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HUL rejigs ManCom, inducts Shiva Krishnamurthy; Kartik Chandrasekhar moves on

Srinandan Sundaram, currently Executive Director, Foods and Refreshment will take over as the Executive Director, Homecare, HUL. Deepak Subramanian, Executive Director, Homecare HUL, will be moving on to a new role overseas

(L-R) Shiva Krishnamurthy, Kartik Chandrasekhar, Srinandan Sundaram, Deepak Subramanian

Hindustan Unilever announced key changes and appointments to its Management Committee. Shiva Krishnamurthy (49) will join the HUL Management Committee as Executive Director, Foods and Refreshment.

Srinandan Sundaram, currently Executive Director, Foods and Refreshment will take over as the Executive Director, Homecare, HUL.

Deepak Subramanian, Executive Director, Homecare HUL, will be moving on to a new role overseas. The changes will be effective April 1, 2024.

Kartik Chandrasekhar, previously announced to join the HUL MC as Executive Director, Personal Care from April 1, has decided to move on from Unilever. The appointment for Executive Director, Personal Care, HUL will be announced in due course. Madhusudhan Rao, currently Executive Director, BPC, HUL will continue to oversee the business in the interim.

Krishnamurthy, currently Vice-President, Foods and Beverages, South Asia, joined HUL in 2000 and in a career spanning more than two decades, has built strong expertise in marketing.

Krishnamurthy has led Lifebuoy and Lux in Skin Cleansing in India, Radiant (Rin) innovation for Homecare in Southeast Asia and has been leading South Asia’s Tea business since 2015.

Sundaram, in his current role as Executive Director, Foods and Refreshment, HUL has successfully led the business, with Tea having sustained its leadership in the category and competitive growth in the Health Foods Drink business, which has been fully integrated into HUL during his tenure. Sundaram has also established the foundation for strong growth in the Foods business, with existing and new categories and has led the acceleration of HUL’s agenda on Regenerative Agriculture and Nutritional value in products.

Subramanian, in his current role as Executive Director Homecare, HUL has led the business to deliver strong results on the topline and bottom-line in both Fabric Care and Home & Hygiene categories delivering robust volume growth and premiumization. He has also led the sustainability agenda for HUL, helping build an integrated ESG strategy for the Company.

Kartik Chandrasekhar, previously announced to join the HUL MC as Executive Director, Personal Care from April 1, has decided to move on from Unilever. The appointment for Executive Director, Personal Care, HUL will be announced in due course. Madhusudhan Rao, currently Executive Director, BPC, HUL will continue to oversee the business in the interim.

Welcoming Shiva to the Management Committee and Srinandan to his new role, Rohit Jawa, CEO and Managing Director, HUL, said, “Shiva is an astute marketeer with strong business acumen and is known to craft great brands. I am glad to welcome him to the HUL Leadership team and truly believe that his rich experience in Foods and Beverages will be of immense help to the business. Srinandan, has been a part of the HUL Leadership for over seven years and has a strong track record in General Management, Customer Development and Marketing. I am sure he will take the Homecare business to new heights.”

Thanking Deepak for his contribution, Jawa added, “Deepak returned to HUL in 2022 and since then has delivered consistent results in Homecare. Under his leadership, Surf excel crossed the USD 1 billion milestone. I wish him the very best for his next endeavour.”

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