Talent partner, Southeast Asia,
The past 16 months have been a “highly intense journey for HP”, which has gone through a separation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise to become a standalone Fortune 100 company. The unique circumstances – a rich legacy but with the culture of a start-up – have meant Pooja Jhaveri has had to strike a balance between keeping to tradition and staying ahead of the times. In the process of transitioning to the new HP Inc., Jhaveri has been in charge of guiding senior leaders through organisational design and capability planning for a newly formed business unit, juggling two roles – as talent partner and regional HRBP. Her key accomplishment in the past year was co-designing and leading the talent and learning strategy for Asia-Pacific and Japan, which involved redefining existing programs as well as starting new ones, all with a tight budget and reduced resources. Outside her usual responsibilities, Jhaveri has also helped extend business resources by establishing partnerships with other companies to provide employees with more benefits. She has also helped improve employee engagement and enhance HP Inc.’s employer branding. She takes pride in the fact that HR as a department and field has truly taken on a strategic role as opposed to staying ‘transactional’, and she continues to capitalise on that position by being a proactive business leader.