United Spirits has announced the appointment of Hina Nagarajan as a next CEO from July 1st 2020.She will replace the current CEO & MD Anand Kripalu who has joined the company 8 years ago, will step down on June 30, 2020.
One of the key contribution of Anand Kripalu was, that he inducted 40% female staff in USL executive team.Now a woman is taking over his position as well.
Nagarajan is currently the managing director of the Africa Regional Markets (ARM) at Diageo, parent company of USL, and will join USL as the CEO-Designate from April 1, the company said, adding she will take over formally from July 1 and will be a member of the Diageo Executive Committee.
She will report to John Kennedy, the president of Diageo Europe and India. Nagarajan will be based in Bengaluru and will work closely with Kripalu to ensure a smooth transition, the company said.
Nagarajan has started her career in 1987 with Nestle India, after completing her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Prior to joining liquor industry she had worked for 30 years in the consumer health, infant nutrition and life style industry segments.
Nagarajan has led operations in Ghana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, the Indian Ocean, Angola and several other countries since joining Diageo in the summer of 2018.Before joining Diageo, she was MD China & SVP North Asia with RB (Reckitt Benckiser).
USL manufactures, sells and distributes an outstanding portfolio of premium brands such as Johnnie Walker, Black Dog, Black & White, VAT 69, Antiquity, Signature, Royal Challenge, McDowell’s No.1, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan.