Hindustan Unilever (HUL) announced the departure of its executive director foods and refreshment Sudhir Sitapati. He would be replaced by Srinandan Sundaram, currently Executive Director -Customer Development.
During his tenure, Sudhir led the merger of Adityaa Milk and more recently, GSK Consumer Healthcare business into HUL, bringing iconic brands like Horlicks and Boost into the Unilever family. The Unilever Food Solutions business was also rewired and transformed into a growth engine.
Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and managing director, HUL, said, “I would like to thank Sudhir for his immense contributions to the Company over the last two decades. We cherish iconic ad campaigns like Daag Acche Hain and Swad Apnepan Ka that were created under his leadership. He played a pivotal role in the merger of GSK CH into HUL. I wish him the very best as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.”
He also added that he is delighted with the appointment of Srinandan Sundaram as new Head of Foods and Refreshment and is certain that he will take the business to the next level of performance.
Sundaram joined HUL as a Management Trainee in 1999 and over the last 22 years, has had a strong track record in both Customer Development and Marketing. In his current role, he has been at the forefront of bringing in leading-edge technology and transforming the Company’s CD organization into a High Tech – High Touch team. The Shikhar app, launched under his leadership, has lent a competitive edge to the business, especially during the pandemic and is the largest eB2B app in India today.
Sitapati is leaving the organization to pursue an external opportunity. It would be interesting to see the new direction the company under Srinandan Sundaram will be taking amidst the COVID-19 climate.