Aarif leads the Human Resource function at Diageo India and is part of its Executive Committee. At Diageo India, he is responsible for building people and organizational capability aligned to deliver the corporate objective of building capable leaders and attracting right talent.
Aarif returns from the US where he was the Global HR Head for GE’s Gas Power Systems – a business focused on creating power infrastructure. Prior to this, he was heading the HR function for GE Healthcare’s Emerging Markets based out of India. In his 18+ years of experience with GE he has assumed roles with increasing leadership responsibilities in various businesses of GE, partnering teams across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. An experienced Human Resources professional, Aarif’s 20 years’ experience spans several sectors many of which have been senior leadership roles. This includes facilitating organizational and cultural transformation, leading efforts to build talent pipelines while developing the leadership bench, as well as coaching the leadership. His cross-functional experience in Sales, Manufacturing and Services have contributed to his broad understanding of the business.
Aarif holds a post-graduate degree from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD (SCMHRD), Pune and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kota Engineering College. He is also a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma.