Mr. VV. Narayanan
Professor of Practice

PGDPM&IR, MA Social Work

V.V.Narayanan (VVN as he is popularly called) is a Human Resources professional with close to 36 years of experience in the Corporate sector having worked in Oil & Gas, FMCG and Textile industries in 4 large companies in Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. He has been in Leadership roles during the last 12 years and was also part of country leadership teams. During his tenure, he has managed large HR teams both in India and abroad and was able to create significant business impact for HR as a function in the companies that he has worked for. In his last role, he was leading a team of 70 HR professionals in India and Sri Lanka which he was managing headquartered in Bangalore and under his leadership the Company was certified as a “Great Place to work” both in India and Sri Lanka

His areas of interests include performance and behavioral coaching, mentoring, training and upskilling, performance management, employee relations, management of change, sustainable leadership capability development and talent management. He also has keen interest in CSR which he was leading in his previous company.

VVN is an alumnus of XLRI and has played division cricket in school and college. His interests are traveling and reading. He has a son and his spouse is a certified Montessori teacher

  • Supported the acquisition and merger of companies which involved communication with the key stake holders and building a Transition plan for people integration starting from Day 1
  • Have closed worked with business leadership during business transformations which included large scale redundancies, closure of manufacturing facilities and handling critical legal processes involved in such actions.
  • Lead the Talent management initiative for the Company which included identifying key talent in the Company and designing retention strategies and identifying successors for key/critical roles and developing Individual Development Plans to for those identified individuals.
  • Reading books especially bio pics of those leaders who have made a difference to lives of other people
  • Travelling and exploring new places on my own
  • Watching movies at leisure
  • Gardening (recent interest developed!)
  • Good balance of specialist and generalist skills in Human Resources
  • Good business understanding and strategic skills with experience in varied HR
  • Cultural adaptability and ability to work in diverse culture and align to new ways of working
  • Leading by example
  • Quick learner and willing to stretch to learn and pick up new skills
  • Ability to build relationships with key stake holders and good networking skills
  • High professional integrity and ethical conduct.
  • Make a positive difference in everything I do
  • Add value to make an impact
  • Stay focused on achieving the desired result.
  • Living up to your promise
  • Taking ownership and accountability
  • Staying positive during adversities
  • Advocate Growth mindset