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Chandramouli Venkatesan passes away, industry mourns

Fondly known as Mouli, he was known for his leadership across the industries, including Pidilite, Cadbury (now Mondelēz), Onida and Asian Paints. He authored highly acclaimed books titled ‘Catalyst’ and ‘Get Better at Getting Better’

Chandramouli Venkatesan

Pidilite Industries’ Special Projects CEO and author of highly acclaimed books titled ‘Catalyst’ and ‘Get Better at Getting Better’ Chandramouli Venkatesan, fondly known as Mouli, passed away on October 6, after battling pancreatic cancer at the age of 54.

Prior to this avatar, his last role was as Managing Director for Mondelēz India (erstwhile Cadbury India). Mouli joined the company in 2005 and was there till 2016 in a variety of roles spanning marketing, HR and business leadership in India and Asia-Pacific levels.

Mouli was also in Indian consumer durable major Onida (TV, washing machines, air conditioners, etc.) as Head of Sales and Marketing for four years. His first nine years was with Asian Paints India Limited, taking up sales and marketing roles having joined straight from business school.

The news of Mouli’s passing away came as a shock.

Anil Viswanathan

Anil Viswanathan, Senior Director at Mondelez International India, said, “Among his many accomplishments is the scaling up of the chocolate business and the successful launch of the Biscuits business with Oreo in 2010.

“Through his career, Mouli invested deeply in relationships- within and outside the organization and is very well regarding in the industry and media circles.

“Deeply passionate and ambitious in everything that he does, Mouli inspired a whole generation of managers with his energy, commitment and can-do spirit.

“Despite tasting incredible success through his career, Mouli was known for his humility and for his open and inclusive outlook.

“People were his core passion, and this was triggered in his stint as the HR Director in Mondelez. This later manifested into his mentoring and writing interests later in his career. He firmly believed in the need to inspire all young managers to think about themselves and their careers and made it his motto.

“His close friends and colleagues are deeply shaken by his sudden decline in health in 2020 which took away a simple, gentle and a deeply intellectual friend.”

Marketing industry veteran Lloyd Mathias took Twitter to mourn Mouli’s sudden departure.

Saundarya Rajesh took LinkedIn shared her grief.

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