Ravindra started his career in Asian Paints in 1998 as HR Manager. He joined GE in 2001 as Organization and Staffing Manager, John F. Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore. Over the next seventeen years at GE he held roles with increasing responsibilities in India and overseas.
In December of 2018, Ravindra joined Tata Motors as Chief Human Resource Officer and member of the Executive Committee.
During his career of over twenty three years, Ravindra has had the opportunity to work in country, regional and global roles; in businesses across a variety of industries and organizations at different stages of their life cycle. These experiences have enabled him to develop into a creative and result oriented HR professional with particular interest in organization effectiveness, organization development and change management.
Dr. Vaijayanti Pandit, Sr. Vice President - Jaro Education, Advisor We school (Welingkar Education), former Vice President Public Affairs - Adfactors PR, Mumbai.
Experience: Senior Director, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) from 2006-2012. FICCI is India’s leading apex industry body with domestic and overseas offices. Sectoral expertise in Gems and Jewellery, Wellness, Technical Textiles, Sustainability, Nutraceuticals, Brand Protection, Design, and Maharashtra State issues. My work included Influencing policy change, researching trends, tracking new sectors, liaising with central and state governments for projects, building up conferences and buyer’s seller meets, mounting business delegations abroad, corporate communications, media relations and brand building.
1999-2006 Secretary Indian Merchants’ Chamber, handled Trade Fairs and Business Promotion, International Trade Missions and Policy issues having a direct impact on Business and Industry. Professional skills acquired while being hands on in this position led to stepping up two-way trade between India and various countries with whom IMC had signed MoU’s. Organized Trade Fairs in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
1982-99 Built-up a vibrant organization of women entrepreneurs, managers, professionals that has grown exponentially, as the largest in India.
International Assignments1992- Was commissioned by ILO Geneva for a project on “Integrating Women in Economic and Social Development”. This project was on empowering women through the Employers’ Organizations and Chambers of Commerce from the East, West, South and North of India.
1993- Was invited by ILO for a fellowship to Geneva to set up a database of women entrepreneurs in India
1994 - Invited to present a paper at ILO’s inter country meeting in Chiang Mai Thailand on Women, Population and Development 1994-97- Was ILO’s National co-ordinator for projects on Mainstreaming women 1997-98- Authored a chapter on Employers’ Perspectives on Women Workers Rights in ILO’s manual on Women Workers Rights
International Conferences and Meetings (travelled to more than 33 countries)
Research Papers and Publications-Authored Business@Home published by Vikas Publication in 2002, Everyday Yoga by Silver leaf an imprint of Himalaya Publishing House in 2011, Ford Foundation Project on Professionalizing Police are some of my major publications. Delivered Keynote Address at 102nd Indian Science Congress on Empowering Women through Micro Finance - 4th Jan 2015, inaugurated by Prime Minister Modiji.
Awards- Maharashtra “Gaurav Puraskar” for outstanding research in Entrepreneurship. Silver medals in “Writing” and “Reporting” for Diploma in Journalism, Awards for topping the University of Pune for Bachelor of Arts. (BA). Gold Medal in Table Tennis.
Mr Ramanan is currently the Vice President-Finance & Group Controller for the Tata Motors Group, a USD 40 billion organization, being a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility and commercial vehicles and part of the USD 110 billion TATA Group. It has operations in India, UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia including Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Daewoo. In this role Mr Ramanan is based out of Mumbai and oversees the Group Controlling, Taxation and also manages a large captive Shared Services Centre.
Prior to joining the Tata Group, Mr Ramanan worked for the US Conglomerate, General Electric Company with a career spanning over 16 years with multiple Finance and Operational Leadership roles. In his last role in GE he was the leader of GE Global Delivery Operations, the company's global multi-functional shared services organization, focusing on global service delivery. Mr Ramanan was responsible for the operating processes of GE's, enabling functions working closely with the Regional Global Operations Centers. The Global Delivery Operations bringing a unique competitive advantage to the company by looking across all GE businesses, customers and suppliers for opportunities to deliver better outcomes at lower costs and creating capacity for the business/ Regional Center teams to focus on customers.
Mr Ramanan joined GE’s Global Operations in 2015 and lead the multi-function shared services operation for GE’s South Asia Region. Before moving to GE’s Global Operations, Mr Ramanan was the Senior Controller for GE’s South Asia Operations. In this role, Mr Ramanan provided strong leadership to the Region Controllership Team. He was responsible for the technical and operational controllership of the South Asia Region for GE. Earlier, Mr Ramanan was the Chief Financial Officer of GE’s John F Welch Technology Center (JFWTC) in Bangalore, the largest R&D Center for GE outside the USA.
Mr Ramanan is qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & as a Cost Accountant from the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India. He is a Commerce Graduate from the Madras University. He has worked in various roles in Operational Finance & Corporate Finance in IL&FS, Coca-Cola and NCR. Mr Ramanan is a graduate from GE's Experienced Financial Leadership Program (EFLP) & IMD's (Switzerland) Strategic Finance Program.
In his spare time, Mr Ramanan enjoys watching action movies and listening to music. He also enjoys visiting the various “Project Tiger"' Reserves in India to a get a nice glimpse of the lovely animal that is fast approaching extinction. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Tamil. Mr Ramanan is married to Meera and has two lovely daughters Ananya and Anagha.
Mr Nagaraj Ijari has over 35 years of rich experience in the IT industry and in-depth knowledge of the industry. With over 30 years of service at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), oversaw and contributed significantly to the growth of the organization. Mr Ijari has managed a variety of roles at TCS that involve - Strategic thinking, Executive oversight and impact, leading large-scale change, transforming and engaging the workforce, sales, P&L management, aligning Business and IT strategy, talent strategy development, global account management, delivery management and customer relationship management. Has worked with customers and workforce across a wide range of cultures and geographies.
Mr Ijari has set up the HiTech and Professional Services global business unit and grown the unit significantly and ran this business for 12 years. As Head of the TCS Bangalore Operations, have led the branch to significant growth.
As the HiTech and Professional Services business unit head, have focused on developing digital solutions to address the customer’s business issues, recommended business model transformation, Innovation, expansion and development of new geographies, development of new market segments, development of technology and domain capabilities apart from driving sustainable and profitable revenue growth. Established leadership position in various industry segments through driving domain and thought leadership led transformation initiatives. HFS has ranked TCS’ HiTech & Professional Business Unit as #1 service provider. The Business Unit has more than 22,000 associates.
As the Head of TCS Bangalore Operations since 2002, played a pivotal role in the growth of TCS Bangalore from 3,000 employees to over 60,000 employees. Strategic Planning, Delivery excellence, Learning & Development, Infrastructure planning, leadership development, people management, etc. were key aspects of this role.
Mr Ijari has been part of TCS Global Executive team since 2002.
Retired from TCS two years back and currently working as a consultant. Is on the Board of Sri Dharamasthala Manjunatha Institute of Management Development.
Mr Ijari holds a B.Tech degree in Textile Engineering from Bangalore University. Has completed Harvard Business School’s Advance Management Program (AMP181) in 2011. Mr Ijari has been on the Management Committee of Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry for several years and based out of Bangalore, India.