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Bimlesh Kumar: A Visionary & Inspiring Strategist

Bimlesh Kumar: A Visionary & Inspiring Strategist

Bimlesh Kumar,  General Manager

Bimlesh Kumar

General Manager

To be a perfect leader, one must be a strategist who is not scared to get things done and whom the team can trust. As a leader, he or she must efficiently and ethically handle people, circumstances, and items. One has to have a sound knowledge of the current market dynamics so as to help the company stay ahead of the curve expansion plan about the needs, priorities, KPIs, and reasons behind the applied strategy. One such leader who is a perfect combination of all these attributes is Bimlesh Kumar, General Manager & Corporate EHS Head, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals. In an exclusive interview with CEO Insights Magazine, he walks us through his unique leadership traits.

Give a brief account of your professional journey and what keeps you going today.
My journey in the field of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) has been a long and fulfilling one, and I'm grateful for every opportunity that I've had to grow and learn. My academic background includes an Advance Diploma in Industrial Safety from the Regional Labour Institute, Under Govt. of India, Ministry of Labour and Employment, an Advance PG Diploma in Fire Engineering in Industrial Safety and Security Management from the International Institute of Fire Engineering, Industrial Safety and Security Management, Pune, B.Sc. from Ranchi University, Ranchi and M.Sc (Environment Science) from Rajasthan University.

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to work with some amazing organizations such as Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals, Rane Group, Tata Motors, Dabur India, Unilever, Fouad Abdulla Fouad, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and GIDC. In my various roles, I've had the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of employees and the environment by implementing safety measures and promoting sustainable business practices.Ultimately, my goal is to create a safe and healthy work environment for everyone, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to continue doing so in my current role as well.

Throw some light on your expertise as a professional.
I'm passionate about promoting a culture of safety and environmental
responsibility within organizations. Throughout my career, I've had the privilege of implementing EHS management systems that have helped maintain sound environmental and safety conditions in compliance with national and international standards.

I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the lives of employees & the environment through my work in the field of EHS

My expertise includes identifying risk factors and environmental impacts to develop EHS management systems that eliminate or minimize hazards and improve safety and environmental standards. I've conducted several internal safety audits and risk assessments, and accident investigations and successfully executed key assignments and projects across tenure, including initiatives focused on occupational health and safety, EHS culture improvement, safety transformation programs, and leadership engagements.

I've also managed functions related to in-process inspections and implemented safety standards and modern methodologies to ensure compliance with EHS regulations. My experience includes managing EHS legislation, emergency plans, mock drills, risk analysis, EHS audits, staff training, and regulatory compliance.

Throughout my career, I've demonstrated a strong and firm approach to sustaining and encouraging safe work environments, and I take pride in my proven capability to streamline operations while prioritizing safety and environmental responsibility. As someone who is deeply committed to promoting sustainable business practices, I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the lives of employees and the environment through my work in the field of EHS.

Highlight some accolades and recognitions you have received so far.
In 2011-12, I was honored to receive the Aaj Tak Care Award for my environmental initiatives, and in the same year, I was also awarded the FE-EVI Green Business Leadership Award, where I was ranked second in the FMCG category. In 2013, I was awarded the Greentech Safety Award, receiving the Silver Award in the FMCG sector.

I've also been recognized for my achievements in promoting safety and environmental responsibility within organizations. In 2016, I received the Best Safety Process
Implementation Award across all locations from Tata Motors, and I was the winner of the Corporate Green Star Award at the Delhi Airtel Half Marathon. In 2019, Tata Motors, Pune received the Golden Peacock Safety Award, where I was recognized for my contributions to the company's safety initiatives. In the same year recognized as the emerging EHS Leader by 3 M.

Furthermore, I'm proud to be a Saudi Aramco-approved Health, Safety, and Environment Officer, and I hold a Saudi Aramco-approved Work Permit Card. I'm also a Saudi Aramco Certified Scaffold Inspector and supervisor.

Tell us about your leadership approach and what has been your success mantra so far.
Leadership is all about collaboration and inspiring others to do their best work. I aim to be direct and collaborate with my team members by delegating tasks, leading by example, and making sure they know I care.

As leaders, we have the responsibility of leading everyone equally, never forgetting that no one is more important than the team, not even the leader.

How do you ensure that quality, environment, and health and safety are maintained at each level in the system design and implementation?
This is possible only when we engage all levels of employees in the EHS Journey through the Sub Committee Concept which is led by one of the senior people of the manufacturing facility starting from the concept design to the manufacturing facilities. The rolled-out Standards/ Guidelines by the Sub Committee (like Standard & Procedure, Safety Observation, Training and Capability, Incident investigation, and Contractor safety management) for the implementation with the support of employees at different level gives the confidence of a safe workplace and is supported by measuring performance and ensuring continuous improvement by setting, auditing and reviewing safety and health objectives and targets.

Bimlesh Kumar, General Manager, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals
Bimlesh is a highly skilled professional with core competencies in strategic planning and leadership, accident investigation, sustainability and site administration, EHS operations, government liaison and approvals, plant operations management, audits and inspections, manpower management, behavior-based safety, risk assessment and management, continuous process improvement, and data analysis. In addition, Bimlesh is pursuing M.Sc Environmental Science.

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