n a move to bring onboard the best in the industry, Pune-based Gera Developments Pvt Ltd (GDPL) has announced two appointments, Raman Iyer as their new Chief Operating Officer and Priya Adiseshan as their new Chief People Officer.
Raman Iyer has over 25 years of experience in project delivery and is a leading professional in the real estate industry. He has worked with Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd, ASK Property Investment Advisors Pvt Ltd, Oberoi Realty amongst others and is an expert in project execution, asset management and investments pertaining to the real estate and construction sector. Iyer is a Civil Engineer by qualification and holds a Masters in Finance from the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.
Priya Adiseshan has 19 years of experience in HR strategy and policies, Talent Management and Development, and OD (Organisational Development) Interventions. She has worked with Godrej Nature’s Basket and Trent Hypermarket Pvt Ltd – Star Bazaar, among others and is trained in seamless alignment of people strategies with business strategies. Adiseshan holds a Masters in Human Resources Development from Welingkar Institute of Management.
In the announcement of the new appointments, Rohit Gera, MD, Gera Developments, remarked, “Within the next 6 to 9 months, we expect to have an area under development in excess of 6 million sft. With the number of live customers growing exponentially and the accelerated pace of growth, it is important that we streamline the functioning and move forward with more agility and a more empowered team.”
He further added, “At the crux of an empowered team lies a strong HR policy. Over the years, as Gera Developments has evolved, so has the role and strategic importance of HR, and now it has transformed from being a support function to being a partner in business. These two appointments are reflective of Gera Developments’ response to upcoming opportunities and its own journey to the next level of strength and growth.”
As the Chief Operating Officer, Iyer will lead Product Development and Design, Liaison and Approvals, Construction and Common Area Maintenance & Warranty, while as the Chief People Officer, Adiseshan will lead the departments of Human Resources, Administration and Records.
The appointments of Mr Iyer and Ms Adiseshan at its top echelons is a clear sign of GDPL’s thrust towards growth. Most notably, unlike many players in the real estate sector who essentially retain the familial nature of businesses, GDPL has been forthright and pioneering in acquiring and retaining the best of merit and talent at all levels of the organization.
Despite the pandemic and its economic consequences, GDPL has seen growth this year. They have responded by inducing structural improvements to boost professionalism, leadership and motivation and maintain unwavering focus on building a high-performance culture propelling both individual and company growth. As a result, they have successfully retained their GPTW (Great Place to Work) certification for the fourth straight year in a row, being in the top 10 Great Mid-size Places to Work for the past 3 years.