Governance:  Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Vinod Nambiar

Mr. Vinod Nambiar joined Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited (CP-India) in 1999. In 2004, he became the Customer Development Director of CP-India and in 2005, rose to be the General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive, Romania. He then served as Vice-President & General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive, Italy. In 2011, he was appointed Vice-President & General Manager of Global Personal Care, New York, post which he led Colgate-Palmolive, China in 2012. In 2014, he took on the position of Vice-President & General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive, Greater China Hub (which includes China, Hong Kong and Colgate-Palmolive, Sanxio). Mr. Nambiar currently serves as the President of Colgate-Palmolive’s Asia Pacific Division. Appointed as a Non-Executive Director & Chairman of CP-India in 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 as Vice-Chairman on the Board in 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 (ICAI) and a former Managing Director of CP-India. Since 1974, he served the Company in various capacities. Mr. Ghosh brings to the Board his rich experience and understanding of the consumer product business. Appointed as Deputy Chairman on the Board in 1993.

J. K. Setna
Non-executive & Independent Director

Mr. J. K. Setna is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Mr. Setna retired from Ingersoll-Rand (India) Limited as the Chairman in 1993. Mr. Setna was on the Board of Tata Sons Limited from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. Mr. Setna is also a trustee of the N.M. Wadia Charities and its associated Trusts. He brings to the Board his rich experience and understanding of the Indian industry and consumer business. Appointed as a Director on the Board in 1978.

Vikram Singh Mehta
Non-executive & Independent Director

Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta was the Chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India from 1994 till 2013. Mr. Mehta with a brilliant academic record began his illustrious career as a 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. Mr. Mehta is on eminent Boards such as Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, L&T Limited, Apollo Tyres Limited and Vodafone India Limited. Appointed as a Director on the Board in 2001.

Issam Bachaalani
Managing Director

Mr. Issam Bachaalani has been the Managing Director of CP-India 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 within Colgate-Palmolive globally. In 1996, he joined the Central Europe/Russia Division as Marketing Manager, then in 1999 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. In 2009, he was promoted to General Manager Colgate-Palmolive - Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. From 2012, he was Vice-President & General Manager of the Global Toothbrush Division till he joined CP-India.

Indu Shahani
Non-executive & Independent Director

Dr. Shahani is the President and Chairperson at the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) and Founding Dean of Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship (ISME). Formerly Sheriff of Mumbai, Dr. Shahani served as the Principal of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai from the year 2000 till July 2016. She is on the board of several Indian Companies. A doyen in the field of academics, Dr. Shahani has over three decades of teaching experience at the College and University level. Dr. Shahani was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster in London. She is acknowledged worldwide for her significant contribution to education and value-based leadership. Appointed as a Director on the Board in 2012.

Shyamala Gopinath
Non-executive & Independent Director

Ms. Gopinath has over four decades of experience in the field of finance. She worked in different capacities at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).. She was also a non-executive director on the boards of public sector banks and public financial institutions as a nominee of RBI. Ms. Gopinath retired as the Deputy Governor of RBI. She is the Independent Part-time Non-Executive Chairperson of the HDFC Bank and also on the Boards of Tata Elxsi Limited and Vodafone India Limited. Appointed as a Director on the Board in 2015.

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

Mr. M. S. Jacob joined CP-India in 1995 in the Continuous Improvement Group. Over the course of 21 years, Jacob served through leadership roles in Finance at Colgate-Palmolive Company’s subsidiaries in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia as well as at the Asia Pacific Division Head Quarters at Hong Kong. His last assignment was as the Finance Director of Colgate-Palmolive-Malaysia. As Finance Director of CP-India, Jacob provides overall financial leadership including on Investor Relations matters. Appointed as an Additional Director (Whole-time Director) on the Board in October 2016.

M Chandrasekar
Whole-time Director & Executive Vice-President - Sales & Customer Development

Mr. M. Chandrasekar joined CP-India 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 CP-India, leading to the position of Executive Vice-President – Sales & Customer Development. Appointed as an Additional Director (Whole-time Director) on the Board in January 2017.

Updated: July 31st, 2017.
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