The Smart Cube appoints Sushma Rana as the first CHRO


Rana comes from MSL Group, where she served as the HR and talent director and a member of the executive team.

The Smart Cube recently announced the appointment of Sushma Rana as its first chief human resources officer, with the remit to lead its global HR strategy to support the existing client business and its ambitious growth plans. With this recent appointment, the analytics company further expands its leadership team.

Rana brings two decades of leadership experience in human resources and talent management to this role. Prior to joining The Smart Cube, she spent 11 years with the MSL Group —part of Publicis Groupe, the communications company — most recently as HR and talent director, and a member of the executive team. Under her stewardship, MSLGROUP climbed the ranks of India’s Best Companies to Work For, reaching fifth place in the Professional Services category in 2014 and 2015.

Commenting on this appointment, The Smart Cube’s co-founder and CEO, Gautam Singh, says, “Our greatest asset is our workforce, whose talents and dedication have contributed to the business doubling in size over recent years. Strong HR leadership is fundamental to delivering both continued growth and excellent customer service, and the addition of human resources to the C-suite is an evidence of our commitment to meeting these goals.”

Talking of the same, co-founder and managing director, Sameer Walia says, “The rapidly changing nature of work in today’s world, combined with the higher aspirations of an increasingly younger workforce, presents an opportunity that we are determined to leverage successfully. Sushma Rana will play a pivotal role in aligning our people strategy to the future direction of the firm, and I am excited to have her join the team.”

Rana holds a B.Tech degree in electronics & communications from the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, and a postgraduate degree in human resource development from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune.

Speaking about her new role, Rana says, “Increasing recognition of the value of effective data management, coupled with rapid innovation in data-related products and services, makes a career in research and analytics an extremely attractive choice for millennials and experienced professionals alike. The Smart Cube is already recognised as one of the top 10 most desirable companies to work for in this space, and I will focus on increasing this brand awareness, as well as nurturing existing staff and attracting the best new talent.”

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