Colt Tech. gets PepsiCo’s Suchitra Rajendra as country head & global head HR

Rajendra will work closely work with the Chief Operating Officer business.


Suchitra Rajendra, former CHRO at PepsiCo India has decided to join Colt Technologies Services which provides digital transformation solutions to its customers. The company has announced that Rajendra will join as VP, country head India and global head of HR for Colt’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) organisation.

She will report to Melanie Halsey, EVP – human resources and will oversee Colt India’s operations as the country head.

Rajendra will work with Colt India’s Senior Management Team to ensure it aligns to Colt’s global strategy as well as joining the COO Leadership Team where she will be responsible for leading the COO and India HR teams.

She will work closely with the COO business to understand the plans and challenges to drive goals and put them into action.

At PepsiCo, Rajendra was responsible for setting the regional talent strategy that enabled sustained business growth and transformation.

She spent 13 years at PepsiCo and joined the company in 2006 as business HR and employee communication. With over two decades of experience in HR, Rajendra would venture into the tech industry for the first time.

On her appointment, Rajendra says, “Colt is focused on both maintaining and growing its operations in India, and I am excited to be involved in this next phase for the business locally. In getting to know Colt, I have been inspired by its strong people agenda, and I can’t wait to empower employees in India to contribute towards the overall vision of Colt globally.”

Before PepsiCo, Suchitra held multiple senior roles across telecoms and consulting leading HR across India and Australia, where she was instrumental in driving leadership development, cultural change and setting up the diversity and inclusion agenda.

Melanie Halsey, EVP – Human Resources, says “Colt India has thrived to become our largest country operation, so it is critical that we have a seasoned leader overseeing the region from both an HR and a business perspective.”

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