Senior HR veteran P Dwarakanath has become the Non-Executive Chairman and Nominee Director of Horlicks Limited which runs under the global healthcare brand, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
In a stock exchange filing, the company said, “We would like to inform you that 'Horlicks Limited' has nominated Mr. Patnam Dwarakanath as Nominee Director and Non-Executive Chairman of the Company with effect from July 1, 2018.”
The company also informed the stock exchange about the exit of Zubair Ahmed who decided to step down as Nominee Director and Non-Executive Chairman and with effect from June 30, 2018.
HR industry personals welcomed this development and termed it as a valuable achievement.
He is a senior industry leader and mentored many young HR professionals over the year. He worked with GSK for four decades and nurtured the workforce with his rich experience across functions. With over forty years of experience in Engineering, Chemical, Pharma and Consumer Goods industry in the core functional areas of Legal, Employee Relations, Management Development, Leadership Development and HR Management.
He retired as Director - Human Resource of GSK in the year 2006. Since his retirement, he has been a Non-Executive Director of the Company. During his tenure, GSK was recognized as one of the top five Best Employers in India for people related practices for several years. He was also a member of GSK’s International HR team.
He has been actively involved in various professional bodies such as the Treasurer of All India Management Association (AIMA) and has a successful stint as President of the National Human Resources Development Network and President of Delhi Management Association.
In his long career, P Dwarakanath has won several prestigious awards for his immense contribution in the field of Human Resources. Such as ‘Pathfinders Award’ by the National Human Resource Development Network; ‘HR Professional of the year’ by Mid-Day in association with DAKS, London and the ‘Career Achievement Award’ by GSK International, ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ by Asia’s Best Employer Brand Award and ‘Chairman’s Award’ by Max India Group.