Arun Adhikari is an Independent Director of our Company. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1975. He went on to complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He started working at Hindustan Unilever Limited from 1977 and held a number of senior positions in the fields of sales, marketing and consumer research.
After being the Executive Director at Hindustan Unilever Limited in 2000, he was appointed as the Managing Director for Home and Personal Care and joined the board of directors of Hindustan Unilever Limited where he was involved in external relationships with the Government and media, investor relations, risk management, and corporate governance. He was appointed as the chairman of Unilever Japan KK in 2006. He was later appointed as the Senior Vice President for Unilever Laundry Category across Asia and Africa where his key responsibilities included development of category and brand strategy, brand portfolio decisions, supply chain strategy, pricing strategy, product innovation and 133 advertising development.
After retiring from Unilever in 2014, he joined McKinsey & Company in India as a Senior Advisor supporting the consumer practice and started working extensively with McKinsey& Company’s clients across a wide range of sectors, advising on marketing and sales strategy. From 2000 to 2006, he was also a member of the executive and governing bodies of several industry, trade and professional associations in India including the Market Research Society of India, Indian Soaps and Toiletries Manufacturers Association, Indian Society of Advertisers and the Advertising Standards Council of India.