Harish Manwani is the Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. and recently retired as the chief operating officer of Unilever.
Mr. Manwani joined the company in 1976 and was appointed as a Director on the Board of the company in 1995 responsible for the Personal Products business. In addition, he held regional responsibility as the Category Leader for Personal Products for the then Central Asia and Middle East (CAME) Group.
In 2000, Mr. Manwani moved to UK as the Senior Vice President for the Global Hair Care and Oral Care Categories and in early 2001, he was appointed as President - Home & Personal Care (HPC), Latin America Business Group. He has also served as the Chairman of Unilever’s Latin America Advisory Council. In 2004, he was appointed President and CEO of the HPC North America Business Group and in April 2005 was elevated to the Unilever Executive as the President - Asia & Africa.
In 2008, Mr. Manwani received the CNBC Asia Business Leader of the Year Award and as a part of the Singapore National Day Awards 2012, was conferred the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) by the Singapore Government.
Mr. Manwani is an Honours Graduate from Mumbai University and holds a Master Degree in Management Studies. He has also attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard Business School.