Bansod met with an accident while boarding a train in Mumbai and breathed his last on the way to the hospital.
November 19, 2016 wasn’t like other Saturdays for Dhananjay Bansod, as it took away his life. The professional world lost a genuinely humble and much appreciated leader and mentor. On usual Saturdays, Bansod would apparently be present at the Welingkar Institute of Management as a visiting faculty. However, on this fateful Saturday morning, he boarded a crowded train from the Dadar Central Line, never to return.
Sources share that although he managed to get on to the crowded train, due to the swarm, he could not enter properly and hit the first signal outside the station, after which he fell down. Since the train had just left the station, people around immediately rushed him to a hospital, but the injuries took their toll. He breathed his last even before reaching the hospital. He leaves behind his wife and two daughters. The daughters, who were in Canada at the time, were inconsolable when informed of the incident.
Bansod was earlier the president, people & strategy, at Leighton Contractors for over a year after he left Deloitte as the chief people officer in 2011. Since 2013, he had been working in independent capacity as an OD consultant & professional life coach. He worked with Deloitte for over six years, before which he was the president, human resources, Nicholas Piramal. He was also associated with Siemens before working as the director at Mercer.
A physics graduate, Bansod studied business from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. His colleagues and subordinates among whom he used to be popularly known as ‘Jay’ profoundly remember him as a true leader. S V Nathan, senior director, chief talent officer, Deloitte says, “Dhananjay was a gentle soul and had always been like that. I was in complete disbelief when I heard the news. He was someone who could make friends with anyone. What has happened is very unfortunate and is certainly a huge irrevocable loss for the industry and for his family. I pray and hope that his family finds the strength to overcome the grief of the sudden loss.”
Adil Malia, group president-HR, Essar Group remembers Bansod as, “A friend so dear, never demanding, a competent professional, very unassuming, always smiling and ever eager to help. He had great interpersonal skills, which made him very popular in the HR fraternity.” He grieves as he posted on LinkedIn, “You mixed-up your diary dates, my friend. Your divine appointments preceded the dates we fixed to meet, next week. Not forgiven this time for we could certainly have met earlier! Will miss you a lot. May you find your spot in heaven above.”
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