PeopleStrong’s co-founder, Shelly Singh, loses battle with cancer 

The 43-year old woman entrepreneur and first woman executive member of NHRDN, will be remembered for her contribution to the HR space. 


Shelly Singh, co-founder and chief business officer of HR tech firm, PeopleStrong, passed away on July 12 at the age of 43. She had been battling cancer.  

One of the few women entrepreneurs in India and the first woman to be a board member at the Company, Singh was responsible for setting up the firm along with co-founder Pankaj Bansal, in 2006.  

“Although it is difficult to see beyond sorrow, we look at her life as an inspiration to follow our heart and intuition, live our dream and help others live theirs,” the Company said in a statement on social media.  

“We love Shelly and we will miss her, but we will carry forward her dream of HR tech and goodness,” shared her business partner, Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and CEO, PeopleStrong, with HRKatha. 

Singh was also on the board of WheeBox, an online assessment company and the national treasurer and the first woman executive member for the National Human Resources Development Network (NHRDN). 

At PeopleStrong, Singh was pivotal in driving the brand name globally and establishing the Company’s scale and reputation in the global HR space. A thought leader in the space, she was responsible for formulating, designing and implementing strategic business plans and HR solutions for clients across industries. A seasoned HR professional herself, she had worked with organisations, such as Sony, Aricent Technologies, Hewitt and many startups.  

A self-made leader in the HR tech space, Singh was recognised for her contributions to the field by organisations such as HRO Today, Asia Pacific Forum as the ‘Thought Leader of the year 2014’. She was also a recipient of the Young HR Professional award bestowed on her by the NHRDN in 2012, in recognition of her rich experience in the HR field and her entrepreneurial drive in this space. 

With her demise, the world of HR has lost an icon and a leader. May her soul rest in peace. 

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