He will lead the company’s people & organisation strategy, including the development of diverse talent, capability, systems, and culture, following incumbent Tracey Grabowski's upcoming retirement.
Starting 1 January 2023, Bala Purushothaman will take over as Chief Human Resources Officer at Procter & Gamble (P&G). He will succeed Tracey Grabowski, who has shared that she will be retiring from the role of Chief Human Resources Officer at the end of 2022.
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bala will lead the company’s people and organisation strategy, including the development of diverse talent, capability, systems, and a culture that drives innovation and productivity to support its business strategy and people across over 70 countries.
According to his LinkedIn profile, having started as an intern in HR at P&G more than 30 years ago, Bala has held positions of increasing responsibility at the country, regional, and global levels, while living and working across North America, Europe, and Asia. Currently, he is Senior Vice President - HR, Global Total Rewards, Employee & Labor Relations & Corporate Services.
Commenting on his appointment in a LinkedIn post, he said: "P&G is special. Our company uniquely commits to winning through employee development. From this lasting promise flows all that makes us distinct – attract great and principled people for a career, give them early and increasing responsibility, inspire managers to be coaches, be one and include everyone.
"I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work within an outstanding HR leadership team and organisation in serving our P&G employees as they serve our consumers. I’m especially grateful for Tracey Grabowski's leadership, and I wish her much happiness in her retirement. Working with our HR team to continue protecting and nourishing the uniqueness of P&G is both a great privilege and responsibility, and one that I’m looking forward to," he added.
Grabowski also commented on the appointment of her successor: "I’m pleased to share that my longtime colleague Bala Purushothaman will take over as P&G’s Chief HR Officer. I have known and worked with Bala for many years in a variety of roles, and he’s going to be an exceptional CHRO for P&G.
"I look forward to cheering on Bala and the rest of the P&G team in my retirement, and I look forward to staying connected with my professional network via LinkedIn."
Grabowski's retirement follows more than three decades of experience with the company.
"I am incredibly grateful for my time at P&G and the opportunity to help build an organisation and culture that unleashes the potential and contributions of our colleagues around the world," she expressed.
"I’m also grateful for the many people who invested in me, challenged me, supported me, and allowed me to bring my full self to work. I especially appreciate the flexibility the company has provided me so that I could also be the kind of mother and wife that I wanted to be. We should all be so lucky to find such a wonderful place to build a career."
Image / Bala Purushothaman's LinkedIn