The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts have recently announced the appointment of Gautam Srivastava as Vice President – Corporate HR, effective May 27 2021.
Talking about his appointment, he said, “My immediate priorities include developing HR strategy to provide people with the capability to propel the organisation’s ambitious growth plans in the coming years. Building the culture of meritocracy, creating a strong employer brand and transforming employee experience by leveraging technology are the key pivots of my strategy.”
Prior to joining The Leela, Gautam has spent close to a decade in the Insurance Industry with Max Life Insurance & Apollo Munich Health Insurance (Now merged with HDFC ERGO General Insurance). His last role with HDFC ERGO was Vice President & Head – Talent Management, Performance & Rewards. He has successfully led transformation of key HR processes– HR Digitalization (PMS, R&R, HRMS, Wellness), Organization Talent Review, Great Place to Work, Talent Development & leading HR Harmonization of processes / policies/ culture during M&A. He has also been recognized at a national level for driving wellness initiatives with the highest penetration rate.
Gautam is a Hotel Management Graduate & holds specialization in HR. He is an accredited executive coach from ICF, USA, has attended programs at ISB, IIM, CCL and holds certifications in psychometric assessments like – Hogan, OPQ, MBTI, Topgrading. He brings with him over two decades of rich and diversified experience in hospitality, ITeS, Banking & Insurance domains. Gautam started his career with ITC Hotels as an Operations Management Trainee where he got the exposure to work across operations before transitioning to work in other industries and has played several key HR leadership roles. With his appointment at The Leela, he has found his true calling & as he says – his life has come a full circle.
He has led L&D team at a start- up phase in Convergys from 2001 – 2007 enabling business expansion to 10,000+ employees in India and successfully led client partnerships winning many awards across industries / geographies – Tech, Banks, Telecom in USA/UK/Australia. He then moved to HSBC Service Delivery from 2007 to 2011 to lead their L&D, Talent Management, OD & Recruitment team where he was instrumental in setting up of learning academy & recruitment shared services model besides leading several Global HR transformation projects. Post this he was with Barclays Shared Services leading talent acquisition and set up Wealth/ Investment vertical & hired 3000+ people in a year.
Gautam has strong knowledge of contemporary HR practices balanced with his execution skills & ability to look at the larger picture. His motto of – What gets measured, gets done is well aligned with The Leela’s growth strategy.