Rohit Manucha

Head - HR, Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company

Rohit in his current role heads the Human Resources corporate function at ACCBC, across the MEA region and he has been instrumental in driving the Shared Services re-construct and organization-wide SAP SF implementation. Since his recent joining he has already saved the organization USD ~8Mn via a host of cost saving initiatives and innovative rewards plans. He has also successfully, launched the region’s first employee wellness linked bonus plan in partnership with healthcare agencies, insurance providers and ACCBC’s multi-country offices. He currently also functions as the Aujan Group Head of Talent & advises Rani Refreshments, Aujan Group Holding and its other entities on all Human Resources related matters and functions as an SME in this field. He is also a Board member at the Change & Transformative Collaborative, UK (2016 – present).

In his earlier role, as the Head of Compensation & Benefits at Dunia Group (Dunia Finance LLC & Dunia Services FZ LLC) he reported to the CEO and Board level sub-committee (RNC) on all Rewards related initiatives and managed the ‘Shared Services Function’ (which included HR operations, payroll, HR business partners, etc.). In Pepsi, Oman (ORC), as the Head of Organization Development & Total Rewards he advised the Board level sub-committee (REMCO) and the CEO on all organizational initiatives and managed the ‘Centre of Excellence Function’ (which included organization development, change management, talent management, learning & development, total rewards and performance management).

Rohit has an extensive experience in working with CEOs and C-suite leaders; in driving end-to-end organizational transformation across nineteen countries (such as: China, Japan, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and the MEA region). He has worked towards aligning organizations with their strategic agenda, managing change and driving sustainable performance.

He has worked across a diverse range of sectors, covering organizations (including Fortune 100/ 500 companies) with

varying ownership models and at different stages of business life-cycle (e.g. Walmart, Kraft, Bharti Group, Pepsi, etc.)

His core expertise is in ‘Organizational Transformation & Effectiveness’ and his focus areas include executive visioning & strategy articulation, organization structuring & role profiling, change management & communication, coaching, job family modelling & job evaluation, talent management & behavioural competency, learning & development, total rewards and manpower planning linked to business process re-engineering.

Over the course of his roles, his vendor management and HR process re-engineering initiatives had saved Dunia Group, USD ~1.3Mn. In Pepsi (ORC), his OD initiatives helped reducing employee costs by 10% and enabling sustainable growth in employee productivity by 20%, via consolidation of distribution centre/ routes – snacks and beverages business lines. In his consulting role he had implemented structural and manpower planning solutions for his clients which resulted in cost savings of USD ~900K and helped Hay Group India in growing its footprint across Asia/ America thereby bringing in an additional revenue of USD ~800k within a span of 1 year.

He has won a host of coveted global awards in the filed of HR and has chaired/ been a speaker at the a number of global HR summits. He is member of the advisory council to the World HRD Congress and has developed a case studies/ POVs, authored white papers/ research publications & is quoted in a number of leading HR magazines on a host of HR topics.

In the course of his career, Rohit has worked in Human Capital Consulting at KPMG (2008-2011), Hay Group (2011-2013), Pepsi – ORC (2013-2016); Dunia Group (2016 – 2018); ACCBC (2018 – present). He is also a visiting faculty at IMT – Dubai (2017 onwards), SP Jain (2019 onwards) across its 3 global campuses, University of Dubai (2019 onwards).

He has received a scholarship based on ‘academic excellence and ‘National Cadet Corps’ activities and has won a host of national and international accolades in the course of his education & NCC tenure. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Honors) from Delhi University and a Masters in Human Resource Management (PGD – PM&IR) from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has attended the Executive Leadership Development course at the Chicago Booth School of Business, London. He is an SHRM accredited SHRM SCP/ CP trainer.