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MNCs dig into Indian talent pool to fill global roles

Source | The Economic Times : By Prachi Verma & Sreeradha D Basu

MNCs dig into Indian talent pool to fill global roles

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Indian talent is going places as an increasing number of professionals are grabbing top jobs in the corporate world globally. The trend isn’t new but the movement has intensified of late with leading multinationals across sectors more inclined than ever to elevate Indian executives to international roles.

The past year alone has seen more than a dozen such elevations, experts said. In July, Philips Lighting moved up South Asia head Harsh Chitale as chief executive of its B2B arm, Business Group Professional.

In April, Japan’s leading white goods maker, Panasonic Corp., appointed the CEO of its local unit Manish Sharma as vice president, making him the only Indian that’s part of its global team. The same month, Gaurav Chaturvedi, executive director, HR, at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, took over as CEO of Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar, the company’s unit in that country.

Manu Kumar Jain, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi’s India head, was elevated to a global role as vice president in February while in January, Noshir Kaka, former managing director of McKinsey’s India office, transitioned to a global role, assuming co-leadership of the firm’s advanced analytics practice.

MNCs dig into Indian talent pool to fill global roles
Other recent examples include Amit Sharma, chief operating officer at IBM India and South Asia, who was elevated as global COO, IBM GBS (Global Business Services) Application Innovation Consulting, in December and Ericsson’s Sameer Khanna, former head of HR in India, who is now the global HR business partner for managed services networks and IT.
“India talent is increasingly being identified for senior and better roles in a global structure. Even among multiple choices available to fill critical roles, India has an upper hand,” said James Agrawal, managing director of BTI Consultants.

Indian executives bring some traits to the table that are in high demand for global roles, he said. They are multifaceted, agile and adaptive besides tending to be more eager to embrace challenges and adapting to new cultures.

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