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Executive Management Team
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Prabha Parameswaran
Managing Director

Ms. Prabha Parameswaran joined Colgate-Palmolive, India in 1995. She has since, held a series of significant positions in New York in Global Business Development Oral Care and in Global Toothbrush Division. She was responsible for developing oral care strategies and new products where she provided critical leadership to subsidiaries in setting category and commercial strategies. Ms.Parameswaran was Marketing Director for Personal Care and Home Care categories in Greater Asia Division, prior to taking over as Vice-President - Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive India, in September 2007. Prabha then led the Marketing organization in Colgate-Palmolive, Mexico as Marketing Director. Under her leadership, the sales and market shares of the subsidiary performed strongly. With her broad based experience across categories in Global, Division and Subsidiary roles combined with her strong leadership and proven marketing skills, Prabha, in her current role, will continue to drive growth in the Indian Market.

      
Godfrey Nthunzi
Executive Vice-President - Finance

Mr. Godfrey Nithunzi initially joined Colgate-Palmolive South Africa in 1993 as Internal Audit Manager and was promoted to Budgets & Planning Manger.
In 1996, he left Colgate to join Bristol Myers Squibb as Finance Director going on to become the Commercial Director. Godfrey rejoined Colgate-Palmolive South Africa in 2001 as Finance Director. He helped strengthen the financial health of the subsidiary, leading to increased sales and profitability. Godfrey also contributed to the successful implementation of several business building projects and the implementation of a very successful funding the growth program. Most recently, Godfrey was Finance Director of Colgate-Palmolive, Canada, where he contributed to the improvement in the subsidiary’s margins and overall profitability whilst growing market shares. He was also instrumental in raising the financial awareness of the commercial team which has contributed in putting the Canadian business on a path to sustainable top-line growth, while delivering profitable growth. Godfrey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and completed his MBA at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Godfrey is a Chartered Accountant.

      
Niket Ghate
Vice President, Legal & Company Secretary

Mr. Niket Ghate joined Colgate-Palmolive, India in August 2011 and was appointed Vice President - Legal & Company Secretary. Prior to this, Niket was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Patni Computer Systems. Niket has 21 years of valuable experience in the streams of Law like Litigation, Contract negotiations, Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to Patni Computer Systems Mr.Niket Ghate worked with Transocean, KPMG, Carrier Air-conditioners, Tata- Lucent Technologies in roles of increasing responsibilities. Niket holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University College of Law, Nagpur, India, and, is also a Company Secretary affiliated to the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of United Kingdom.

      
Ajith Babu
Marketing Director

Mr. Ajith Babu joined Colgate-Palmolive, India in December 2012 and was appointed Marketing Director. Ajith’s broad based experience in global and regional roles, in operations and innovations, position him well to drive continued growth at Colgate-Palmolive, India. Most recently, Ajith was the Vice President for the Skin Care category in South Asia & Global Brand Vice President for Fair and Lovely at Hindustan Unilever. Prior to this, Ajith was spearheading the South Asian skin cleansing, face & body care portfolio and was instrumental in the turnaround of the India skin cleansing market share, leading the growth in hand & body care and driving the Fair & Lovely brand growth. Before assuming his skin care role, Ajith was the Regional Category Vice President for Home Care for Africa, Middle East and Turkey, responsible for developing and executing the category/ brand plans in countries as diverse as Turkey, Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya etc. Ajith started his career at Hindustan Unilever in 1990 as an Area Sales Manager post completion of the management trainee program and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing. He holds a MBA degree in Marketing from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Calicut.

      
M Chandrasekar
Vice President, Customer Development

Mr. M Chandrasekar joined the company in 1989 in Customer Development. Since 2006, he progressed in positions of increasing responsibilities across the Customer Development organization in India. He has over 20 years of rich & varied experience within the Customer Development. He brings with him a wealth of experience from various assignments in Colgate-Palmolive. Since 2006, M Chandrasekar has been Customer Development Team Leader at Chennai. During his tenure, he delivered strong business growth across the geography. He consistently delivered sales through strong commercial discipline and by focusing on people development and enhancing team capabilities. Most recently, Chandrasekar led the Colgate-Palmolive India rural task force that has provided valuable insights to drive growth and distribution in the rural markets.

      
Shashank Potnis
Director, Global Technology Centre

Dr. Shashank Potnis joined the company in 2004 and progressed in positions of increasing responsibilities across the Research and Development Organization in India. He currently leads the India Global Technology Centre (IGTC) which supports Colgate India, Greater Asia, Africa Middle East and Eurasia Divisions to meet their research and development needs. Within the Research & Development Industry, Dr. Shashank Potnis has over 20 years of rich and varied experience, having worked with multinationals such as BASF and ICI India Ltd., in areas such as pharmaceuticals, surfactants and polymers. Shashank holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from India. He will focus on driving business growth with new product innovations and implementation of global bundles, support manufacturing & supply chain to ensure speed to market and will continue analytical, microbiology and clinical programs to meet global needs of the Company. In addition, he will drive external collaborative research programs for the Company, in partnership with the Global Technology Centre in USA.

      
Mustapha Yajid
Vice-President Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Mr. Mustapha Yajid joined Colgate-Palmolive, Morocco in 2000 as a Senior Manager, Operations, Quality and EOHS (Environmental & Occupational, Health & Safety). In this role, he enhanced the quality systems, contributing to improved productivity. Over the years he held a series of significant positions in the Company's subsidiaries at South Africa, Egypt and The Netherlands. Most recently, Mustapha was the Director, Quality & Technology -Toothbrushes for Europe and Asia, where he ensured uniform implementation of global quality standards, guidelines and systems. He provided strong leadership in enhancing quality systems across toothbrush plants and contract manufacturers globally. Mustapha was instrumental in improving the Global Toothbrush Quality organization and for driving a culture of quality across the Global Toothbrush Division. He holds an Engineering Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie in France. As Vice-President Manufacturing, Mustapha will be responsible for the overall management of the Colgate India Toothpaste and Toothpowder Plants.

      
Aditya Singh
Vice-President, Human Resources

Mr Aditya Singh initially joined Colgate-Palmolive, India in 1994 in Human Resources and was with the company till 2004. During this period, Aditya made significant contributions in organizational development, rewards and performance management, succession planning, employee and industrial relations. He re-joined the company in 2008 as Vice-President - HR. In the interim he was Director - Corporate Human Resources & Global Consumer Health Care at Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited. Aditya has varied experience in the field of HR leadership and management combined with Finance (treasury and insurance) and non-life insurance (Operations Business Development).

      
Manu Mehrotra
Vice President, Toothbrush Category Supply Chain

Mr. Manu Mehrotra joined Colgate-Palmolive at the Aurgangabad manufacturing plant in India in 1989. Progressing through positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, he moved to the Regional Technology Centre in India in 1999 and soon took over the responsibilities of Senior Technology Leader for the Africa/Middle East Division, contributed significantly to technology transfer, quality up-gradation and margin improvement. In 2004, Manu became Associate Director of the Himachal Project, responsible for the entire project, setting up Colgate's new toothpaste manufacturing plant at Baddi. Under his leadership, the team delivered outstanding results in both performance and safety. Manu has been appointed to the current position, having most recently been the Director, Global Quality for Toothbrushes, where he was responsible for all quality initiatives and compliance, creating an organization that supported the transition to global categories. In his new role, Manu will be responsible for toothbrush production in India. Prior to joining Colgate, Manu was the Technical Manager for Hindustan Lever Limited.

      
V Ganesh
Vice President, Customer Service & Logistics

Mr. V Ganesh joined Colgate-Palmolive in February 1989 and was appointed Vice-President, Customer Service & Logistics in July 2014. Over his 25 years with the Company, Ganesh has taken up positions of increasing responsibilities across a cross-functional platform encompassing Customer Development, Customer Service & Logistics, & Information Technology. Most recently, Ganesh was the Customer Development Team Leader for West Branch with added responsibilities of managing the Company's sales & marketing operations in Bangladesh, SriLanka & Nepal. Ganesh's cross functional experience, analytics based commercial knowledge & strong working relationships with internal teams & external customers make him well qualified to deliver in this role.

      
Updated: July 02nd, 2014.
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