SVP, People & Business Operations
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Mr. Varghese is senior vice president for People and Business Operations at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also serves as chief human resources officer and chief diversity officer for the more than 20,000 employees at MD Anderson. In these leadership roles, he sets the strategic direction for core services within Human Resources, Information Services and Facilities based on the institution’s vision.
As the chief human resources officer, he is responsible for the overall management and direction of human resources programs including Organizational Development, Benefits, Compensation, Recruitment, Employee Development, the Generalist Organization, Employee Health and Well-Being, WorkLife programs, Employee Recognition programs, Payroll and the HR Service Center. He also guides the development of short and long-term strategies in the areas of talent, recognition, retention and client-based strategic partnership.
Under his leadership, MD Anderson has earned numerous honors and awards, being named among Texas Monthly’s Best Companies to Work For in Texas, Houston Chronicle’s Top Places to Work, Houston Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Houston and Best Places to Work, Forbes’ America’s Best Employers, Military Times’ Best for Vets, AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 and GlassDoor’s Best Places to Work. In addition, MD Anderson has received a Gold designation from the Measuring Employee Experience, Executive Coaching and Culture in Organizations Institute and is the recipient of CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation for 10 years straight.
Mr. Varghese has a bachelor’s in health care administration from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB Health) and holds a master’s in human resource management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Before joining MD Anderson in 2008, he served as vice president of Human Resources, Gulf Coast Division, for HCA Healthcare, where he managed 13 hospitals across Houston and South Texas. His strategic vision and leadership focused on campaigns to reduce turnover and increase retention. He began his career in health care as a respiratory therapist at UTMB Health. After transitioning to human resources, he was promoted from a technician in the employment office to a consultant facilitating leadership classes, implementing diversity as a cultural initiative, then focusing on equal employment and affirmative action regulations.
He recently received a Global HR Top 10 Breakaway Leader Award, a recognition from industry peers that is given to HR leaders for excellence and innovation in human resource management.