Unilever’s Chief Operating Officer Harish Manwani is slated to retire from his position. Manwani however, will continue to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever, according to reports.
Manwani steps down after 38 years of service. He had joined HUL in 1976 as management trainee.
In a statement released by the company, Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever said, “Harish is an inspirational leader and leaves a remarkable legacy. He has been at my side in helping to drive the turnaround of Unilever, making this once again one of the most admired companies in the world. Over the last three years, especially as chief operating officer, Harish has been instrumental in the transformation of the company. Under his leadership we have seen a step-change in our go-to-market organization and there has been a relentless focus on flawless execution globally. He has role-modelled the 4G (fourth-generation) sustainable growth model—Competitive, Consistent, Profitable and Responsible—which has become such a strong focal point for the markets.”
Manwani became a member of the HLL board 1995 as director responsible for the Personal Products business. As category leader for Personal Products, he also held regional responsibility for the Central Asia and Middle East business group.
In 2000, he moved to the UK as senior vice president, Global Hair Care and Oral Care, and in 2001 was appointed president, Home and Personal Care, Latin America business group. He also served as chairman of Unilever’s Latin America Advisory Council.
In 2004, he was appointed president and CEO of the HPC North America business group, and in April 2005 joined the Unilever Executive as president, Asia Africa.