P&G India appoints Madhusudan Gopalan as Managing Director & CEO
P&G India announces its new Managing Director & CEO Mr. Madhusudan Gopalan who will take over from April 1, 2018. Mr. Madhusudan Gopalan has more than 18 years of experience working for the company across business units and diverse geographies like India, US and ASEAN countries. Madhusudan is currently leading the P&G business in Indonesia where he has led strong sales growth, share turn around, strong value creation and cash productivity. Madhusudan will take over from Mr. Al Rajwani, who is set to retire from the company after 37 years of service after the end of the financial year. Until his retirement, Al will help in onboarding Madhusudan on the India business and enable a smooth transition. During Al’s tenure, over the last three years, the P&G business in India underwent a portfolio transformation that saw the company go from losing money to delivering triple digit-profit in a couple of years. In the first half of the company’s financial year 17-18 ending December’17, P&G has delivered double-digit sales growth with majority of the business growing share. P&G continues to be the market leader in most of the segments it operates in like baby diapers, blades & razors, feminine care, shave prep, health care, anti- ageing skincare, and is number 2 in shampoos and toothbrushes.
Madhusudan started his career with P&G in India 1999 as a new hire in the Sales function from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and worked in various locations across India including being part of P&G’s first Modern Retail team in India. His first international assignment was to P&G's headquarters in the United States, where he worked with the P&G Wal-Mart business team. He returned to India as the Head - Market, Strategic & Planning and oversaw the rapid growth of P&G’s business that grew 10 times in the space of a decade. He then moved to Indonesia as Head of Sales where he learnt to speak the local language, Bahasa Indonesia. Madhu later assumed the position of ASEAN Commercial Leader based in Bangkok, where he oversaw the commercial category teams across all P&G ASEAN countries and helped set up P&G’s e-commerce business teams in the region. Madhu returned to Indonesia as the Head of P&G business, where he is responsible for developing P&G’s business, organization and corporate reputation. Madhu has more than 18 years of diverse experience in the FMCG industry with P&G, working in India, US and ASEAN markets; wide range of categories and channels.