Mr Nitin Paranjpe is the Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited. Nitin is also the Chief Transformation and Chief People Officer at Unilever. He has been a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive since October 2013. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Heineken NV.
Prior to this, Nitin was Unilever's Chief Operating Officer (COO). He was responsible for delivering in-year results (P&L) for Unilever globally, leveraging synergies, building future capabilities, and accelerating the organisation's digitisation.
Before becoming COO, he was President of Foods & Refreshment for Unilever. From 2013 to 2017, he was President of Unilever's Home Care Division.
Nitin joined Hindustan Lever Limited in 1987, where he held various roles in marketing and sales. In 2000, he moved to Unilever London and was involved in reviewing the organisation's structure. During 2001, he worked as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Unilever Executive Committee.
On his return to India in 2002, Nitin held several senior positions in laundry and household care, including Vice President Home Care, India (2004) and Executive Director for Home & Personal Care, India (2006). In April 2008, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Unilever Limited, India and Executive Vice President for Unilever, South Asia.
For his efforts in blazing a trail for diversity, he won the GG2 Hammer Award in 2019. Previous winners were Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid. In 2020 he was given a Kindness Award by the Women of the Future Network in recognition of his leadership, guidance, and empathy.
Nitin holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management (JBIM) in Mumbai. Nitin is married with two children.