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Reckitt Benckiser announces Laxman Narasimhan as CEO

By Retail4Growth Team | June 14, 2019

Narasimhan’s initial priorities will be to focus on delivering outperformance, especially in the Health business unit, and to drive RB2.0., the company said in a statement.

British consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (RB) has named Laxman Narasimhan as its CEO, succeeding outgoing CEO Rakesh Kapoor. Narasimhan will join the company as CEO-designate and will be appointed to the Board as an Executive Director effective July 16. He will become Group CEO with effect from September 1.

The company said in a statement that Narasimhan joins RB from PepsiCo where he is currently the Global Chief Commercial Officer responsible for PepsiCo's integrated long-term growth strategy. He has been a member of the PepsiCo executive committee for the last four years reporting to the Chairman and Chief Executive. He leads Strategy, Global Category Groups, Global R&D and is implementing an advanced digital capability across the PepsiCo business.

“The Board is delighted to have appointed Laxman as our new Chief Executive Officer after a thorough and rigorous global selection process from a strong bench of internal and external candidates. Laxman is an outstanding leader who brings wide experience across the consumer goods sector, both operationally at scale, and from his time at McKinsey. He has led complex operational businesses and inspired teams across developed and emerging markets to achieve market-leading performance,” Chris Sinclair, Chairman of the Board, RB said in a statement.

Narasimhan’s initial priorities will be to focus on delivering outperformance, especially in the Health business unit, and to drive RB2.0., the company said.

“Laxman has exceptional strategic capabilities and consumer insight with a proven track record in developing purpose-led brands and driving consumer centric and digital innovation. This, combined with his excellent people engagement and leadership skills, gives the Board confidence that he will continue to evolve the strong culture of RB and deliver outperformance,” Sinclair further added.

“I’m delighted to be joining RB as the next Chief Executive Officer at an exciting time for the business. It is a special company with a long history of outperformance, creating innovative products and iconic brands which improve the health and lives of people across the globe. I’m looking forward to working with an exceptional group of leaders over the coming years to continue to transform RB,” Laxman Narasimhan said in a statement.

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