In addition, home services marketplace, Urban Company, has brought on board Neha Mathur as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. All your monthly updates here.
Here are the major promotions and job moves in the world of HR.
Airtel appoints Amrita Padda as Chief People Officer
India-based communications solutions provider, Bharti Airtel, has appointed Amrita Padda as Chief People Officer with effect from 1 October 2021. In this role, she will be responsible for Airtel’s People strategy as the company transforms into a digital services provider of choice.
She will report to Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel, and will be based in India.
Amrita was previously with Hindustan Unilever for over two decades, where most recently she was the Chief People Officer for Unilever Marketplace, a newly set up global business unit to transform distributive trade. She has also led HR for Unilever Philippines and for its Global Procurement function.
Commenting on the appointment, Gopal Vittal said: "I am confident that Amrita will add immense value to Airtel’s exciting journey, help build new capabilities and ensure the company continues to be a magnet for top talent from across the world."
Amrita takes over from Samit Deb, who has decided to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities outside of Airtel. “I would like to thank Samit for his contribution to Airtel and strengthening our People practices,” added Vittal.
FWD General Insurance brings new Hong Kong head on board
Min-Jie Ye has been appointed to head up the FWD General Insurance business in Hong Kong. In this role, she will continue to drive the creation of the next-generation of general insurance products.
Min-Jie has begun in her new role in June 2021 and is based in Hong Kong. FWD General Insurance is a part of the digital general insurance offering of bolttech.
She joins FWD General Insurance from her most recent appointment at Zurich Insurance Company, where she was Head of Specialty of Commercial Division. Prior to that, she carved out a successful career with renowned brands such as AIG, Marsh and Zurich.
Beginning her career in Chicago, Min-Jie has since worked in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Urban Company calls on Neha Mathur to strengthen its people-centric policies
Tech-enabled home services marketplace, Urban Company, has brought on board Neha Mathur as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, with a view to leveraging her expertise in attracting and retaining world-class talent.
In this role, based in the Gurugram headquarters, Neha will be responsible for strengthening Urban Company’s people-centric policies, building a diverse and inclusive work culture, along with talent management frameworks.
Commenting on the appointment, Abhiraj Bhal, Co-Founder & CEO, Urban Company said: "Neha’s vast experience in building inclusive and high-performing teams will be critical to our next phase of growth. She brings with her proven skills of building a culture that focuses on people’s success and satisfaction."
Neha's career journey of 18 years spans global organisations such as Uber, General Electric, Accenture, Reckitt Benckiser, and Coca-Cola. In her most recent stint, as Head HR, India & South Asia for Uber's mobility business, she championed the cause of building an inclusive and diverse workforce, leadership development, and driving innovative HR practices.
On the appointment, Neha said: "I am truly excited to be leading the People Success charter for Urban Company given the uniqueness of its culture that is driven by strong values of ownership, simplicity, and bias for action."
London-based digital agency hires international diversity expert
Valtech, a global digital agency, has called upon Sheree Atcheson, an international expert in the field of diversity and inclusion, as its new Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, with the goal of ensuring greater diversity not only within the company’s team but also across the entire industry.
The move stems from research that shows a significant lack of workforce diversity and inclusive environments in the tech industry, with many groups of people being underrepresented or excluded, including women, people of colour, disabled people, those from poorer socio-economic backgrounds, those from the LGBT+ communities and more.
"We are excited to have a capacity like Sheree join our team,” said Olivier Padiou, Group COO at Valtech. “We belong to an industry in dire need of improvement when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and we believe having her knowledge and expertise on board is a positive step in the right direction to creating long-term change at Valtech."
“Inclusion is important, not just because it is the right thing to do, but also because we believe we can create far greater value both internally and externally,” says Padiou.
One way that Valtech already has prioritised this work has been through its Tech Girl initiative, working together with its partner Sitecore to inspire the next generation of girls to choose a career in technology by providing free coding lessons to girls across the globe from the age of nine.
On the appointment, Atcheson shared: "For years, the industry has been stuck in a realisation phase, and that simply isn’t good enough. We cannot hope for better, as hope does not create systemic change. We must be action and data-driven, creating concrete initiatives paired with meaningful, sustainable goals, to open the industry to all, no matter who they are or what their background is."
Atcheson is recognised as one of UK's most influential women in the tech industry, and has worked in large, well-established companies such as Deloitte, Monzo Bank, and Peakon, as well as with non-profit Women Who Code.
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Photos / (L-R): Amrita Padda, Min-Jie Ye (provided), Neha Mathur (provided), Sheree Atcheson (provided)