Dr Lakshmi Nadkarni
Managing Partner - CHRO, Chemical, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Practices

Lakshmi Nadkarni is a Managing Partner at Gladwin International and a senior member of our CHRO Practice. She is also an integral part of our Chemical, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Industry Practices.

She serves major institutions across a range of sectors, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing as Interim CHRO / HR Head, Board Advisor and External Consultant. In addition to advising clients on strategy development and M&A from the HR perspective, she supports clients in designing and managing large-scale organizational transformation, operations transformation and strengthening business performance through enhanced culture, values, leadership and talent systems. Recognizing the importance of people in driving transformational change, Lakshmi regularly works with clients on talent management - specifically, Strategic Human Resources Planning, top-team effectiveness through executive leadership coaching, capability building, and performance management.


Prior to Gladwin International, Lakshmi was South Asia HR Director, for BASF, located in Mumbai; for 5 years. She was responsible for HR Strategy, Organizational Development, Cultural Transformation, Business Partnership, leading the implementation of Mergers and Acquisitions for South Asia and implementing Global and Regional large scale HR programs for BASF. Before joining BASF, she was Executive Director of Human Resources for Pfizer India Ltd, Member of the Pfizer India Board, and Member of the APAC Regional HR Country Leadership team responsible for the company's HR matters across the Indian Sub Continent.

Lakshmi has also been HR Country Leader of Indian Sub-Continent for Dow Chemicals International (Post Acquisition of Rohm and Haas). She was a Member of the India Leadership Team of Dow Chemicals and partnered in decisions that impact the Company Strategy in India particularly in the area of People Strategy. While providing the General HR Leadership, she was responsible for the Post Acquisition Integration of HR systems and processes to establishing the Best practices in HR.

Before joining Dow Chemicals, Lakshmi has been the HR Director of Rohm and Haas, Corporate HR Manager of BASF, HR Head of Reckitt Benckiser Sri Lanka and multiple HR Generalist positions with Reckitt Benckiser India.


Lakshmi is an Independent Director on the Board of NELCO, A TATA Enterprise and Chairperson of NRC and member of Audit and CSR.


Dr Lakshmi received her Doctorate and Masters in Sociology and Masters in Social Welfare from Poona University.


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