Mr. Krishna Rao

krishnaMr. Krishna Rao, Director – Human Resources, ISB
Mr. Krishna Rao has 23+years of HR career. Since 2006, I have been in leading the HR functions in some of the well known Fortune 500 organizations like Chevron, AstraZeneca, Mylan and now with Indian School of Business. He served a diverse business segment like oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, auto, financial services.

In terms of my experience in HR, He been in different roles during my career, starting from Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Organization Development, Employee Relations, Compensation & Benefits and in Leadership Role.

He is led HR at operation & manufacturing units, sales & marketing and corporate in domestic and international environments, such as China, SE Asia and Indian Sub Continent. He worked in a multi cultural with global managers in flat & matrix structures, reporting to multiple business Heads in different countries.

His HR Leadership role started with Chevron, where he was responsible for India & Sri Lanka. There were 3 business entities in India and 1 in Sri Lanka.

At Mylan he was administratively reporting to the CEO of India & China and functionally to the Global HR Head based in Pittsburgh USA.

Some of his highlights of career with the above two organizations are as follows:

India Growth Project, Chevron in 2005 – 06 had decided to make a huge investments in India (approx US$ 3 Billion), this meant large scale hiring of professionals in India and movement of several expatriates, restructuring of the organization and implementation of a new organization structure, development and deployment of new policies, different compensation structure and establishing new offices.

Organization Development Plan for APAC, He led a team of HR Heads of a few countries in APAC in preparing a OD Plan for the region between 2007 – 08

India Exit Plan: In Q2/2009 Chevron as part of its global portfolio optimization plan decided to exit Indian market by Q4/2009. As per this plan, 3 manufacturing/ operational units with unionised work force were to be divested, sales & marketing and other personnel’s were to be laid off and all the offices were to be closed.

He was responsible for smooth exit and outplacement of employees across the country and transition of a business to another company. This involved severance of over 400 employees across the country, closures of offices and benefit programs, recovery and disposal of assets, and managing legal & statutory compliance issues.

This experience has provided me the opportunity of going thru a full life cycle management of an organization and experiences the challenges in it. The major achievement was, there were no external exposure in the form of protests, neither any media attraction or legal issues.

Through the Employee Assistance Program approx 85% of employees were placed with a job within 6 months of being laid off (despite the bad economy and recession of 2009), rest were supported to set up a small business or invest their severance pay out effectively.

Subsequently he joined Mylan where he led the HR function of India & China. Now he with Indian School of Business (ISB).

In terms of workforce size (includes Direct/FTE and Indirect/Contractual) Chevron had 1000+ employees, Mylan had 10,000+.

Earlier in my career with AstraZeneca, he served in 3 different roles, Organization Development Manager, Head of HR for a year period when the then VP HR resigned and Head of Operation HR. he had an opportunity to work closely work with the operations team in signing a Long Term Labor Settlement with the Union. he developed a comprehensive Talent Development Strategy subset of the Sales Force Effectiveness Strategy. For this he had developed the competency framework, assessment & development centre (ADC), trained internal assessors, and covered over 800 sales professionals through the ADC’s, with each hi potentials having a Individual Development & Career Plans.

He managed people and led initiatives in S E Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thiland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka), China, Middle East,

He Married to Nithya a professional educator who works with mentally challenged children and have 2 sons.

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