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To Work and Beyond: A Peek Into Santosh Ghate, MVP, Human Resources

When he is not building strategies to engage, retain, and build a high-performance culture in our India office, Santosh Ghate, Managing Vice President loves to run marathons. During our conversation, he candidly adds, “You see, life itself is like a marathon – every run makes us stronger, like how every experience makes us a better person.” Below he shares more about the synergies between his personal life and career to show the correlation.

February 26, 2021

Describe your career journey so far. How has that been?

Over the last 21 years, I’ve gained experience by working in many multi-cultural environments across various organizations. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with reputed brands under the guidance and leadership of some fantastic leaders. Each organization was in a different stage of maturity and the learnings were very different. The ability to build products that consumers want in a fast, agile, and responsive manner remains a high point in my career. 

The best part about being an HR professional is the opportunity I get to create new policies and help shape an environment that supports and empowers our associates. Being a part of the dynamic team at Gartner in India excites me every day. As the chairman of the India Executive Council’ (IEC), a team of senior India leaders, it gives me immense satisfaction when I look back at all the ways we’ve worked together to address critical situations – most recently our response to the COVID crisis. We came together as a team to assess the situation and take necessary actions. We swiftly pivoted and created virtual resources for our managers and a world-class onboarding program

What makes Gartner different from other companies?

My initial conversations at Gartner were with 4 of our senior HR leaders, who had a cumulative Gartner experience of over 70 years. That showed that our leaders believe in setting an example and leading from the front. The opportunity to work with a talented team who challenge me intellectually was something I looked forward to. 

Every organization and its leaders say that people are their most important asset. At Gartner, I witnessed our CEO and leaders ‘walk the talk’-especially, in a year of unprecedented change and disruption, by keeping the health, safety, and well-being of our associates as their top priority. Throughout 2020, Gartner remained a people-focused organization, reaffirming my faith in the company and its leadership. We continued to lead by example by leveraging our own research to do the right things. 

Let’s talk about your interests outside of work. 

Education is one of the most important factors in the equitable and inclusive growth of India. I do my part by supporting the cause of education of the underprivileged sections of the society and I support the SSRVM (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir) School in Dharavi, Mumbai, which has been working towards providing holistic education to children from impoverished backgrounds and providing them with an opportunity to be a part of India’s growth story. 

In addition to volunteering at the school, I also raise funds for this cause by participating in the Mumbai Marathon every year. I am very passionate about long-distance running and as an amateur distance runner, I have completed over 25 half marathons. The bonus? Gartner’s Charity Match program increases the impact by matching my personal contributions.

What message do you want to leave our readers with?

Seek out and pursue any and every opportunity to learn and grow by leveraging relationships and resources around you. How far you’ll go is up to you.  My first entry into the corporate world was as a coordinator between the recruiter and the candidate and I did it for 18 months. By the end of the assignment, everyone (a couple of thousand employees we had hired during that period) knew me as the HR person, because I was their face of the organization and I became their go-to HR guy. That was my entry into the HR world. There is nothing called a good or a bad job. I believe every experience adds to your repertoire eventually, and how you perceive and respond can make all the difference.

Are you interested in working with talented professionals? At Gartner, our associates strive to do their best work for their clients, teammates, and themselves. Learn more about our culture and how you can work with and learn from the best and brightest here.

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