Governance:  Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Vinod Nambiar

Mr. Vinod  Nambiar  joined Colgate-Palmolive India in 1999 and progressed through various roles of increasing responsibility. In 2004, he became Customer Development Director for the subsidiary.  Later in  2005, he became  General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Romania and moved as Vice President and General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Italy, where he and his team achieved growth in an extremely challenging economic environment. In 2011, he was appointed as Vice President and General Manager of Global Personal Care, New York, where he partnered with Global Technology and the Global Supply Chain to build a long-term plan for the category and to drive simplification and profitable growth.
Vinod led Colgate-Palmolive China in 2012 before taking up the position in 2014 as Vice President and General Manager of the Colgate-Palmolive Greater China Hub - that included China, Hong Kong and Sanxiao. In this critical leadership role, Vinod established clear commercial priorities with consistently strong execution, driving increased effectiveness and efficiency. He has been recently appointed as the President of the Asia Pacific Division. He was appointed as a Non-executive Director and Chairman to the Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited Board from 28 September, 2015.

R. A. Shah
Non-executive & Independent Director (Vice-Chairman)

Mr. R. A. Shah is a leading Solicitor and a Senior Partner of M/s Crawford Bayley & Co., a firm of Solicitors & Advocates. He specialises in a broad spectrum of corporate laws. He is also the Chairman/Member of audit committees of a number of public limited companies in India. Appointed Vice-Chairman on the CPIL Board from 23 May 1983.

P. K. Ghosh
Non-executive & Independent Director (Deputy Chairman)

Mr. P. K. Ghosh is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a former Managing Director of Colgate-Palmolive, India. Since 1974, he served the Company in various capacities. Mr. Ghosh brings to the CPIL Board, his rich experience and understanding of the consumer product business and the Company stands to benefit significantly from his expertise. Appointed Dy. Chairman on the CPIL Board from 1993.

Issam Bachaalani
Managing Director

Mr. Issam Bachaalani has been the Managing Director at Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited since October 1, 2014.  He joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1991 as part of the Global Marketing Development Program and later moved to the US Household Surface Care in New York. He has since, held a series of significant positions in various divisions and subsidiaries with Colgate-Palmolive globally. In 1996, Mr. Bachaalani joined the Central Europe/Russia Division as Marketing Manager. In 1999, he was promoted to Associate Director, Household Surface Care for Colgate - Palmolive Mexico, and then moved as Marketing Director, Colgate-Palmolive Dominican Republic. In 2002, Mr. Bachaalani was promoted to Marketing Director of Colgate-Palmolive, South Africa. In 2006, he was promoted as General Manager, Colgate-Palmolive Hong Kong, where he and his team played a significant role in strengthening Colgate toothpaste market shares. In 2009, he was promoted to General Manager for Colgate-Palmolive, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. In 2012, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Global Toothbrush Division, where he and his team drove the business to record high global market shares expanding Manual Toothbrush Leadership with record sales, profits and unprecedented innovation stream of successful new products.

M.S Jacob
Whole-time Director & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. M.S. Jacob joined Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited in 1995 in the Continuous Improvement Group. Over the course of 21 years, Jacob has served through leadership roles in Finance at Colgate-Palmolive Company’s subsidiaries in India, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia as well as at the Asia Pacific Division Head Quarters in Hong Kong. Most recently, Jacob was Finance Director of Colgate-Palmolive Malaysia Group where he led several key initiatives including the local execution of the Global Growth Efficiency Program and successful transition of the Goods & Services Tax. As Finance Director of Colgate-Palmolive India, Jacob will provide overall financial leadership including Investor Relations. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai University and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Appointed as Whole-Time Director of the Company effective October 28, 2016.

M Chandrasekar
Whole-time Director
Mr. M Chandrasekar joined Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited in 1989 in Sales. During the course of his 27 years at Colgate, he progressed through increasing levels of responsibility in the Customer Development & Sales function in different regional roles of Colgate-Palmolive India, leading to the position of Executive Vice- President – Sales & Customer Development. In his current role, Mr. Chandrasekar has further strengthened Colgate’s distribution network, enhanced customer engagement and pioneered several technology enabled improvements to drive Colgate’s sales growth in India. Mr. Chandrasekar holds a B.Sc degree in Mathematics from American College, Madurai. Mr. Chandrasekar has been appointed as the Additional Director (Whole-time Director) of the Company effective January 2, 2017.      
Vikram Mehta
Non-executive & Independent Director

Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta was the Chairman of the Shell Group of companies in India since 1994. His illustrious career began as Member of the Indian Administrative Service of the Government of India. Mr. Mehta has held Advisory positions with world-renowned petroleum companies and the Indian Government's Ministry of Petroleum. Appointed Director to the CPIL Board from 25 October 2001.

J. K. Setna
Non-executive & Independent Director

Mr. J. K. Setna is a trustee of the N.M. Wadia Charities and its associated Trusts and also Director on the Board of Governors of Escorts, Heart Institute & Research Centre. Mr. Setna is a special permanent invitee to the Executive Council of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Appointed Director to the CPIL Board from 21 September 1978.

Indu Shahani
Non-executive & Independent Director

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani, the Former Sheriff of Mumbai, is an academician.Since 2000 she has been the Principal of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai. She has done Ph.D in Commerce from University of Mumbai on enhancing Academia Institutional linkages. She is on board of several Indian Companies. A doyen in the field of academics, Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani has over three decades of teaching experience at the college and university level. She is also a member of the University Grants Commission (UGC); serves as an Advisor to the International Baccalaureate (IB) in India, and Chairperson, Unitedway, Mumbai. Dr Shahani was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminister in London. Appointed as Non-Executive Director to the CPIL Board from 23 January 2012.

Shyamala Gopinath
Non-executive & Independent Director

Ms. Shyamala Gopinath has over 4 (four) decades of experience in the field of finance. She worked in different capacities at the Reserve Bank of India where she handled some critical portfolios such as financial market regulation and operations, management of government debt, management of forex reserves, and regulation of non-banking financial companies. She was also a non-executive director on the boards of public sector banks and public financial institutions as RBI nominee. Ms. Gopinath retired as Deputy Governor of RBI.
Ms. Gopinath is the Independent Non-executive Chairperson of the HDFC Bank and is also on the Board of a large public sector organization (Indian Oil Corporation) and on the boards of other private organizations (Tata Elxsi, EID Parry, etc.). Appointed as Additional Director (Non-executive & Independent) to the CPIL Board from May 19, 2015.

Updated: January 2nd, 2017.
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