Rajesh Padmanabhan

MD (India), The ExCo Group Chairman, HONO CEO, Talavvy

Rajesh Padmanabhan, is an accomplished corporate executive, business head, board member, senior coach & a start-up entrepreneur. He brings over 3 decades of global diversified business, operating, people & consulting experience across industries in IT Services, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Mining & Metals, Banking, Textiles & Infrastructure. He has successful track record of running businesses, driving digital transformation, creating & mentoring management teams, building diversified corporate centres, leading large human resource function, leading strategy & corporate planning plus organisational development.


Rajesh is an influential business transformation leader and a global professional who has done diverse roles across industries. Started his career handling IT Systems, he went on to become a Corporate Banker, run P&L’s, execute Corporate Strategy, do new Institutional Business of SME ( Small & Medium Enterprises), SAP Functional, Business Consulting, Corporate Centres & Global HR. His forte is enabling convergence between Business & People keeping Technology at the forefront. He has been in large global roles for over 3 decades and managed diverse cross-cultured teams across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, SE Asia & APAC.

He is passionate about digital acceleration, leadership development, people transformation, culture change & capabilities building holistically for business value & excellence creation. His various roles include ICICI Group ( many diverse roles from management trainee to VP), Essel Propack as Director Corporate & Global CHRO, The Oberoi Group as EVP, Group HR & OCLD ( Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development), EVP & Global CHRO at I-Gate , Group CVP, Business Consulting & CHRO Capgemini, Group CHRO for Vedanta Resources Plc and Welspun Group as Director Corporate Centre & Group CHRO.

He has created customer – centric global business models across geographies with world class capabilities, built organisational excellence & run complex yet efficient structures to create enterprise value.

He now runs The ExCo Group business in India as Managing Director. In this role he acts as a business mentor to CEO and Top Team members with a focus on development. He works with the client organisations on leadership skilling. Making leadership effective is the main objective and delivering business impact using proven methodology and frameworks is the result.

 He also leads a new age business transformation lab, Talavvy (www.talavvy.com) as CEO using research, simulation, prototyping, validation & deep testing in the areas of digital acceleration, people & culture change, marketing & communication and leadership services.

He is non-executive Chairman of the Board for HONO.ai, a tech product company with full stack and point solutions on HR & Life Cycle Management. He is on the board of Cornerstone International Group as an Independent Director.

He is on the National Board of CII Leadership & HR & is the Chairman of the CII HR Incubation Centre ( CHIC). He works very closely with the Govt of India on various initiatives, programmes and committees for policy advocacy and reforms.


Rajesh is a Double Masters in Human Resource & Finance from the University of Mumbai. He won an UN Award for building world class people, diversity & inclusive practices at Capgemini. His hobbies include Cricket, Fitness, Motorcycles, Travelling & Research.