The Smart Cube Appoints Sushma Rana As Its First Chief Human Resources Officer


The Smart Cube, an award-winning global analytics company, has announced the appointment of Sushma Rana as its first Chief Human Resources Officer, with a remit to lead the global HR strategy to support the company’s existing client business and its ambitious growth plans.

Sushma brings two decades of leadership experience in human resources and talent management to this role. Prior to joining The Smart Cube, she spent 11 years with MSLGROUP – part of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications company – most recently as HR and Talent Director, and a member of the Executive Team. Under her stewardship, MSLGROUP climbed the ranks of India’s Best Companies to Work For, reaching fifth place in the Professional Services category in 2014 and 2015.

Commenting on this appointment, Co-Founder and CEO Gautam Singh said: “The Smart Cube’s greatest asset is our workforce, whose talents and dedication have contributed to the business doubling in size over recent years. Strong HR leadership is fundamental to delivering both continued growth and excellent customer service, and the addition of human resources to the C-suite is evidence of our commitment to meeting these goals.”

Co-Founder and Managing Director Sameer Walia stated: “Sushma joins us in very interesting times. The rapidly changing nature of work in today’s world, combined with the higher aspirations of an increasingly younger workforce, presents an opportunity that we are determined to leverage successfully. Sushma will play a pivotal role in aligning our people strategy to the future direction of the firm, and I am excited to have her join the team.”

Sushma Rana, CHRO, added: “Increasing recognition of the value of effective data management, coupled with rapid innovation in data-related products and services, make a career in research and analytics an extremely attractive choice for millennials and experienced professionals alike. The Smart Cube is already recognised as one of the top 10 most desirable companies to work for in this space, and I will focus on increasing this brand awareness, as well as nurturing existing staff and attracting the best new talent.”

Sushma holds a B.Tech degree in Electronics & Communications from the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, and a postgraduate degree in Human Resource Development from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune.

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Career Success Depends On Your Willingness to Learn

Being motivated to learn new skills is the attribute executives say is most critical for employees looking to get ahead, new research finds.

Specifically, 30 percent of executives said having a willingness to keep learning is the characteristic they consider most necessary for an employee to succeed, according to the study from the staffing firm Accountemps.

“Successful people never stop learning,” Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps, said in a statement. “The world is changing quickly and constantly, and it’s vital to stay informed of the latest trends and sought-after skills in your industry.”

Executives are also placing greater importance on the ability to communicate and get along with others in the workplace. In the research, 27 percent of those surveyed said having strong interpersonal skills is critical to an employees’ success, up from just 15 percent who said the same in 2002. [See Related Story: The Job Skills You Need to Make More Money]


“The ability to convey complex information clearly and succinctly can lead to advancement opportunities,” Driscoll said.

Being able to adapt easily to change and welcoming increased responsibility were the other top traits the surveyed executives said are necessary for professional advancement.

Least important to executives was a willingness to burn the midnight oil. Just 7 percent of those surveyed said working long hours is a necessary success strategy.

“Putting in extra time at work doesn’t necessarily lead to positive outcomes,” Driscoll said.

To help employees looking to get ahead, Accountemps offers five career-advancement tips:

  1. Get involved: Joining industry associations is a good way to learn new skills and keep up to date on the trends affecting your profession.
  2. Volunteer: Volunteering for a nonprofit organization can help you hone your skills. In addition, these types of experiences provide opportunities for you to grow and learn.
  3. Keep learning: Earning an advanced degree or certification is a good way to demonstrate to employers your willingness to continue learning new skills. It also helps cement your expertise within your field.
  4. Hone your communication skills: When communicating in the workplace, it is important to observe body language, make eye contact and listen fully to what the other person is saying. When speaking to important audiences, it can also be helpful to rehearse what you’re going to say. Those who need work on their public speaking should consider joining a professional organization like Toastmasters.
  5. Think long term: You always want to be thinking about the big picture. This type of mind-set can help you make more strategic decisions and put you in a better position to get ahead.