A.B. Pradhan has taken over as Director (Human Resources) of HAL here today. Prior to this, he was holding the post as Officer on Special Duty at HAL Corporate Office and General Manager (HR) at Bangalore Complex.
Pradhan joined HAL in 2005 and overall has 35 years of varied experience in human resource function in both public and private sectors with exposure to various industries dealing with engineering, metallurgy, paper, and aerospace & defence.
Pradhan holds a Post Graduate Degree in Personnel Management & Labour Welfare from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He also holds a Law degree.
During his service career, he was instrumental in the introduction of IT-enabled HR Systems. His major accomplishments include substantial number of wage agreements achieved through collective bargaining, improving efficiency of workmen through various methods like piece rate wages, reduction in standard man hours & overtime and introduction of TPM concepts including Kaizen and Fugai. He has streamlined the contract labour system and played a key role in outsourcing of non-core HR activities.
He has wide exposure to whole gamut of HR functions like industrial relations, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), wage negotiation & settlements, statutory compliance, and HR policy formulation, manpower planning, recruitment & career development, skill development & training, performance management, facilities management and legal affairs.