Sunday, March 9, 2008

Bharathan Prahalad

"As Alexander the Great said, there is only one thing that is divine: the Idea. Everything else is a byproduct. Whatever we see around us, in the form of development, infrastructure, technology and so on, started off as an Idea. Every Idea needs to be fed with ambition, enthusiasm, and cooperative effort. What we need, therefore, are people who have high-energy, fresh Ideas that inspire, and an attitude to work as a team. Anything else can be bought and taught, except a strong positive attitude."

Bharathan Prahalad, Head – Human Resources for KLA Tencor’s India Operations

March 9, over lunch


Sanjeev Unnikrishnan said...

Prahalad is a great boss to have, a great mentor and a very good friend. He is a fun loving guy, who can make any dull crowd lively.

I have had the privilege in working under him for 2 years in ISCI. All the improvement and growth in my career and personal life is because of his guidance and motivation. Not a single day goes by without mentioning his name in the department.

He is a great fan of MGR and Rajini. He is a good cricket player.

shobana said...

You and I have worked closely on the CII initiative. I think you are a genuine person,that someone who is always willing to go that extra mile. Someone who is going to go places .Once again here's wishing you all that best in "your passion for doing everthing, especially the the movies!!!

saravana said...

It is very nice to read about an alumnus of MSSW, as I am a present student of MSSW. I also request the visitiors to have a look at

Anonymous said...

Did you really recruit 100 freshers for CG Maesrk? I dont think so, since i was there when you "worked" in CG Maersk.

Anoop Kumar CK said...

He is my great boss,an admirer great to work with him. High energy, and helpfull attitude. Eager to work in his team again..
Anoop Kumar CK

Anu said...

He is my great boss,an admirer great to work with him. High energy, and helpfull attitude. Eager to work in his team again..
Anoop Kumar CK -

Rajesh said...

Dear Anonymous,

Many a times many offers are made and many deferred at campus and there is this chance of it being a typo or a combination of both as I've known Bharathan for long as a service provider and as a colleague. He has always demonstrated a very high level of integrity at a personal and professional level.


Murali said...

Updated CV

Bharathan Prahalad

Career Summary

More than 15 years of experience in the field of Human Resource Management specializing with experience in the entire gamut of HR activities like Talent Acquisition, Resource Management, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Compensation and Benefits etc…

Academic Qualification M.A. (Public Administration - 1991 - 1993)

Professional Qualification Honours Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the Madras School of Social Work
- MSSW (1998 – 2000)

Post Graduate Certificate program in Human Resource Management – PGCHRM from XLRI – (2006 – 2007)

Work Experience –

Feb 2008 till date – Head – Human Resources – KLA Tencor Software India Pvt Ltd.

KLA Tencor is a World Leader in defect inspection and metrology within the semiconductor space.

Role - Complete Responsibility for the HR function and it’s delivery for the India region.

Earlier work experience with Organizations like Standard Chartered Scope International, POLARIS, Satyam Computers etc;

Significant Achievements till date -

 Won an Award in Germany during a KLA Tencor International HR Meet for Outstanding Support and for being the best International HR TEAM in KLA Tencor India, for living the Value of High Performing Team achieving all Regional and Group Objectives.

 Standard Chartered Scope International - Awarded the FBC (Faster, Better, Cheaper) award by the Standard Chartered Bank’s Group Technology and Operations for recruiting 300 staff (Software professionals, Finance Shared Service profiles, WB Shared Service profiles and Business Analysts) within 6 months time – 15 staff members were chosen from a group of 8000+ staff in Group Technology and Operations in the Bank for this award

 Received a Special Award and Recognition from the Group Director of Standard Chartered Bank, Mr.Richard Meddings for outstanding contribution in driving a CII Consortium cum Madras University Initiative to increase employability of PG Students and thereby increase the number of campus recruits.

 Introduced a Skill / Role mapping framework to facilitate recruitment and right fitment

 Selected as one of the Gallup Strengths Coach, to coach managers and leaders within the Organisation. This is based on the Strengths Finder tool which the Gallup University in Princeton NJ has developed. This tool is used to analyse the strengths of each individual and how an organization can leverage their strengths to create a high performing organization.

 One of the few trainers in India selected to train Managers for the GMP program (Great Manager Program). This program focuses on training and developing managers and making them Great Managers.

 Created a customized Induction program for technology graduate trainees from campus and created an assessment program for certifying them as ISCI Certified Graduate Engineer Trainees – This program was done at a location external to the Haddows Road location in Chennai and lasted for 42 days.

 CG Maersk IT - Responsible for building a team of Mainframe and Open Systems Professionals which includes Technical Heads (Mainframes and Open Systems), Project Managers, Senior Mainframe Professionals and heads for functional departments like Corporate Communications, Sales & Marketing and Quality.

 Received a citation from the CEO for Outstanding Performance.

 POLARIS - Acquired 80+ associates on critical skills within a turn around time of 15 days.
Recognised by the Business Head and Practice Leaders as a significant achievement that helped the business.