Harish is an alumnus of XLRI with three and half decades of experience in the corporate and consulting sectors.

Harish has held a number of senior positions during his career with Unilever(1989 – 2008). 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) when he was responsible for the entire HR function across South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal).

He has rich experience in Change management at a global business context thanks to his stints in Unilever – Global Enterprise Culture Project (1999-2001) responsible for the Culture change agenda across the globe and HR Transformation Project (2007-2008) when he managed a major transformation agenda in 40 countries across Asia, Australia, Africa.

He is now a free-lance Leadership Coach and Consultant. In 2008, he started his own company “People Unlimited” providing support in the areas of Organisation Performance and Leadership Effectiveness. He is an Independent Director on the board of Bank of India.

His current focus is to help Senior Executives, Entrepreneurs and High Potential Leaders through Coaching to enhance their leadership effectiveness. He is accredited by the International Coach Federation, USA as a Master Certified Coach (MCC). He is also a certified practitioner of MBTI, FIRO-B, WPB5, Conflict Dynamics Profiler, Hogan Inventories EUM (I) and TAM. He is a highly sought after Leadership Coach with clients across different industry segments.

He is a co-author of the Bestseller book “HR here and now“, published by Sage Publications in April 2018.

Harish was honoured with the “Exemplary Leader Award” as part of the Employer Branding Awards, India 2007 (recognising excellence in Human Resources). He was also recognised as the Most Talented Coaching Leader at the World Coaching Congress in 2017.


People Unlimited is a vibrant entity with a passion for people.


Harish has more than 3 decades 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.

D Harish,
Leadership Consultant