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Javed Akhtar is the new CEO and MD of Unilever Bangladesh

Javed Akhtar is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL). He will take charge from July 1. Unilever said in a press release on Thursday. Javed will also join the Unilever South Asia Leadership Team.

Javed Akhtar is going to be the second Bangladeshi MD of Unilever Bangladesh. Earlier, Kamran Baker served as Chairman and MD of Unilever Bangladesh.

Javed Akhtar is currently the Vice President of Digital Transformation and Growth at Unilever’s South Asia region. Javed Akhtar is the current CEO and MD of UBL replacing Kedar Lel. Kedar Lele has been the CEO and MD of Unilever Bangladesh since January 2016. In addition to managing director, Kedar Lele has been the chairman of Unilever Bangladesh since 2020. He will then join Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) as Executive Director of the Consumer Development Managing Committee. He will also be the chairman of Unilever Bangladesh.

Javed Akhtar, who has a long experience in the corporate business sector, started his career in British American Tobacco. He joined Unilever in 2000 as a senior brand manager in the Oral Care business. Rich in 24 years of work experience in South Asia, Southeast Asia and various parts of Australia, Javed Akhtar specializes in Consumer Centricity, Design Thinking and Innovation Management. Javed holds a bachelor’s degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University.

Javed Akhtar set up a ‘Digital Council’ for Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) after taking over as the Vice President of the ‘Digital Transformation and Growth’ Department. He is also the protagonist of Unilever’s well-known ‘Reimagin HUL’ agenda. This integrated end-to-end digital transformation program has received a great response from Unilever.

In this regard, Sanjeev Mehta, President of Unilever South Asia, said, “I would like to thank Kedar for his outstanding leadership in Unilever’s business in Bangladesh. His contribution in creating new buyers, transforming the company’s end-to-end supply chain, intellectual development and bringing diversity to Unilever Bangladesh is truly commendable. Congratulations to Javed for being the new CEO and MD of Unilever Bangladesh at this stage. I am delighted to welcome him to the South Asia Leadership Team. His contribution to setting the five key principles of Unilever’s growth and implementing the “Reimagin HUL” agenda in India is undeniable. I am sure that he will be able to take Unilever’s business in Bangladesh to new heights.