Chandrasekhar Mukherjee, who was heading the people function at South Indian Bank, has stepped down from his role as CPO to join Magic Bus India Foundation, as its CHRO.
Magic Bus works with children and young people, taking them on a journey from childhood to livelihood, and out of poverty. Currently, there are 3,75,000 children already undergoing this journey of moving out of poverty in 22 states and 80 districts of the country. Magic Bus also works in Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
“Broadly, I will be leading the HR function of the organisation, in Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, including the offices in Singapore, the UK and the US, and report to the global CEO”, says Mukherjee.
Speaking about his official mandate in his new role, Mukherjee adds, “The current mandate is to create a value-based organisation by inculcating a culture of learning, innovation and teamwork and achieve the organisation’s vision; deliver results through driving a performance culture. Finally, retaining the high-performing talent and creating a leadership pipeline depth is a priority.”
Pior to South Indian Bank, Mukherjee was heading Srei Infrastructure Finance as the group chief people officer, where he reported to the chairman of Kanoria Foundation Group of Companies.
Mukherjee was the chief people officer at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) before moving to Srei Infrastructure. With an experience of over two decades, he has worked with companies, such as Colgate and Bennett Coleman & Co. (Times Group).
After obtaining a master’s degree in HR, Mukherjee joined Usha India, where he climbed up the corporate ladder to reach the level of manager-HR within two years. Then, he moved to Colgate Palmolive, followed by a short one-year stint at Cabot India. He served as the AVP-HR at Bennett Coleman for more than six years.
Speaking about his decision to move to the development sector from the corporate sector, Mukherjee says, “I have been a former nation ranked table tennis player and here sports is an important tool in the children’s journey from childhood to livelihood. This drew me to the organisation. After working for 35 years plus in the corporate sector, I feel this is my way to give back to society.”