10 Best HR Leaders in India 2024



Evolving from its traditional role – hiring & firing – modern human resources is more dynamic than ever. Today, human resources is much more than just hiring; they hire for new capabilities, drive new digital-first culture, engage & boost employee engagement and deliver data-driven insights. Unlike their older self, the new HRs rely heavily on technology to shape and lead organisational growth strategies. As new innovations and regulations knock, the human resource department stands as a frontier to turn strategies into reality and future-proof the organisation. In this 3rd volume of TradeFlock’s HR leaders series, “10 Best HR Leaders in India 2024”, we interacted with many talented HR professionals from different verticals to discuss their day-to-day operational challenges, strategies, unique skill sets and future plans as the HR landscape evolves. Head to read the exclusive editorial stories and insights from industry maestros. Happy reading!

Menrva Technologies

Chinmoy Mukherjee

Group CHRO & Vice President - CC

Barbrik Project Limited (PRA Group)

Leveraging 35+ years of extensive experience in infusing strong corporate culture and organisational growth through people-first HR strategies, Chinmoy is an ex-B&R, ex-Petron/Kazstroy, ex-Essar, ex-CEC/Taiwan, ex-L&T, ex-Tata Projects, CSR Expert, and presently Group CHRO  and Vice President—CC at Barbrik Project Limited (PRA Group).

AUK Computing

Jacob Jacob

Group CHRO

Malabar Group

Bringing 27+ years of experience in global HR Strategy and policy design for various conglomerates, Jacob Jacob, Group/Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Malabar Group, has been at the forefront of transforming organisational cultures and building senior leadership. He’s previously worked with globally recognized Aviation, Real Estate, and Healthcare organisations.

Chropynska India

Jnan Prakash Jena

Sr. Vice President cum Chief Human Resources Officer

Electrosteel Group

Jnan Prakash Jena, with over thirty years of experience in HR, has been the Senior vice president and CHRO at Electrosteel Group since 2019. His diverse experience spans Adani Ports to Jindal Stainless, showcasing his expertise in HR and administration. Jena’s academic background includes a Master’s in Personnel Management and a Law degree.

Senior Director

Punit Sharma

Chief Human Resources Officer


A seasoned HR Head with 20+ years of strong record in guiding C-Suite executives within the finance and services sectors, Punit Sharma currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at DBMCI. His expertise includes Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, HR Consulting, Employee Engagement, CRM, and compliance with Labour Laws. He holds a Master’s in Personnel Management, specialising in HRM.

Regional Sales Director

Purvesh Kapadia

Group CHRO

Refex Group

Purvesh boasts 25+ years in strategic roles, excelling in business process reengineering and HR transformations across global firms, including Terex and Intervalve India. With a strong record in driving growth, his academic background includes a Master’s in HR from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute and an Honours in Systems Management from NIIT.

Energy & Utilities,

Sarita Badoni

Director Human Resources


A recognized LinkedIn Top HR Voice with 19+ years in HR, Sarita Badoni, Director Human Resources at Innominds, specialises in organisational development and driving positive change. Her expertise covers strategic HR planning, performance management, talent acquisition, and compliance. She also excels in fast-paced environments through participative management and an empathetic team building and consultancy approach.

Co-Founder &

Saurabh Ranjan

Group CHRO

Jupiter Laminators

Saurabh, CHRO at Jupiter Laminators, leads HR initiatives to align talent with business goals and foster a high-performance culture. With 25+ years of experience and education from XISS and IIM-C, he excels in organisational development and training and holds certifications in Google Analytics and Ads. Experienced in diverse sectors, Saurabh drives growth, PMS frameworks, and operational excellence in India and China, advocating for trust, transparency, and innovation.

Head, Asia Pacificers

Shilpa Reddy

Senior Director Human Resources

Newfold Digital

With 18+ years of experience, Shilpa Reddy, Senior Director Human Resources at Newfold Digital, excels in crafting global HR processes, shared services, and strategies that enhance productivity, culture, and organisational development. Her expertise spans IT, telecom, BFSI, and more, driving HR transformations through analytics, automation, and employer branding to foster a high-performance culture.

Amzur Technologies

Subba Gonella

Chief Human Resources Officer

Rakuten Symphony

Boasting 25+ years of international expertise, Subba Gonella, Chief Human Resources Officer at Rakuten Symphony, excels in Shared Services, Digital Transformation, HR, and Payroll Management. A leader in large-scale operations, transformative projects, and technology integration, he shines in people management, performance, and compliance, with outstanding negotiation & mentoring skills, driving efficiency and strategic growth.
















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