Srinivas Kandula: HR Expert Turns Capgemini's India CEO

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 13, 2016

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IT services and consulting major, Capgemini has appointed Srinivas Kandula as the Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini in India. Kandula replaces Aruna Jayanthi, the former CEO of Capgemini in India, who has moved to a global role within the Group.

Kandula also joins the Capgemini Group Executive Committee, is a rare example in an organization where an HR head has been appointed as the India CEO, believe experts. India currently accounts for 50% or more of Capgemini’s overall strength of 1.8 lakh employees. and also some 70% of its offshoring.

“Since the acquisition of IGATE, India has become even more strategic to our global business roadmap. Srini’s rich and diverse experience across key business functions, notably at IGATE, will help Capgemini in India to play an enhanced role in the Group’s future growth plans,” said Paul Hermelin, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini.

Srinivas Kandula brings over 25 years of experience in business management strategy and practice. Kandula joined IGATE in 2007 where he was formerly EVP, Member of the Executive Council and Chief People Officer, responsible for driving IGATE’s Business Strategy, Human Resources, Quality Management and Marketing portfolios globally. He played a key role in the acquisition of Patni by IGATE in 2011 and of IGATE by Capgemini in 2015. He has also spearheaded both integration processes.

“Capgemini in India currently has over 87,000 employees, which is nearly 50 percent of the Group, and caters to over 800 customers globally. As we move forward, our agenda is to leverage our strong people capabilities for sustained growth and add to our client-centric innovation practices. I am honored to lead Capgemini in India at this juncture and to helpIndia to strategically align and contribute towards the Group’s vision,” said Srinivas Kandula, CEO, Capgemini India, who is a Doctoral Fellow from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has published over 60 papers and 8 books on Management in international publications and in multiple languages.

Historically, heads of HR haven’t been contenders for the CEO’s post as they were perceived to be lacking in financial acumen and business knowledge. However, things are changing in recent times. Increasingly, global IT services companies have tapped into business aggregation skills that India HR leaders bring to the table in addition to leading people function. A People Matter report stated that with changing organizational dynamics and technical competence being easy to replicate, the strengths that HR professionals bring to the table are becoming increasingly valuable to business. 

Kandula has been associated with various industry and professional bodies such as NASSCOM, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for several years now.