Satish Pradhan, executive vicepresident in charge of group human resources at Tata Sons, will leave the conglomerate in April, a move that is seen as part of changes initiated by Chairman Cyrus Mistry.
“Satish Pradhan has decided to pursue academic, environmental and social causes dear to him. Hence, he will be transitioning from his role of chief-group human resources by the end of April this year. He will continue his association with the Tata Group in a consulting/advisory role. His successor will be announced in due course,” said Tata Sons, the group’s holding company, in reply to an email query.Pradhan, 57, joined the Tata Group in 2001 after a stint with ICI Plc at their London head office as organisation design and development manager. He had earlier worked with Steel Authority of India, CMC and the Indian arm of ICI, among others. NS Rajan, 51, partner and global leader (people and organisation) at Ernst & Young, may take over from Pradhan, said people familiar with the matter. “There are talks of restructuring in the HR division at the conglomerate,” said a senior consultant at E&Y. Won’t Be Easy for Rajan to Exit E&Y
And now with Cyrus Mistry as head, fresh infusion of talent from outside may be the call,” the consultant said.
In February, the Tatas appointed Mukund Rajan, who has worked in the group in various roles for over 16 years, as the group’s brand custodian, spokesperson and chief ethics officer. Madhu Kannan, former chief executive of BSE Ltd, is also part of Mistry’s core team.
E&Y, however, denied that Rajan was leaving.
Responding to an email query from ET, a company official said, “The information in the mail below is not correct.”
Rajan did not respond to calls. “NS Rajan is expected to join in April, but it will not be an easy exit for him,” said another HR veteran. This is because those in the rank of partner (and higher levels) at consulting and advisory firms invest in the companies and get a share of profits, which makes it tough for them to quit. Also, the notice period often ranges from 3-6 months.
Source : The Economics Times.