HDFC Bank gets Geethaa Ghaneckar to head COE

The former CHRO, Raheja Universal will be responsible for quality assurance in all aspects of HR, at HDFC Bank.


Geethaa Ghaneckar has got a new office address at HDFC Bank House in Mumbai. She has joined the bank as executive vice president and head of CoE.

Ghaneckar says, “This role has been created to ensure a structured approach to talent management and leadership development.”

Apparently, this is a new role created by the BFSI giant under the leadership of the CHRO, Vinay Razdan. Ghaneckar will be responsible for quality assurance in HR aspects, such as engagement, organisational development (OD) and culture, diversity and inclusion, as well as employee value proposition. Employee wellness and communication are also amongst the responsibilities under the CoE (center of excellence) role.

Previously, she was the CHRO at Raheja Universal, one of the leading real-estate builders and developers in Mumbai. Having completed a two-year tenure there, her replacement is yet to join. However, Ghaneckar says, “ We have closed the position, and this will be somebody who has worked in this sector for a long time.”

A front runner in the BSFI sector, HDFC Bank has 88,253 permanent employees as of 31 March 2018 and has a presence in Bahrain, Hong Kong and Dubai. Ghaneckar will bring to the table her experience and expertise gathered over her 26 year-long career, across industries and functions.

Having begun her career in front-line sales, Ghaneckar grew into business management in the initial eight years. Changing track, she then moved into the leadership consulting space with Manford Allianz for five years.

Before Raheja Universal, she was employed by Raymond for eight years. She joined as group leader & OD head, then moved on to being apparel and retail HR Head and finally CHRO for the lifestyle business.

Ghaneckar holds an MBA from the Institute of Management Education (IME), Pune, and has completed an OD certification course from the National Training Lab (NTL). She is a change and culture evangelist and a budding authoress.

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