Detailed Profile Alok Kumar

Sears India Journey

Prior to Sears, Alok was Senior Vice President and Head of IT Program Management at Reliance Industries and reported to the CIO of the organization. It was a well settled career with coveted designation and proximity to the top brass of Reliance Industries. Alok assumed as the Head of Sears India since 2009.

Sears India broke several set benchmarks and standards and earned the prestigious title of ‘Golden Company for the year 2011’ by Economic Times. Sears India, his team members and Alok won several prestigious national and international awards during this journey.


Extended Management Award – CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices):


CIO – Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries):

CIO 100 – The Bold CIOs – 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions):



Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award – AIOP (Phoenix 2013):
World HRD Congress (India) – Employer Branding Awards 2012-13:

7th Employer Branding Awards – Best Employer 2012 – 2013 : Award for Talent Management
Powered by Bloomberg TV India, Dream Companies to Work For – HR Leadership Award

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CHRO (Chief Human Resource Officer) Award

World HRD Congress (Asia) – Employer Branding Awards 2013:

7th rank in “Asia’s Best employer” award

Award for “Best HR Strategy in line with business”

HR Leadership Award

Award for Talent Management

Game changer CEO of the year 2013 (SHRM) – Runner-up

Alok Kumar was awarded the ‘Game Changer’ CEO of the Year (CEO with HR Orientation) Award (runner-up) by
SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) at the India HR Awards 2013 recently.
The arduous process involved showcasing various initiatives undertaken in the HR domain under his leadership and the immense contribution they made to the organization.

Emerging Leader of the year Award:
Alok Kumar has been awarded with the Emerging Leader of the Year Award by India’s – The Greatest
Corporate Leaders of India for 2013.
This award recognizes outstanding & emerging leaders who have contributed immensely to their domain and to the industry at large and demonstrate potential to make an impact by their leadership.


I firmly believe that the image of the organization is reflection of its leadership. It is common for a leader to be copied by his team. Good practices beyond work of a leader goes a long way in creating a healthy organization. Keeping work life balance and healthy is important to my family, my organization and me.

I take regular vacations and fulfill my love for traveling and seeing the world mostly with my family. I play golf regularly and on non golfing days, hit gym to keep my calories burning. Apart from playing and exercise, I spend a lot of time with my family and ensure that I do my duty well for them as well.

I use my spare time in reading and writing. I enjoy reading history and enjoy talking about it. I have authored two books till date, apart from a couple of white papers.
I am fascinated by the power of human mind and possibilities. One such fascination I got into two
decades back was about handwriting analysis, popularly known as graphology. This fascination culminated
in my publishing my first book on handwriting analysis in 2006. I wrote “Handwriting
Speaks” along with my wife and got it published through Amazon.

I have been using this knowledge to help many who do not get the help they need to keep themselves
happy and productive.

I discovered that outsourcing has been there for centuries and the reason has always
been same “Seeking better value” . Any other outsourcing which becomes expensive or less valuable is either in-sourced or simplified.

This simplification is a constant re-engineering process which has changed the way outsourcing has been done over centuries and will continue to be evolved for ever. I did a lot of research on this subject with the Ex-CIO of Sears, Keith Sherwell and wrote my second book and published in 2013.

“Value Sourcing – Future of outsourcing” has been published by Amazon.

I also authored researched on the value, captive companies are bringing to their investing companies and published a white paper “ Creating Next Generation Captives” in 2012 for MetaScale LLC (A technology subsidiary of Sears).

One of the most interesting work carried out was my own research and publication of white paper “Value Sourcing Index” on how one can increase value in their captive organizations.

I interviewed several CEOs and came with a model where factors which are typically ignored by
founders and executives end up becoming major impacting elements in their business profitability. The
research carried out ended up creating an index which when matched against the best scores of the best run captives gave an indicative health of such value parameters in the organization.This was particularly useful for my own company where I could understand the areas of improvement through this benchmarking in Sears.