We had organised a program “RAJU REMEMBRE” in Feb 2009, in fond remembrance of my late Parents Dr. K Rajagopal and Mrs. Manoranjini Rajagopal at Bangalore and had invited all our relatives, near and dear ones. People from across the world had come to the program. We had relatives and friends recalling their fond association with Raju and Manna as they were fondly called.
We also had a reason to organise this program. My parents had visited the United States of America in 1989 courtesy the kind sponsorship of my uncle Late Dr CK Prahalad. They embarked on a 3 month trip to the US, Canada and UK. My father had jotted down his experiences on the trip in a tour diary and I stumbled upon it.
Hence I took upon the task of reconstructing it and publishing a book ” Our Journey to the New World, a medley of Travelogue by Raju & Manna”. We released the book on this occassion and had the privilege of having late Dr. CK Prahalad and my aunty Mrs. Gayatri Prahalad attending this program and agreeing to launch this book.
We also utilised this occassion to honour & felicitate Late. Dr Prahalad for being conferred the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India – the 3rd highest civilian honour in the country.
The program was well attended and we thoroughly enjoyed the warmth and love that our near and dear ones showered on my late parents and to all of us.
We had presented some photo shows & videos of my Parents visit to the US, pictures of my Parents and other relatives from our album and also a slide show on Dr. CK Prahalad.
Many of them spoke on the occassion viz. Sahana’s aunt Mrs. Vanmala, Mrs. CSS Rao, my late cousin Venari uncle, SK Srinivasa Rao, Mrs.Shree Seshadri, Mrs. Sharda bai, Mrs. Gayatri Prahalad, my uncles CK Madvesh, Late Mr. Vasanth Madhav Rao and the finale was the felicitation of Dr. CK Prahalad and his address.
I sincerely thank all of them for having graced this function and also for having spoken so kindly about my parents and will certainly carry fond memories of this program till eternity.
Whatever the Ranjan’s are today, its but for the kind benevolence of this noble couple “Raju and Manna” and we are deeply indebted to them.
Here is a video that captures all the action at the program.
Copies of the book were distributed to all the attendees. A soft copy of the book is reproduced below
(ITB Global Supply Chain) – 6500 employees – Nov 2008 – Jun 2011
Was promoted as the Global HR Director for the ITB Global Supply Chain organisation. Was the Global HRBP for the SVP-ITB GSCM.
Responsible for providing HR support & Leading HR for the world wide ITB GSCM organisations in US, Europe, China, Phillipines, Asia, India.
Leading a HR team of 56 members
Helped in rebalancing of Production from Mature economies to New Economies
Involved in rationalisation of Plants in US, Europe and China and ramping up Operations in India & Phillipines
Coaching & Mentoring senior ITB GSCM leaders
Integration of HR policies, systems and tools with the SE organisation
Member of the Global ITB – HRCommittee
Member of the Global ITBGSCM Management Committee
Schneider Electric India – (since Dec 2005……)
Head HR India Subcontinent (APC India) – 3200 employees – Dec 2005 – Nov 2008
Joined as the Head of HR (India Subcontinent) with APC India. Was responsible for helping Business grow the organisation in India.
Helped Sales grow from 27m USD to 114 mUSD
Grew APC Manufacturing – 3 factories to 8 factories
Helped set up the IPO (captive IT organisation) in India
Grew India R&D from 10 employees to 50
Employee Strength grew from 1800 to 3200
Hired the entire leadership team across Sales, Manufacturing, R&D , IT and Support Functions
Harmonised HR Policies, Systems and tools across all Business / Functions
Thwarted attempts from external unions to gain entry into the organisation and fostered Employee Committees to gainfully engage them
Rationalised grades, titles and market driven compensation
Lead a HR Team of 24 members
Brought down attrition from around 24% to around 12%
Helped in seamless transition and integration with Schneider Electric after being acquired in 2007-2008
Caltex India Pvt. Ltd (2002 – 2005)
A leading Energy company globally (Sales, R&D, Manuf – 600 employees)
Was responsible for integrating the HR department of 3 organisations including an acquired company.
Standardisation of HR policies, Uniform Job Grading, Compensation & Benefits, Job Titles, Performance Management Process, Talent Management & Development, Competency framework, Organisation restructuring and redesign, set up in the India Leadership Council involving leadership of 3 companies and Acquisition & Integration of Chemoleums Lubricants
Was promoted as the GM-HR for India & Srilanka
Co Systems India Pvt Ltd (2001-2002), General Manager – HR
A pioneering Telecom Software Product development company with development centres in India and US (320 employees)
Involved in setting up the HR department.
Helped up ramp up employee strength to about 300 employees in a year.
HR Strategy for gaining entry & foothold in India
Engaged with Campus thro Campus Connect Programs and hired through Campus Placements
Praxair India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (1997-2001), Senior Manager – HR
A global Leader in Industrial Gases (Sales, Manufacturing & IT – 600 employees)
Involved in setting up the Corporate HR. Helped up ramp up employee strength to about 300 employees in a year. HR Policies, C&B, Job Bands, Job Titles, Salary restructuring, HRIS, Performance Management Process, Competency Framework & Training & Development.
Was involved in acquisition and merger of Asiatic Industrial Gases, Asiaticl Oxygen, Carbon dioxide company.
Closure of manufacturing plants. Helped set up a small E-services company to provide internal IT support for Praxair globally.
Indian Herbs, Bangalore (1994-1997), Manager – HR
A leading Indian Natural Products Company (Sales, R&D, Manuf – 600 employees)
Was responsible for stabilising a HR department, Organisation design, Job Evaluation, Job Grading / Banding & Job Titles. Revamped HR policies, Performance Management Process & introduced a homegrown HRIS package.
Grew company to double its strength, helped set up the Extraction Unit, new R&D Centre and a Human Health Business Unit.
Stabilised IR situation and employee relations by engaging internal Leaders
India’s pioneering Telecom Company (Sales, R&D, Manuf – 32000 employees) Strong foundation set for a HR career
Started career at Corporate HR, worked in OD, Policy Making, HRIS, IR, Compensation & Benefits including Staff Officer to the Director-Personnel
Moved to ITI Model Plant (Sam Pitroda’s Rural Automatic Exchange project). Responsible for Employee Welfare, Training & Development. Became the Head of the Training Centre and was involved in helping ITI to get ISO Certification
Joined as Personnel Officer Trainee ended as Assistant Personnel Manager