About Anand

  • Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership 2011
  • HR Professional of the year 08-09 & 09-10
  • Guest lecturer at Leading business schools like:  Harvard Business school, MIT-Sloan, London Business School, IIM-A, IIM-L, SPJIMR, IMT etc.,

Anand Pillai is currently the Sr. Executive Vice President & Chief Learning Officer at Reliance Industries Ltd.,.He has been recently appointed to become a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership 2011, given his thought leadership in the field of Leadership & Innovation.

With more than 29 years of rich experience in the corporate world, Anand has handled challenging assignments in general management and as head of operations in companies such as TATA Group (10 years), Hughes Network Systems and Bay Networks and HCL. His passion for training and working with people led him to take on this role in developing the human capital. Anand has been involved in transformational training actively for the past 10 years and for the past 25 years as part of his management responsibilities. Anand has been a much sought after speaker in many national and international forums. He has been the distinguished speaker at the  Fortune Innovation Forum in NY, USA (the only non American speaker to be invited), at the Fortune Global Forum in New Delhi, (http://www.timeinc.net/fortune/conferences/global2007/global_speakers.html), NASSCOM, ISTD,  CIO Summit -London, Great places to work conference -Singapore, World’s most democratic work places summit- Las  Vegas, World HRD Congress, CII, etc.

His leadership and strong vision has succeeded in bring many accolades and recognition to the company, like “Excellence in Training” for 07-08 & 08-09,at the Asia Pacific HR Excellence Awards  “Contribution to the Field of Global Training and Development” & Outstanding contribution to the field of Education, at the Global HR Excellence Awards-2009 and 2010, Award for Talent management, Innovation in Employee Retention & Career management,Excellence in Training & HR Leadership award at the Employer Branding Awards. He has also been recognized as “HR Professional of the Year”2008-09 and also given the HR Leadership award atthe Global HR Excellence Awards and Pride of the Industryat the Star of India awards.

Anand has been featured in the book Leading with Wisdomalong with 30 other leaders(Steven Covey, Abdul Kalam to name a few) in the world. He is also featured in a new book “Open Source Leader” published by Penguin Publications.

He is certified to conduct leadership & management courses from various international bodies and is also a Certified Behavioral Analyst. Anand has specialized in advanced applications of Psychometric instruments (like MBTI, Firo-B, TKI, DISC., etc) in areas of, Leadership, Communication, Sales & Customer relationship, negotiating for value and Team building. He has done extensive research on cross cultural relationships, Intrapreneurship & Innovation and is widely consulted on these three subjects across the globe.

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