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Sarma Chillara is new Group Head - HR at Skoda Auto  India

Skoda Auto Volkswagen India on Thursday announced the appointment of Sarma Chillara as Group Head of Human Resources & Administration.

Sarma will be responsible for Human Resource strategy and execution, internal stakeholder management and talent management and will lead HR strategies for the Group within the framework of the India 2.0 project. He will report to Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, according to a statement.

Jan Frydrych,  existing Executive Director - HR and Admin, will move to a new role at Skoda Headquarters as Head of Operative HR Care, Digitization and HR 4.0.Sarma will replace Jan Frydrych.

Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, said, “I am delighted to have found a worthy successor for Jan Frydrych in Sarma Chillara. Sarma has an exceptional track record, a deep understanding of evolving HR trends and demonstrates an infectious passion and energy that will continue to shape the culture and talent of the company. I would like to thank Jan Frydrych for his contribution in leading the Indian operations through a complex merger and embarking on a transformative digital journey for the HR function.”

 MBA in Human Resources from Welingkar Institute of Management,Chillara brings over 15 years of experience working across various roles within the HR domain. He joined Volkswagen Group in 2011 and has been associated with the Group for over nine years in various leadership roles. He was previously associated with Citi, where he headed the HR department’s analytics unit, before moving to BCG.

Sarma Chillara, Group Head - Human Resources & Administration, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, said, “Passionate and engaged employees are at the heart of any successful corporate strategy. I look forward to working closely with the leadership team and the larger family of employees to co-create an agile and productive work environment to steer the organization through the transformative process we have embarked on.”

Sarma has also done course in  advance HRM from IIM, Ahmedabad.