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Taj Group appoints Dr. P. V. Ramana Murthy as SVP, Global Head - Human Resources


Mumbai, 1 April, 2014: Taj Group today announced the appointment of Dr. P.V. Ramana Murthy, to the position of Senior Vice President, Global Head - Human Resources.

"We are very pleased that P. V. Ramana Murthy is joining our Taj management team. He brings extensive qualifications in all facets of human resources management, including proven abilities to skillfully facilitate talent management, leadership development and strategic organizational change," said Raymond N. Bickson, CEO and Managing Director, Taj Group of Hotels.

"Our Taj family is our most important company asset. With the addition of PV's strategic insights, our 25,000 Taj associates worldwide will derive even more benefits from our continually enhanced and supportive culture dedicated to lifelong learning and enriching opportunities, in keeping with our stature as one of the world's finest hotel companies.", he added.

Dr. P. V. Ramana Murthy joins Taj Hotels from a distinguished 15-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, where most recently he served as Executive Director – Human Resources for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), India and Bangladesh, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Bottling Investments Group of The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, USA. In this board level position at corporate headquarters in Gurgaon, he was responsible for about 15,000 employees. Under his guidance, the Human Resources function of HCCB came to be named "Best in Class" and served as a strong exporter of executive talent within the global Coca-Cola Bottling Investment Group.

Through the course of his tenure with the company, he rose progressively, taking on increasingly senior roles, first with Coca-Cola India, currently the concentrate and marketing division of the business wholly owned by the Atlanta Company, holding titles such as Area HR Manager (Nellore) in 1999, Regional HR Manager (Andhra Pradesh) in 2000, Senior Manager – Corporate HR & Employee Relations in 2001 and Corporate General Manager – Human Resources in 2002, until he was named Regional General Manager – Human Resources (South) in 2004. In 2005, he became HCCB India's Head of HR as its Director – Human Resources and subsequently, moving on to become Vice President – Human Resources in 2009. In 2011, he was promoted as the Senior Vice President-HR. He attained the title of Executive Director – Human Resources in 2013.

Among his many notable achievements for Hindustan Coca-Cola were creating an 18-month customized General Management Development Program to groom zonal business heads in India, developing and deploying an HR Academy with an 18-month HR Capability Building Program, and designing Leadership Excellence and Accelerating Performance (LEAP) for mid-level manager development, now in use in 17 countries of Coca-Cola's Bottling Investment Group (BIG). He also conceptualized and launched the first-ever Community College in India in partnership with Mumbai University to develop frontline sales talent.

In his career spanning about 28 years, PV widely travelled across the globe and spent time in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Brazil, China, Philippines etc., understanding different cultures and learning the country specific management practices.

His prior experience includes six years as head of Human Resources for Bellary Steels and Alloys Ltd, Karnataka, India, where he was responsible for strategic HR management and employee relations for four business units. He began his career in HR in 1985 with Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd. (FACOR), Shreeram Nagar, Andhra Pradesh, India. Joining as a Management Trainee in Personnel & Administration, he subsequently held the Assistant Manager – Personnel & Administration and Deputy Manager – Human Resources positions in FACOR.

PV, who is regarded as an ‘academic practitioner' within the HR circles, holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Human Resource Management from Sri Krishadevaraya University, Andhra Pradesh, India; a one-year Practitioner Coach Diploma from Noble Manhattan Coaching Institute, London; and a post-graduate diploma in Personnel Management from National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), Calcutta, India. He is also a 1984 Graduate in Law from Andhra University, India, and a 1981 Graduate in Commerce from the same university.

PV has also recently acquired the psychoanalytical skills on Leadership, Culture and Organization development through his Executive Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change (CCC) from INSEAD, Singapore. He will be based at Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces' company headquarters in Mumbai. He is currently the President of National HRD Network (NHRDN) – Delhi/NCR Chapter.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 108 hotels in 63 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house. To learn more, please visit www.tajhotels.com.

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