Director (People Management Practice)
Reena Ahuja is a key member of the firm’s leadership team. With over two decades of experience across a range of industries such as telecommunications, oil & gas, banking and education, Reena leads SmartHead’s People Management Practice.
Reena has been an advisor to organizations, chief executive officers, senior executives and boards on issues of executive leadership, team effectiveness, organization design, culture transformation, and large-scale people-related change implementation.
Some of her specialties include providing strategic advice and finding unique solutions in areas like recruitment & staffing, organizational change management, policy formulation, job evaluation & design, compensation & benefits, innovation in HR ‘next practices’, leadership and talent development. Reena has been instrumental in establishing the HR function for many organizations from concept to reality. Her innate ability to understand complexities related to people, organization structures and hierarchies and aligning them with business goals and market realities of the future, allows her to bring the practical big picture to the table.
Prior to SmartHead, Reena was head of the human resources function at Hughes Communication India Ltd. She also served as Country Personnel Manager for all business lines of Schlumberger, the only HR manager across that company’s global organization to have held this prestigious position. She also worked with Citibank Credit Services and NIIT.
Reena has a Master’s in Business Management from Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra, a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry and is a Thomas Certified Professional with extensive training in India and abroad on HR best practices. She is also visiting faculty at several management institutes across the country.