episode 818

Talent Strategy in the Age of AI with Mars VP Shubham Mehrish and Paramount CIO Lakshman Nathan

Lakshman Nathan is the Chief Information Officer of Paramount, one of the world's leading producers of premium entertainment content that connects billions of people in nearly every country in the world and reports $30 billion in annual revenue. In his role, Lakshman owns all corporate systems, most application systems that support the enterprise, all end user technology, and specialized production teams. He has been in his current role for a bit more than a year, and he joined Paramount through the merger of CBS, where he'd previously worked for over 13 years along with the combined company ViacomCBS. He has led a cloud first push at the organization, and he recognized that the merger together with COVID served as catalysts for remarkable transformation. Shubham Mehrish is the Global Vice President of Mars, a privately-held American multinational manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products as well as a provider of animal care services, with and estimated US$45 billion in annual sales in 2022 according to Forbes. Shubham leads design thinking, artificial intelligence, process automation, advanced analytics, digital demand, data engineering, and platform teams. He has been in his role for a bit more than a year and a half, and with the company for five years. Prior to his time at Mars, Shubham served as a Partner with Metyis consulting, EVP with Antuit, and various other consulting and analytics roles throughout his career. November 09, 2023

818: Lakshman and Shubham join us on a panel at our most recent Metis Strategy Digital Symposium to discuss the topic of talent strategy in the age of artificial intelligence. Both executives give their perspectives on the general evolution of the talent landscape, the impacts that AI is having on the skills they are hiring for, and use cases for generative AI on internal learning. Each shares his view on the financial component of talent and AI strategies, in-house solutions on cost control, and other opportunities and challenges that AI poses on a company’s talent management strategy.

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This episode is sponsored by Cisco’s Panoptica.

"GenAI is going to be massive for no-code and low-code, and it is going to have massive implications on the kind of people we hire." - Shubham Mehrish, Global VP of Mars

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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