Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) on Wednesday announced two key appointments to its Management Committee. 

Madhusudhan Rao will be appointed as Executive Director, Beauty & Wellbeing and Personal Care, HUL, and Deepak Subramanian will be appointed as Executive Director, Home Care, HUL. 

Rao will be taking over from Priya Nair who will move into her new global role as Beauty & Wellbeing, Chief Marketing Officer. Subramanian will take over from Prabha Narasimhan, who has decided to leave the company to pursue an external opportunity.

Rao, who is currently Executive Vice-President – Home and Hygiene, Unilever, joined the FMCG major in 1991. “In his current role, Madhusudhan helped shape the Home & Hygiene category as a successful business with a distinctive high-performance culture,” HUL said.

Subramanian, currently Vice-President Home Care, South-East Asia/ANZ (SEAA) & Global Head, Fabric Enhancers, joined HUL in 1995 as a management trainee. His stints in the company include Marketing Manager for Kissan in India and the Regional Brand Director for Vitality Foods from where he moved on to become the Vice-President for Foods & Refreshment for Central & Eastern Europe.  

Contributions lauded

Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, HUL, said, “Madhusudhan has a successful track record in a variety of operational and strategic roles. He has brought in a strong performance edge in his teams and has pioneered several innovations that uphold Unilever’s high science and technology credentials.”

“Deepak has championed innovation and sustainable strategies to significantly improve brand equity and deliver growth. He has demonstrated superior business acumen in building new categories, primarily in start-up business verticals. I am certain that they will take the business to the next level of performance,” Mehta said.

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Talking about Nair’s contribution to the business, Mehta said, “She has been an active champion for building future skills and experimentation, and has led several path-breaking marketing initiatives such as the Kan Khajura Tesan. Under her leadership, the business witnessed high growth in key categories driven by consumer centric innovations and award-winning, purpose-driven communication.”

“Prabha led Home Care to deliver a strong performance across South Asia over the last two years. She has contributed immensely towards embedding the Clean Future agenda into the Home Care product development strategy,” he added, thanking both for their immense contribution.

“It brings me immense joy and pride to see our leaders move on to helm businesses both in Unilever globally, and in India Inc. I wish Priya all the success in her new global role and Prabha the very best for the new phase of her career,” he said.