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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Meenakshi Priyam, Novartis

Meenakshi Priyam

Meenakshi Priyam

Meenakshi has worked across multiple industries, geographies and organization life-cycles (established Indian firms, start-ups, consulting and MNCs). She has worked in the Financial services sector within India (Axis Bank and YES Bank),  with Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) in their strategic HR consulting group and Johnson & Johnson in varied roles across different businesses and geographies before joining Novartis as Head of HR for India.
Her strengths and expertise includes delivering on short and long-term HR strategy for the business, Talent Management, Change Management, Leadership Coaching, Organization Design and development, culture change and engagement. Meenakshi has also led numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives over the course of her career and this has always been a key pillar to the HR and talent strategy in her multiple roles.




Head, Human Resources

September 2013 – Present (2 years 2 months)Mumbai area, India

Regional HR Director APAC

Johnson & Johnson
October 2011 – September 2013 (2 years)Mumbai, India
Head of HR for the ASP (Infection Prevention) & OCD (Diagnostics) business for ASPAC

Total Rewards Lead

Johnson & Johnson
May 2009 – October 2011 (2 years 6 months)
Head, Total Rewards including compensation, benefits, perquisite, and allowance programs/policies to all J&J companies which includes the Consumer, Medical Devices & Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical Businesses - in India, Thailand and Vietnam.

Senior HR Business Partner

Johnson & Johnson Medical India

July 2006 – April 2009 (2 years 10 months)
Strategic HR Business Partner for multiple businesses and functions responsible for providing end-to-end HR solutions. Also the Rewards Head for Johnson & Johnson Medical India.

Senior Manager


July 2004 – July 2006 (2 years 1 month)
Senior Manager - Human Resources.


Watson Wyatt
September 2003 – July 2004 (11 months)
Human Capital Consulting Group (HCG)

Deputy Manager

Axis Bank
June 2002 – September 2003 (1 year 4 months)
Head-HR, Novartis India
AGE: 36
GOAL IN LIFE: Lead a meaningful life with a purpose of positively impacting organisations that she works for and people that she interacts with.
BEST LEADERSHIP LESSON: Connecting to people's minds can have an impact

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has the lowest attrition rate among multinational drug companies in India, despite its problems over patent protection of its anti-cancer drug Glivec and a proposed reorganisation of some businesses as part of a global plan. Much of the credit for this should go to Meenakshi Priyam, Human Resources Head of Novartis India, for her untiring effort to keep employee morale high. She has also worked hard at infusing talent into the company and building capabilities. "My biggest challenge is continuing the accelerated growth agenda of the company with key focus on the patients we serve," she says.
A trained classical singer who also loves reading, movies and travel, Priyam got her MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, specialising in human resources, after graduating in chemistry from a Patna college. After a short stint in the banking sector - with Axis Bank and YES Bank - she worked with global healthcare major Johnson & Johnson from July 2006 to September 2013 before moving to Novartis. She thanks her family for their role in her success. "When my daughter was just one year old, I was offered the position of Asia Pacific Regional Head, HR at J&J, which involved travelling two weeks in a month to 14 different countries," she says. "I was not sure whether to accept, but my husband and in-laws encouraged me to and supported me during that period."
Priyam says her "love for challenges, a childlike enthusiasm towards learning and a purpose of making a difference" drives her. Her colleagues vouch for her, too. "Priyam has this ability to deal with people issues holistically and find solutions that are practical and in the best interest of all stakeholders," says Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Novartis India.


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