HSBC’s Ram Kumar joins Microland as chief people officer


As head human resources, HSBC Global Resourcing managed 43,000 employees across seven countries in his last role.

Ram Kumar, head human resources, HSBC Global Resourcing, who till recently was based out of Kuala Lumpur has now shifted base to Bengaluru. He has joined Microland, the hybrid IT infrastructure service provider, as chief people officer.

Kumar has spent a good number of years with HSBC in various capacities. Out of the 33 years of his professional life, Kumar has been with HSBC for the last 22 years. He has held important positions such as head-learning, talent, resourcing & OD, and global head-HR – HSBC Global Technology Centre. In his last role, he managed 43,000 employees across seven countries. In comparison Microland has employee strength of 4,300.

At HSBC, he built a reliable, responsive and resilient HR function, driving efficiencies through in-country HR programmes aligned with group entities, and enabling key organisation-wide change management initiatives.

A TISS pass out, Kumar started his HR career with Unilever where he spent five years as factory personnel manager. He later worked with Citibank and ANZ Grindlays before joining HSBC.

At Microland, Kumar’s mandate will be to partner with business leadership to build a future-ready organisation that is versatile and adaptable. He will aim to create a distinctive culture that drives business performance and productivity at Microland.

“Kumar’s appointment as our chief people officer brings even greater focus on our employee-related practices and differentiators,” says Pradeep Kar, founder, chairman and managing director, Microland.

Kumar says, “Our continued focus on our employees will help us further leverage the opportunities presented by growth in the industry.”


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