Confectionery player Perfetti Van Melle India (PVMI) has appointed Rajesh Ramakrishnan as Managing Director. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall operations of the company for India and Nepal. Ramakrishnan will take over this responsibility from Ramesh Jayaraman who has moved to another role within the group.
Ramakrishnan joined Perfetti Van Melle in 2014 as the Managing Director for Bangladesh. Under his leadership, Perfetti Van Melle, Bangladesh delivered sustained growth and achieved market leadership in 2016. In August 2017, Ramakrishnan moved to India as the Chief Transformation Officer. As the CTO, he worked with the business teams in strategizing and delivering the key elements of the business transformation project to drive topline and bottom-line growth.
Huub Sanders, President, BU SAMEA, Perfetti Van Melle, said, “Rajesh is an accomplished leader, who brings in a good mix of strategic thinking and operational excellence, with strong leadership skills. We are delighted to have him as our India Head and wish him all the very best in his new role.”
Ramakrishnan is a graduate of XLRI Jamshedpur and BITS Pilani. He brings with him rich experience of over 24 years in diverse fields including sales, marketing and general management in Asia across categories like personal care, household care, foods and beverages, confectionery and media. Prior to joining Perfetti Van Melle in 2014, Ramakrishnan was the Marketing Head at HT Media Limited. In India, he has also worked in various sales and marketing roles for Pepsico, Marico Industries and Reckitt Benckiser.