Singapore based education company, XSEED Education has appointed Divya Amarnath to lead the Human Resources for the company. Prior to XSEED, Divya was working with Unilever.
Commenting on her appointment, she shares “The purpose driven by XSEED is extremely compelling. Having come from modest roots where education plays the most important role in changing lives of individuals and families for good, I closely relate to the need to transform primary education in developing countries like ours. I am very excited to be a part of this mission and lead HR transformation to set up agile processes, systems, and culture that shall keep alive the entrepreneurial spirit while scaling up. This is an interesting problem to solve as this is about amalgamating the energy and speed of start-up culture with the stability of a big company set-up without letting complexity and bureaucracy set in. The impact this transformation can create in bringing the purpose alive gives me an adrenaline rush.”
Talking about her plans for her new role at XSSED she says that her vision would be to build an agile, continuously learning organization that can scale fast seamlessly to move the needle from the current impact of touching lives of 1 million children to 10 million over the next few years. She also shared that the immediate focus area would be to attract right talent with the cultural fit and build a conducive environment for them to unleash their best.
Talking about her journey in Unilever she shares, “My 6-year journey with Unilever has been fantastic, action-packed and full of learning. I have learned a lot personally and professionally from the diverse experiences gained across multiple stints. This place will always have a special place in my heart as I grew up with them and built deep relationships with my mentors and peers which I shall cherish for a lifetime.”
She further commented that she learned a lot from Unilever. “Building large teams, leading through compelling vision, managing change effectively and building problem-solving culture would be some of the key learnings that I would take in addition to the functional knowledge gained across various roles.”
Divya is a winner of People Matters' Are you in the list emerging HR leaders-2017 and has completed her MBA from Symbiosis Centre For Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD)