Head, Human Resources, Pharma and Corporate, Novartis India, Ltd.
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.
September 2013 – Present (2 years 2 months)Mumbai area, India
October 2011 – September 2013 (2 years)Mumbai, India
Head of HR for the ASP (Infection Prevention) & OCD (Diagnostics) business for ASPAC
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.
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.
July 2004 – July 2006 (2 years 1 month)
Senior Manager - Human Resources.
September 2003 – July 2004 (11 months)
Human Capital Consulting Group (HCG)
June 2002 – September 2003 (1 year 4 months)
Starting April 2013
2000 – 2002
Head-HR, Novartis India
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.
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.