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Obituary: Amrutkumar Rath, president – HR, Bajaj Auto
HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Tuesday, 12 July 2016

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Rath and his wife Padmaja lost their lives in a car accident, while their two children suffered serious injuries.

Amrutkumar Rath Amrutkumar Rath

It was a fateful day on July 10, when Bajaj Auto lost its top HR leader, Amrutkumar Rath, in a car accident on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The unfortunate incident also took the life of Rath’s wife.However, their two children—18-year old Adisha and 10-year old Alman— escaped with serious injuries and are currently under medical care. The incident happened around 60 km from Pune, at Malavli, when they hit the median of the highway.

A resident of Wakad in Pune, the family had set out to Mumbai in their BMW car early in the morning to drop off Rath's sister. They were returning to Pune when Rath apparently lost control of the vehicle.

An electrical engineer from Sambalpur University, Rath started his career with Tata Motors, where he spent around nine years. It’s at Tata Motors that he shifted to HR and his last designation was senior manager-corporate HR.

While at Tata Motors, he also completed his management education programme from IIM Ahmedabad, in 1997.

In 2003, Rath moved to the Godrej Group as VP- HR for Godrej Sara Lee. He stayed put with the Group for the next six years handling various roles. He was named EV-P, HR & business development - Godrej Sara Lee and later promoted to EV-P, HR at Godrej FMCG. His last designation at Godrej was EV-P, corporate HR at Godrej Industries.

In 2007, he also completed the Advanced Human Resource Executive Programme (AHREP) from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Rath joined Bajaj Auto in 2009 as VP- HR and was elevated to Sr VP- HR in 2013. He took over as president-R, a year later in 2014.

Rath’s demise is a huge loss to the organisation and the industry. Observing bereavement, Bajaj Auto declared a shut-down on Monday.

© 2016 HR Katha
Last modified on Tuesday, 07 February 2017

15 comments

  • Comment Link ANTARYAMEE BEHERA Saturday, 27 August 2016 posted by ANTARYAMEE BEHERA

    I know Amrut since his childhood from 1979.and have seen him growing .A jewel of the large Rath family and eldest son of an illustrious couple known in the state for their literary bend of mind.his fa ther Dr Gopal Rath ,who retired from SAMBALPUR University as professor of Law is also a poet and literary genius.He was awarded SAHITYA ACADEMYaward by Gov of India in 2014.
    Amrut,,an affable and endeared personality in the family and his place of work was at the peak of his carrier at the the time of his demise.
    RIP.

  • Comment Link H K Mehta Thursday, 21 July 2016 posted by H K Mehta

    Very shocking.May their souls rest in peace.May God bless speedy recovery to the children and strength to bear this loss. Bajaj Auto should care of the children's welfare.

  • Comment Link Usha Rani Thursday, 14 July 2016 posted by Usha Rani

    It is shocking. May their souls rest in peace. Heartfelt Condolences to the bereaved family

  • Comment Link Manisha Rane Thursday, 14 July 2016 posted by Manisha Rane

    Very Sad Indeed. May their souls rest in peace and give the children, the strength required to bear this irreparable loss.

  • Comment Link P V RAO Wednesday, 13 July 2016 posted by P V RAO

    I deeply regret to know at the sudden demise of young couple at their prime age, leaving their two children.

    I pray the Almightly to rest their souls on peace.

    With sorrowful heart,

  • Comment Link Gopal Krishna Mallik Tuesday, 12 July 2016 posted by Gopal Krishna Mallik

    Great loss to the entire hr fraternity. Such a great human being. God please give courage to his childrens to face this difficult phase in life. May his and mam's soul rest on place.

  • Comment Link Dayanand L Guddin Tuesday, 12 July 2016 posted by Dayanand L Guddin

    No words to express the personal loss. I pray the almighty to give enough courage and blessing to the family, and speedy recovery of Adisha and Alman.

  • Comment Link Bismay Basant Mishra Tuesday, 12 July 2016 posted by Bismay Basant Mishra

    it's great loss to our HR fraternity as Amrut achieved a glorious career in a very short time. He was an excellent human being. My heartfelt condolence for the family. I wish and pray that both his children recovered fast and their career must be taken care by Bajaj Auto with whom Mr.Rath spent nearly 7 years....Once again my obituary to both Mr. & Mrs Rath. Let the Heavenly Father bless the departed soul to RIP

  • Comment Link Chandru Tuesday, 12 July 2016 posted by Chandru

    Ghosh I know Amruth.. What a sad and shocking incident . Such a young guy . My heart reaches out to the children and pray that they get courage and hope to grow and live their lives .

    God give them energy to come Out of this well.

  • Comment Link sanjay jain Tuesday, 12 July 2016 posted by sanjay jain

    shocked at the news of tragic death. my heartfelt condolence to their family

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