Mr Harish Manwani
Mr Harish Manwani (64) assumed charge as the Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited with effect from July 1, 2005. He was the Chief Operating Officer of Unilever and a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE) until December 31, 2014.
Harish joined the company in 1976. He joined the Board of the Company in 1995 as a Director responsible for the Personal Products business. In addition, he held regional responsibility as the Category Leader for Personal Products for the then Central Asia & Middle East (CAME) Group.
In 2000, Harish moved to the UK as Senior Vice President for the Global Hair Care and Oral Care Categories and in early 2001, he was appointed as President, Home & Personal Care (HPC) - Latin America Business Group. He also served as the Chairman of Unilever’s Latin America Advisory Council.
In 2004, he was appointed as President, HPC - North America Business Group and in April 2005, was elevated to the Unilever Executive as the President – Asia & Africa and the region was later extended to include Central and Eastern Europe. In 2011, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Unilever.
In 2008, Harish received the CNBC Asia Business Leader of The Year Award and in 2012, he was conferred the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) by the Singapore Government.
Harish is an Honours Graduate from Mumbai University and holds a Master’s Degree in Management Studies. He has also attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard Business School.
Harish is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Hindustan Unilever Limited.