Expatriate executives, who were the flavour of the season when India was riding high on a 9%-plus growth rate, are now becoming the first ones to get the pink slip as Indian industry, hit by the slowdown, starts looking within the country for inexpensive hires.
“Many of the expatriate executives, who have been asked to leave, are subject experts. Their value diminishes in a downturn as companies are no more expanding, and thus don’t need people to guide in a new venture,” says K Sudarshan, MD of executive search firm EMA Partners’ India unit.
It's fair to say that Indian staff are naturally more effective within their position due to their understanding of Indian culture and business know how.
Since October 2008, there has been a spate of replacements of expat executives with Indian professionals at the senior level.
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