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Summary: Accomplished and decisive HR leader with nineteen years of diverse industry experience. An MBA from XLRI, Michael has led various Human Resources (HR) teams in both global and Indian organizations like IBM, think3 Designs and Lava International. Demonstrated successes in developing HR frameworks and strategies in both large conglomerates and start-up organisations. A knowledgeable, business savvy and result-oriented executive who parlays subject matter expertise in all aspects of HR, including both scale-up/ “ramp up” scenario and scale down/ “down-sizing” business environment.
Career Highlights: Led the employee scale up of Lava International from 800 to 14000+ in 21 months along with the associated HR process changes. Oversaw the “downsizing” of more than 6500 employees at Lava. As HR Head of IBM Network Solutions, oversaw the integration of HR processes into the IBM ecosystem. Built all the HR processes for think3 Designs (a startup) from ground zero and aligned them to its parent Italian organisation.
Lava International, Noida (Apr 2014 till date)
Head HR - People Process and Engagement
•Provide leadership to the Lava HR team. Led numerous HR initiatives including the setting up of HR processes and systems for Project Vistaar (manpower growth from 800 to 14000+).
•Oversee the HR function of Lava China ODM team (Shenzhen, China).
•Ensure that a strong leadership, coaching and performance driven culture permeates the organization.
•Drive HR process improvements through HR Automation (SAP SuccessFactor), Manpower Planning, Business HR and HR Process Revamp. Oversee, conceptualize and execute various HR policies and processes in performance management, compensation and benefits and employee best practices.
IBM, Bangalore (Sep 2009 – Apr 2014)
Head HR – IBM Network Solutions
•Provide HR leadership to the 26-member Human Resource team of IBM Network Solutions.
•Led the integration of the 2800+ employee acquired firm “Network Solution” into the IBM ecosystem
•Oversaw the conceptualisation and execution of various HR policies, processes and programs, employee practices, performance management, compensation and benefits, recruitment, HR operations, learning, attrition management and HR Automation processes for the multiple-site organization.
•Drive a high performance culture through a focused Performance Appraisal system. Work with high performers and critical resources to align career aspirations to relevant organisation roles.
Biocon Ltd, Bangalore (Apr 2007 – Aug 2009)
. Lead the Recruitment, Performance Mgmt, Emp Relations and Learning Verticals.
•Overall responsibility of the Performance Management processes at Biocon Ltd. Oversee the career development process of individual employees.
•Drive the Recruitment activities at Biocon Ltd. Focus on speedy TAT and effective online hiring.
•Lead the Learning team. Drive employee induction process for all Biocon employees, exit interviews, internship, employee verification and HRIS changes.
think3 Designs, Bangalore (May 2000 – Apr 2007)
Head – HR, Indian Operations. (Reporting to the Worldwide VP – HR)
•Built the India HR processes at think3 (a start-up at the time) from ground zero and align them to the parent Italian organisation.
•Prime owner of all people processes in think3 India. Set up the framework for performance management, compensation and benefits, Talent Acquisition, HR policies and programs, attrition management, learning & development for think3 India.
Education XLRI Jamshedpur MBA (PGDPM&IR) (2000)
Delhi University (DCAC) Graduation in Journalism (1998) (Stood fifth in DU.)
Awards “Employee of the Year” in think3 Designs “Business Leadership” Award in Biocon
“Superstar Award” in Lava International
Others The Sentinel named Michael as “The Youngest Professional Cartoonist of India” (15 Years). Interviews appeared in Doordarsan, India Today group, The Sentinel and The Avenue Mail.