Thursday, April 13, 2006

Manvinder Singh (Vindi) Banga

Manvinder Singh Banga has held a variety of positions in Unilever since he joined in 1977. He was senior vice president, Hair and Oral Care from 1998 to 2000. From 1995 to 1998, he was the director for Detergents, Hindustan Lever, as well as category leader for Soaps and Detergents for Unilever’s Central Asia and Middle East Region. In 2004 he was business group president for Unilever’s Home and Personal Care business in Asia. He is also non-executive chairman of Hindustan Lever. In April 2005, Vindi joined the newly formed Unilever executive (UEX) and was appointed president Foods.

He is actively involved on the boards and managing committees of many trade and non-trade bodies including the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is also a director on the board of Maruti Udyog Ltd, India’s largest car manufacturer.

He is a gold medallist of the Indian Institute of Management where he completed his postgraduate degree in management. Before that he gained a gold medal at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he completed his bachelor of technology (Mech Eng) in 1975.

Vindi is a keen golfer. He is married with two sons.

Career Path
1977: Joined Hindustan Lever
1979: Area Sales Manager, Detergents
1980: Area Sales Manager, Personal Products
1981: Brand Manager, Personal Products
1982: Branch Sales Manager, North
1985: Moved to Lever Bros, UK as Brand Manager, HHC
1986: Lever Bros, UK - Sr. Brand Manager, Detergents
1987: Dy. Marketing Manager, Fabrics, Hindustan Lever
1988: Branch Manager, South India
1990: Marketing Manager, Fabrics and HCC
1993: General Manager, Personal Products
1994: Div.Vice President, Personal Products
1995: Director, Personal Products
1995: Director, Detergents
1998: SVP, Hair and Oral, Unilever PLC, UK
2000: Appointed Chairman of Hindustan Lever Ltd.
2004: BGP, Home and Personal Care Asia
2005: Appointed president foods