Gurveen Singh to head Reckitt Benckiser’s Global HR

British consumer healthcare company Reckitt Benckiser Plc has named Gurveen Singh as global head of human resources, another example of an Indian occupying a leading role in HR.

India-born Singh, currently RB’s head of HR for developing markets based in Dubai, will succeed Deborah Yates. A management graduate from XLRI Jamshedpur, Singh has risen through the ranks. She has been in her current role for close to three years, prior to which she was regional human resources head for South Asia.

The appointment came amid departure of four top company executives. RB said in a statement that the heads of information technology, developing markets, category development and human resources are leaving. Each was a member of the senior executive committee.

“Singh has breadth of experience across developed and emerging markets, having thrived in a very aggressive and challenging, yet successful, culture at RB,” said executive search firm Positive Moves’ MD Vibhav Dhawan.

Indian officials in global leadership roles within HR include Tanuj Kapilashrami, global head of talent at Standard Chartered Bank, and Leena Nair, senior vice president for leadership and organisation development at UnileverBSE 0.17 %.

Singh takes over as RB integrates the acquisition of US baby foods maker Mead Johnson, amid other challenges. The company said “volatility” in India due to the implementation of goods and services tax and recent cyber-attacks across the world have impacted its business. RB downgraded its global sales growth forecast to 2% from 3%.

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