HUL appoints Arun Neelakantan as Executive Director, Customer Development

He will be taking over from Kedar Lele, who will be pursuing an external opportunity.

HUL appoints Arun Neelakantan as Executive Director, Customer Development

 Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), announced a key change to its Management Committee. Arun Neelakantan, Chief Digital Officer, HUL will be appointed as Executive Director, Customer Development, HUL effective July 1st, 2024.

He will be taking over from Kedar Lele, who will be pursuing an external opportunity.

 Arun Neelakantan started his career with HUL as Key Account Manager in Modern Trade in 2006 after completing his Bachelor’s Degree from IIT Madras, a Master’s from Penn State University, followed by an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB).

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Mr. Arun has a proven track record of performance at HUL and has led large teams and changed agendas in Customer Development and Marketing, across General Trade, Modern Trade, Customer Marketing, and Brand Building. 

Under his leadership, the South region went on to launch several path-breaking initiatives for Customer Development in India, backed by deep consumer insights and execution excellence in the market. He has played a key role in accelerating HUL’s digital transformation program across consumer, customer, and operations ecosystems and has strengthened data and digital capabilities for category and eCommerce teams.

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 Rohit Jawa, CEO and Managing Director, HUL said, “Arun has a proven track record in various roles across the organisation. With his deep understanding of the customer development landscape in the country, coupled with his knowledge of channels of the future and expertise in data and technology, I am sure he will help take HUL Customer Development and Sales to greater heights.”

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