Anurag Patnaik

Director, HR, Nestle South Asia Region

Mr. Anurag Patnaik is the Director, Human Resources Nestlé South Asia Region.

Through his current role, Anurag led the Human Resources function during the turbulent Covid 19 crisis. With people centric approach, introduced new policies and provided all best possible support for the employees & their family’s well-being. He is keenly driving some of the best-in-class benefit reviews for the organization, working to broaden the scope of diversity and bringing in renewed focus on employee engagement.

Prior to the current role Anurag was Head of Total Reward (COC) for Asia Oceania and Africa, and after completing a successful assignment in Malaysia, returned to Nestlé India. He was responsible for delivering important structural changes in the organization, improving Field Force Effectiveness and growing manager capabilities. In 2014, he became Head of Total Rewards Manager for the Market and drove major advances in the region’s pay and performance practices, overhauled sales incentives and medical plans, and deployed new communication strategies. In 2016, Anurag moved as the H2R Deployment Lead for Zone AOA, and enabled the transformation in CWAR, EAR, Japan, the Philippines and SAR, as well as in Italy.

Anurag has successfully led the Total Rewards COC for the AOA region. He has been instrumental in setting up the new structure and building a strong Rewards team. His collaboration with the markets to establish new ways of working, was key to unlocking the value of the COC and to enhance the Service Delivery. He has successfully led various initiatives in the markets to further improve the Total Rewards service delivery to our businesses. In addition to AOA region, Anurag also led the successful transition of Reward Service delivery for the markets of ESAR and CWAR, from the Dubai hub.

Anurag joined Nestlé as a Management Trainee in 2005 from XLRI, and since then, increasingly took on senior HR positions in Recruitment, Total Rewards & Senior HR Business Partner for Nestlé Nutrition, Nestle Health Science and Finance &Control.