HUL announces integration of Foods and Refreshment

MUMBAI: Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) has decided to integrate the Foods and Refreshment categories in India, effective July 1st, 2018.

This integration, the company said in a statement, will help HUL, India’s largest fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company, increase organisational agility and better serve local consumers while harnessing the advantage of global scale.

HUL said the integration of these two categories was also in alignment with the structure of Unilever globally. The company has also announced some key changes in the Management Committee.

Sudhir Sitapati, presently executive director, Refreshment, will be re-designated as executive director, Foods & Refreshment, and will be responsible for the integrated Foods and Refreshment (F&R) business. He will continue to be a part of the management committee of HUL. Sudhir joined the company in 1999 and has worked in various roles in Customer Development and Marketing across the HPC and F&R categories over the last 19 years.

Geetu Verma, who is the currently the executive director, Foods, India, will be moving to Rotterdam as global VP – Nutrition & Natural Platforms, Unilever. This is a new role designed to grow Unilever’s presence in the Health and Wellbeing sector, the official release said.

“The company believes this integration will help drive synergies, become more agile and more consumer-centric,” the company said.

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