SKF Group Appoints Gautam Kumar as CHRO & Director Human Resources


Former Head-HR of Baxter International Inc, Gautam Kumar joins SKF Group as Chief Human Resources Officer & Director- HR. He will be based out of Pune, Maharashtra.

SKF has been a leading global technology provider since 1907.  It offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication, condition monitoring, and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide.

Gautam has over 17 years of experience in varied industries that range from Healthcare, FMCD and Office Automation. Prior to joining SKF Group, Gautam was Director of Human Resources at Baxter and he was heading HR for India Commercial, Global IT & R&D, the centre’s in Bangalore & Gurgaon and Global Manufacturing footprint at Baxter Ahmedabad.

And earlier to Baxter, he worked in Whirlpool of India as Head of Human Resources, Business. His work experience includes setting up global shared service, sales force effectiveness, retail management, employer brand, organization integration and ensuring high-quality talent & leadership.

He started his career as a management trainee with Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd in 2002 and in 2004 moved to Xerox as Manager Human Resources.

Gautam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Socio-Legal Science from India Law Society’s, ILS Law College, Pune and holds a MPM (Master’s in Personnel Management)  degree from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.


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