Unmesh Pawar, partner & head, KPMG, to move on

Pawar has successfully led the transformative people agenda at KPMG since 2018


Unmesh Pawar, partner & head of people, KPMG, has decided to move on after a stint of close to three years at the multinational professional services company.

Back in 2018, Pawar had quit Accenture, where he had served for 17 years, to join KPMG. Pawar had joined Accenture in 2001 as general manager – HR. Over the years, he was elevated to the position of global managing director – human resources – Products Operating Group (consulting).

His association with Accenture had begun when it had a 70,000-strong workforce and by the time he left, the Company had grown to about 435,000 employees across 200 cities.

At Accenture, Pawar had the opportunity to design and deploy Accenture’s talent- acquisition strategy to fulfil the talent-growth needs for all businesses across levels in 59 countries. He had the chance to articulate and execute the human capital strategy and HR operations. As MD-HR, BPO delivery & HR head India BPO, for more than two years, he was responsible for shaping and implementing the human capital strategy to help the business meet its transformation outcomes. He succeeded in building a highly-engaged workforce, resulting in Accenture being rated as the best employer in the industry.

Having specialised in human resources management and development from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Pawar began his career as senior HR generalist with Tata Share Registry, way back in 1994. After five years, he moved on to Mastek as SBU-HR lead. For more than a year, he worked as HR business partner supporting subsidiaries of Mastek, across the Asia Pacific, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and France, before joining Accenture as GM-HR (Mumbai HR lead) in 2001.

Pawar is expected to leave KPMG by March next year. Till then, he will continue to lend his support to important projects.

Pawar, who has played a significant part in KPMG’s progress and in making the firm future ready, even while strengthening the HR function and putting together an efficient team, is yet to reveal his future plans.

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