Chief Talent Officer – Technology
As Accenture's Chief Talent Officer
– Technology, Rahul Varma is responsible for recruiting, learning, and talent development of the company's 500,000 + people. He oversees an annual training budget of almost $1 billion and leads teams around the world that deliver award-winning work to drive strategic recruiting of an average 100,00 new joiners per year, onboarding and integration, learning, career development, and performance culture for Accenture's people. Rahul led the re-envisioning of Accenture's performance management approach, launching Performance Achievement in 2016. Prior to this Rahul established Accenture's Connected Learning, a new approach to enterprise learning, powered by innovations such as digital learning boards, connected classrooms, and a global network of learning centers. Passionate about the role of Human Resources, Rahul relentlessly champions innovative solutions to unlocking human potential.
Rahul earned his Master's degree in Personnel Management (MPM) from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, and has a BA with honors in Economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. While Rahul served as Accenture in India's first HR director, from 1999 to 2007, the company grew from a niche management consulting firm of 200 to a multi-business organization with 37,000 employees, earning the company global recognition for HR thought leadership. In his previous role as Accenture's senior director of HR Strategy and Enablement, Rahul led a three-year global HR transformation and innovation initiative, including industry-academic training programs for HR professionals across China, Europe, India, the Philippines and South Africa. Rahul first joined Accenture in 1994 on the India HR team.
Rahul is a frequent speaker at conferences across the Asia, Europe the U.S. on a range of talent and development issues. His team has won dozens of learning awards, including top ranking on the CLO magazine's prestigious LearningElite Award. Rahul also served as a workgroup co-chair on the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Training and Adult Education (TAE) Skills Council, which aims to transform the TAE sector of Singapore.
Rahul is currently based in New York City and enjoys country walks, single malt whisky, spending time with his wife and is an ardent dog lover.