Kantar appoints Rajani Athreya as Group Head HR, South Asia

Research firm Kantar has appointed Rajani Athreya as group head HR for South Asia. Athreya has moved from DBS Bank where she was COO-HR.

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An alumnus of XLRI, Athreya comes with over 25 years of experience. She started her career in the banking industry with ANZ Grindlays Bank and spent the first 7 years of her career in frontline roles and then as a lending officer.

It was in 1999, when she moved into a HR role and continued for the next two years with ANZ Grindlays.

She spent more than 11 years in Standard Chartered Bank, starting as an associate manager, she moved up the ranks to become the head HR at Standard Chartered Securities, before she finally bid adieu.

Next, she moved to the media sector with Thomson Reuters as head HR, India and spent a little over two years with the company. She was also the director on the Board of Thomson Reuters, India.

In her new assignment, Athreya will help talent flourish, build capabilities for the future and unleash collective potential to drive maximum value to their clients from the vast pool of talent Kantar possesses.

Preeti Reddy, CEO Insights Division, South Asia – Kantar says, “Clients today expect fast, holistic, frugal and forward-looking solutions to their business issues. Our new single brand strategy is driven by this and aims to achieve simplicity, speed and impact for our clients. In a knowledge business like ours, this makes managing talent an absolute imperative, particularly when the majority of talent in the industry lies with Kantar, the market leader. Rajani’s vast experience in talent development, organisational culture and change management will ensure we have the right expertise in place to support our clients.”

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