Germany-based Henkel has appointed Sunil Kumar as the Country President of its India businesses, effective October 1, 2020. In this role, he will be responsible for guiding Henkel’s adhesive and beauty care businesses in India and the two legal entities of the company in the country – Henkel Adhesives Technologies India and Henkel Anand India.
Besides this role, Sunil will continue in his existing role of Regional Business Director – Packaging SBU for India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA), Henkel Adhesive Technologies.
Sunil succeeds Shilip, who led the India business for over four years, and will now move to Shanghai as Vice-President – Metals for IMEA & APAC (Asia Pacific). Sunil joined Henkel in January 2015 as Business Director - Packaging & Consumer Goods, South Asia. In this role, he was responsible for Flexible Packaging, Packaging and Labelling, Paper, Tapes, Labels, Personal Hygiene, Building, Construction and Sports and Fashion businesses in the country.
Commenting on his new role, Sunil said, “From a growth perspective, we are very confident that India offers considerable growth potential for decades to come, hence Henkel’s global long-term strategic focus on ‘Purposeful Growth’ will be lived strongly in India. Our endeavour will be to effectively utilise the strong resources and investments made by our parent company and leverage this to the highest growth potential in the country. We will continue to focus on delivering excellence through innovative technologies and solutions; thereby bringing sustainable, differentiated value to our customers in the country.”
Kumar began his career in 1990 with Carborundum Universal, a division of the Murugappa Group. He has also worked with Castrol from 1992 in various sales and marketing positions across industrial segments of automotive and metals amongst others. He holds a Bachelor’s in Technology degree (B.Tech) in Chemical Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, CIT Coimbatore. He has also completed an Executive Certificate Program in Business Management, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
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