Change of guard at P&G

Bala Puroshothaman is now CHRO, while Tracey Grabowski has decided to retire


Procter & Gamble has announced the elevation of Bala Purushothaman to global CHRO. He will be stepping into the shoes of Tracey Grabowski who has decided to retire after a successful three-decade long career.

The Company proudly reveals that Purushothaman has become the fourth Indian to be part of P&G’s global leadership team after Shailesh Jejurikar, COO; Sundar Raman, CEO, Fabric & Home Care; and Kirti Singh, chief analytics & insights officer, P&G.

India has been observed to be a significant talent factory for P&G as the Company has about 300 Indian expats working in global roles.

Purushothaman has spent his entire career at P&G starting as a management trainee in 1992 in the HR department. He worked across geographies such as Thailand, Singapore, Russia and the US.

In his new role, Purushothaman will be responsible for developing and leading P&G’s people and organisation strategy. This includes attracting and developing diverse talent and building a culture that drives innovation and productivity to support P&G’s business strategy and people across 70+ countries.

“In three decades with the Company, I have learned from the diversity of our people and the uniqueness each brings. At P&G, we are leveraging the talent of our people as a competitive advantage by delivering a truly superior employee experience. We do this by attracting great people for a career, giving them early and increasing responsibilities, inspiring managers to be coaches, and including everyone. Our focus on employee development is the biggest differentiator for P&G,” shares Purushothaman, an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur.

Similar to Purushothaman, Grabowski also spent her entire career at P&G. She started off as a management trainee in sales and compensation, working in different verticals of P&G. In her three-decade long career, she rose up the corporate ladder to reach the top spot as the global CHRO, in 2018.

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