Bachelor's degree in economics from Loyola College, Chennai; an MBA from Charles Sturt University, UK and a Post Graduate Certifications in HR from XLRI, Jhamshedpur. He is also a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) from HRCI and is currently pursuing the Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) certification from the World at Work Institute.
VP - HR Services
Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd.
Ramesh Ranjan is the Vice President – HR Services at Schneider Electric India and is responsible for providing HR Shared Services support to all the Business Units of Schneider Electric in India covering around 13,000 employees for 8 Business Units across Sales, Manufacturing, R&D, IT, Customer care functions in India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh.
Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ranjan has worked in Leadership capacity in organizations like Caltex India, Praxair India, Co Systems India, Indian Herbs & ITI.
In a career spanning over 27 years, his experience is across multiple domains and sectors covering all facets of HR and People management including Strategic HR, Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Performance Management, Competency Framework, Talent Development, Industrial Relations, Employee Engagement, HR Policies, HR Audits, HRIS, Acquisitions & Mergers etc both in India and globally.
He was the Honorary Secretary of the National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter – 2000-2002. He was the member of the India HR Council of the AMCHAM, New Delhi, Panelist on the Roundtable of HR Directors of Petroleum Companies, ISP Mumbai and Member of the India HR Council of Conference Board.
He strongly believes that HR is not for faint hearted professionals. He believes that "when the going gets tough, the tough gets going".
His credo in life is "I pass through this world but once, any good thing that I can do, to any being let me do it now, for I may not pass through this world again".
When not brainstorming on HR and talent management, Ranjan loves to play cricket, snooker, table tennis.
Director - Human Resources, Area South
Aruna is the Executive Director – Human Resources, Global Business Services, India. She has over 21 years of experience as HR Professional based in Banga-lore. Prior to this role, she was the Global Head of HR for the Automotive Busi-ness in Freescale Semi-condutors based in Austin Texas. She started her HR career in Digital Equipment Corporation and moved to Compaq computers during their acquisition of Digital. Moved to Motorola in 1999 to lead their Global Mobility function in India. She held several HR positions in Motorola, before moving with their divestiture of the semi-conductor business, Freescale.
Aruna has a Degree in Law & Post Graduation Degree in Science.
Her hobbies include traveling with her family to ancient historical sites. She is a strong proponent of working women and coaches and conducts sessions for working women. She also believes in Corporate Social Responsibility and works on a personal level with underprivileged children helping in their edu-cation.
A postgraduate from IMT Ghaziabad, Suman has around 17 years of consulting experience of which 10 years have been with Cerebrus. Prior to joining Cerebrus she was with AF Ferguson and Ernst & Young. She has experience across a range of HR areas across industries covering compensation and benefits, Job Evaluation, organization structuring and performance management. She is based out of the Cerebrus Bangalore office.
Anita Ramachandran is the Founder of Cerebrus Consultants and a well known authority on Rewards.
Anita began her career in the Management Consultancy division of AF Ferguson & Co. in Mumbai in 1976 as the first woman consultant in the firm. In her nineteen years stint with AFF, she worked in various parts of the country and was finally a Director of the firm.
Anita founded Cerebrus Consultants in 1995 to focus on HR consulting including Organisation transformation. Her reputation and innovative work helped her build Cerebrus into a national presence in 5 years. Cerebrus has offices in 5 major cities and has worked with over 400 companies in South Asia in the last fifteen years. With over 50 consultants, Cerebrus has established itself as a specialist firm in the HR field.
Anita is known as an authority in Reward management in the country and her work in the compensation and rewards area is well recognized. She advises about 100 companies each year on various aspects of rewards and addresses several issues related to top management Compensation and Rewards including Variable pay, ESOP and the enabling Performance Management Systems.
Anita has written widely on the Rewards area in several local and international magazines. She wrote for 8 years in Business India, a well known column called "Job Watch".
Anita is a MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai and has won several academic honours. She has graduated from R.A. Poddar College of Commerce, Mumbai University. She was a Dorab Tata scholar for 6 years through her college education and won several prizes at the University level in both graduate and post graduate level. She also pursued several extracurricular activities in her college days and has won several prizes for debating and writing.
Anita champions several women's issues and is currently the Chairperson for TiE Stree Shakti.
Anita is an independent Director on the board of several well known companies including UTI AMC, HCL Infosystems, Geometric Software and Godrej & Boyce.
Anita is married and has two children, who live in the USA.
Max Landmark Group, India
Alex Mathew is AVP – Human Resources at Landmark Group. In his current role he is responsible for People Strategy, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Performance Management, Organisation Development, Leadership Development, Learning & Development and Admin for Max Corporate.
In a career spanning over 17 years Alex has worked with leading Telecom and Consulting Companies including Telenor, Reliance Communications, CMC and Door International. He holds a Master's in Business Administration.
Alex has consulted for companies like Vodafone, Oracle and Tech Mahindra and supported them in the creation and implementation of Strategic HR and OD practices during his stint at Door International. One of Alex's core competencies is to devise People initiatives to deliver optimum business outcomes.
At Max, he has successfully redesigned and executed the Maxelerate Performance Planning System which is a Self-Appraisal System incorporating Joint Accountability of KPIs between various roles, factoring in the Key Efforts in addition to the Key Results and ties integrates the various business calendars and business process into one canvas. Maxelerate has helped Max eliminate the Forced Bell Curve normalisation for employee appraisal.
In his stint at Lifestyle, Alex was a key contributor to award winning initiatives like Play in a Day (Learning through Street Theatre), LIFE (A career development program for Frontline Staff) among many other innovative initiatives that were considered to be industry benchmarks which have helped organisations to improve employee engagement, reduce attrition thereby increasing employee productivity. Many of these initiatives have been recognised and awarded at the organisation and industry level for being innovative and for creating lasting business impact.
Director Talent & Rewards
Volvo Group, India
Metzen is currently Director, Talent & Rewards for the Volvo Group in India. In his role he provides strategic and operational leadership in the design and implementation of the Talent Management & Rewards function for all the Volvo Group entities in India. He is also a Trainer for some of the Volvo Group's key Leadership programs such as Emerging Leader Program, Diversity & Inclusiveness Leadership and for Developing High Performing Teams. He has prior experience working in a Regional HR role responsible for the APAC region and in a Global HR Role responsible for University Relations and Employer Branding.
He has led key Organizational Change Programs such as Career Development Initiatives; HR Process Integration & Automation, Pay Banding exercise, Job Grades / Titles Restructuring and, Organization Rightsizing measures.
Prior to joining Volvo, he has worked with companies such as Hinduja Global Solutions, DXC Technology and Godrej & Boyce. He has done his Bachelors in Computer Applications and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Madras.
Head of Talent and Rewards Consulting, India
Willis Towers Watson
Sambhav Rakyan is the Head of Talent and Rewards Consulting business in India at Willis
Towers Watson. He also leads the Global Data Services practice for the Asia-Pacific region at the
company. The Global Data Services practice at Willis Towers Watson provides organisations with
best-in-class market data and interpretation reflecting unique local governance and cultural
practices to create competitive and effective localised market-based pay programmes.
He has more than fifteen years of experience in managing projects, people and businesses. He has successfully designed, launched and managed compensation and benefits surveys for a broad range of industries such as Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Hi-Technology, Education, Plantation and BPO across the APAC region.
He has worked in diverse geographies including USA and across the Asia-Pacific region (India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia). In addition he has also successfully managed client relationships in China, Taiwan and Vietnam. He is recognised as a trusted advisor by many MNCs, local conglomerates and government institutions on aligning compensation and benefits strategy with the overall human capital strategy.
He is an accredited practitioner of Willis Towers Watson’s proprietary job leveling system – Global Grading System (GGS). His area of expertise is in broad based rewards helping companies understand competitive pay issues, compensation benchmarking, job evaluations, salary structure development, employee engagement, pay comparison across multiple countries, compensation and benefits audits and compensation restructuring.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, he was the Regional Manager for a multinational consulting company where he focused on managing client relationships and providing support in the form of data analytics, job matching and data insights across the Asia Pacific region.
He holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology in USA, where he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honor. He is a frequent speaker at conferences across the region.
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