Judge profile

Jacob Jacob

Group Chief Human Resource Officer
Columbia Asia Healthcare

Jacob Jacob has more than 23 years of rich HR experience across the Middle East, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. He has worked on various aspects within and outside the realm of HR and understands the breadth and depth of HR across the international domain. He has hands-on experience in understanding cultural and leadership nuances across all the markets he has worked in.

Throughout his career, he has tried to innovate his delivery of HR products and services that help in enterprise growth. He is extremely hands-on and his approach to HR is about being pragmatic and providing customised pedigree HR solutions. His experience is varied across HR consulting, international HR, start-up HR and large-scale change management HR.

His domain expertise lies in the deployment of customised organisational HR strategies, organisation development, talent management, leadership development, employee engagement, learning and development, compensation and benefits, change management, mergers and acquisitions and organisation transformation. He has previously worked with organisations such as Apollo Hospitals Enterprise, Emirates in Dubai, Feedback Ventures, and Oberoi Realty.

At Columbia Asia, his mandate is to create HR as an innovative centre of excellence and build enterprise growth connecting people and performance. He has been instrumental in bringing about the way in which productivity is viewed from a people, passion and growth perspective. He has also done some contemporary work in the area of succession planning for key roles within Columbia Asia.

He has travelled across various countries and spoken at national and international conferences and has presented and written papers on many HR topics. He is an alumnus of T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal having done his PGDM with specialisation in HR with a dual PG from Academy of Human Resources Development.

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