More women among LinkedIn HR Power Profiles


This annual list showcases the most viewed professionals in the country across eight categories.

It’s women power in HR. This year out of the top 10 LinkedIn Power profile from HR, 6 are women. This is incredible. In 2017, there was only one place for a woman HR leader – Anuranjita Kumar.

In 2018, it’s been a women sweep. Except for Prabir Jha, president and global chief people officer, Cipla; Nathan SV, partner and CTO, Deloitte India, Srikanth Balachandran, director-Airtel and Harjeet Khanduja, VP-HR, Reliance Jio, this list is all fresh names.

The women HR leaders who have made it big are Ruhi Gupta, VP-talent acquisition, Morgan Stanley; Shilpa Vaid, chief HR officer, Arvind Lifestyle Brands; Arpita Pamnani, AVP, HR-talent acquisitions, DCB Bank; Vishpala Reddy, regional HR director & head, Uber (Asia Pacific); Madhavi Lall, MD, head-HR, India, Deutsche Bank India; and Rajkamal Vempati, head-HR, Axis Bank.

LinkedIn has announced the fifth edition of its annual India’s Power Profiles 2018 list. The list comprises names of 73 professionals— from across the country, under eight categories— who have been ‘most viewed’ on the platform.

The categories include Technology, CEOs, Finance, LinkedIn Influencers, Internet, Human Resources, Marketing & Advertising, and ‘Social Impact’.

The list recognises 73 professionals, who are experts in their respective fields/functions, possess a strong opinion, and have the ability to determine future trends. These are individuals who have developed into powerful professional brands and opinion leaders. Their exciting career graphs and professional journeys are a source of inspiration to freshers. These personalities have been offering their views and engaging in thought-provoking and meaningful conversations, and influencing the members of the Network across India.

Prabir Jha seems to have become a regular on the list, along with LinkedIn Influencers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and superstar Priyanka Chopra. Others who have been seen here earlier are: Vijay Shekar Sharma, founder-Paytm (Internet category); Manu Kumar Jain, VP-Xiaomi and MD, Xiaomi India (CEOs category); Karthik Srinivasan, communication consultant (advertising & marketing category); Shradha Sharma, founder & CEO, YourStory Media (Influencer); Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon (Influencer); Rekha M Menon, chairman, Accenture India (CEOs) and Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate and founder-Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

The new names on this year’s list include Debjani Ghosh, president, NASSCOM; Nissaba Godrej, chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products; and Suchita Salwan, CEO & Founder, Little Black Book.

The new ‘social impact’ category was included by LinkedIn this year, to recognise goal-driven individuals with a ‘purpose’ and the drive to ‘give back’. The most viewed names in this category were, Ruchi Khemka,VP-CSR, Deutsche Bank India; Shruti Kapoor, programme manager India, McKinsey Social Initiative; Kiran Verma, founder-Simply Blood; Vineet Nayar, founder & chairman, Sampark Foundation; Rachna Sharma, founder & CEO, Vision 2021, and Sheetal Mehta, chief- CSR, Mahindra & Mahindra.

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