RIL El­e­vates Ash­wani Prashara as HR Chief for Hy­dro­car­bon Biz

Prashara will now re­port to RIL ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Hi­tal R Meswani

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Mum­bai: Re­liance In­dus­tries has el­e­vated Ash­wani Prashara as chief hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer for its hy­dro­car­bon busi­ness, two peo­ple with di­rect knowl­edge of the mat­ter said.

Prashara, who joined Re­liance in 2004 from Honey­well’s Asia Pa­cific HR, has worked in the man­u­fac­tur­ing divi­sion, project man­age­ment, and tech­nol­ogy and the re­search and devel­op­ment depart­ment of the con­glom­er­ate. He will re­port to RIL ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Hi­tal R Meswani.

The group did not re­spond to an email sent by ET seek­ing com­ment, but peo­ple with di­rect knowl­edge of the mat­ter said the com­pany has in­formed its em­ploy­ees about the ap­point­ment.

The group’s 20,000-plus em­ploy­ees are di­vided into two parts. While Prashara now heads HR for the hy­dro­car­bon busi­ness, his coun­ter­part at RIL’s new-age busi- ness — re­tail and com­mu­ni­ca­tions — is San­jay Jog.

In July 2015, Pra­bir Jha, then the chief hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer of RIL, re­signed and the post was taken up by Meswani, a cousin of chair­man Mukesh Am­bani.

A few months af­ter Jha left, some se­nior ex­ec­u­tives had also quit. They were Har­lina Sodhi, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent and head of em­ployee en­gage­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, di­ver­sity, HR Academy and change man­age­ment; Rajeev Ran­jan, vice-pres­i­dent of HR for Re­liance Foun­da­tion; and Vikram Bec­tor, its chief ta­lent of­fi­cer.

The oil-to-telecom con­glom­er­ate has been try­ing to bring in changes in terms of per­for­mance man­age­ment, work-life bal­ance and give it an im­age of an em­ployee-friendly com­pany.

The group is sched­uled to launch its much-de­layed, but ea­gerly awaited, 4G ser­vices un­der Re­liance Jio In­fo­comm this year. Al­though the com­mer­cial launch is yet to take place, RIL em­ploy­ees got a sneak peak and com­pli­men­tary ser­vices last De­cem­ber on the eve of founder Dhirub­hai Am­bani’s 83rd birth an­niver­sary.

The group is re­ported to have spent around .₹ 100,000 crore in buy­ing air­waves, set­ting up telecom and re­tail net­work and on hu­man re­sources and mar­ket­ing, among oth­ers, on the Jio busi­ness. It has roped in film star Shah Rukh Khan as the brand am­bas­sador.

Prashara was re­spon­si­ble for HR and in­dus­trial re­la­tions for RIL’s all man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions in In­dia, which in­clude the re­fin­ing fa­cil­ity in Jam­na­gar as well as petro­chem­i­cal and polyester-spe­cific man­u­fac­tur­ing sites.

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