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HLL announces key appointments

Hindustan Lever has announced the transition from its National Management Committee to a new MC effective from March 1.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 12:28 IST

Hindustan Lever Limited on Wednesday announced the transition from its National Management Committee to a new Management Committee (MC) effective from March 1, 2006.

Mr Douglas Baillie, as the CEO, will head the MC. The new members inducted into the Management Committee are Mr Sanjay Dube as Executive Director-Sales & Customer Development, Mr Dhaval Buch as Executive Director - Supply Chain, Mr Anoop Mathur as Executive Director - Speciality Exports and Mr Nitin Paranjpe as Executive Director - Home & Personal Care. All the appointments will be effective March 1, 2006.

Mr MK Sharma will continue as Vice Chairman with operational responsibilities for HR, Legal, Secretarial, Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs. Mr Sundaram will continue as Finance Director and Mr S Ravindranath as Managing Director of Foods. They will be a part of the Management Committee reporting to Mr Douglas Baillie.

Mr Sanjiv Kakkar has been appointed as Executive Director - Foods, responsible for marketing and strategy, with effect from March 1, 2006. He will succeed Mr S Ravindranath, on his retirement.

Mr Dalip Sehgal will continue as Executive Director - New Ventures and Marketing Services and will report to Mr Douglas Baillie.

The business directors will have Profit & Loss responsibility for their businesses to provide for a decentralized and simplified decision making structure. A single chain of command through the CEO will ensure the benefit of synergies across businesses. Functional directors will ensure excellence in functions and capability building.

Announcing the appointments, Mr Harish Manwani, President, Unilever Asia & Africa and Chairman, HLL, said, "The appointments are a part of our ongoing efforts to leveraging the scale and size of our organization, to bring more focus on our `Go-to-market' & brand building capabilities and to build functional excellence across the organization. Together, these will ensure the company's competitiveness and sustained profitable growth."

"The business will remain focused on market leadership, cost leadership and thought leadership," Mr Manwani added.

These announcements are a part of the process of simplifying the leadership structure and follow-up on the earlier appointments announced on December 16, 2005. Mr Manwani had announced the appointment of Mr Douglas Baillie as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hindustan Lever Limited, India and Mr Arun Adhikari as Chairman, Unilever Japan, with effect from March 1, 2006.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 12:28 IST