Harish has more than 29 years of experience in the corporate and consulting sectors. He started his professional career with TVS Sundram Fasteners Ltd. in 1985, and then in 1989 joined Hindustan Lever Ltd., India’s leading multi-national company.
Harish has worked in different roles across functions. He has been involved in the management, review and launch of various HR processes, policies and systems. As part of the management development efforts in Hindustan Unilever Ltd. He has been personally involved in training, mentoring and coaching Senior managers on leadership skills, team building and performance development. He was the Head – Employee Relations in HUL (2001 – 2004) responsible for all HR matters concerning 38,000 non-management employees across India spanning 60 units in manufacturing, sales and plantations. His last assignment in Hindustan Unilever Ltd. was as Vice President – HR (2004 -2007) responsible for the entire HR function across South Asia (India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Bangladesh and Nepal).
He has rich experience in Change management at a global business context having worked in Unilever UK as a Global project manager – Enterprise Culture(1999-2001) and having worked as the Vice President – HR Services, (2007-2008) when he managed a major transformation agenda in 40 countries across 3 continents (Asia, Australia, Africa).
He is now a free-lance Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach. In 2008, he started his own consulting practice company “People Unlimited” providing support in the areas of Organisation Performance and Leadership Effectiveness. He is also an Associate Coach with Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL), a world renowned leadership development organisation. He is an Executive Director in totus HR School – a newly launched venture. He is a Senior Fellow, Human Capital of The Conference Board.
His hands-on experience in a high performing business environment gives him a deep understanding of how to achieve results through effective leadership of people and teams. Having worked both in a progressive Indian business house as well as in a professional multi-national environment he is able to adapt his services to different client contexts.
His current focus is to help Senior Executives, Entrepreneurs and High Potential Leaders through Coaching to become better in their leadership and managerial roles. He is accredited by the International Coach Federation, USA as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), also accredited by the Center for Credentialing & Education, USA as a Bureau Certified Coach (BCC) and is also a certified practitioner of MBTI, FIRO-B, WPB5, Conflict Dynamics Profiler, Hogan Inventories and a host of other CCL diagnostic instruments.
He continues to be a sought after speaker at various management forums and business schools. He has written and published articles on HR topics in professional journals / newspapers. He has presented his views and experiences in a number of management conferences under the auspices of All India Management Association, Confederation of Indian Industries, HRD Network and others. Harish is the immediate past President of the National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter and he was the convener of the NHRD Network’s 15th National Conference held in Bangalore in November, 2011.
Harish was honoured with the “Exemplary Leader Award” as part of the Employer Branding Awards, India 2007 (recognising excellence in Human Resources).