Cushman & Wakefield gets Deepali Bhardwaj as head HR

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In her new role, Bhardwaj will work with the firm’s leadership team in India to support business growth and momentum

The real-estate firm Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Deepali Bhardwaj as head of human resources for India. In her new role, Bhardwaj will work with the firm’s leadership team in India to support business growth and momentum, as Cushman & Wakefield looks to accelerate its market leadership in commercial real-estate services in the country.

Bhardwaj will be responsible for further developing and solidifying Cushman & Wakefield’s employer proposition and best practices to support the vision of adding 500+ people to the organisation’s India teams in 2017. An experienced HR practitioner and business leader, Bhardwaj’s experience spans over two decades in strategic human resources management, operations and change management across large organisations, start-up ventures and even not-for-profit organisations.

Commenting on the appointment, Anshul Jain, managing director, India, Cushman & Wakefield said, “With a goal to further solidify our base in the market, expanding our talent base becomes key. A world- class HR function will therefore be a strategic enabler to our growth strategy. Deepali and her team will play a pivotal role in effective talent acquisition, retention strategies and in providing growth opportunities for our employees.”

“Deepali will drive continuous improvement and foster best practices to benchmark the firm with leading companies and work towards our vision to be a Great Place to Work,” he added.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Bhardwaj has worked on an extensive line-up of multi-industry consulting projects with Whirlpool, W, Zara, Save the Children and Ernst & Young. Her depth of HR expertise is meshed with strong, strategic business and operational alignment that has enabled her to successfully lead and manage the HR functions, and partner with businesses that are at various stages of significant growth and change cycles.

Talking of her new role, Bhardwaj said, “Cushman & Wakefield is on a growth trajectory with a vision to add approximately 500 new staff by end of 2017, in line with its strategic growth plans that involve specialisations as well as service diversifications for the next few years. This gives us a huge opportunity to not only hire talented professionals from diversified industry but also acquire teams to run these specialised services across leasing, asset management and project management.”

“Real estate is an exciting sector to be associated with, especially given the rapid professionalisation of this sector. Thus, the endeavour would be to adapt HR strategies that have long-term impact in terms of enabling the company to have the right talent for the future requirements,” Bhardwaj added, sharing her plans ahead.

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