National Academy of Human Resources inducts Dr. Santrupt B. Misra in the Class of 2008

2nd February, 2009

Dr. Santrupt B. Misra has been inducted in the seventeenth class of Fellows of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), an honor considered the most prestigious in the field of human resources.

"By election to the Academy, the members of the 2008 Class of Fellows have been acknowledged by their peers as reaching the very highest level of achievement in the human resources profession," said Mirian Graddick-Weir, chair of the NAHR and senior vice president, human resources, Merck & Co., Inc. "Each of these human resources professionals has made sustained and exemplary contributions to the broad field of human resources. These new Academy Fellows have played a substantial role in shaping human resource management thinking and policy. We welcome the new Fellows to the NAHR."

Dr. Misra, a maestro of people craft, is at the helm of the Human Resource function at the Aditya Birla Group.

Conferring the accolade on Dr. Misra, Mirian Graddick-Weir, Chair, Micheal A Peel, Treasurer, Dr. Charles G. Tharp, President eulogised him on his admirable support to the Chairman in the Group's multi-fold transformation from a traditional organisation to a vibrant MNC.

Excerpts from the citation
"He has been instrumental in changing mindsets and in transforming the Group into an achievement-focused, development-oriented, people sensitive organisation that invests strategically in talent. Santrupt has introduced many path-breaking initiatives that have fostered an organisational culture where competence and talent bubbled to the top.

Santrupt has been able to deliver outstanding people solutions to the Aditya Birla Group. As a result of his high credibility and the focus on people power, HR has been elevated to the status of a strategic business partner. Over the past 10 years the Group has made more than 15 acquisitions globally, has engaged in a round of restructuring businesses and ventured into new businesses. At every stage, HR is involved in the process which speaks volumes of Santrupt's standing with the Chairman and the Board.

Today the Aditya Birla Group is held in the highest esteem and is regarded as an employer of choice. The Group was named "The Best employer in India" and among the top 20 in Asia in 2007 in the Hewitt Economic Times and Wall Street study."