Looking into the mirror
Gaurav is our Human Resources (HR) Director for our Automotive and Specialty Coatings business and the Central Marketing function. That means a lot of thinking ahead, planning and solving key people issues – without creating future problems.
“Among the projects that I’m involved in, I’m most proud of my part in the High-Performance Teams program,” says Gaurav. “As facilitators, we work with leadership teams across the company and really cut to the core of how we can all work better together to deliver superior value and service to our customers and employees.
“These aren’t easy, soft discussions. They’re hard, look-in-the-mirror moments for the team. We talk openly and transparently about topics like goal alignment, execution quality and team renewal – and then we act on them.”
In for a thrill at McLaren
One of the most amazing experiences of Gaurav’s career was visiting the headquarters of one of our famous customers: McLaren.
“I was fascinated by how much they valued our partnership,” says Gaurav. “Every process or technology modification we partnered on aimed not only to enhance visual appeal, but to reduce their surface paint. That’s because lap-time improvement – measured in decimals of milliseconds – is paramount. I saw how our company helps shape excellence in the world.”
Your career is a chance to fly a plane
“When it comes to navigating your personal career, I’ve always worked on the model of a pilot /co-pilot share of responsibility while flying an airplane. You have the prime responsibility in the pilot’s seat, and you need to be fully present in the cockpit to learn and observe as much as you can about flying in both rough weather and clear skies. You do, however, have the larger company who acts as a co-pilot, guiding you and giving you feedback regularly. AkzoNobel has proven to be a great co-pilot in my own journey,” says Gaurav.