Pradeep Chavda joins Sodexo India as human resources director


Chavda takes over from Mallika D’Souza, who has moved into a larger role in the Global Seniors Segment at Sodexo in the United States.

The food and facilities management solutions provider, Sodexo, has just appointed Pradeep Chavda as the new human resources director-India, effective August, 2017. Chavda takes over from Mallika D’Souza, who, after a successful stint of five years in India, has moved into a larger role in the Global Seniors Segment at Sodexo in the United States.

Chavda brings with him diverse HRD skillsets and capabilities, acquired from working with large-scale Indian MNCs, in both national and international environments for over 20 years. His most recent assignment, prior to joining Sodexo was with Bharti Airtel as the HR head for the Homes Business, managing a total workforce of over 7000 employees. He also has to his credit the global award from SuccessConnect, Australia, for adoption of the best talent management tool.

At Sodexo, Chavda will lead and drive the talent management strategy as an instrument of business transformation and development of agile leaders. He will be responsible for building a robust and sustainable people culture to foster creativity, innovation, performance, compliance, and good governance. He will help provide Sodexo the competitive edge to deliver on its promise of offering Quality of Life services— both to employees as well as key stakeholders.

Talking of the appointment and Chavda’s role, Rishi Gour, country president & country segment director, corporate services-India, Sodexo India On-Site Services, says, “As the HR lead for India, Pradeep will be responsible for envisioning the roadmap for HR, driving the people strategy and ensuring implementation of operational priorities to help business grow in alignment with the key organisational developmental strategies.”

A graduate from MS University, Baroda, Chavda has further earned a master’s degree in social work and two postgraduate diplomas; one in human resources and the second in industrial relations and personnel management.

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