Mona Cheriyan

President & Group Head Human Resources of Thomas Cook India Ltd

Mona Cheriyan is currently the President & Group Head Human Resources of Thomas Cook India Ltd. She is responsible for the Strategy, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement and other HR functions at the Group level. The Thomas Cook India Group spanning 21 countries across 4 continents operates leading brands including, Thomas Cook, SOTC, TCI, Sita, Asian Trails, Allied T Pro, Australian Tours Management, Desert Adventures, Travel Circle International Limited, Private Safaris East & South Africa.

Prior to Thomas Cook, Mona was the HR Director and member of the Advisory Board of ASK Investment Managers Pvt Ltd which is a boutique company in the financial services sector renowned for its strong research based investment advice. Her role entailed leading the HR and Administration function for the group companies which included – Private Equity, Real Estate PE, Wealth Advisory, Portfolio Management and International Business.

Before her stint in ASK, she was with Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd as General Manager – Employee Engagement & Europe Liaison, where she managed the Global Corporate HR team spread across various locations in India and overseas. She has done pioneering work in the areas of Employee Engagement, Global Policies & Processes, Leadership development, Diversity & Inclusivity, Compensation & Benefits, HR Audit & Process automation. Besides Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd, she worked with NIITand the ESSAR group and provided consulting services in the area of HR Strategy and Systems. She has a rich and varied experience of over 30 years. Her exposure and expertise in the entire gamut of Global HR functions & Leadership development area is being used to further strengthen develop & build employee capabilities.

She is expert in behavioral sciences and personally imparts training in various Leadership development areas. She has also been associated with campuses viz. TISS, Symbiosis, SP Jain, IIFT, Welingkar etc., as a guest lecturer. She is also a regular key speaker at various NHRD, NASSCOM, BMA & other related forums in the area of Diversity and Inclusion. She was the President of the WoMentoring Chapter of the National HRD Network whose focus is to design, develop and deliver initiatives to help to build confidence and capabilities for women in Corporate India, and provide the support and guidance that both men and women need reach their business goals. She was also on the Executive Committee of the Bombay Management Association and led the Women in Leadership Committee.

Mona has been the recipient of the “Super Achievers Award” by the Indira Group of Institutes for outstanding achievement in the field of Human Resources in 2007, the “HR Leadership Award” awarded by the Employer Branding Awards in 2008 and the “Women Super Achiever Award” awarded by the World HRD Congress for 2009 and 2016 and the “Most Influential HR Leader” award in 2017.

She is an avid reader and loves to travel and meet people. In her free time, she tries out different recipes and paints ceramic mugs.