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Sanjiv Mehta

Mr Sanjiv Mehta (61) is the Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited. He also leads Unilever’s South Asia business as President, Unilever, South Asia and is a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive.

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Chairman & Managing Director

Sanjiv Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) which is India’s largest ‘fast moving consumer goods’ (FMCG) Company. Sanjiv, as President, heads Unilever’s business in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Nepal), which has a turnover of around Euro 6.5 billion. Sanjiv is also a member of the ‘Unilever Leadership Executive’ which is Unilever’s Global Executive Board.

Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and has also completed his Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School).

Sanjiv has been with Unilever for 28 years and for the last 19 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (2002 – 2006), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. (2007 – 2008), Chairman of Unilever - North Africa and Middle East (2008 – 2013) and from October 2013 he assumed his responsibilities of heading Unilever’s business in India and South Asia.

During his seven years at Hindustan Unilever Limited, the market capitalisation of the Company has increased from $17 billion to over $70 billion making HUL one of the most valuable company in the country. In this period, HUL has won several awards and recognitions including the prestigious Economic Times ‘Company of the Year’ & ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year’ awards, Business Standard’s ‘Company of the year’ award and the ‘Best Governed Company’ award by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability.

Forbes has rated HUL as the most innovative company in India and the 8th most innovative company in the world. Aon Hewitt in a global study rated HUL as the 3rd best company globally for building leaders.

Sanjiv is a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust and South Asia Advisory Board of Harvard Business School. He chairs Xynteo’s ‘Vikaasa’, a coalition of top Indian and MNC companies and Co-chairs the Advisory Network to the High-Level Panel for a ‘Sustainable Ocean Economy.’

Sanjiv was conferred the honorary degree of ‘Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management’ by Xavier University (Xavier Institute of Management) Bhubaneswar, was recognised : ‘Business Leader’ of the year by the All India Management Association, the ‘Best CEO Multinational’ by Forbes India Leadership Awards, the ‘Management Man of the Year’ by Bombay Management Association, the ‘CA Business Leader’ by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the ‘Best Transformational Leader’ by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance, Sustainability, ‘Business Leader of the Year’ by Economic Times.

He was also awarded the Pralhad P. Chhabria Memorial Global Award for his outstanding contributions to the FMCG Industry and was ranked first in the Impact Digital Power Business 100 List.

A firm believer that ‘doing well’ and ‘doing good’ are two sides of the same coin, he propagates the cause of compassionate capitalism. Sanjiv is married to Mona who is a Chartered Accountant by training. They have twin daughters Naina and Roshni who have studied at MIT, Cornell and Harvard Universities.