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Yes They Are In The List!
Over 10,000 aspiring HR leaders competed in last 5 years

Mumbai, 19th December 2016: It’s finally out – the chosen 15 emerging HR Leaders for “Are You in the List – 2016’. For the fifth year in a row global talent management expert – Development Dimensions International (DDI) partnered with India’s leading human resources media platform People Matters to identify India’s emerging HR leaders through this initiative, marking the fifth anniversary edition of India’s first initiative to identify HR leaders in the making.

And finally, the names of the ones who have portrayed their remarkable passion for HR were recognized and awarded at the Awards Evening on 15th December, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon.

The applied went through rigorous assessments, tests and interview to finally emerge as the winners which saw more than 3000 applications vying to be on the coveted list for 2016. Setting the stage for the future of HR, this award has touched 10,000+ HR leaders in the last 5 years. This intense 6-stage- qualifying- process, spread across 8 months sifts out the crème- de -la -crème of young HR leaders.

The chosen 15 include – Abhishek Budhraja – Associate Director, SNAPDEAL; Aditya Adyar – Chief People Officer, Faasos; Ankita Poddar – HR Business Partner, Amazon Development Center India; Apeksha Jain – Senior HR Manager, PepsiCo India; Apoorva Pradhan – Assistant Manager, TCS; Megha Gupta – Manager, Sapient; Niyati Goyal – Regional Rewards, AMEA, Mondelez International (formerly Cadbury India Ltd.); Rajeshwari Ramachandran – HCM consultant, Self employed; Ravi Bajpai – Practice Lead , Infosys; Salil Raheja – DGM-HR, Essar Steel; Shaveta Arya – Sr. Manager HR, Talent Acquisition, PepsiCo; Shreyas Haridas – HR Business Partner, Star India Pvt Ltd; Siddharth Bhasin – Sr HRBP, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bank; Snigdha Singh – Sr. HR Manager, Cipla; Soumya Malkani – Deputy Manager Organisation Development, Tata AIG General Insurance.

Speaking on the occasion, Amogh Deshmukh, Head of Sales and Marketing, DDI India said,
“Marking its fifth anniversary it is inspiring to see how `Are You In The List?’ has become the destination for many aspirational HR leaders. In today’s dynamic business environment, HR’s role needs to evolve each day, it’s time to raise the bar and look for what might come next. This pool of 15 winners, who were selected though the 8 month-long, vigorous and captivating process is poised to take a distinct approach to talent management, which not only extends their influence but also unlocks new forms of value for respective organizations. DDI wishes them all the very best in all their future endeavors”

Commenting on the awards, Ester Martinez, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, People Matters said,
“People Matters is committed to raising the bar for the HR community and highlight the significance of the function in businesses. 5 years of ‘Are you in the List?’ is a tremendous achievement for us and we can proudly say that the Awards have become synonymous with individuals who have a vision and dedication for the HR function. Identifying and recognizing the future talent for the HR function is critical considering the role this function plays in today’s business ecosystem and context, and this is what the Awards aim to achieve. In the last five years, 10,000 aspiring HR leaders have participated in the Awards, and today, many of them hold key HR decision-making positions and represent the future of the function in the country.”

About Development Dimensions International:
Development Dimensions International (DDI) is one of the top talent management consultancies. Helping companies worldwide transform the way they hire, promote, and develop their leaders and workforce. DDI’s expertise spans every level, from individual contributors to the executive suite.
Serving clients from 42 DDI-owned or closely affiliated offices. Visit for more information.

About People Matters:

People Matters is a niche media company that strives to create an HR community of practice and excellence that fosters amalgamation of new ideas between HR managers, HR service providers and CXOs, leading to the growth of HR as a business critical function.
Innovation is core to People Matters’ DNA. They have a number of firsts: 1st Indian HR magazine with a global design and high-end multi-media integration (print, online & tablet), 1st Media brand to innovative across events offline & online for a niche segment, 1st to launch a Radio Show in India, a video channel and Twangout calendar for HR leaders in the Region.