Jitin Sethi appointed a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting in India

23 January 2019 Consultancy.in

London-based management consultancy L.E.K. Consulting has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of 15 new partners across its global footprint. Jitin Sethi, a former Vice President at The Parthenon Group is among those who have been elevated within the organisation.

Sethi has been at L.E.K. as a Principal since January last year, and has been the Managing Director since December. As an expert in the education sector, he has been engaged in this domain at L.E.K., working intermittently with operators and investors as well as non-profit educational institutions.

He holds a degree in engineering from Ambedkar University with a specialisation in Computer Science, following which he completed an MBA from the Indian School of Business. He specialised in Management, Finance and Marketing during his MBA, and was active in the consulting domain.

Professionally, Sethi began his career as a Graduate Engineer Trainee at Havell’s, where he remained for just under a year. He then moved to Indian IT giant Infosys, where he spent half a decade and made his way up to the position of Project Manager, operating alternatively in India and the US.

Jitin Sethi appointed as Partner at L.E.K. Consulting amid global expansion drive

He worked as a Consultant at ZS Associates for nearly two years, following which he joined EY’s strategy wing Parthenon, where he spent nearly seven years. At Parthenon, he began at the Managerial level and eventually ascended to the position of Vice President. He remained at Parthenon till November 2017 before joining L.E.K. two months later. 

Sethi is a member of L.E.K.’s Global Education practice, which he will now engage with at Partner level. Kaushik Mohan is another Indian-origin executive at L.E.K to be promoted to Partner. Mohan is also a part of the education practice, but he is based out of Singapore, while Sethi is based out of Mumbai. 

The 15 new partners – 14 of which are promotions while one is a new recruit – represent a desire for L.E.K. to bolster its expertise in nearly every sector, and across every market. Alongside Singapore and Mumbai, Partners have been added in Boston, London, Paris, San Francisco and other offices. In India, L.E.K.'s efforts to expand are aimed at capitalising on the rapidly expanding management consultancy market

Commenting on the drive, Global Managing Partner at L.E.K. Stuart Jackson said, “We are delighted to announce our newest L.E.K. partners and recognise their contribution to delivering exceptional results and impact for our clients. We congratulate them and value their expertise as we broaden our capabilities and drive increased demand for our services across a diverse range of businesses and industry sectors worldwide.”

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PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

19 April 2019 Consultancy.in

Global professional services firm PwC has appointed a new Chief People Officer (CPO) for its India practice. The firm’s Technology Lead Padmaja Alaganandan, who has been with PwC for a continuous spell of eight years since 2011, will take over from incumbent CPO Jagjit Singh.

Having graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Alaganandan began her professional career at PwC in 2000. She joined Strategy&’s Change Consulting Practice, where she worked for three years and eventually rose to the rank of Principal Consultant before moving to Mercer in 2005.

At Mercer, she began as a Principal Consultant for Human Capital and made her way up to the position of Business Leader for Human Capital at Mercer Consulting. She rejoined PwC in 2011, and has been a Partner at the firm in addition to leading the firm’s Technology and Advisory segments.

PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

Her role as CPO at PwC is informed by her previous experience as a Leader of PwC’s People and Organisation Consulting practice. She takes the helm of PwC’s people management activities at a time when talent management and development is increasingly crucial in firms across India.

As firms across the country begin to digitalise, there is not only the demand to foster an environment and spirit of innovation amongst the country’s business environment, but also to equip professionals with the skills required to work in collaboration with machines and technology.

Major professional services firms such as PwC are under particular pressure to live up to these changes, given their role in facilitating the digital transformation of their clients’ organisation, which extends to the development of skills amongst their workforce.

Alaganandan has expressed the importance of fostering an enabling environment within PwC as well, specifying that “:Building a wellbalanced and inclusive workforce is key to our business. She takes over the role of CPO from Jagjit Singh, who has held the position for nearly five years now.