15-strong Aon team joins HR consulting practice of Deloitte

17 December 2019 Consultancy.in

Big Four accounting and advisory firm Deloitte has poached a team of 15-plus advisors from Aon, bolstering the depth of its HR consulting practice.

Leading the exodus to Deloitte is Ghose, an experienced professional in the professional services world and formerly a Partner and Head of Emerging Markets at Aon, Anandorup Ghose.

Ghose started his career in 2002 as a Consultant at Hewitt Associates, and spent a total of 14 years at Aon, alongside a brief stint at ICICI Bank. After being appointed a Partner, he also led Aon's Performance, Rewards & Organisation practice for a while.

In his splipstream, more than fifteen consultants have departed Aon for Deloitte, including three Directors. Anubhav Gupta, who has been Director of Consulting at Aon since 2017, has now joined Deloitte as a Director. He has been with Aon since 2004, with a brief interlude of just over a year as Senior Manager of Human Resources at Ranbaxy.

15-strong Aon team joins HR consulting practice of Deloitte

Prakhar Tripathi and Vamsi Karavadi were senior advisors in Aon's Rewards and Performance Rewards & Organisation practices respectively, and have also joined Deloitte Consulting's arm as a Director. The quartet of leaders have been tasked with expanding Deloitte's performance rewards vertical.

It is the second time in two years that Deloitte has turned to a large carve-out to bolster its ranks at the expense of rivals. In 2017, Deloitte poached as many as 20 partners and 350 professionals from rival KPMG.

The Big Four competitor has since gone on a hiring drive of its own in India, announcing earlier this year that it planned to hire in the thousands in the near future.

Deloitte's move comes at a time of heightened competition for talent in India. A recent study from Mercer predicted that the Indian job market is due for a substantial boom over the next year, with over half of the companies it surveyed planning to increase their hiring levels.

Early this year, the firm announced that it would double the staff at its Hyderabad business hub to as many as 80,000 professionals.

Meanwhile, at Aon, CEO for the APAC, Middle East and Africa region Raymond Everett confirmed that the newly formed void in the leadership will be filled by Tzeitel Fernandes, who has been at Aon India for well over a decade.


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