Rajesh Padmanabhan

Chairman, HONO

Rajesh Padmanabhan, is an accomplished corporate executive, board advisor, master coach & a start-up Entrepreneur. He brings more than 30 years of global diversified business, operating & consulting experience across industries in IT Services, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Mining & Metals, Banking & Infrastructure. He has successful track record of driving digital transformation, building boards, Excos and top teams along with driving effectiveness, running large human resources function globally with experience in corporate banking as business head & driving strategy.


Rajesh is an influential Senior Business Transformation leader and a matrix global professional who has done seven roles in seven varied industries, to his credit. Started his career handling systems on mainframes 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 & Global HR. He built convergence between Business & People keeping Technology at the forefront. He has been in 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 & culture change & skills building holistically for business value & excellence creation in his various roles with ICICI Group, 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 & Group CHRO.

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

He is Chairman of the Board for HONO, a AI enabled employee experience platform.

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