Shobha Ratna is one of those few leaders who hold many feathers in their proverbial cap. In her current role, she manages two of the most critical portfolios in the Life Insurance business under Aditya Birla Capital. She is the Head - HR & Training as well as the Chief Operations Officer at Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance (ABSLI), leading some of the most transformational initiatives across the organization.
Under her leadership, the HR team at ABSLI has scaled up business by adding new channels and partnerships and by bringing attrition to best-in-class standards. Her thought leadership and its impact can be seen on productivity, attrition, talent, engagement, and company culture.
Shobha started her journey with the Aditya Birla Group in 2008, prior to joining ABSLI in 2014. At ABG, she has contributed significantly to establishing the group’s Talent Management Philosophy. Many of the practices driven by her have now taken root across the Group.
She joined the Group after having spending more than a decade at Unilever. Her last stint at Unilever was as Change Management Lead and Organizational Effectiveness Director for Global Finance & Information Technology, in London. Shobha is a Civil Engineering graduate from NIIT Calicut and has completed her Master’s in human resources from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Shobha comes with more than 24 years of functional expertise in core HR processes of building Talent and Culture. She has been recognized as an ethical and transparent leader who takes quick decisions, cuts through bureaucracy, and inspires people to stretch beyond their perceived limits.