Airtel gets Preeti Jain as VP-HR

Jain, who carries about 18 years of experience, will head the HR for Airtel’s network, broadband and D2H business


Preeti Jain has joined Airtel as its new VP-HR. In this role, Jain will head the HR function for Airtel’s network, broadband and D2H businesses. She will report directly to the CHRO in this role.

Prior to this appointment, Jain was leading the HR function at Droom, an online platform for buying and selling used cars, as its CHRO. She joined Droom in 2021, during the month of February.

Jain carries close to 18 years of experience in HR. Talking to HRKatha, Jain says that in her new role, the primary focus will be to manage the talent demand and supply at Airtel. “Our focus will be to build and groom internal talent, while also tapping into the tech talent,” shares Jain.

The other thing that Jain shares is that Airtel is working on its ‘One Airtel’ programme where under its networks business, the mobility and broadband services will be merged to give a one-stop experience to all the customers. As per Jain, the reorganisation of these two teams is already underway. “Streamlining and strengthening these two teams will be another focus at Airtel,” tells Jain.

Prior to Droom, Jain spent 11 long years at Huawei where she served in various roles, including manpower planning, formulating HR policies, understanding the business needs and translating them into HR strategies.

After completing her MBA in HR, Jain started her career with HFCL, a telecom solutions provider, in 2001. At HFCL, Jain got a hands-on experience of performance management, building an organisational culture, and formulating training and recruitment strategies at the firm.

After spending three years at HFCL, Jain moved to Conexant, which has now been acquired by a US- based tech firm, Synaptics. She joined Conexant as an HR manager and spent close to four years there, before moving on to Huawei in 2009.

A graduate in mathematics, Jain has vast experience in the information technology, telecom and semiconductor industries across geographies, including the US, the UK, China and South East Asia. She is known for building tools to automate HR processes and retaining the best talent.

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