India, November 9, 2023 – ZEISS Group, a global technology pioneer of science in optics and optoelectronics for 175+ years, in India, announces the appointment of Santana Ramakrishnan as its new Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for India and Neighboring markets.
This strategic move underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to harnessing the full potential of its human capital and nurturing a culture of innovation, a critical factor in driving sustained business growth and maintaining its position as an industry leader in the field of optics and optoelectronics. Santana Ramakrishnan’s appointment represents a pivotal moment in Carl Zeiss India’s journey to further elevate its workforce, enhance its competitive edge, and advance technology excellence.
Sanatana will further be responsible for devising systems and processes to meet people and business needs in line with global corporate governance & standards. She will also closely collaborate with the Global teams and functions to enable cohesive growth and transformation towards the company’s vision of ONE ZEISS.
“We are thrilled to welcome Santana Ramakrishnan to the Carl Zeiss India team as our CHRO. Her strategic HR leadership and her passion for nurturing talent align perfectly with our values, and we are confident that she will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our organization in the country. Carl Zeiss India’s workforce is excited about the fresh perspectives and innovative strategies that Santana Ramakrishnan will bring to the organization”, said Mr. Miguel Gonzalez Diaz, Managing Director of Carl Zeiss India (Bangalore) Pvt. Ltd and SAARC Region.
Santana started her HR professional journey with GE Capital and credits much of her functional knowledge to the different stints within the organisation. Subsequently, with AXA she worked in key roles with the country businesses, Asia Regional Office, and Global HO, setting up and consolidating AXA’s people practices in new and existing markets.
Santana has also worked with Goldman Sachs where she was responsible for building a robust global HR operations practice. Apart from two decades of experience working with multi-national corporations she has honed her skills within the Indian start-up ecosystem with stints in Udaan.com and DealShare. During the course of her career, she has worked across different departments in HR and across different geographies, with extensive stints in Asia and across client groups in Europe and Americas.
Santana considers her most enjoyable assignments to be the ones that balanced people advisory with building HR ecosystems that scale to reinforce business priorities. She holds a Post Graduate Degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Stella Maris College, Chennai.
When she’s not shaping our HR strategies, Santana enjoys dedicating time to her own hobbies, which include reading, travelling and mentoring talent in the corporate world.