Up the ranks, Eastman, Koljit Singh

In his new role, he will be responsible for identifying HR-related issues and gaps, developing HR strategies, and providing sound advice to senior management on all related subjects.

Tennessee-based chemical manufacturer Eastman has appointed Koljit (Ajit) Singh as its new Human Resources Director for APAC.

In his new role starting March 2022, Koljit will be responsible for identifying HR related issues and gaps, developing HR strategies, and providing sound advice to senior management on all related subjects.

His scope of work further entails reviewing and putting in place improvement plans that support business growth, improving morale and employee retention, managing job satisfaction, managing employee grievances, and promoting the organisation's values. Amongst various other responsibilities, Koljit will also drive HR initiatives and processes related, but not limited to, policies and procedures, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, and training and development.

Speaking to HRO on his appointment, Koljit remarked: "It is my hope to develop a culture where people will want to work and stay.

"Human resources gives us the opportunity to study, lead discussions, and influence change. Rigid adherence to the past prevents HR professionals from embracing new and better things tomorrow. I would like to see HR professionals act as strategic business partners who help to drive the business forward."

In this role, he continues to be based in Malaysia, and has a region-wide remit, overseeing markets including China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Koljit brings nearly 25 years of experience to the table.

In his most recent role prior to joining Eastman, Koljit spent seven years at BASF Petronas Chemicals, where he initially joined as head of department for leadership development, competency & performance management, eventually rising up the ranks to lead HRM excellence, process optimisation, and IR/ER. Before that, he spent a decade at TNT Express Worldwide (M) as the head of learning and development.

On top of such extensive work experience, Koljit is also currently the honorary treasurer at the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM).

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