With over 35 years of executive experience in international and multi-sector listed companies such as Saietta, Citibank, AT&T, British Gas, Rolls Royce, and BSI, Devyani Vaishampayan’s remarkable leadership consistently drives transformational change. Her extensive international experience honed through work in China, Singapore, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East, reflects her global perspective and keen understanding of the digital era.
Devyani began her journey by achieving a BSc in Physics & Electronics from the University of Mumbai, followed by an MBA in Business Administration and Management from SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).
Guiding Giants and Catalysing Digital HR Innovation
Devyani's career has been marked by a series of impressive roles. As the Remco Chair & NED at Saietta Group Plc, she plays a pivotal role in the design and engineering of e-drive systems for electric vehicles, propelling the industry towards a sustainable future. Saietta's pioneering eDrive solutions not only redefine the electric transportation landscape but also significantly enhance urban air quality worldwide.
Simultaneously, as Audit Chair and Non-Executive Director at Norman Broadbent Plc, a global Professional Services firm, where she focuses on strategic oversight. Her responsibilities encompass risk management, performance evaluation, and organisational development, contributing to the firm's international success.
Beyond the boardroom, Devyani's role as CEO of the HR TECH Partnership (composed of FTSE 100 Senior Directors/NED's) signifies her dedication to fostering digital HR start-ups. Under her guidance, the Human Capital Digital Innovation Hub leverages uses disruptive technologies including AI and robotics to redefine leadership, culture, and talent management.
Devyani's contributions have not gone unnoticed. She has received numerous international accolades. In 2017, Devyani was featured in the Financial Times "Ethnic Minority Leaders List," a testament to her dedication to diversity and inclusive leadership. She has also been named one of the "Top 100 Digital Influencers around the Future of Work" in 2021 and was included in Cranfield Business School’s 2016 list: "FTSE 100 Women to Watch".
A Thought Leader on the Global Stage
Devyani's expertise in digital innovation, coupled with her insights into leadership and diversity, positions her as a leading global thought leader. Her frequent invitations to speak at global forums on critical topics like the future of work, inclusive leadership, ESG, and the impact of AI and digital technologies underscore her influential voice. Furthermore, she also serves as a Board Member at Criticaleye, mentoring senior executives in large corporations.
A Vision for the Future
Devyani actively champions several important causes. Holding positions such as Independent Director of the Singapore Association for the Deaf, Working Committee Member at BoardAgender, and Board Member at the HR Fund, she demonstrates a deep commitment to advancing HR practices and fostering social impact. Additionally, her passion for empowering women in the tech industry is unmistakable. Devyani fervently challenges misconceptions about women in tech, advocating for increased visibility of female role models within the field to break down barriers and dispel stereotypes.
Devyani Vaishampayan's multifaceted career speaks to her dedication to digital innovation, positive change, and inclusive leadership. As a thought leader, mentor, and influencer, she continues to shape the future of tech and HR.
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