United Spirits Limited (USL) has appointed Abanti Sankaranarayanan as Business Head for Luxury and Corporate Relations, India.
With this move, Sankaranarayanan joins the Executive Committee of USL. Sankaranarayanan has experience of over 20 years in the consumer industry and has been the Managing Director of Diageo India since July 2012.
Speaking on her appointment, Anand Kripalu, MD & CEO, USL said, “We are delighted to have a leader of Abanti’s talent and global calibre to lead our Luxury portfolio and drive our Corporate Relations efforts in India. Her extensive leadership experience and expertise will add strong momentum to the growth of USL’s business in India.”
In addition, Sankaranarayanan will lead the new Corporate Relations function that has been set up to drive USL towards strong leadership and execution on Public Policy, Regulatory, Tax & Trade affairs, Alcohol Policy, Corporate Reputation & Brand, and Sustainability & Responsibility.
In this role, Sankaranarayanan will build key stakeholder relationships with regulators, government, industry bodies, NGO partners and relevant members of civil society.
Sankaranarayanan, on her appointment, said, “I am delighted to take up this new position at USL as we continue the journey to make USL the most trusted and respected consumer goods company in India.”
Recently, Sankaranarayanan was featured in IMPACT’s 50 most influential women of 2015. She was also featured in India Today’s list of ‘India’s 25 most influential women: 2013’ and Fortune magazine’s 2012 list of ‘The Most Powerful Women in Business.’