Roshni Wadhwa appointed as HR Director, India; Mohit James takes up global role


L’Oréal India has appointed Roshni Wadhwa, previously Human Resources Director for L’Oréal Singapore, in place of James

After a six year stint as the HR Director for L’Oréal India, as Mohit James moves up into a global role as South Asia HR Director for L’Oréal and APAC HRD for L’Oréal’s Professional Products & Active Cosmetics Divisions, the company has appointed Roshni Wadhwa, previously Human Resources Director for L’Oréal Singapore, in place of James.

India has been a key source of talent for L’Oréal as James also joins an important position for L’Oréal globally, coming from the Indian talent pool. James has over 23 years of HR experience across Consumer, Manufacturing and IT organisations. Under his leadership at L’Oréal India, the function evolved significantly with many initiatives including the Management Trainee program, Employer Branding, Rewards Competitiveness, Gender Diversity Inclusion and Recognition programs.

On the other hand, Wadhwa brings in 19 years of experience and her prior work experience includes business HR partnering and organisational development in companies such as Novartis and Pantaloon Retail. She joined L’Oréal India in July 2013 as General Manager – HR for Consumer Products Division (CPD) where she played an instrumental role in building a strong and talented marketing and commercial team in a highly complex and competitive environment.

She then moved to Singapore as human resources director for the country in 2015 where she achieved key milestones, like doubling L’Oréal’s presence at campuses, revamping the Internship/Management Trainee programme, hiring and integrating talents for key positions. Along with this role, Wadhwa also supported the South Asia zone teams based in Singapore.

Talking of the new appointments, Jean-Christophe Letellier, Managing Director, L’Oréal India said, “Mohit has played a key part in establishing leadership teams, hiring of talent, and in building a learning, performing and open culture for L’Oréal India. We are sure he will continue to lead L’Oréal in the APAC region well. We are also delighted that Roshni who has played an instrumental role at L'Oréal in building the proximity of HR with the business, will continue doing great work in developing the ever evolving HR function”

The appointment of Wadhwa takes the percentage of women on the leadership team of L’Oréal India to 33 percent. L’Oréal India was also the first company in India to receive the prestigious Economic Dividends for Gender Equality certification (EDGE) for gender equality at the work place. With a focus on developing workplace practices and policies which support women to develop their careers, the business has embedded strong female leaders who are positive roles models for all employees, as well as the broader community.


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