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HUL announces key changes in management committee; promotes BP Biddappa & Anuradha Razdan

Biddappa will join HUL management committee as executive director & Razdan will lead as global chief reward & organisation development officer.

BP Biddappa will join the HUL management committee as executive director, human resources and chief people, transformation and sustainability officer for South Asia. Biddappa will also join the HUL board as a whole time director, subject to shareholder approval. In this role, he will lead the people agenda for South Asia as well as drive the transformation interventions from a business, organisation, and sustainability perspective.

Anuradha Razdan, currently executive director, human resources, HUL and chief HR officer, South Asia will be appointed to a global role as chief reward and organisation development officer for Unilever. This change will be effective June 1, 2024.

Biddappa is currently the chief HR officer for global home care and head, global employee relations for Unilever. He started his over three-decade-long career in Unilever with a factory stint in HUL and then moved on to undertake a variety of roles, from leadership development to business partnering, across several Unilever businesses and led HR for Unilever in Maghreb, Bangladesh, and India.

During his last stint in HUL, he was instrumental in setting up the Winning in Many Indias approach, creating a more agile and focused business unit framework in South Asia and launching the Prabhat community development program that has, till date, impacted over 10 million Indians. Over the last 5 years, he has led two critical expertise functions for Unilever globally– organisation development and people analytics and global employee relations. He also helped set up and build the Health and Wellbeing business for Unilever as well as the Unilever Professionals business.

Anuradha has been the executive director, HR at HUL and CHRO for South Asia for the last five years. During her tenure, she helped the business navigate the COVID pandemic. Under her leadership, the company completed the people integration for the HUL-GSK CH merger. She led the company towards its ambition of being a gender balanced organisation – launching multi-year programmes, like Ahilya and Samavesh, to improve gender balance in traditionally male bastions such as Sales and the Factory shopfloor.

Welcoming Biddappa back to India, Rohit Jawa, CEO and managing director, HUL said, “An accomplished HR leader with over three decades of experience, Biddappa comes with immense knowledge of transformation and organisational development. I am glad to welcome him to the HUL Leadership and I am confident that his able guidance and leadership will help transform the business to progress further on our future-fit agenda.”

Thanking Anuradha for her contribution to the business, Rohit added, “Anuradha is known for her ability to shape and deliver a strategic business-focused people agenda. She has played a key role in the HUL Leadership Team over the past five years. Her appointment to a senior leadership role for Unilever is yet another testimony to the powerhouse of talent we have in India.”

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