Mohanka’s arrival, in a period of acceleration, is part of Syndio’s growth strategy following its $50 million Series C funding round in September 2021. It is also the first time Syndio has specifically targeted the UK and EMEA markets.
Syndio CEO Maria Colacurcio explained: “Ritu’s arrival comes at a pivotal time where employers and employees are going beyond pay equity into true workplace equity.”
So who is Mohanka, now responsible for driving all these big changes? She joins the company with over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles with HR and talent-focused businesses. She also led business development and strategic growth efforts in EMEA at Glint.
Top 100 Ethnic Minority Senior Executive
Before Glint, Mohanka worked at Kenexa, IBM Smarter Workforce, to drive rapid revenue growth across the EMEA region. She is the winner of multiple awards and has been recognised on the EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Senior Executive list.
She has a clear vision of the work to be done. “Today’s organisations are pummelled with surround-sound calls , from lawmakers, governments, investors, employees, and even customers, to ensure equitable pay, increased diversity, and overcome bias in every stage of employment,” she observes.
Set goals that make sense
But she reminds companies that change is not possible without addressing the root causes of inequality. “You may not fare any better than you did at the start. This is causing many leaders to take a closer look at diversity, inclusion and belonging within their organisations, reawakening and revitalising critically important work that may have been de-prioritised or even avoided in the past,” Mohanka said.
For those who want to tackle diversity issues, Syndio is one of the solutions. Their services fill a long-unmet gap, helping organisations efficiently measure, analyse, improve, and report on every aspect of workplace equity. “So now, you can set goals that make sense for your company, speed up progress, and communicate about workplace equity with confidence,” added Mohanka.
In February, Syndio announced OppEq, a ground-breaking way for companies to improve diversity opportunities at every level. Considering this alongside the core Workplace Equity Platform, Syndio will help companies across EMEA to attract, retain and value top talent and help companies build a stronger and more diverse organisation where employees and employers mutually thrive.
Syndio’s arrival in EMEA coincides with the reimposition of mandatory UK gender pay gap reporting after a pandemic hiatus for companies with over 250 employees, as well as heightened visibility of the risks of not proactively addressing pay disparities.
A strategic move
Commenting on Monhanka’s appointment, David Green, managing director of Insight222 People Analytics Program and co-author of Excellence in People Analytics, recalled the key role of Mohanka’s arrival, said: “Our 2021 research founds that diversity, equity, and inclusion are the areas where people analytics is adding the most value in global organisations. This contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to large organisations.
“The appointment of Ritu Mohanka to lead Syndio’s EMEA operations positions the company at the forefront of critical innovation and opportunity in this rapidly growing space.”