After spending almost fourteen glorious years with the Tata Group, Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors has put in his papers. According to an internal mail circulated amongst the staff, Chandel, who has been with Tata Motors as member corporate executive committee and chief human resources officer since April, 2014, is now planning to pursue his own entrepreneurial venture. He has confirmed to HR Katha that he now wishes to help nurture start-ups. “We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realise we only have one. Venturing on my own now, I am looking forward to work with start-ups and entrepreneurs with strong ethics and values that are keen to grow big,” he shares with HRKatha.
Chandel’s association with the Tata Group began in 2005, when he joined Tata AutoComp Systems as president-human resources.
During his stint with the Group, he has spearheaded several organisational change initiatives and entered into successful collaborations with the country’s best engineering and business schools. He has helped establish skill development centres in partnership with the Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC) of the Government of India, and various learning academies for capability building. He is credited with the implementation of LOOP, the new performance and leadership appraisal system, which is linked to a performance-based reward system. He has been an active volunteer for Tata Motors’ CSR activities.
“We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realise we only have one. Venturing on my own now, I am looking forward to work with start-ups and entrepreneurs with strong ethics and values that are keen to grow big.”
He is also the recipient of Business Today’s ‘Best Company to Work for’Award for 2018.
According to the internal communiqué, Chandel will continue till his successor takes over and will only leave after ensuring a smooth hand-over and successful transition.
Chandel, who has completed his master’s in public administration from the Punjab University, has also worked with Siemens for almost 13 years, in India, Germany and the US.