Jacob Jacob

Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Columbia Asia Healthcare


Jacob has over 23 years of rich HR experience across Middle East, Africa, India and South East Asia. He has worked on various aspects within and outside the realm of  HR and  understands the breadth and depth of HR  across the International domain. He has hands on experience in understanding Cultural & Leadership nuances across all the markets that he has worked in. Throughout his career he has tried to innovate his delivery of HR products and services that aid in Enterprise growth. He is extremely hands on and his approach to HR is about being pragmatic and providing customized  pedegree HR solutions.
His experience is varied across HR Consulting, International HR, Start Up HR and large scale Change Management HR. His domain expertise lies in the deployment of cutomised organizational  HR Strategies, Organization Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Learning & Development, Compensation & Benefits, Change Management, Mergers & Acquisitions and Organization Transformation.
Jacob has previously worked with Organisations such as Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, Emirates Airline in Dubai, Feedback Ventures & Oberoi Realty. Projects/assignments  include HR Strategy & Design, Organisation culture assessment & design of effective HR systems, Development & implementation of a Performance Management System, 360 Degree feedback - design & implementation, etc.
It was during his tenure at Apollo Hospitals that it was recognized as a Global Great Place to Work by Gallup. At Emirates he was part of the team that looked after the HR Change management initiative of moving to the new terminal and all related HR processes.
Jacob has travelled across various Countries and has spoken at various National & International conferences and has presented and written papers on various HR topics. He is an alumnus of T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal having done his PGDM with  specialization in HR with a dual PG from Academy of Human Resources Development.
At Columbia Asia, Jacob’s mandate is to create HR as an Innovative Centre of Excellence and build enterprise growth connecting people and performance. He has been instrumental in bringing about the way in which productivity is viewed from a people, passion and growth perspective. He has also done some contemporary work in the area of succession planning for key roles within Columbia Asia
He is an avid reader and traveller.

Jacob is a recipient of several National & International awards – some of them are:
  • Most Influential HR leader in India by World HR Congress 2017
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