Shweta Shukla is the new chief people officer (CPO), Lenskart. Based out of Singapore, she will be a key member of the leadership board, overseeing the global HR function. Her main responsibilities will include driving worldwide growth, enhancing organisational effectiveness and nurturing culture and leadership.
As the new CPO, Shukla will directly report to Peyush Bansal, founder and CEO, Lenskart. Bansal had temporarily taken on the role after the former chief human resources officer, Suruchi Maitra, left in 2021.
Shukla, with over two decades of experience in people, talent and culture leadership, joins Lenskart during a pivotal period marked by significant leadership changes earlier this year.
Shukla’s career journey began in 2001 as an executive recruitment manager at HSBC. She later worked as an assistant vice president – HR, Genpact, for two years before joining Hewitt as a consulting project manager in 2007. Subsequently, Shukla served as the talent and organisation consultant lead at Aon Hewitt.
From 2011 to 2017, Shukla played a significant role in Facebook’s HR team. She initially joined as the head of human resources for India, Japan and Korea, later going on to become the head of HR for North Asia and subsequently becoming the head of HR for Southeast Asia and India. Before joining Lenskart, Shukla spent five years as the vice president and head of talent and human resources for Asia Pacific at Netflix.
Shukla is also the founder of The CultureGram, a platform that promotes open discussions and collaboration on topics such as culture, leadership, inclusion, identity and embracing differences.
Despite encountering challenges, the eyewear company, backed by SoftBank, is in the process of recovery. It recently improved its capabilities by acquiring Tango Eye, an AI-based computer vision start-up. This strategic move aims to enhance growth and make the shift between digital and physical touchpoints seamless.
The company brought Vanessa Yeo Barger on board as the general manager of marketing in September 2023. In her role, she’ll oversee branding, campaigns, social media and communications, playing a crucial role in increasing brand awareness and overall growth under Bansal’s leadership.