Chandra works across a portfolio of offerings in education, research, teaching, facilitation, Board-level governance and corporate advisory services; as his second career – after 40 years of work in Human Resource Management across Public, Private and Multi-National Companies. As a CHRO, he has led Human Capital Strategies and partnered with CEOs and Top Teams in major companies like IBM, Capgemini, Reliance, NIIT. Starting as a Management Trainee with SAIL, he retired as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer at Dr. Reddy’s -a leading NYSE listed Pharma company.

As an academic, Chandra pursues interdisciplinary studies and applied research. His interests and work are focused on gaining practical insights at the intersection of Human Capital, Talent and Business strategies.

As a Leadership Coach and Facilitator he works with top teams in building self-awareness through mindfulness practices for effective personal transformation and team collaboration.

Corporate Career


  • President & Global head of HR, Dr. Reddy’s, 2013-2017
  • Vice President & CHRO, IBM South Asia -2009-2013
  • Vice President & CHRO, Capgemini- 2005-2009
  • President and Head of HR, Reliance Infocomm- 2000-2005
  • Vice President and CHRO- NIIT-1995-2000
  • Group General Manager, Pennar Group, 1992-1995
  • Management Trainee/Senior Manager, Steel Authority of India, 1979-1992


Chandra in conversation with Yasharth Mishra, CEO of SuperBeings on the core fundamentals of talent management

Chandra hosted a cross-border virtual panel discussion by HC & LI at ISB on the theme – Is the Future of Work, Hybrid? on September 9, 2021. Thought leaders from North America, Europe and Asia joined for the panel discussion. Professor Rick Smith, Ph.D., Vice Dean, Education and Partnerships, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Josie Kang, PhD, VP, Human Capital Leadership Institute (Singapore), Carolina Yeo, Partner, Future Work Forum (Europe) and Co-founder, &ahead each shared their unique perspective on how the future of work is evolving in their respective geographies. This event was part of HC & LI’s ongoing research and outreach on the emerging phenomenon of remote work and its variants – WFH, WFA and hybrid work.

Practice Professor, OB and Strategic Human Capital,
Executive Director, Human Capital & Leadership Initiative (HC & LI),
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Mohali, India