S Varadarajan (Raja)

CHRO & Head of Corp Affairs - Vistara

S Varadarajan is the CHRO & Head of Corporate Affairs in VISTARA (TATA SIA Airlines Limited) effective February 2014, a Joint Venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Ltd to provide a full service airline in India. Prior to this he was the Executive President - Human Resources of Tata Teleservices Limited, India's fastest growing Telecom Service Provider. Raja as he is popularly known by his industry peers and colleagues spearheads the Human Resources & Corporate Affairs function and is responsible for HR Strategy, Organization Design, L&D, Cross Culture building, Remuneration Practices, Performance Management, Leadership Capability Development, CSR, Corporate Communication, PR and Business Excellence at TATA SIA Airlines.

Raja's association with the Tata group dates back to 1996 when he was part of the start up team at Tata Cellular and Tata Teleservices in its formative years. Later on he was a member of the Group Executive Office for Human Resources for the Tata Group, where he was directly responsible for overseeing and facilitating Group HR initiatives for the IT and Telecom businesses across 12 Tata Group companies.

Before taking charge at Tata Teleservices, Raja was part of the promoting team along with industry pioneer Raman Roy at Spectramind and Quattro Global Services both in Business Process Outsourcing services space. Raja played a dual role of HR lead and member of Senior Management Team that played a key role in taking decisions relating to all aspects of the business in both these companies.

Besides the Tata Group, Spectramind & Quatrro, Raja has worked and made significant contributions in organization building, performance management, remuneration practices and career development for organizations like American Express International (ASEAN & S. Asia Region), KPMG Peat Marwick in Muscat, Price Waterhouse in India, Sundaram Clayton and McDowells (UB Group).

Considered as a veteran in the industry, Raja has won many accolades, notably at the World HR Congress in 2009 for his thought leadership and contribution to the field of HR, the Best Employer award at BPO Excellence Awards 2009-10, the National HRD Network (NHRDN) President's award in 2010 for his contribution to NHRDN, the Seasoned HR Professional Award for 2012 from NHRDN and was included in the list of 100 Most Talented Global HR Leaders at the 23rd Edition of the World HRD Congress 2014.

Having earned a Diploma's in Labour Laws and Training & Development, with a Post Graduation in HR and Personnel Management from Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, Raja brings with him around 32 years of rich experience across various industry segments like Manufacturing, Management Consulting, Financial services, Telecom and BPO.

Raja was on the Board of Center for Management Studies, All India Management Association and is actively involved with other trade and professional bodies like the Delhi Management Association as its Past President, CII and ASSOCHAM. He has been a life member of National HRD Network (NHRDN) the largest professional Association of HR professionals in India since 1987 and was an office bearer in the Chennai chapter (1989-91). He was the President of the NCR chapter (2004-06) and the National Secretary (2006-2008) and later Regional President - North (2011-2013)