March 11, 2022 11:11 AM
Colgate-Palmolive (India) share price rose two percent on March 11 after the company appointed outsider and Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) executive Prabha Narasimhan as CEO and MD in place of Ram Raghavan.
In a filing to the exchanges on Thursday—the maker of Colgate toothpaste and Palmolive hand wash said the nomination and remuneration committee of the Board of Directors approved that effective 16th April, 2022, Ram Raghavan, managing director and CEO of the company has been promoted to president, enterprise oral care, for Colgate-Palmolive Company. Raghavan will be based out of the company’s headquarters in New York.
Raghavan has informed Colgate-Palmolive (India) of his decision to resign from the office of MD and CEO with effect from April 15.
Narasimhan’s appointment will be effective from September 1.
Narasimhan has over two decades of experience across consumer marketing insights, customer development and marketing roles in multiple geographies and across multiple categories including beauty, personal care and refreshments.
In her last role—Narasimhan was executive director, home care for Hindustan Unilever Limited and vice president, home care, Unilever, South Asia. Narasimhan joined HUL in 2006.
Colgate-Palmolive (India) said, Narasimhan is a graduate of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. She joins the league of former HUL executives who’ve moved on to head large consumer products businesses.
Last year—Mumbai-based FMCG company Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) announced the appointment of Sudhir Sitapati as its managing director and chief executive officer effective. Sitapati was the former executive director, foods and refreshments at HUL. Executives from HUL’s India business have also moved to top global roles within the wider Unilever ecosystem.
According to HUL’s website—under Narasimhan’s leadership of the skin care business delivered a market-beating growth rate between 2016-19.
Colgate-Palmolive (India) said, Prabha has over 23 years of experience across consumer marketing insights, customer development and marketing roles in multiple geographies (South Asia & NAME) and categories (beauty and personal Care and refreshment), according to the website.
This was enabled by a broad-based performance delivery across all brands and sub-segments – colors business delivering high double-digit growth during the entire tenure, strengthening of our flagship brand Glow & Lovely and entry into newer skin care segments. Narasimhan moved to the home care role in early 2020
“Narasimhan could be a great hire for Colgate-Palmolive (India) to further scale up aggression in oral care—especially get back market share from Dabur, Patanjali and have a larger play in naturals and scale up the Palmolive brand,” said Abneesh Roy, Executive Director, Institutional Equities, Edelweiss Securities. Roy said this shows renewed aggression by the company to try new initiatives.
In fiscal 2021 the Colgate-Palmolive (India) company reported total revenue of ₹4,871.56 crore with a profit of ₹1,035.38 crore. In India the company sells—oral care and personal care products such as body wash, toothpaste, hand sanitizers, toothbrush, body wash and mouth sprays.