Uber’s South Asia HR head, Vishpala Reddy, gets an APAC role


Reddy will now head the HR function for Australia, New Zealand, and North Asia, in addition to India & South Asia.

Vishpala Reddy, who joined Uber less than a year ago, in August 2017, has got an APAC role. She joined Uber as chief people officer for India and South Asia, and has now been elevated to the post of regional HR director for APAC.

In her new role, she will head HR for Australia, New Zealand, and North Asia, in addition to India & South Asia.

Amit Jain, CEO for Uber India and South Asia has also been elevated to an APAC role. He is the new regional general manager, APAC.

Post the controversy, Uber is undergoing a cultural change under the leadership of its global CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. From focussed efforts to improve upon diversity and inclusion, to working around the new cultural norms, Uber is driving this change from all directions.

Reddy had told HRKatha, “We want to create a workplace that is inclusive and reflects the diversity of the cities we serve: where everyone can be their authentic self, and where that authenticity is celebrated as a strength. By creating an environment where people from every background can thrive, we’ll make Uber a better company—not just for our employees but for our customers too.”

Reddy, who started her career with Cognizant Technologies, later worked extensively as senior consultant with Hewitt Associates, in the area of performance and rewards.

Reddy has spent 12 of her 17 years of professional life at American Express. She played a critical role in driving the transformation of the India business, and introduced proactive measures and programmes that helped position Amex as an employer of choice. Known for her passion to lead innovative and sustainable HR practices with measurable impact, Reddy has been honoured with external recognition for her contributions and for being a thought leader.

Reddy was an active member of the executive board of the National Human Resource Development Network (NHRDN) 2016–17 and has also led their Young Minds Advisory Board. Known to champion various diversity and inclusion initiatives, she actively advocates the development of women leaders from various walks of life.

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