Vijay Kalagara

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Vijay was HR Partner within the Power Grids division at ABB’s headquarters in Zurich, where he led several projects in transformation, productivity and talent management. Previously, Vijay worked at Rolls-Royce across Aerospace, Energy and Marine businesses. Based in Washington DC, Dubai and Amsterdam, he enabled the divisions to expand into new geographies. Vijay started his career as a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad. He holds a Master of Human Resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad.

Professional History

2019 – present


  • Head of Talent and Organization

2017 – 2018

Zurich ABB Power Grids Division

  • Group Vice President HR – Operations & Service

2015 – 2016

Barcelona ABB Power Grids Division

  • Group Vice President HR – Sales, Service, Consulting & Functions

2013 – 2015

Zurich ABB Power Systems Division

  • Group Vice President HR – Projects Business

2011 – 2013

Amsterdam Rolls-Royce Marine Division

  • Region HR Business Partner – Europe & Africa

2010 – 2011

Dubai Rolls-Royce International Division

  • HR Director – Middle East & North Africa

2009 – 2010

Washington DC Rolls-Royce Energy Division

  • Global HR Business Partner – Corporate Functions

2007 – 2008

Dallas Pizza Hut

  • HR Consultant – Talent Management & Analytics

2004 – 2006

Hyderabad Indian Institute of Chemical Technology

  • Research Associate – Process Upscaling Division



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Human Resources


Osmania University, Bachelor of Chemical Engineering