PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards 2018 Recognizes Exemplary HR Leaders


Mumbai, May 2018: PeopleFirst, one of the leading Executive coaching and OD firms in India recently concluded an event dedicated to honoring the best practices, path-breaking innovations, and game-changing strategies in HR across several categories through “PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards 2018”. The platform has recognized extraordinary contributions and initiatives in diverse sectors and industries, across the country.

Participants in PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards 2018 range from large worldwide companies to small and mid-size organizations. Recipients in the past include Adani Gas Ltd, IL & FS Financial Services, Arcesium India Pvt Ltd, ACG Worldwide, Landmark Group, United Breweries Ltd, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd among others.

The award ceremony this year reflected on a series of distinctive talks and sessions from industry veterans across the country. The award presentation organized as a part of an action-packed evening recognized the professionals and companies who are stretching the boundaries of transformative people practices and strategy. Following a rigorous and transparent process, PeopleFirst has chosen those companies, which have excelled in implementing best practices and empowered human resource management to achieve successful business outcomes. The HR awards celebrated and acknowledged organizations that work passionately towards raising the bar for the profession and their workforce through constant innovation.The complete list of winners is given below.

No Category Winner
1 “Leading Practices” in Talent Acquisition Times Professional Learning
2 “Leading Practices” in Talent Management Oracle India Pvt. Ltd.
3 “Leading Practices” in Technology Deployment in HR Joint Winners:

1. Oracle India Pvt. Ltd.

2. Al Rajhi Bank

4 “Leading Practices” in HR Business Partnership Cygnet Infotech
5 “Leading Practices” in Benefits Administration Arcesium India Pvt. Ltd.
6 “Leading Practices” in Health and Well-being Arcesium India Pvt. Ltd.
7 “Leading Practices” in Corporate Social Responsibility United Breweries Ltd.
8 “Leading Practices” in Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Centum Learning
9 “Leading Practices” in Employee Engagement Arcesium India Pvt. Ltd.
10 “Leading Practices” in HR Transformation Ericsson India Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
11 “Leading Practices” in  Learning and Development GfK Nielsen India Pvt Ltd
12 “Leading Practices” in HR Risk Management Joint Winners:

1. Al Rajhi Bank

2. Continental Automotive Brake Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd.

13 HR ‘Future Leader’ (Financial industry) Shiraz Patel – Tata Capital Ltd.
14 HR ‘Future Leader’ (Natural Gas industry) Anirban Kapat – Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd.
15 CHRO of the year SM Gupta – Aegis Customer Services Support Services
16 People’s CEO of the year (Mobile Technology industry) Ajey Mehta – HMD Mobile India Pvt. Ltd.
17 People’s CEO of the year (Telecom Infrastructure industry) Sushil Kumar Chaturvedi – Ascend Telecom Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
18 People’s CEO of the year (Mining & Trading industry) Vinay Prakash – Adani Enterprises Ltd- Mining & Trading

Speaking at the ceremony, Jagmohan Bhanver, Chief Mentor & CEO of PeopleFirst (India) said, “We are excited to see the enthusiasm among participants for our awards and their ability to share convincing case studies, which resonates best HR practices and impeccably mirrors our vision to see India adjusting to the new developments in the industry. The awards will set a benchmark, which will empower the HR professionals to use our diverse and innovative approach to enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better tomorrow. With leading Strategic Finance Consultancy Prequate as our Knowledge Partner for next year and The Next Milestone Technologies as our technology partner, we are poised to take this event to the next level.”

Commenting on the award ceremony, Sumit Goswami, Group CEO of QX said, “PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards, powered by leading HR Tech firm, TRUEtest has provided a good platform to showcase our contributions in the field of HR transformation. QX has grown into a global accounting and recruitment outsourcing major through its ‘Employee First’ philosophy, which is at the heart of our knowledge-driven business. We are now leading the next-wave in business and cultural transformation through the infusion of technology to enhance people performance, business efficiency and growth outcomes. In fact, our people efforts have helped us become the first Indian KPO to be General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI) this month.”

About PeopleFirst: Founded in 2004, PeopleFirst has worked with more than a 100 organizations to develop competency frameworks that are relevant to their vision and business imperatives.PeopleFirst’s credo is “It’s about you!” PeopleFirst operates with organizations more as a partner than as an external consultancy firm.  The other USP’s PeopleFirst include:

  • Pioneered the concept of Executive coaching in India; the highest number of executive coaching assignments done year on year; more than 1,000 board members and CXOs coached to date
  • Application of technology to make HR practices more relevant for all stakeholders
  • Use of AI, Big data and machine learning to enhance talent development & engagement
  • One of the few full-service HR firms in India
  • The PACE inventory; the largest collection of competency based psychometric tests in the world
  • The founding team comprises leaders from HR, Business and Academicians