News: End of a beautiful journey: Veena Swarup retires from EIL


End of a beautiful journey: Veena Swarup retires from EIL

It's the last day at work for Veena Swarup at EIL, People Matters talks to her about her HR journey so far.
End of a beautiful journey: Veena Swarup retires from EIL


It's an eventful day at work for Veena Swarup. She is busy preparing for the handover, paperwork, engaging with her colleagues who have been her support in all these years, receiving congratulatory messages about her super successful journey. It's June 30, and it's her last day at work. 

It's more like the end of an era. Veena Swarup is superannuating from her role and responsibilities from Engineers India Limited (EIL) today. She has been a Director of HR at EIL since October 2012. However, she might be retiring from her HR role, but she will always remain a people's person. 

A veteran in the HR sector, she joined ONGC in 1983 and held various prestigious and challenging assignments. She headed the Performance Management and Benchmarking Group, which steers Performance Contracts and Service Level Agreements between Board Level and Unit Chiefs. Her previous assignments in ONGC included setting up the ONGC Energy Centre, Head HR at various units of ONGC, Policy making and Negotiations with collectives. She headed the SAP-HR Project for ONGC which was the largest Project in Asia at that time. 

An MBA alumnus of Lucknow University, Swarup was also deputed to MRPL as a change agent to initiate aligning the Company to Public Sector requirements. She has also had a short stint in Directorate General of Hydrocarbons as the Head of Corporate Affairs and HR. 

We spoke to Veena on her journey. She said, “33 years in Indian Public Sector has been an enriching and learning experience as an HR Professional.  My 29 years journey in ONGC, followed by a position on the Board as Director (HR) of EIL, both very well recognized PSUs, gave me a very satisfying experience, I could reach out to people and create an environment for an engaged work force. PSUs essentially have robust and transparent systems, welfare measures and social securities, which enable us to keep our employees with us through their careers.  HR has a major role to play in creating this environment.  Through several path breaking interventions, we could reach out to our people, the memories of which will always stay with me.”

People Matters had a very nice association with Veena, when she had shared her experiences on various accounts of HR, giving inputs to our articles. 

She signs off with a message for the HR fraternity: 

"My message for my HR colleagues:

  • Passion for people and the organization will steer both growth and productivity.
  • Organizations must come first at any time and every time.
  • There must be One Vision and One Team.  
  • Communication, communication and communication is the essence for success since many issues get resolved when we reach out."


People Matters would like to congratulate Veena on her super successful HR journey. And wishes her a great life ahead!


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Topics: Leadership, C-Suite

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