Sony Pictures appoints Manu Wadhwa as the new CHRO

The position was vacant since November 2018 after Smriti Singh exited.


Manu Wadhwa has now become the chief human resource officer at Sony Pictures. Her expertise lies in organisation design & effectiveness, talent & development, HR transformation, change and digital innovation. Prior to this appointment, Wadhwa was the head of human resources, Coca-Cola, India & South West Asia. The role focused on driving people strategy for the organisation and leading a seamless talent stewardship for its stakeholder network, including franchise bottlers across India & South West Asia.

Smriti Singh was the CHRO at Sony pictures till November 2018, after that she moved to Flipkart.

Wadhwa has worked with various organisations in different industries such as manufacturing, financial services and biotechnology. Some of her previous companies are GE and American Express. She comes with more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She started her career with Tata Unisys as a finance analyst where she was responsible for managing branch accounts, fees collections, vendor payments, and also coordinating promotional events.

After working in Tata Unisys, Wadhwa had a small stint of just a year with Mahyco, a Biotechnology company as a HR specialist. Then she moved on to GE and after that American express holding various positions in HR, leadership development and HR transformation.

“It is our constant endeavour to build SPN as an engaging and empowering workplace. As a member of SPN’s leadership team, Manu will play a vital role in working towards this goal. She will lead the HR function and I am confident that under her leadership, we will continue to build a culture that attracts and retains the best talent,” says NP Singh, Managing Director & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India.

Wadhwa is also member of various committees and forums such as Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – National Leadership & HR Committee, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) – Asia Pacific Advisory Board, Chandigarh University Corporate Advisory Board and Jombay Think Tank Forum and holds master’s degree in HR from Symbiosis centre for management and human resource development.

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