New Executive Vice President appointed for Unilever MENA and Turkey
Dubai, August 4th 2013 – In line with global management changes announced recently, Unilever, one of the world's leading FMCG companies, has promoted Sanjiv Mehta currently Chairman Unilever MENA to the role of Executive Vice President South Asia and CEO and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) and appointed Sanjiv Kakkar as the new Executive Vice President for its North Africa Middle East and Turkey (NAMET) operations. The change in management will be effective October 1st, 2013.
In his role as Executive Vice President (EVP) South Asia, Sanjiv Mehta in addition to leading India will also be responsible for Unilever's business in the South Asian countries of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
HUL is India's largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company and its brands touch 2 out of every 3 Indians. HUL generated over €3.8 billion turnover with a net profit of over €0.5 billion for the financial year ending 31 March 2013.
During his tenure as Chairman North Africa and Middle East, Sanjiv Mehta made a very significant contribution in steering Unilever MENA through a sustained period of geopolitical and economic upheaval. Under his guidance the business achieved significant success, accelerating profitability and growth. More importantly he was instrumental in building leadership talent and substantially strengthening organisational capabilities.
Commenting on the announcement Sanjiv Mehta says, “It has been an honour and privilege to lead the Unilever business across the MENA region. I am excited about the opportunity to lead HUL which is an iconic Unilever business. I am delighted to have Sanjiv succeed me. This is a strong business, with depth of talent and capability, and I am sure Sanjiv Kakkar will take it to greater heights. ”
ABOUT SANJIV MEHTASanjiv Mehta joined Unilever in October 1992. He has held various positions in the business including Chairman & Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh (2002 – 06), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines (2007 – 08) and for the last 5 years he has been the Chairman of Unilever – North Africa and Middle East (NAME) region based in Dubai.
Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and Advance Management Program (Harvard Business School).
ABOUT SANJIV KAKKARSanjiv Kakkar has been with Unilever for 29 years and was on the Board of Hindustan Unilever Ltd., India, as Executive Director Foods and then Customer Development, before moving to head the business in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (RUB) in September 2008. During his career in India Sanjiv Kakkar worked across the Sales and Marketing functions, and in most of the categories in which Unilever operates. His leadership in Russia saw three successful acquisitions; Inmarko Ice-cream, Baltimor Ketchup and Kalina Personal Care business, which helped dramatically transform Unilever's business in RUB in terms of its size, portfolio and capability.
Sanjiv Kakkar received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad, India in 1984.
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