Rajesh Padmanabhan is an influential senior global HR leader, life coach and leadership builder. His career spans over systems, financial services, corporate banking, strategy, consulting and global HR in industries like banking, manufacturing, IT services, hospitality, metals/mining/Oil and Gas (natural resources). He holds the reputation for being the first successful Indian HR manager to truly globalise Human Resources function across multi-location and cultural set-up covering all continents for over 15 years now.

Rajesh’s career graph however, is to say the least, unconventional.

It was quite early on in his career that he realised, the world out there was just too big to restrain him within stated parameters. Equipped with a double Masters in Human Resources and Finance from one of India’s most prestigious institutions, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, three decades of exemplary work profile repertoire, he has grown to be one of India’s most powerful and sought-after Human Resources Professionals.

Rajesh steered his career into finance at the turn of financial liberation in India, gaining strong foothold in corporate banking at the formative years of his career. In the late nineties, he grew to realise the fantastic convergence between business and HR. This prompted him to take the big plunge into HR and then there was no looking back. In the 30 year span of his corporate career, each of his ventures have been instrumental in fine-tuning his skills and have taken him across functions namely IT, corporate banking, leasing, structured finance, SAP, consulting and HR. It was his restive and unabashed spirit that drove him to take on more transformative roles.

An innovator and a disruptive thinker in the space of leadership and talent, Rajesh weaves cultures easily into businesses and creates impactful business-people solutions in the areas of organisational performance and stakeholder outcome. He is digitally acclaimed and has clear insights and research on predictive modelling and future leadership building. His functional areas of expertise include organisational excellence, leadership building, talent designing, rewards management, building large HR centres of expertise and shared services, learning centres and academies, talent acquisition, HR operations and global mobility. His array of expertise and experience makes him a sought-after speaker at some of the leading business schools and corporate/industry forums.

Rajesh is a highly engaging person, effective speaker and communicator, impactful social influencer and a successful life coach in the areas of happiness, success, relationship and results. He is a proven culture builder and does it with ease because of his long-standing global experience. Rajesh advises leading global organisations, start-ups, private equity companies, CEOs, and also offers premium individual solutions to people in all walks of life. He is currently advising and coaching highly successful individuals, which includes corporate executives, Bollywood professionals, sportsperson and politicians.


Director, Group CHRO, Welspun Group

February 2016 - Present


President, Group CHRO, Member Group Exec, Vedanta Resources

June 2014 - October 2015


Corporate Vice President and CHRO, Capgemini India

October 2010 - June 2014


Executive Vice President, CHRO, Member Global Management Board, Patni Computer Services

August 2007 - October 2010


Executive Vice President Group HR and OCLD, The Oberoi Group

November 2004 - August 2007


Director Human Capital (Global), Essel Propack

September 2001 - November 2004


Vice President Human Resources, ICICI Infotech

June 1999 - September 2001