Poonam Burman is now interim HR director – Unilever Srilanka

Burman, who is also category HR head South Asia – Beauty Wellbeing and Personal Care Business Group, began her association with Unilever in 2018, as CHRM – Home Care Category.


Poonam Burman has been elevated to the position of interim HR director, Unilever Srilanka and category HR head South Asia – Beauty Wellbeing and Personal Care Business Group. She has been associated with Unilever since 2018 having joined as CHRM- Home Care Category, based out of Hyderabad. In less than five years’ time, she was elevated to business HR leader Beauty Wellbeing and Personal Care Business Group.

An alumna of the Xavier Institute of Social Service, Burman has also completed an HR executive programme in HRM and services, from the University of Michigan.

The first stint of her career was with Hindustan Motors, as deputy manager – HR. She spent eight years there before moving to JayaShree Textiles, Grasim Industries, as human resources development manager, in 2004. Nine months into this role, she shifted to Indian Oiltanking as senior HR manager, where she completed a successful tenure of almost three years.

Her next stop was Orica, where she joined as head – HR, for little less than four years.

It was in 2012 that she first became part of Unilever’s UHRM, based out of Kolkata, for a little over two years.

The year 2014 saw her in Lexmark, as country human resources manager. In 2016, she moved on to Haldia Petrochemicals, as senior general manager and head corporate HR. After a year and eight months, she was back in Unilever.

Burman’s experience of over two decades in HR Business partnering across industries such as automobiles, textiles, oil & gas engineering services, mining products and services, telecom, FMCG, petrochemicals and IT industry verticals are an asset to her role. HRKatha congratulates her on this elevation.

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