HBO Max gets Smita Puranesh as talent lead for APAC

Puranesh comes with over two decades of experience in different industries including hospitality, consulting, telecom, ITES as well as media and entertainment


HBO Max, a WarnerMedia company, has appointed Smita Puranesh as its talent lead for APAC. Puranesh announced this development via a post on social media. Prior to this role, she was director – HR at Netflix and comes with close to two decades of professional experience.

Puranesh has not always been an HR leader. After graduating from IHM, Puranesh started her career working in the hospitality sector for different properties — including Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts and GESCO— in the sales and marketing function. She also worked with Airtel as a manager for call centre operations and managed a team of 350 employees.

It was in 2006 that she moved to Genpact as business HR lead for the analytics business. Three years later, she was promoted as the head of HR for Axis Risk Consulting, a subsidiary of Genpact. Moving on from Genpact, Puranesh joined STAR TV Network as vice president – HR and later also served as SVP-HR before heading HR at Hotstar. For five years, Puranesh was with the STAR Nework brand serving in different HR leadership roles.

“Thrilled to join HBO Max. It certainly feels like coming home to a brand that I love, and the bonus is, I get to collaborate with the most amazing colleagues! Looking forward to building HBO Max for APAC,” read Puranesh’s post on social media.

A graduate from the University of Calcutta, Puranesh has been exposed to different industries in her over two-decade long career, including hospitality, consulting, telecom, ITES as well as media and entertainment.

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