Rajesh Balasubramanian appointed head-people & culture, Accolite

Balasubramanian makes this move after serving as global head – talent acquisition enablement service, at Cognizant for 16 years.

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Accolite Digital has appointed Rajesh Balasubramanian as head – people and culture. With more than two decades of experience across manufacturing, information technology and services industries, in roles spanning sales, software delivery management and human resources, Balasubramanian was earlier global head – talent acquisition enablement service, at Cognizant for 16 years.

Talent acquisition, talent management, talent enablement & deployment, business & talent transformation and programme management to deliver focused outcomes globally, are his forte.

It was in 2004 that he stepped into Cognizant, serving first as senior manager – projects for six years, before going on to becoming HR – integrated people partner. He led full-cycle employee engagement, for the largest practice in the organisation, within which he managed and oversaw processes pertaining to workforce planning, talent acquisition, workforce deployment and management, talent management, learning and development and talent mobility. He was responsible for the concept, design, development and execution of critical people-oriented business strategies, such as performance management, compensation & benefits, rewards and recognition, career architecture, location, leadership development, organisational structuring and initiatives on business parameter optimisation significantly including revenue, utilisation and margins

In 2014, he was promoted to the position of global business partner – talent acquisition, supply and delivery. After successfully leading the talent acquisition for technology solutions practices pan-India, for almost three years, he moved on to the position of global HR programme manager. In addition to managing delivery and implementation of two large global enterprise-wide programmes within delivery business units for both technology and industry practices, he was responsible for talent enablement end-to-end.

Since 2019, he headed talent acquisition enablement Services (TAES) encompassing sourcing, recruiting services, candidate services and vendor services, globally for almost two years. He was accountable for fulfilment, turn-around-time, conversion, cost optimisation (CPH), productivity optimisation (JPR), channel usage effectiveness, vendor management, tech adoption and process automation.

A mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Madras, he started his career as senior software engineer as Ness Technologies in 1997. Eight months later, he joined CGI as a senior programmer analyst, before taking on the role of senior systems analyst at Paccar Financial for four years.

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