Varma joined the Company in 1994 as team member of the HR team and grew up the ranks
Rahul Varma, who has been leading Accenture’s talent organisation, as the talent and learning officer, has now been re-designated as the senior managing director – talent. His role has been focussed on the mission of discovering, inspiring and nurturing exceptional people in Accenture.
He now leads a team of experts in recruiting, on-boarding, learning, performance, employee experience and research and innovation, serving Accenture’s global workforce of over 435,000 people.
Having spent over two decades at Accenture, Varma has grown up the ranks, after joining the Company in 1994. Varma joined Accenture as a team member of the India HR team and after five years, became the Company’s first HR director in India.
Accenture grew from being a niche management consulting firm, employing about 200 people, into a multi-business organisation (consulting, technology and outsourcing) with over 37,000 people, in what is acknowledged as one of the world’s biggest corporate organic growth stories. During this phase, Varma led the HR organisation across the company’s businesses, overseeing HR strategy and service delivery.
In January 2008, Varma moved to Singapore as the senior director- HR strategy & enablement. In this role, he was responsible for crafting and driving Accenture’s HR strategy as well as leading the implementation of its HR transformation programme globally.
Varma is also the founder of Accenture’s HR Academy Network across India, the Philippines, China, South Africa and a grouping of nine European countries.
In 2011, he was elevated as the chief learning officer and moved to New York City. In this role, he led the development and launch of Performance Achievement – the company’s new, innovative approach, to revolutionising performance management.
Varma is a Delhi University graduate in arts and economics and has a master’s in personnel management and human resources from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.