Rajesh Padmanabhan, president & group CHRO, Vedanta Group puts in his papers

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An internal mail, making an announcement of his exit, has been sent by the CEO to the staff.

Rajesh Padmanabhan, president & group CHRO, Vedanta Resources, has called it quits after an year of joining the company. He put in his papers early this week, and his resignation was accepted today.

An internal mail, making an announcement of his exit, has been sent by the CEO to the staff. Padmanabhan will serve his notice period till the end of the calendar year and his successor will be announced in due course.

Padmanabhan has had an impressive career graph. After completing his Masters in both Human Resources and Finance, from Mumbai University’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, he joined ICICI bank handling systems on Cobol platforms and went on to become a corporate banker with the ICICI Group.

As the nation entered the era of financial liberalisation, Padmanabhan worked as a corporate banker with the ICICI Group. This gave him considerable exposure in systems and financial services.

However, for Padmanabhan, the world out there was just too big to restrain him within stated parametres. He had to move on. So, in 1997, he took the big plunge to shift to HR and managed HR startups within the Group itself. By 1999, he was vice president, Human Resources, at ICICI Infotech.

“I saw a fantastic convergence between business and HR right in the late nineties. I looked at a classical HR Manager who was so distanced from financial realities that I saw this as a unique opportunity to bring my heart and soul together. It turned out to be the best decision of my life and the two I held enabled me do this. I thank the ICICI Group for giving me a startup opportunity in this space. Growth came rapidly and I could convert belief to action. There was no looking back,” he has told HRKatha earlier.

From ICICI, he moved to Essel ProPack where he could combine HR and business.

Prior to joining, Vedanta, he worked with Capgemini, Patni Computers and the Oberoi Group.

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