S.Venkatesh ('Venky') leads Group HR at RPG Enterprises. He has over 28 years of experience across MNCs, diversified Indian business groups, private equity and consulting. He has worked across multiple sectors-FMCG, energy, telecom/IT services, textiles/fashion/retail and metals & mining. After completing his Masters degree in Personnel Management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Venky went on to work for marquee companies like ITC, PowerGen Plc (Director-HR for India/Middle East), BPL Innovision Business Group (Executive VP-Group HR), Arvind Ltd (Group President-HR). One of his significant assignments was to provide Global HR leadership as President-Group HR for Vedanta Resources Plc, an India origin FTSE 100 company currently listed on the LSE with revenues of around USD 13 billion.
Subsequently, Venky was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and founded a boutique advisory firm 'Svanishta' which pioneered a unique model for Strategic-HR outsourcing. During this phase, Venky worked with Boards and CEOs of companies across sectors as diverse as IT services, auto, textiles/fashion, castings and healthcare, driving a number of organizational transformation initiatives for his clients. One of his key assignments was as fund-side HR advisor to a private equity firm-providing strategic HR advice to the firm and its 35 odd portfolio/investee companies.
After a 4 year entrepreneurial stint, Venky re-entered the corporate world with RPG Enterprises in 2014.
Venky considers himself a people evangelist. He is equally passionate about travel, reading biographies, ancient history, cosmology and mythology. His fitness regimen is a good run most days of the week.