TIAA GBS India appoints Hema Priya Sukumar as Director, Employee Relations & Wellness


TIAA GBS India ropes in Hema Priya Sukumar as the Director of Employee Relations & Wellness. Sukumar brings 15+ years of diverse experience across fields like IT services and energy industry.

Before joining TIAA GBS India, Sukumar was associated with many organisations like HCL, Accenture, General Electric, and Shell, in India. At TIAA GBS India, she will be in charge of managing TIAA India’s employee relations and wellness programmes, and will also be involved in employee engagement, ensuring HR compliance, and handling risk and governance issues.

In her previous stint with Shell India, Sukumar served as the Employee Relation/Industrial Relation advisor for more than four years. Under her command, she led various activities like employee relations, people engagement portfolio and inclusion, diversity and equity function, supported by a cross functional team of 15 members.

Her longest stint was with Accenture, where she served as the people advisor specialist. She joined the company in August 2011 and stayed there for a good five years.

After her successful stint with Accenture, Sukumar moved to GE, serving as the lead HR manager for almost two years.

In her initial days, she served at HCL BPO as lead executive HR from January 2008 to July 2011.

Sukumar is interested in staying up to date with the latest developments in the field of employee relations while working under the current hybrid work model. She believes that caring for, being transparent with, and effectively communicating with employees is essential for maintaining engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. In her personal life, Hema enjoys traveling, shopping, and staying fit.

An alumna of Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Sukumar is a certified HR and employee relations specialist from Cornell University and NHRD. She is an active ally of the LGBT+ community and is involved in corporate initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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