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Role Players 2024


Santhosh Rao

Associate Vice President-HR
Toyota Industries Engine India

A passionate and seasoned HR professional having more than 28 years of industry experience in Manufacturing sector. Currently working as Associate Vice President with Toyota Industries Engine India Pvt Ltd (TIEI) playing vital role in managing Human Resources which includes HR, IR, Admin, Safety and CSR functions

A Postgraduate in Social work with specialization in HRM from School of Social work ,Mangalore. Has rich work experience of working with Indian Corporates and MNCs like Grasim Industries (A V Birla Group), PepsiCo, Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts and currently working with Toyota Industries. Has been instrumental in Designing and implementation of various HR systems / HR policies to build an excellent organization culture and to make the company as a preferred company to work for employees.

More than 2 decades of exposure to Japanese work culture with deep understanding of “Toyota Way”. A certified Master Trainer in many global contents of Toyota Training System. Played key role in strategy development and execution of resolving Employee Relations issues and concluding almost 13 wage negotiations so far.

Has high passion for “Campus - Connect” programs to improve Industry - Academia interaction in B schools and Technical Institutions and youth development activities. Actively involved in corporate mentoring for students in well-known B schools. Has been imparting experience and knowledge with lot of students at various colleges/ institutions. He is also mentoring many upcoming HR professionals/ HR students

Conducted many workshops on employability and career planning etc under various organization like Jnanashakthi Trust, Bangalore. Has been sharing the experience and knowledge with lot of students at various colleges/ institutions. Has shared through motivation speaks , podcast etc which is available in social media/amazon music etc.

Active Member of many professional association in HR and Social Work like NIPM, NHRD, NHRWA, Roshni Alumini Association etc. Written many articles on HR/ IR aspects for various magazines like Sights-In. A book by name “Leaders talk “, a collection of interviews is recently published which includes sharing of his thoughts. s also members of the industry board councils of many universities / Educational Institutions. He is also Rotarian functioning as Director of E-Utkrishta Rotary club, Bangalore.

His hobbies also include reading, writing poems, listening to motivational talks, numismatics etc.

Has been awarded with “Panchajanya” Life time achievement award,” HR professional Awards “ etc for professional contribution by various organizations.