American Express has handed over the reins of its human resource department to Kabir Julka, who is now its chief human resource officer, India. Julka has been associated with the American multinational financial services company for a decade, serving in various capacities in the HR function.
The position of CHRO had been lying vacant since November 2018, when Mark Benjamin moved to the National Life Group as SVP & chief people officer. Julka comes with an experience of 16 years. Earlier he was VP & head-HR, Greater China and SEA, American Express, wherein he helped develop the HR blue print for the Company’s newly-created joint venture in mainland China, and also provided support to build a high-performing and collaborative team across multiple Asian markets.
In his current role, Julka will be responsible for developing and delivering a business-focused HR strategy to attract, develop, motivate and retain the people of AmEx.
“Home to almost 13, 000 employees, India is the largest employee base for American Express outside of the US. I look forward to partnering with the India leadership team to create an environment where talent and culture continue to be foundational and a driving factor in the success of Amex in India,” says Julka.
An economics and MBA graduate from Punjab University, Julka started his HR journey in 2003 as an assistant manager- HR, Airtel.
Manoj Adlakha, CEO, American Express Banking Corp., India says, “As part of our commitment to strengthen the market in India, we are delighted to have Julka leading our HR functions in India. He has made a significant contribution to American Express over the past ten years and I believe that his knowledge and subject-matter expertise will help us accelerate further growth in the Indian market. We are looking forward to him joining the India leadership team and would like to wish him the very best going forward.”
Julka first joined American Express in 2007 as a manager-HR, India and later moved on to Tata AIA Life Insurance as a zonal manager, HR, North India. After working for two years with Tata, Julka returned to Amex in 2011 as the regional leader- HR, India.