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Up the ranks: Mattel Hong Kong appoints Rajesh Hurkat senior director for HR

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Effective from August 2019, Rajesh Hurkat has been promoted by Mattel Inc to senior director for human resources. Based in the US toymaker’s Hong Kong office, he will be taking on HR responsibilities for its manufacturing sites globally.

Rajesh has been with Mattel since May 2017, where he has taken on a variety of HR roles, including head of HR for India and head of HR for South Asia – before relocating to Hong Kong for his latest role.

He is a seasoned HR pro who has worked with Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of sectors including pharmaceuticals (Pfizer), telcos (Vodafone), and industrial manufacturing firms where he acted as a HR business partnering involved in core business roles – including logistics, organisational design, talent infusion, and creating engagement platforms to accelerate growth and build collaboration.

Prior to this, he spent five years at Mondelēz International – one of the world’s biggest chocolate factories – where he rose to head of HR and was entrusted with leading its transformation to a high performance organisation.

Rajesh is also highly credentialled, being one of the 101 Top HR Minds in 2019 and being honoured with a 100 HR Achievers Award in 2018. He also holds a Brain-Based Coaching certificate from the NeuroLeadership Institute.

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