Devarajan is a veteran in the field of Management, in general, and Human Resources Management, in particular. His core competency, however, is in the area of employee relations management. He has extensive hands on experience in dealing with industrial relations issues. He is an expert in crisis management and has been providing guidance and support to a number of manufacturing organizations in their dealings with their employees and trade unions.
Devarajan’s early industrial experience was with Dunlop India Limited, in their Ambattur Factory, where he began his career in 1959 – initially, in the Production Department for about five years, and then, moved into the Personnel function on account of his natural flair for the role.
He was deeply involved in their HR function in different capacities between the years 1964 and 1980. He was truly an employee champion and had built a strong professional credibility. He had earned the reputation of being able to influence the most recalcitrant employees and their leaders to re-evaluate their stance, and return to the negotiating table.
Later, he joined the Union Motors Group of companies, where he held senior positions both in HR and Manufacturing Management, for nearly 13 years. His key focus was on turning around some of their sick business units, using his deep knowledge and experience with people processes.
During this period, his involvement in public professional bodies such as Madras Productivity Council, Madras Management Association, National Institute of Personnel Management, Employers’ Federation of Southern India, “Good Industrial Relations Award” Committee [Government of Tamil Nadu] etc., had won him wide appreciation.
Post his superannuation in 1993, he has been active, sharing his views, experiences and knowledge through various forums and media. He writes regularly in “The Hindu Business Line”, and “HRD Times.” He has been invited to speak in a number of institutions and professional gatherings.