Hindustan Unilever COO Harish Manwani retired
Mr. Harish will continue in his capacity as the Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL).
Mr. Harish joined Hindustan Unilever as a Management Trainee in 1976 and joined the HUL Board of Directors in 1995 as a Director responsible for the Personal Products business. Under his able leadership the Personal Products business grew from a nascent business to one of the key growth engines of the company.
Subsequently he enjoyed success in many roles, covering both Categories and Markets, and across many parts of the world. This included stints as SVP Global Hair Care & Oral Care; President, Home & Personal Care first of Latin America and later of North America.
In 2005, Mr. Harish was appointed to the Unilever Executive as President, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the role later expanded to include Central and Eastern Europe. He also became the first Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever.
As Chief Operating Officer of Unilever, Mr. Harish's key achievement has been his leadership of the Global Markets where he established and aligned the market clusters across the world behind a clear agenda, creating a better and more integrated go-to-market organisation.
Mr. Harish was named Asian Business Leader of the Year in the prestigious CNBC Asian Leadership awards in 2008. Last year, the Singapore Government conferred the distinguished Public Service Award on him for his outstanding contribution to Singapore and building Unilever's global presence there. ■