Singh, currently head of HR for developing markets, replaces Deborah Yates, head of global HR
Reckitt Benckiser has just elevated Gurveen Singh as the global head of human resources, after it announced the exit of four of its key executives last week. The British consumer healthcare company told employees that its chiefs—for information technology, human resources, developing markets and category development—from its 10-member executive committee are leaving.
The company claimed that the four simultaneous exits are a mere coincidence and were all voluntary decisions. The company confirmed the movements to the media this Monday and said that Deborah Yates, head of HR, who is leaving at the end of this year, will be replaced by Singh, who is currently head of HR for developing markets.
India-born Singh, is based out of Dubai, in her current role which she has been serving for three years now. Prior to this, she was regional human resources head for South Asia. Singh is a management graduate from XLRI Jamshedpur, and an honors graduate in Philosophy from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College.
She is one of the few talented HR professionals who have risen up the ranks to reach global leadership roles. Some of the other Indian officials in global leadership roles within HR are, Tanuj Kapilashrami, global head of talent at Standard Chartered Bank; Leena Nair, senior vice president for leadership and organisation development at Unilever; and Bhuvaneswar Naik, head of global talent management at SAP SE. Recently, Sameer Khanna, who was the head-HR, India at Ericsson, took up the role of the global HR business partner for product area (PA) managed services (MS) network, PA- managed services IT and MS strategy.
Singh takes over even as the company integrates the acquisition of US baby foods maker, Mead Johnson, amid other challenges. Yates is apparently returning to her home, Australia, to be with her aging parents, by the end of this year, which is when Singh will supposedly join her new role.