Martha Desmond chosen as Apollo Tyres’ new HR Head

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The latest member of the leading tyre manufacturer is all set to improve its HR practices…

Apollo Tyres has chosen Martha Desmond as its chief human resources officer (CHRO), to take over from Tapan Mitra who retired in 2014. Desmond will also be a member of the company’s management board. She will work from the London office, and report to Apollo Tyres’ vice-chairman and managing director, Neeraj Kanwar.

Speaking on the new appointment, Kanwar said, “We believe that people are our biggest assets in the organisation’s next phase of growth. I am confident that Desmond, with her vast experience across geographies, will help us improve on our global HR systems and processes, and at the same time, make Apollo Tyres a highly people-centric organisation.”

Desmond’s most recent assignment was with Genel Energy, where she worked in Turkey as human resources director. Prior to that, she held a similar post at the BG Group and later, in Mumbai, India, as deputy managing director for the group’s exploration and production division. She has also worked in the UK with RWE Thames Water as well as HFC Bank and resourcing solutions in various capacities, handling all aspects of human resource at senior levels.

Speaking about her appointment, Desmond commented, “Having witnessed the company’s impressive growth in the past few years, I look forward to driving continuous improvement and innovations in HR practices and processes in the organisation.”

Apollo Tyres, with presence in India, Europe and Africa, is the world’s 17th biggest tyre manufacturer, enjoying an annual consolidated revenue of Rs 121.5 billion.

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