Greif appoints Bala V Sathyanarayanan as global CHRO

Prior to this, Bala was executive vice-president, Human Resources for North American Operations at Xerox Corporation.

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Greif, a global industrial packaging products and services has appointed Bala V Sathyanarayanan as senior vice-president & chief human resources officer. Bala will also be a member of the executive leadership team. He will be based out of the company headquarters in Columbus, Ohio in the US.

Greif has operations in 200 locations in more than 40 countries which also includes India.

Bala confirmed this development to HRKatha.

Prior to this, Bala was executive vice-president, Human Resources for North American Operations at Xerox Corporation. At Xerox, Bala has led several initiatives that drove business transformations, built winning cultures and provided superior delivery of business outcomes throughout the enterprise.

Bala, an engineering graduate and an MBA in general management from Madras University, also holds an MBA in HR from Rutgers University and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has over 27 years of experience and has worked in a variety of human resources, talent management and operational roles.

Bala says,“The role of HR is to deliver a diverse and engaged workforce that can execute on a firm’s business strategy across the globe. I’m excited about delivering on Greif’s global vision of, in industrial packaging, be the best customer service company in the world.”

Prior to joining Xerox, Bala was with Hewlett Packard Inc as Head of Human Resources for HP’s Americas Region. In this role, Sathyanarayanan provided HR leadership to the business management teams within the region, including those in USA, Canada and all other Latin American countries.

He has a proven track record of success in helping management teams align their HR strategies with their overall business strategies.

“The role of HR is to deliver a diverse and engaged workforce that can execute on a firm’s business strategy across the globe. I’m excited about delivering on Greif’s global vision of, in industrial packaging, be the best customer service company in the world.”

Before HP, Bala served as senior partner of talent acquisition and services leadership programme for Avaya Inc.

He was also vice president and head of human resources and management Services for Polaris Software Inc.

Pete Watson

“Bala is a seasoned business leader with extensive international experience who will help us drive business results. He is a demonstrated servant leader, his expertise and business focus will immediately contribute to Greif achieving its strategic priorities.”

Bala also has several years of global experience creating business development and human capital systems and strategies. These skills were honed at Coca-Cola Inc., where he served as the regional training manager for the company’s Asia Region, and at United Technologies – Otis Elevator Company, where he began his career as a Management Trainee and held multiple roles leading up to safety and training manager for its India Operations.

Pete Watson, president and CEO, Greif says in an official communique, “Bala is a seasoned business leader with extensive international experience who will help us drive business results. He is a demonstrated servant leader, his expertise and business focus will immediately contribute to Greif achieving its strategic priorities.”

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