Sanjiv Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited which is India’s largest ‘fast moving consumer goods’ (FMCG) Company and one of the most valuable corporates in the country. Sanjiv also heads Unilever’s business in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Nepal) having a turnover exceeding $7 billion as its Executive Vice President.
Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and has also completed his Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School). Sanjiv was placed high in the list of merit and was an award winner at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’s final examination.
Sanjiv has been with Unilever for nearly 26 years and for the last 17 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (2002-06), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. (2007-08), Chairman of Unilever – North Africa and Middle East (2008 – 2013) and from October 2013 he assumed his responsibilities of heading Unilever’s business in India and South Asia.
During his five years at Hindustan Unilever, the market capitalization of the Company has trebled from $17 billion to $55 billion. The Company has won the prestigious Economic Times ‘Company of the Year’ and ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year’ awards and has been rated as the most innovative company in India and the 8 th most innovative in the world by Forbes. Aon Hewitt in a global study rated Hindustan Unilever as the 3 rd best company globally for building leaders and the Company won the ‘Global Compass Award’ from Unilever for being the best performing business.
Sanjiv is a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, a member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust and India Advisory Boards of Harvard Business School. He chairs Xynteo’s ‘India 2022’ a coalition of top Indian and MNC companies, FICCI’s FMCG Committee and CII’s National Committee on MNCs.
A firm believer that ‘doing well’ and ‘doing good’ are two sides of the same coin he propagates the cause of compassionate capitalism. Sanjiv is married to Mona who too is a Chartered Accountant by training. They have twin daughters Naina and Roshni who have studied at MIT, Cornell and Harvard Universities.