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Sanjiv Mehta to move as Chairman of Unilever Philippines Inc.

Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd (UBL) has been appointed as the Chairman & CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc.

Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd (UBL) the largest ‘fast moving consumer goods’ (FMCG) Company in the country, has been appointed as the Chairman & CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. Unilever Philippines is a USD 500 million business and is one of Unilever’s top ten businesses in Unilever’s Asia AMET (AA) region.

Sanjiv Mehta moved to Bangladesh in December 1998 after an extremely successful stint in Unilever Arabia, based in Dubai. Initially the Commercial Director, in early 2002 he took over as the Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd. He has been a key member of the South Asia Leadership Team (SALT) for Unilever which stewards the Unilever businesses in South Asia.

During his tenure in Bangladesh, UBL has been transformed into a high growth and one of Unilever’s fastest growing businesses. UBL has delivered strong double digit growth in each of the last 8 years and in the last two years the growth has exceeded 20%. It has tripled its size in the last 8 years to become a Taka 1200 crores enterprise.

UBL has one of the most enviable records in the industry and the Unilever world. It is a high growth, highly competitive and profitable business that straddles the economic pyramid in the country and is market leader in nearly all the categories in which it operates. 

During Mr. Mehta’s stint in Bangladesh not only has the business grown in size and competitiveness, but it has also achieved world class standards in various facets of the business including safety, environment, cost base, productivity and quality. UBL has developed distinctive capabilities in various functional areas which are being emulated by various companies across the country and in the Unilever world.

Widely recognised as one of the most respected companies in the country, UBL in recent years has received several prestigious awards and recognitions including Unilever’s ‘Platinum Sustained Innovation Performer’ award in 2006, Unilever’s ‘Best Customer Development Country 2005 in Asia’ award, ‘Special Achievement Award 2004’ by DHL & The Daily Star, Unilever’s ‘Brand Experience’ Awards amongst others. 

UBL is also the first Company in Bangladesh to have received the coveted ‘TPM Excellence Certificate’ from Japanese Institute of Plant Maintenance. Mr. Mehta has personally been recognized as the Business Executive of the Year 2003 by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh.

Unilever Bangladesh has led the way in engaging with the society. Its voluntary initiatives include the nationwide Health and Dental awareness program, setting up of the iconic Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital & Fair and Lovely Foundation, supporting the Maa Shishu O’ General Hospital in Chittagong and various other initiatives in the areas of Health, Education and Women’s empowerment. These were recognized in the business being awarded the ‘Standard Chartered - Financial Express CSR Award 2005’ in the first year of its institution. Mr. Mehta’s successor in UBL will be announced in a few days.

Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.

Unilever Bangladesh Ltd 
ZN Tower, Plot# 02 
Road # 08, Gulshan - 1 
Dhaka - 1212. 
Unilever Bangladesh  

T: +880 2 988 8452 
F: +880 2 881 0491

anika.bhuiyan@unilever.com   

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