Compass IDC beefs up its HR team

Manik Banga had joined the company in May as head of talent acquisition, and now Rajalakshmi Sivanand joined as head, people & culture


Compass India Development Centre (IDC) has made two senior appointments in its HR team in the last few months. Rajalakshmi Sivanand has been appointed as head, people & culture, while Manik Banga joined as head of talent acquisition in May.

The two will manage people and talent across offices in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Gurugram. Compass is a US-headquartered technology platform empowering home buyers and agents in the US market.

It has development centres in India, which are tasked with making advancements across the Company’s technology stack, working across different technology verticals including mobile applications, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and data analytics for its growing client base.

The Company has a strong team of over 200 engineers across India and intends to further ramp up hiring. Its global technology talent pool comprises 1,500 product and engineering professionals, including those in India.

Sivanand comes with over two decades of experience having worked for Model N, Pegasystems and SumTotal systems in senior HR roles. She has a degree in commerce, law and an MBA in HR from Osmania University. Her KRA will include conceptualising and driving HR initiatives to realise bottomline results and enhancing the overall employee engagement while pursuing organisational objectives.

Banga, whose career spans over 15 years, has been part of Compass IDC for the last three months. Prior to joining Compass IDC, he was VP- talent acquisition at Accenture, Gurugram, a company where he spent most of his career. He was with Accenture for more than 12 years.  An XLRI alumnus, Banga has also worked with Barclays and GE for a period of eight months each.

 In an official communique, Vikram Kumar, senior director, business operations, Compass IDC, said, “As Compass continues to expand its R&D presence across India, it is imperative to have the right leadership on board. We are focused on enabling and empowering a work culture across our IDCs with a focus on employee growth and development.”

“Sivanand and Banga’s experience in developing and building high-performance organisations across geographies will help us expand our India team strategically and sustainably. Employee development and well-being is a key pillar for Compass and their role will be critical in strengthening this commitment and bolstering our presence in India,” he added.

 “I look forward to further expediting the progress by building a cohesive range of P&C capabilities that will further enhance the people power of the organisation and help in reaffirming high levels of trust, respect and credibility. We are certain that, with all the focus on company culture and employee well-being and development, we will be able to retain and attract the best talent from the industry,” said Sivanand.

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