Mr Sanjiv Mehta (60) joined the Board of the Company in October, 2013 as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. He was also appointed as the Executive Vice President of Unilever South Asia. On 30th June, 2018, he was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Company and continued his responsibilities for Unilever in South Asia. In May 2019 while retaining his responsibilities for Hindustan Unilever and Unilever South Asia, he was appointed as President of Unilever, South Asia and Member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is the global executive Board of Unilever. Mr Mehta joined Unilever in October, 1992.
Mr Mehta has been with Unilever for 29 years and during the last 19 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world including South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa and Middle East. He was Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh from 2002-2006, Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines from 2007-2008 and Chairman of Unilever North Africa and Middle East (NAME) from 2008-2013.
During his tenure, as the head of various Unilever Companies, the businesses achieved significant success accelerating both growth and profitability. Importantly, he has been instrumental in building leadership talent and substantially strengthening the organisational capabilities. Before joining Unilever, Mr Mehta worked for Union Carbide India Limited.
Mr Mehta is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has also completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. In terms of his external responsibilities, Mr Mehta is the Senior Vice President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and a member of Executive Committee. He also chairs Xynteo’s ‘Vikaasa’, a purpose-driven business coalition of top Indian and MNC companies formed with an intention to solve some of the intractable environmental and social issues and working towards creating a new model of growth. He co-chairs the Advisory Network to the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Mr Mehta is a member of the South Asia Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and is a Director on the Board of the Indian School of Business. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Breach Candy Hospital Trust, Mumbai. Mr Mehta is a co-opted member of the All India Management Association.
He is a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Stakeholders Relationship Committee and Chairman of Risk Management Committee of the Company.
Mr Srinivas Phatak (49), joined the Company in 1999 after a brief 3 year stint with an external organisation. Mr Phatak was appointed as Executive Director – Finance & Information Technology and Chief Financial Officer of the Company w.e.f. 1st December, 2017. He is also the Vice-President Finance for Unilever, South Asia.
Mr Phatak has been with Unilever for 21 years and worked extensively in India and different parts of the world. His experiences cover all aspects of the finance function. He has been Vice President Category Finance for Deodorants and Oral Care (2012-2013), Vice President Supply Chain finance Americas (2014-2016) and Head of Financial Shared Services for Unilever (2017).
Mr Phatak is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Cost and Works Accountant.
He is a Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Stakeholders Relationship Committee and Risk Management Committee of the Company.
Mr Ritesh Tiwari (45) is the Executive Director, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL). He is also the Vice President, Finance for Unilever, South Asia.
Mr Tiwari joined Unilever as a management trainee in 1999 after completing his certification as a Chartered Accountant & Cost and Management Accountant.
Over the last 22 years, he has led teams both within India and overseas at Unilever in core finance and as a business partner to front-end sales, categories and supply chain. His most recent role has been in the UK as the Vice President, Finance, Global Performance Management for Unilever and CFO for Unilever International, where he is credited with bringing digital transformation, simplification and leading projects with high business impact.
Mr Tiwari is driven by his purpose “Reimagine possibilities and bring value with values.” He is a future-focussed, high energy and results-oriented business leader.
Mr Dev Bajpai (55) was appointed as the Executive Director – Legal and Company Secretary and as a Member of the Management Committee of the Company in 2010. Mr Bajpai took additional responsibility of Corporate Affairs function in the year 2012. Mr Bajpai was appointed as an Executive Director on the Board of the Company on 23rd January, 2017.
He has 30 plus years of experience in the areas of Legal, Compliance, Tax and Corporate Affairs across diverse industries including Automobiles, FMCG, Hospitality and Private Equity.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr Bajpai has worked in Maruti Udyog Limited, Marico Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited.
Mr Bajpai has been a part of committees of Apex Industry Organisations like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Mr Bajpai is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and holds a law degree from University of Delhi. He has also completed an Executive Programme for Corporate Counsels conducted by Harvard Law School.
He is a Member of the Risk Management Committee of the Company and in his capacity as a Company Secretary is a secretary to all Board Committees.
Mr Wilhelmus Uijen (46) has been appointed as Executive Director, Supply Chain with effect from 1st January, 2020. He also leads the Supply Chain function for Unilever, South Asia.
Mr Uijen started his career at Unilever in 1999 as a Management Trainee in the Netherlands. He has had held a series of assignments in Supply Chain and Research and Development. He has spent most of his professional life working in various roles in Supply Chain for Unilever’s Latin America business where he was based in Mexico City from 2003 to 2015 with a short assignment in London. He has been the Supply Chain Vice President for Unilever, Mexico and the Caribbean (2012-2015), vice President Home Care SC Latin America based out of Switzerland (2015-2016) and recently headed Unilever’s Supply Chain, Home Care division based out of London (2016-2019).
He holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Applied Physics from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands.
Mr Uijen is a Member of the Risk Management Committee of the Company.
Dr Vibhav Sanzgiri (51) is the Global VP R&D Skin Cleansing, Site Leader R&D, India and Executive Director R&D, Hindustan Unilever Limited
Dr Sanzgiri joined Unilever in 1997 as a Research Scientist and worked across various roles including the launch of Pureit. In 2003, he moved into the Skin Care Category to create several unbeatable formulations. Since then, he has held various global & regional roles in Unilever’s Skin Care and Skin Cleansing categories and has brought several new disruptive technologies into the market.
In his current global role, Vibhav leads the R&D strategy and mix development for iconic Unilever Skin Cleansing brands such as Dove, Dove Men+Care, Baby Dove, Lux, Lifebuoy, Pears, Hamam, Radox, Geisha, Zwitsal, Lever ayush, Love Beauty and Planet, and many more. He also leads the Category strategy for disruptive technologies and is responsible for contributing to the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and Planet Positive agenda on plastic packaging, climate change, regenerate nature and zero carbon. As Site Leader R&D India and R&D Director HUL, he is responsible for leading the Research & Development centres situated in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Gurugram and transforming the Future of R&D as well as the impact of R&D on the Business.
Dr Sanzgiri is a member of Unilever’s Beauty & Personal Care R&D Leadership Team, the South Asia Leadership Team, and Unilever’s Skin Cleansing Global Category Leadership Team. He also represents Unilever at several organisations, universities and external conferences, and has several patents and publications to his name. He is also the Co-Chair of the Science and Technology Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).
A Microbiologist & Molecular Biologist, with gold-medals in B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Mumbai, Dr Sanzgiri also holds a PhD from the Bhabha Atomic Research Center, under a fellowship from the Department of Atomic Energy.
Ms Anuradha Razdan (44) is a member of the Management Committee of HUL as Executive Director HR and Vice President HR, Unilever South Asia. She is also a member of the Unilever Global HR Leadership Team.
She is a business focused HR leader who has had an international career with rich experiences in operating company and global leadership roles, partnering members of the Unilever Executive.
She passed out of XLRI in 1999 and joined Hindustan Unilever Limited as a Management Trainee. Ms Razdan spent the first 14 years of her career in HUL, working with teams in Customer Development, Employee Relations and as HR Partner to members of the HUL Management Committee in Supply Chain and Marketing. In her role as Leadership Development Director, South Asia, she led the Talent agenda, across five markets, and was instrumental in bringing significant external recognition to the company.
She worked at Unilever’s headquarters in London for six years, first as Executive Assistant to the former CHRO, followed by a 4 year stint as Vice President HR, Home Care, where she shaped the organisational and cultural transformation of the business globally, to be more agile & consumer connected. She has strong M&A experience having worked with the Unilever Prestige business and has also led the Global Talent Attraction and Employer Brand agenda for Unilever.
Her purpose is to spark magic between people, passion, and opportunity – for the benefit of the business, of society and for us all. Ms Razdan is really passionate about leadership development and is a strong voice advocating for more inclusive businesses and communities.
Ms Razdan is the Co-Chair of the FICCI HR Committee and the Chairperson of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Bombay Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is a Board member of NHRDN India, a member of the CII National Committee for HR and Leadership and sits on the UNICEF, South Asia Youth Skills Regional Steering Committee. She was recognised among India’s Most Powerful Women in Business by Business Today in 2020 and also featured in the Spencer Stuart & Economic Times list of Rising Indian Women Leaders in 2015.
Ms Priya Nair (49) is Executive Director, Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) for Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and Vice President, BPC, Unilever, South Asia, responsible for Beauty and Personal Care business spanning India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Her key responsibilities include business delivery on top line and bottom line by creating and delivering strategic plan for the business.
In her previous role as Executive Director, Home Care, the business has grown in strong double digits and expanded margins leading to strong value creation for Unilever over the last five years.
Ms Nair has led the sustainability initiatives for HUL with a focus on the WASH (Water, Sanitation, hygiene) programme for the company, reaching over 154 million people with a sanitation and hygiene intervention under the ‘Swachh Aadat Swachh Bharat’ initiative, educating consumers to adopt three clean habits of washing hands with soap, drinking clean purified water and using a clean toilet.
Ms Nair has been recognised as one of the most influential women marketeers in India and amongst the most powerful women in Indian business by Business Today, Fortune India and Impact Magazine.
Ms Nair is also an Independent Director on the CEAT Board and the Chairperson on India MMA Board.
Ms Prabha Narasimhan (48) is the Executive Director, Home Care for Hindustan Unilever Limited and Vice President, Home Care, Unilever, South Asia.
Her key responsibilities include creating and delivering the strategy for Home Care, including top line and bottom line delivery. Prabha also leads the sustainability initiatives for HUL.
Prabha has over 23 years of experience across Consumer Marketing Insights, Customer Development and Marketing roles in multiple geographies (South Asia & NAME) and categories (Beauty & Personal Care and Refreshment).
Under Prabha’s leadership in 2016-19, Hindustan Unilever’s Skin Care business delivered a spectacular market-beating growth rate. This was enabled by a broad-based performance delivery across all brands and sub-segments – Colours business delivering high double-digit growth during the entire tenure, strengthening of our flagship brand Glow & Lovely and entry into newer Skin Care segments. Prabha moved to the Home Care role in early 2020.
Mr Sudhir Sitapati (44) has in the last 20 years, worked in various roles in Customer Development and Marketing across the Home and Personal Care (HPC) as well as Foods and Refreshment (F&R) categories.
Before his appointment as the Executive Director, Refreshment, Mr Sitapati was Regional Category Vice President, Refreshment (South Asia & Africa), Unilever. He brings a rich experience of working in diverse markets in Europe, South East Asia and Africa in addition to India.
In 2017, Mr Sitapati was awarded the Young Alumni Achiever at his alma mater IIM, Ahmedabad. He is the author of the book ‘CEO Factory: Management Lessons from Hindustan Unilever’.
Mr Sitapati, as a member of the Management Committee, is currently responsible for HUL’s Foods and Refreshment portfolio comprising Knorr and Kissan, Brooke Bond, Lipton, Bru Coffee and Kwality Wall’s.
Mr Srinandan Sundaram (46) was appointed as Executive Director - Sales & Customer Development, HUL in September 2016.
Mr Sundaram joined the company as a Management Trainee in 1999 after completing his MBA from IIM, Kolkata. Over the past 22 years, Srinandan has had stints spanning Customer Development (CD) and Marketing across several categories. He has held leadership roles in CD across General Trade and Modern Trade. He has led several categories in the Personal Care business, including Oral Care, Deodorants, Hair Care and Skin Care.
Mr Sundaram champions embedding the role of CD as a service organisation that serves the needs of brands on one end and customers on the other leveraging three interdependent ecosystems of Demand Capture, Demand Generation and Demand Fulfilment. In doing so, pivoting CD to a High Tech - High touch function on the two pillars - digital & people, including partners.
His vision for CD India is to build CD as a competitive advantage for the company by embedding transparency across all operations leading to a Kaizen way of working and be a beacon in generating future General Managers for Unilever by empowering and unleashing the teams potential. From a longer term perspective, it is to create a leadership legacy by personally committing to and creating capable, future-fit leaders who are amazingly curious, ecosystem thinkers and have the ability to create cutting-edge capabilities on digital and analytics. Srinandan was previously the Vice President for Skin Care in HUL, and he led brand building which was responsible for strong growth in the top line and bottom line of Skin Care business in India.
He has also completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program from Harvard Business School, where he also represented the batch as a speaker at the Harvard Club Dinner.