HUL Chairman Harish Manwani conferred with prestigious Singapore Government award
Harish Manwani conferred the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) 2012 by the President of the Republic of Singapore.
In his previous appointment as President of Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe (AAC), he played a pivotal role in the significant growth of Unilever’s presence in Singapore. It was under his leadership that Unilever consolidated its AAC headquarters into Singapore in 2009, which included an extensive range of strategic activities spanning brand development, supply chain management, customer development and shared services.
As global COO, he was instrumental in leveraging Unilever’s presence in Singapore to drive the company’s growth in developing and emerging markets. Today, Singapore is one of Unilever’s three “Global Operations Hubs” worldwide. His support was also central to Unilever’s decision to locate its second global leadership development centre in Singapore to leverage Singapore’s depth of talent and network of learning institutions. Known as “Four Acres Singapore”, the centre will be a world-class learning institution that will develop the next generation of corporate leaders for both developing and developed markets. The centre will train up to 900 global leaders annually.
Harish was also recognized for his personal contributions to Singapore. As a Board director of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) since May 2010, he has been a strong advocate of Singapore’s ambition to become Asia Pacific’s thought leader in human capital and leadership development practices. Harish was also appointed to the Board of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), with effect from 1stFebruary 2013. The EDB is Singapore’s lead government agency for economic strategy and planning.
“While I am delighted and honoured to be recognised by the President of Singapore, I am just one of the many people at Unilever who have been instrumental in expanding our operation here to drive our growth. I am proud that while we are a multinational business, we are deeply rooted in the local communities we operate in. We are highly committed to Singapore and driving the sustainable growth of our business in this market,” says Harish.