Yojana Gawade has been named Director – Personnel and Organization (P&O) for India by MARS Petcare, a global leader in pet nutrition and care. Yojana will be in charge of Pet Nutrition India’s human resources (HR) function, as well as the company’s people strategy and execution. A significant goal will be to strengthen a diverse and inclusive work culture.
Yojana has over 14 years of expertise in the people function, covering business partnership and center-of-excellence verticals. She has worked for multinational corporations, most recently at Mondelez India Foods as the Asia Pacific and Middle East Capability Lead. She was in charge of designing and deploying leadership roadmaps across six business units, as well as working on embedding them.
Before that, Yojana served as the company’s Organization Effectiveness Lead and anchored various culture and diversity programs. She extensively partnered with integrated supply chain and sales functions for their transformation and change management agendas. She was also the Talent Management Lead for the business units in Malaysia and was pivotal in establishing commercial career paths and entry talent programs.
“Having worked in the FMCG sector, my new role at MARS Petcare is an exciting change and a learning opportunity,” Yojana said. “I look forward to being a part of the leadership team and the larger family of associates to co-create an inspiring work environment. This category has seen exponential growth over the past few years and associating with the pet nutrition segment in the FMCG sector is a great opportunity to explore and create a long-term impact. Working closely with a category leader and principle-based organization with purpose at its core will be an enriching experience.”
Ganesh Ramani, General Manager, MARS Petcare India, said: “We are glad to have Yojana on board as part of our leadership team. She has an exceptional track record, a deep understanding of evolving HR trends, and demonstrates infectious passion and energy. We are witnessing a rapid evolution of the business landscape and avenues for growth. As part of MARS Petcare, we have built a talented team with strong experience in top FMCG and other industries. We expect to more than double our size in the next few years and are confident that Yojana’s expertise will greatly help in shaping the talent and culture of our future organization.”