Asian Paints gets Savitha Shivsankar as CHRO

Asian Paints gets Savitha Shivsankar as CHRO

Asian Paints has named Novartis’ Savitha Shivsankar as its Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).


Shivshankar, who was with Novartis since 2019 and headed the talent, organisational development and inclusion function for the pharma business, has taken on the task of leading the people function of the over 12,000 strong workforce of Asian Paints, globally.


The Tata Institute of Social Sciences alumna brings in 23 years of professional experience to the Company. She started off her career in 1999, when she joined ITC as an assistant branch manager after completing her education. She stayed with the Company for about six years and then moved to Castrol India in 2005. At Castrol, Shivsankar joined as the senior manager – HR for sales and marketing, a role she successfully handled for about two years.


In 2007, Shivsankar took charge as head-HR for Kaya, the brand of Indian multinational consumer goods company, Marico. After two years in this position, she was elevated to overall head of Kaya, in 2009.


A year later, she moved on to the alcohol producer, Diageo, as Head of Talent and Organisational Development, in 2010.


In 2012, she joined Mondelez International as an AVP-HR. She stayed with the organisation for four years and was elevated to the position of VP-HR in 2014 after which she switched over to Novartis in 2016, as the Head of the People Function for India. She climbed up the ranks and was elevated to the role of Head, Talent, Organisational Development and inclusion in 2020.


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