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Modenik appoints LV Vaidyanathan as executive chairman

He will assume the role in July 2024.

Modenik Lifestyle, an Indian essential wear company backed by Advent International, has announced LV Vaidyanathan, as its executive chairman. He will assume the role in July 2024.

Prior to this, Vaidyanathan was associated with P&G India as its CEO and MD. The appointment is followed by the retirement of Sunil Sethi from his role as executive chairman, effective July 31, 2024. He will continue to serve on the board of directors.

Vaidyanathan began his career with P&G. With over 25 years of experience across multiple markets, including India, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, he has served as CEO & MD for P&G in Indonesia and subsequently in India.

“My tenure at Modenik Lifestyle has been immensely rewarding. As I embark upon my new journey focused on strategic/advisory roles and entrepreneurial venture that gives back to the community, it is with great confidence that I pass the baton to L.V. Vaidyanathan, whose extensive expertise and vision will propel Modenik to new heights. I am excited to welcome him and look forward to the continued growth and success of the company under his leadership. I am proud of seeing through Shekhar Tewari’s journey to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the company,” said Sethi.

“We thank Sunil, whose leadership has built Modenik into a high quality organisation today, with robust systems and processes. We are excited for the next phase of Modenik’s journey, and we believe L.V. Vaidyanathan’s vast expertise and forward-thinking approach will elevate Modenik to a market leading position,” said Sahil Dalal, managing director at Advent India PE Advisors.

Vaidynathan said, "I am thrilled to join Modenik Lifestyle, a company celebrated for its innovation and leadership in the essential wear industry. Sunil Sethi’s outstanding contributions have established a robust foundation. I am eager to collaborate with Shekhar Tewari and Modenik’s talented team to drive growth and achieve new milestones.”

Shantanu Khosla, board member, Modenik Lifestyle said, “I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Sunil Sethi for his invaluable contributions to Modenik Lifestyle, which have laid a robust foundation for our continued success. As LV transitions from his successful tenure at P&G to join Modenik, it reflects a broader trend of multinational CEOs moving to private equity-backed companies in India, drawn by the opportunity to drive rapid growth and create substantial value. His decision to join us underscores his confidence in our vision and commitment to advancing our growth trajectory. Additionally, the elevation of Shekhar Tewari to CEO further strengthens our management team, and I am excited to see the innovations and successes that this new leadership will bring."

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