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Obituary: Deloitte’s former chief people officer, Dhananjay Bansod’s journey meets a fateful end
HRK News Bureau | Mumbai | Monday, 21 November 2016

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Bansod met with an accident while boarding a train in Mumbai and breathed his last on the way to the hospital.

November 19, 2016 wasn’t like other Saturdays for Dhananjay Bansod, as it took away his life. The professional world lost a genuinely humble and much appreciated leader and mentor. On usual Saturdays, Bansod would apparently be present at the Welingkar Institute of Management as a visiting faculty. However, on this fateful Saturday morning, he boarded a crowded train from the Dadar Central Line, never to return.

Sources share that although he managed to get on to the crowded train, due to the swarm, he could not enter properly and hit the first signal outside the station, after which he fell down. Since the train had just left the station, people around immediately rushed him to a hospital, but the injuries took their toll. He breathed his last even before reaching the hospital. He leaves behind his wife and two daughters. The daughters, who were in Canada at the time, were inconsolable when informed of the incident.

Bansod was earlier the president, people & strategy, at Leighton Contractors for over a year after he left Deloitte as the chief people officer in 2011. Since 2013, he had been working in independent capacity as an OD consultant & professional life coach. He worked with Deloitte for over six years, before which he was the president, human resources, Nicholas Piramal. He was also associated with Siemens before working as the director at Mercer.

A physics graduate, Bansod studied business from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. His colleagues and subordinates among whom he used to be popularly known as ‘Jay’ profoundly remember him as a true leader. S V Nathan, senior director, chief talent officer, Deloitte says, “Dhananjay was a gentle soul and had always been like that. I was in complete disbelief when I heard the news. He was someone who could make friends with anyone. What has happened is very unfortunate and is certainly a huge irrevocable loss for the industry and for his family. I pray and hope that his family finds the strength to overcome the grief of the sudden loss.”

Adil Malia, group president-HR, Essar Group remembers Bansod as, “A friend so dear, never demanding, a competent professional, very unassuming, always smiling and ever eager to help. He had great interpersonal skills, which made him very popular in the HR fraternity.” He grieves as he posted on LinkedIn, “You mixed-up your diary dates, my friend. Your divine appointments preceded the dates we fixed to meet, next week. Not forgiven this time for we could certainly have met earlier! Will miss you a lot. May you find your spot in heaven above.”

(If you knew Dhananjay Bansod in person, you can share your thoughts, experiences and condolences in the comments section. #RIPDhananjayBansod)

© 2016 HR Katha
Last modified on Monday, 21 November 2016

38 comments

  • Comment Link  M R  Muddukrishna Thursday, 15 December 2016 posted by M R Muddukrishna

    I am really sorry to hear about Shankara death May his soul rest in peace. He is my family friend and was staying in the same society where I was staying. I knew his parents very well. He was a humble and loving person. My condolences to the family members.

  • Comment Link Rajiv Kulkarni Sunday, 27 November 2016 posted by Rajiv Kulkarni

    Dear Dhananjay, we all are in a great shock and still not ready to believe this news. We thank you very much for all the help and lively company and rich guidance that you have extended to us throughout our journey of life. You were always there to help all of us when needed. May you rest in peace, wherever you are, I am sure there will be a bright new star in the sky...called "Dhananjay" --Rajiv

  • Comment Link Mohammed Umar Alam Sunday, 27 November 2016 posted by Mohammed Umar Alam

    It is really shocking to know that he is not with us any more. I had the opportunity to work with him in Leighton. A great soul, a humble human being and a good guide...you will always be missed Sir...May Almighty Allah grant the highest place in heaven and give strength to his family to bear this loss.

  • Comment Link Abhishek Saturday, 26 November 2016 posted by Abhishek

    Shocking news....he will be missed....may his soul rest in peace.

  • Comment Link Neha Thukral Saturday, 26 November 2016 posted by Neha Thukral

    Aches to write RIP, Jay .
    Heartfelt condolences to his family

  • Comment Link Amit Chincholikar Friday, 25 November 2016 posted by Amit Chincholikar

    This is still unbelievable- just numbing and so so unfortunate:( - Worked with Jay and lived his simple and incisive approach to all situations. Tragically gone too soon, my friend:(

  • Comment Link Mona Friday, 25 November 2016 posted by Mona

    Shocked to hear this, learnt a lot form his training sessions. A great teacher. may his soul RIP. Will miss you Sir.

  • Comment Link Shamkant Bhavsar Thursday, 24 November 2016 posted by Shamkant Bhavsar

    Jay Sir, We will miss you lot, your efforts to make H R professional more vibrant, serving student community etc was superb and has a great impact on all of us. True tribute will be, we remain committed to follow your guidance and principles you shared with us from time to time. RIP......

  • Comment Link Ruchi Jain Wednesday, 23 November 2016 posted by Ruchi Jain

    Unbelievable !!! Jay sir have been a great teacher and his teaching was very helpful, he used to always connect & help us with giving real life examples. we will miss the great soul..RIP

  • Comment Link N.S.Rajan Wednesday, 23 November 2016 posted by N.S.Rajan

    Bansod was a person with depth.Spoke at Atharva in early 2016 as part of MTHR conference.Mixed with students well.
    Our condolences to the bereaved family
    N.S.Rajan
    Ex Dir HRD Air India
    Presently Dean
    Atharva Institute of Management Studies

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