Lexicon MILE Celebrates HR Leadership Excellence Awards & Conclave 2024, Discusses Future of Work, and Campus Recruitment Strategies to Secure Future Leadership

Pune (Maharashtra), [India] May 9, 2024: Lexicon MILE, a renowned B School, hosted the ‘Lexicon MILE HR Leadership Excellence Awards & Conclave 2024’ to recognize and celebrate exemplary achievements in the HR domain. The event, brought together industry leaders, experts, and visionaries to honor outstanding professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of Human Resources.

The award ceremony recognized exceptional talent across various HR domains. Among the esteemed awardees were:

  1. Talent Acquisition Professional of the Year Award: Jyoti Huria, Head – Talent Acquisition, Definitive Healthcare
  2. HR Transformation Leadership Award: Abhijit Puri, Senior Director – Talent Acquisition, LTIMindtree
  3. Human Resources Strategic Change Leader Award: Baliram Mutagekar, Vice President, BNY Mellon, and Mr. Aniruddha Khekale, Sr Vice President and CHRO, Adani Electricity Limited
  4. Campus Recruitment Leadership Award: Leonette Denis Henry, Global HR Director, Quloi
  5. Recruitment Strategy Champion Leadership Award: Ashish Pattnaik, Global Talent Acquisition Head, Marlabs LLC
  6. Talent Acquisition AI Adoption Leadership Award: Rahul Mitra, General Manager – Talent Acquisition, IGT Solutions
  7. Learning Culture Ambassador Leadership Award: Sandeep Palodkar, Vice President and Group HR Head, Teamglobal Logistics
  8. Strategic HR Leader of the Year Award: Kalyan Uttam Pawar, Executive Vice President – Corporate ER, Endurance Technologies Limited, and Mr. Saakar Anand, Vice President, BMC Software
  9. Strategic Collaboration and Initiatives Leadership Award: Soumyakant Singh, Global Head – Human Resources, Pixis.ai
  10. Innovative Learning Solutions Award: Varun Patil, Country Head, CESIM Business Simulations
  11. Global Talent Acquisition Leader Award: Pratyush Nandkeolyar, Senior Director, Head of India and Europe, Brillio
  12. Diversity and Inclusion Champion Leader Award: Renu Tandon, Executive Coach, Ex VP-HR, Markets and Markets
  13. Talent Acquisition Mentor of the Year Award: Rajendra Raut, Head Talent Acquisition & Talent Management, Jade Global
  14. HR Visionary Leadership Award: Pooja Bansal, Executive Vice President & CHRO, Piaggio India, and Ms. Gunjan Mishra, Head – Human Resources, RNF Technologies Private Limited
  15. Global Executive Search Firm of the Year Award: Suraj Narain, Managing Director and Founder, SearchBourne Consulting Pvt Ltd
  16. Sustainability in HR Leadership Award: Ranjit Kondeshan, Head – HR, Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Ltd
  17. Lifetime Achievement Award: Santosh Bhave, Director – Human Resources & Industrial Relations, Bharat Forge Ltd, and Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Ex Senior Area Director Human Resources -Marriott International, South Asia
  18. Candidate Experience Leadership Champion Award: Shweta Parekh, Manager HRBP, CRG Solutions Pvt Ltd

The event also featured insightful panel discussions led by distinguished personalities, focusing on critical topics shaping the future of work and campus recruitment strategies. Industry veterans shared their expertise and perspectives on embracing technology, fostering innovation, and nurturing future leaders in the digital era.

Reflecting on the essence of the award ceremony and panel discussion, Mr. Nasir Shaikh, Group CEO, The Lexicon Group of Institutes, EduCrack, & EasyRecruit+ and Associate Editor – Pune Times Mirror & Civic Mirror, underscores the importance of recognizing excellence in the HR domain while navigating the digital era. He remarked, “As we honor outstanding professionals for their contributions, it becomes clear that HR is not merely a function but a vital service industry centered around people. Leaders must prioritize the well-being of their teams, fostering a culture of growth, inclusivity, and continuous learning. Leaders must remain approachable and dedicate resources to enhancing soft skills and communication abilities. We must commit ourselves to fostering a holistic environment conducive to 360-degree growth and remain steadfast in our commitment to being lifelong learners.”

In the first panel discussion, ‘The Future of Work: Adapting to a Digital Workforce,’ the esteemed Panelists and Moderator delved into the dynamic work landscape. The industry veterans in the panel discussion were:


Mr. Nasir Shaikh, Group CEO, The Lexicon Group of Institutes, EduCrack, & EasyRecruit+ and Associate Editor – Pune Times Mirror & Civic Mirror


  • Ranjit Batra, President, Hospitality Management, Panchshil Realty, emphasized the pivotal role of technology in recruitment processes, advocating for the integration of AI to streamline candidate selection.
  • Ajit Jagtap, Founder, Inaiways Technology Pvt Ltd, underscored the need for agility in recruitment and stressed the importance of speed and efficiency.
  • Francis Padamadan, Managing Partner and Head of APAC, TritonExec X Hirewell, highlighted the importance of fostering a culture of recognition and tracking gender diversity within the recruitment industry.
  • Ancy Nimsha Sreenivasan, Vice President – Human Resources, IntraEdge, and Director – Consultant People & Culture, BDV Solutions, discussed the imperative of digital transformation in HR, emphasizing the need for adaptability and thorough research.
  • Sakaar Anand, India Head and Head of HR, BMC Software, delved into the evolving preferences of the current workforce, noting their desire for diverse work opportunities and the importance of continual skill upgrading.

In the second panel discussion, ‘Developing Campus Recruitment Strategies to Secure Future Leadership, Diversity, Efficiency, and Innovation,’ industry experts discussed the significance of campus recruitment in building strong talent pipelines and fostering a culture of innovation and diversity. The Panelists and Moderator included:

Moderator: Mr. Suraj Narain, EMD & Founder, Searchbourne Consulting Pvt Ltd, said, “Campus recruitment is not just about filling positions; it’s about sculpting the future of organizations. By implementing strategic initiatives that prioritize diversity and innovation, we chart a course towards sustained excellence.”


  • Pooja Bansal, Executive Vice President & CHRO, Piaggio India, stressed the strategic importance of campus recruitment as a branding opportunity for organizations.
  • Saurabh Shah, Director, Head of People Ops, Krafton India, discussed the broader investment in talent development beyond mere hiring, emphasizing the importance of a learning attitude.
  • Raman Raina, Director-HR, Honeywell, highlighted the significance of attitude in candidate selection, prioritizing qualities like hard work and dedication.
  • Kalyan Pawar, Executive Vice President – Corporate ER, Endurance Technologies Limited, emphasized aligning academic curricula with industry requirements to better prepare students for the workforce.
  • Deepali Singhal, Director of Human Resources, Conrad Pune, highlighted the strategic significance of campus recruitment in fostering future leadership within organizations.

The event also witnessed Mr. Bobby Kuriakose, Director – HR, Forbes Marshall, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Kuriakose shared valuable insights on organizational purpose and leadership development, outlining three types of organizations: Rest, Best, and Next. He emphasized the importance of choosing a purposeful organization that fosters growth and innovation, possessing clarity in purpose, future focus, an aligned culture, stakeholder orientation, and visionary leadership.

‘Lexicon MILE HR Leadership Excellence Awards & Conclave 2024’ not only celebrated excellence in HR but also provided exposure to students to have a better understanding of the industry requirements to thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape. With this initiative, Lexicon MILE is poised to continue its commitment to nurturing talent and driving industry excellence.


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