Naveen Narayanan

CHRO, Biocon

Naveen is an experienced professional who brings a rich understanding of global Human Capital Strategy to assist businesses with the challenging task of navigating the digital economy. By combining familiarity of renowned consultancies like Accenture with in-depth understanding on factors affecting the future of talent & work, Naveen offers trusted advice, execution and forward-thinking solutions to business leaders around the world. His 25 years’ experience in HR spans across several industries including Hospitality, Supply Chain, Banking, Retail, Travel and IT in 30+ geographies.

Naveen’s experiences can be summarized in 3 broad themes with HR as anchor. The first in People, Talent & Culture leading functions for Accenture India, HCL Global, Al Futtaim UAE and Standard Chartered GDS. The 2nd theme being Consulting, platform selling, driving revenue & client success with Arrows (UK, NL), KPISOFT (Asia, EMEA) and Accenture (India) Consulting. The 3rd theme in driving digital strategies for Accenture Enabling functions as CIO and other technology led transformations. His current assignment is to design & deploy enterprise performance solutions for the UAE government (63 departments, 90,000 people)

All of Naveen’s achievements have either been monetized or recognized and awarded including – a mention in the HBS for Talent transformation leading to a 800bps increase in bottom line in HCL, hiring 30000/annum for 5 continuous years spread over multiple businesses, skills and 30+ geographies, setting up 3 distinct GDS (Shared services) for Standard Chartered in early 2000s for 40 countries, selling GDS solutions for Arrows in Europe, setting up the first internal Shared services (ABS) for Accenture. Naveen has received several accolades for all the above landmarks.

Naveen has been central to drive employer brands to high performance including HCL - LinkedIn TBI (Talent Brand Index) from #8 to #2 globally. He led several business transformations including the global talent transformation when Publicis Sapient pivoted to Digital business transformation.

Recognised as a thought-leader across Human Capital issues, as varied as global talent management, digital thinking, workplace diversity and international development, Naveen has taken to the stage at prestigious events such as the United Nations WEP forum, delivering passionate insights into the benefits of gender diversity in the workplace. Naveen’s commitment to development for women lies at the heart of his close involvement with the Arrows Group Foundation. Naveen continues to support 200 under privileged girls through a 6-year scholarship and invests in their employability skills.

He has authored several articles for Gartner and recently authored a book on philosophy, ready to go to the press

What Naveen brings to the table for business leaders is to draw on his vision for managing and integrating global people & culture practices, seamlessly boost productivity or drive digital business transformation . Building on Naveen’s expertise of 25 years at the innovative forefront of the global human capital practice, stakeholders have looked at him as a trusted partner as they develop global strategies for expansion and growth.

His credo has always been, ‘when successful – look outside the window and when faced with failure, look in the mirror’.

Naveen is location agnostic.