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GuptaManaging Director & Chief Executive Officer Saugata serves as MD and CEO at Marico Limited responsible for driving the company’s growth and operations both nationally and internationally. He has helped transform Marico into a high performing business with a commitment to sustainable development. In seeking to win amongst the consumers, he has taken the company forward in developing top quartile capability and processes while continuing to focus on best in class governance and risk management while driving growth.
Saugata joined the company in January 2004 as Head of Marketing and was elevated to CEO of the India business in 2007. In April 2013, Marico restructured its Consumer Product Business (CPB) in India and International Business Group (IBG) under Saugata's leadership as the CEO of Marico Limited, the unified FMCG business. Thereafter, in March 2014, he was appointed as the Managing Director of the company.
Saugata started his career with Cadbury (now Mondelez) where he spent 9 years in various roles in Sales and Marketing in India and the United Kingdom. Subsequently, he went on to become the Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential and was part of the startup team that was instrumental in establishing ICICI Prudential as the largest private sector insurance firm in the country. “What has got you here won’t be enough to get you to the next level” – is the mantra that inspires him to keep raising the bar high for his team and himself. Known for his performance – oriented attitude, Saugata drives Marico to be a future- ready organization committed to consistent profitable and sustainable growth combined with societal value creation.
Under his leadership, the company has won several accolades and prestigious awards. Marico is among the Best 25 Workplaces in Manufacturing in India and among the Top 50 India’s Best Companies to Work for in India as per Great Place to Work Institute. Marico has been ranked among the Top 10 in corporate governance among all constituent companies of the S&P BSE 100 Index and also conferred the Best Domestic Company on Corporate Governance recognition by Asiamoney.
Saugata was ranked #4 and #47 in the FMCG sector and Pan-India respectively in the Business Today-PWC list of India’s Top 100 CEOs in 2017 and was ranked as ‘India’s Most Valuable CEOs’ by BusinessWorld in 2016.
Saugata is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and holds a chemical engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur.
Group CFO, Marico Limited Milind's current role at Marico covers Corporate Finance, Legal & Secretarial, M&A, Investor Relations, Internal Audit and Administration. Milind joined Marico in 1998, as the CFO. He has led Marico's efforts in Shareholder Value Creation (up nearly 20 times over the past 15 years), Acquisitions / Alliances (12 acquisitions over past 7 years and 3 divestments), Corporate Structuring, Corporate Communication, Information Technology, Performance Management & identification of Marico's Purpose – "Be More. Every Day." He has about 30 years of experience in Finance, HR, Strategic Planning, Corporate Development and Product Supply, across three organizations- Marico, Godrej and Hoechst (now, Sanofi Aventis). Milind holds Non-executive Directorship in two listed companies- Geometric Ltd and the Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Ltd. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committees of both these companies. In addition, he is a non-executive director in Hindustan Polyamides and Fibres Ltd (a specialty chemicals Company), and a few other companies including those in the Marico Group. He was a Member (2004-07) of Board of Governors, Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc. Mumbai Chapter. Milind is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary (1983-84), and a B. Com. (Honours) from the University of Bombay (1979). During 1996, he was one of the two Indian managers selected for the CII-Fulbright Fellowship for Leadership in Management at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U S A. Milind has received the ICAI Award 2011 in CFO - FMCG category, instituted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the CNBC TV-18 Best Performing CFO Award -FMCG & Retail-2012. In March 2013, the CFO India magazine inducted Milind to the CFO India Hall of Fame.
AgrawalChief Financial Officer Pawan is a Chartered Accountant (2000), and a B.Com (Hons) Graduate (1999) from St. Xavier’s college, Calcutta. Pawan has about 2 decades of leadership experience across various finance verticals like Financial Planning & Analysis, Corporate Finance, Treasury, Investor Relations, Taxation & Commercial functions in the FMCG domain.
He joined Marico in 2004 as Regional Operations Manager for South Sales Division in Hyderabad. He has spent over 16 years with Marico and contributed in areas of Business Finance, Strategy Business planning, Cost optimisation, International Business operations, setting up Internal Control architecture, Business Process Transformation and major Taxation transition. Prior to Marico, he worked with Eveready Industries (I) limited for 4 years in Internal Audit and Sales Commercial functions across many locations.
In his 20 years of long career, he has had successful stints in areas of Business Finance and Corporate Finance. Backed by strong leadership skills and experience of managing diverse people, he has managed operations comprising both scale & complexity and has driven transformational change agenda for the organisation.
Chief Operating Officer – Supply Chain & IT Jitendra brings with him 20 years of experience and currently heads the Procurement & Operations for Marico Limited. He is responsible for Procurement, Supply Chain and Manufacturing for Marico India, Strategic Procurement for Marico International and Capability Building in Operations for Marico globally. Over the years Jitendra has held various key positions in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Procurement at Marico. He has been instrumental in leading the operations team towards process excellence, has enhanced organization capability by optimizing manufacturing operations & strategic procurement initiatives. And has been responsible for superior customer service while continuing to reduce the total delivered product cost. Before joining Marico Jitendra had a brief stint with Mahindra & Mahindra. Jitendra holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering (Mech.) from Walchand College of Engineering and a MMS degree from Sydenham Institute of Management, Mumbai.
MhaskarChief Technology Officer (CTO) Dr. Mhaskar currently heads the Research & Development team at Marico. He is responsible for Basic Research, New product development, Consumer in-sighting, Regulatory and Quality Assurance. He works across categories to ensure that the company continues to leverage scale and create new opportunities for products based on diverse consumer needs. He leads a team of doctorates, technologists and chemists to create innovative and differentiated consumer products that delight consumers. He also represents Marico on several government committees, associations and federations. Prior to Marico, Dr. Mhaskar was associated with Hindustan Unilever Research Centre for twelve years, during which he handled a diverse range of responsibilities including natural product isolation, industrial and edible fat processing, perfumery chemicals, detergents, skin cleansing and skin care. His valuable insights in consumer mapping and market research played a crucial role in concept formation, product launch and product development. Dr. Mhaskar holds a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Bombay University and a Bachelors of Edible Oils technology degree from the University Department of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. He has several national and international papers as well as patents to his credit and has received the S. Hussain Zaheer Award for basic research in Oil Chemistry in 1993.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sanjay Mishra is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) – India Sales and Bangladesh Business at Marico Ltd. He is responsible for the Go To Market (GTM) Transformation endeavour in line with Marico's portfolio of the future, and reinforce the Sales function. Along with spearheading the Sales for Marico India, he also oversees the Marico Business in Bangladesh. Prior to Marico, Sanjay was working with PepsiCo where he started his career as Sales Director - Traditional Trade for India in 2009. He became the Market Unit General Manager (West) India, in 2010, and rose up the corporate ladder to his last position as Senior Director - GTM and Sales Capability at PepsiCo AMENA (Asia, Middle East and North Africa) in 2013. In this role, he was responsible for delivering GTM transformation in key AMENA markets. Prior to PepsiCo, he was Vice President - Merchandising with Spencers Retail Limited in India in 2006, where he was instrumental in expanding Spencers footprint. He led the initiative of getting international retail food chain “Au Bon Pain”, a Boston US based Bakery Café Chain to India in tie-up with his company and lead various new ventures. Sanjay brings with him around 20 years of experience, and has had a long association with Marico where he led and supported various Sales leadership roles at operational and strategic levels from 1997 to 2006. The last role he held in Marico was Head – Sales Development. He started his career with Dunlop India in 1995. Sanjay did his B.Sc. in 1992 from City College, Kolkata and completed his Business Management from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad in 1995.
Chief Legal Officer
Gaurav Mediratta joined Marico Limited in March 2018 as the Executive Vice President and Head – Legal, responsible for overseeing the legal advisory function encompassing Litigation and Laws relating to Competition, Employment, Industrial, Food, Environment, I.P.R. protection, Contracts, M&A and Commercial.
He has 18 years of professional experience in the Legal & Compliance domain of which he spent 16 years with Hindustan Unilever Ltd. At HUL, Gaurav worked extensively on advising businesses on Litigation and Laws relating to Labour, Foods, Cosmetics, Legal Metrology, IP, Brand Protection, Taxation, Real Estate, Competition, Anti Bribery, Privacy, and M&A.
Prior to HUL, he briefly worked with GE Capital International Services (GECIS) – now GENPACT, as a Legal Consultant.
He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Commerce and has completed Bachelor of Legislative Law (LLB) from The Delhi University. In 2001, Gaurav completed a Diploma in Cyber Laws from the Indian Law Institute.
Gaurav is a Director on the Board of Blended Edible Oil Manufacturers Association Pvt Ltd. (BEOMA). He is also a member of Legal Committee of Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA). He sits on the FMCG as well as the Cosmetics Regulatory Committees of FICCI and is an active member of the CII National Committee on Food Processing Industries.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Amit Prakash is currently the CHRO at Marico, responsible for the overall organizational development through people management practices, culture-building initiatives, developing and strengthening functional leadership capabilities.
He joined Marico in 2015 as the Head of Human Resources - India Business.
With 20 years of work experience, Amit has been responsible for setting up the Corporate HR function at Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages where he also led business transformation with specific focus on people productivity & process efficiency.
He has also worked with Delphi, ITC and LG in varied roles. Over the years, his experience includes, performance management and improvement, talent management and planning to career and succession development as well as organizational development.
Amit holds a Bachelors’ degree in Science from Hansraj College and has done MPM (HR) from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management.
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Koshy George is currently the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Marico India and is responsible for leading the brand marketing initiatives of the Company. He started his career with Marico India in 2001 as a Management Trainee and was an Area Sales Manager before moving to Hindustan Unilever.
Koshy George brings with him more than 17 years of sales and marketing experience across diverse categories such as personal care, home care, and foods. His most recent role was Global Marketing Director - Skin Cleansing at Hindustan Unilever.
During his tenure with Unilever, Koshy has worked across building and transforming various brands and categories. He was responsible for the Global leadership of two of Unilever's iconic personal care brands - Lifebuoy & Pears. Koshy has served on HUL's Home and Personal Care leadership teams from 2010 to 2016.
Koshy holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from The Hindu College and is an alumnus of the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.