Zeiss Group, a global tech company working in the area of optics and optoelectronics, has appointed Santana Ramakrishnan as its new chief human resources officer (CHRO) for India and neighboring markets.
Santana was earlier CHRO, DealShare, where she has served for almost two years, based out of Bengaluru.
An alumna of XLRI Jamshedpur, Ramakrishnan was associated with GE Capital for almost four years in the initial part of her career journey, back in 2001. By 2004, she was organization and staffing manager, GE Capital, based out of China.
In 2005, she moved to Genpact as HR leader, based out of Hyderabad.
Her next stop was AXA, where she joined as HR head – south region in 2007. Three years later, she found herself based out of Hong Kong as regional HR business partner, Asia. She spent three months in Paris as HRBP in 2013, and by 2014 she had been elevated to head – distribution HR.
After a successful tenure of over seven years with AXA, Ramakrishnan moved to Goldman Sachs in 2014, as head – business partner solutions. By 2017, she was global head – HR operations and solutions, based out of Bengaluru.
The year 202 saw her essaying the role of head – human resources at Udaan.com, leading the credit/capital business.
In her over two-decade long career, she has designed and delivered strategies across business partnering, change management, leadership development and HR shared services.
Her latest appointment represents a pivotal moment in Carl Zeiss India’s journey to further elevate its workforce, enhance its competitive edge, and advance technology excellence.
Here, she will be responsible for devising systems and processes to meet people and business needs in line with global corporate governance and standards. She will also closely collaborate with the global teams and functions to enable cohesive growth and transformation towards the company’s vision of ONE ZEISS.
“Her strategic HR leadership and her passion for nurturing talent align perfectly with our values, and we are confident that she will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our organisation in the country. Carl Zeiss India’s workforce is excited about the fresh perspectives and innovative strategies that Santana Ramakrishnan will bring to the organisation”, said Miguel Gonzalez Diaz, managing director, Carl Zeiss India (Bangalore) and SAARC region.