HUL announces Shiva Krishnamurthy as Executive Director of Food and Refreshments

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HUL announces Shiva Krishnamurthy as Executive Director of Food and Refreshments
HUL announces Shiva Krishnamurthy as Executive Director of Food and Refreshments

The Executive Director of HUL’s Homecare division will be replaced by Srinandan Sundaram, who is presently the Executive Director of Foods and Refreshment.

The Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) Management Committee will welcome 49-year-old Shiva Krishnamurthy as Executive Director, Foods and Refreshment, as HUL has announced significant changes within its management committee. The Executive Director of HUL’s Homecare division will be replaced by Srinandan Sundaram, who is presently the Executive Director of Foods and Refreshment. The Executive Director of Homecare HUL, Deepak Subramanian, is leaving to take up a new position abroad. The modifications will take effect on April 1, 2024.

Having joined HUL in 2000, Shiva is currently Vice President, Foods and Beverages, South Asia. Over the course of his career, he has developed a solid background in marketing. Shiva has successfully managed Lifebuoy and Lux in India’s skin cleaning industry, Radiant (Rin) innovation for South East Asia’s homecare industry, and since 2015, he has been in charge of the region’s tea industry. Through the localization of the product mix and the establishment of a robust innovation pipeline, the team led by him propelled HUL to become the market leader in tea in India. Under his direction, communication efforts have won industry honors both domestically and internationally.

Under Srinandan’s direction, HUL has effectively managed the business in his present position as Executive Director, Foods and Refreshment. During his time, HUL has fully integrated the health food and drink business, with competitive growth in the category and Tea maintaining its leading position. Along with laying the groundwork for both new and old food categories to flourish, Srinandan has also accelerated HUL’s mission for nutritional value and regenerative agriculture.

As Executive Director of Homecare, Deepak currently works for HUL. Under his direction, the company has produced impressive top- and bottom-line results in the Fabric Care and Home & Hygiene categories, as well as strong volume growth and premiumization. Additionally, he oversaw HUL’s sustainability initiative and contributed to the development of the company’s integrated ESG strategy.

Kartik Chandrasekhar has made the decision to leave Unilever. It was previously announced that he would join the HUL MC as Executive Director, Personal Care, on April 1. In due course, the Executive Director, Personal Care, HUL, will be appointed. In the interim, Madhusudhan Rao, who is now Executive Director, BPC, HUL, will continue to be in charge of the company.

Welcoming Shiva to the Management Committee and Srinandan to his new role, Rohit Jawa, CEO and Managing Director, HUL, said, “Shiva is an astute marketeer with strong business acumen and is known to craft great brands. I am glad to welcome him to the HUL leadership team and truly believe that his rich experience in foods and beverages will be of immense help to the business. Srinandan has been a part of the HUL leadership for over seven years and has a strong track record in general management, customer development, and marketing. I am sure he will take the homecare business to new heights.”

Thanking Deepak for his contribution, Rohit added, “Deepak returned to HUL in 2022 and since then has delivered consistent results in homecare. Under his leadership, Surf Excel crossed the USD 1 billion milestone. I wish him the very best for his next endeavor.”

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