Rajiv Krishnan joins K. Pandiarajan to lead Ma Foi Group’s Next Chapter of Growth

Rajiv Krishnan


Bengaluru, 13th January 2022: The Ma Foi Group, one of the leading business groups in India with a 30-year history in professional services heritage, today announced the appointment of Mr. Rajiv Krishnan as MD and CEO of Ma Foi Strategic Consultants and Ma Foi Education Services. With his strong prior experience in the staffing industry, he will also add value to the business of CIEL HR Services as a Director. He will report directly to Mr. K. Pandiarajan, Chairman of Ma Foi Group and CIEL HR Services. He was earlier associated with Ma Foi from 1997 to 2006.

Commenting on Rajiv’s rejoining Ma Foi, Mr. K. Pandiarajan said,

“I am delighted to welcome back Rajiv to the Ma Foi family. He is, practically, one of the founding members of Ma Foi as he had joined me and Latha early in our entrepreneurship journey. He had then played an incredible role in the growth of Ma Foi Management Consultants that not only helped the company to become India’s largest HR services firm but more importantly transformed the unorganized HR landscape in our country.”

Commenting on his appointment as the MD and CEO of Ma Foi, Mr. Pandiarajan added,

“Rajiv has served in numerous leadership roles during his 25-year career in the HR Consulting and Services industry, and joins Ma Foi from Korn Ferry where he was the Managing Director for the India Consulting business. Prior to Korn Ferry, he was at the helm of India HR Consulting operations for global firms like DDI, EY and Mercer Consulting. With this strong track record in our industry and his business acumen and ability to drive transformation, Rajiv will certainly play a key role to lead Ma Foi in its next chapter of growth and success.”

Adding to this, Mr. Rajiv Krishnan, MD and CEO, Ma Foi Strategy / Education Services said,

“I am delighted to start my second innings at Ma Foi, and to have the opportunity to work closely with K. Pandiarajan to lead Ma Foi’s next chapter of growth. Over the last two and a half decades, I have been privileged to consult with wonderful organizations and some very remarkable professionals to help them achieve great results. In this exciting role, I look forward to harnessing the power of Ma Foi by combining my roots in the company with my experience in Consulting. Our business proposition is to add value to our clients in terms of outcomes in the people and related domains through a realistic combination of intellectual property, digital depth and last-mile impact. Further we would like to align the current out-of-sync worlds of skill development and employment and to lead the same nationally.”

A venerable leader in the Indian consulting industry, Rajiv’s areas of expertise include Strategy Consulting, Executive Coaching,  Leadership Development and HR Tech. Mr. Krishnan has an honors degree in mechanical engineering from NIT, Trichy and is an alumnus of the prestigious Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur, where he completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management.

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