Jet Freight appoints Ashish Nagpurkar as CHRO

Backed by over 20 years of experience, Nagpurkar has spent at least 14 years in core HR


Jet Freight, the Indian freight forwarding company has appointed Ashish Nagpurkar as its chief human resource officer (CHRO) effective 22 March, 2022.

Nagpurkar was earlier senior general manager, Badve Engineering for almost two years, where he transformed HR practices in alignment with the business.

Before joining Badve, Nagpurkar was partner at Drass Consulting Services, offering services in the areas of talent search, capability building through customised training programmes on building managerial and soft skills and HR consulting in the space of performance management, competency mapping and assessment, talent management and succession planning, organisational development and so on.

An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Nagpurkar began his career as a junior engineer and even worked in the marketing planning, MIS and sales and marketing domains in the initial part of his career, with seven years spent at Mahindra and Mahindra.

Backed by over two decades of experience, Nagpurkar has spent at least 14 years in core HR, across HR strategy, performance management, HR operations, HR ERP system implementation, organisational change management, talent management, succession planning, learning & development, employee engagement, and 10 years in business domain with exposure to strategy management, planning & marketing information system, business process consulting and business process reengineering.

It was in 2010 that he became senior manger HR – sales and marketing, at Mahindra and Mahindra. After developing capabilities of officers via functional and leadership development programmes; enabling goal setting, performance reviews and annual appraisals; enabling implementation of action plans for employee engagement; ensuring implementation of HR processes and driving employee-engagement initiatives to build culture for less than a year, he was elevated to the position of senior manager – HR (PMS).

By 2012, he was senior manager – HR (Mfg &Q&A) handling manpower planning for six major functions of manufacturing & quality assurance for about 600 employees.

After a long and successful stint at Mahindra and Mahindra (Automotive, farm equipment and agri business) Nagpurkar moved on to Polycab in 2014, as AGM HR- Generalist. There he handled business HR operations for solar, pumps business as well corporate functions, leading COE comprising PMS, R&R, policies and processes and administration for head office.

His next stop was Garware Technical Fibres, where he joined general manager – corporate HR, in 2017. There, his focus was to formulate long-term HR strategy in line with business needs and its translation into annual operating plan.

Less than two years later, he moved on to Mahindra CIE Automotive, as head – human resource development, based out of Pune. During his stint there, from 2018 to 2020, his role required him to manage HR across 10 plants spanning across India.

At Jet Freight, Nagpurkar will be responsible for complementing its global people culture and workplace strategies. The Company has over ten regional offices across India and operations in Dubai and the Netherlands.

Richard Theknath, chairman and managing director, Jet Freight, hopes Nagpurkar’s expertise will help “build an employee-focused company”. He reiterates that “Jet Freight believes in having a strong value-added strategy that is centered on improving and enhancing productivity and effectiveness with a high emphasis on employee satisfaction”.

“Given his vast experience in building workplace strategies and people management, “ Theknath is looking forward to the impact Nagpurkar will have “in bringing the right talent mix to build the right team for achieving our people-focused goals”.

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