Raj Raghavan to move from Amazon to IndiGo as Sr VP-HR


After serving his notice period at Amazon, Raghavan will take up his new position at IndiGo in April.

Raj Raghavan, head-HR, APAC, Amazon has put in his papers. Currently serving his notice period, Raghavan is all set to join IndiGo Airlines in April, as senior VP-HR.

Raghavan told HRKatha, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my seven years in Amazon and am so glad I had an opportunity to be a part of their amazing journey in the region.”

Recently, HR Katha had reported that Sukhjit S Pasricha, IndiGo’s (Interglobe Aviation) vice president-HR & admin moved to Bajaj Finance (Bajaj FinServ) as chief of HR & admin.

On his new assignment, Raghavan says, “IndiGo is an exemplary example of strong team growth with great values, within a short span of time. I am extremely delighted to be a part of the 6E family and to explore bigger opportunities that lie ahead of us, as the brand continues to make robust expansion.”

Raghavan joined Amazon India in 2011 as director and country HR leader. In 2016, he was elevated as the HR head for Asia Pacific, which included India, China and the recent acquisition of Souq in the Middle East.

At the time of Raghavan’s joining, Amazon India had only 3,500 employees. During his tenure, the Company grew in size and the workforce strength increased to 50,000. He played a pivotal role in not just enabling this level of growth, but also in helping launch Amazon.in, where he led HR across the entirety of the business – including launching its first FC operations in the country.

Andrea Gordon, head-HR, Amazon International, says in an internal communication, “Those of us that have worked closest with Raj have always valued his high judgment, calm and humble demeanor and ability to connect with employees at all levels of the Company. Beyond stewarding exceptional growth in the region during his tenure, Raj has proven to have a very keen eye for talent. As a result, he has built a very strong team of talented HR leaders, which will serve as a lasting legacy to his leadership.”

Amazon will soon announce an interim structure and a successor to Raghavan as the new APAC HR leader.

Raghavan has more than 30 years of experience, having worked with Eureka Forbes – where he started his career—Hindustan Unilever (Brooke Bond Lipton), Ford India, GE Capital, HSBC and GE Technology Centre.

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