Roopa Abraham Kochhar has joined pensions and health and benefits administrator Aptia as chief people officer.
Starting her career with Allianz Group’s greenfield JV in India, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, where she was the head of HR until 2013; Kochhar (pictured) then joined Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) India in 2013 as director HR before returning to Allianz Group HQ in Munich in 2016 as head of HR and change (Allianz SE) and then as global head of HR and change for Allianz Partners in 2019.
In her new role she will be responsible for building Aptia’s people team and its capabilities globally across the UK, US, India and Portugal.
Kochhar said: “I am delighted to be a part of Aptia and am joining a very impressive team that is well established within the financial services sector.
“I bring with me a wealth of experience and am delighted to continue the growth of Aptia by attracting the best talent in the field and developing a workplace culture that is built on the foundations of a people-first mentality.”
Aptia officially launched 1 January 2024, following a deal funded by global private equity house Bain Capital.
Acquiring Mercer’s UK pensions and US health and benefits administration businesses, Aptia is managing pensions and benefits for more than seven million people across 1,100 clients.
The company is led by a management team that includes Bala Viswanathan, founder and group CEO, and Dominic Burke, founder and group chairman, both of whom have worked at both Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) and Marsh McLennan.
Viswanathan said: “Roopa is a fantastic hire for Aptia, an appointment that will be instrumental in the growth of the business globally.
“Roopa has had an impressive career and her experience and expertise will not only bring a variety of strengths to Aptia’s workplace culture, but will continue our journey in attracting the very best talent within the industry.”