Rajesh Sethuraman is Business Head - ASEAN, Godrej Consumer Products Limited.
Rajesh has 26 years of work experience, the majority of which he has spent at Unilever, leading teams across categories and divisions in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to deliver significant value for the business. He has also worked at Crompton Greaves and Heinz India.
In his current role, Rajesh leads the execution of Unilever’s largest digital transformation programme across Asia, Africa and the Middle East; enhancing customer experience, while delivering a simplified, agile, and cost-efficient organisation. The programme future-proofs the company’s core operations through the end-to-end reimagination of processes, technology, and organisation design. It aims to deliver significant improvement to the bottom-line growth ambition, and enable a focus on growth.
Rajesh has previously led the company’s largest division in Africa – Home Care, and driven a significant portfolio turnaround. The business, which had witnessed a multi-year decline of turnover and profitability, saw a turnaround under his leadership, and delivered sustained top-line growth and margin expansion across several African markets.
Prior to this, Rajesh led the South Asia Laundry brand development agenda, with his team successfully delivering Hindustan Unilever’s biggest innovation of the decade, Surf Excel Easy wash.
Rajesh has an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and a Bachelor of Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology. His wife, Shanti, is a keen painter, and they love to travel, especially across the African Savannah. One of their most vivid memories is of admiring the Milky Way galaxy, the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, under the pitch-black night sky of Sutherland, Africa’s coldest town. Currently, they have their hands full raising two little boys, Rayaan and Yohan, besides being pet parents to their cats, Mia and Loki.
Director - Sales
Basuki is Director - Sales, Godrej Indonesia.
Basuki joined Godrej Indonesia in 2017 with nearly 30 years of sales experience. He started his career in the healthcare industry, and then took on various leaderships roles in multiple multi-national FMCG companies.
He has been instrumental in leading a critical go-to-market transformation and making the sales function at Godrej Indonesia more future-ready. This has included crafting a more agile, integrated approach and leveraging technology and analytics for strategic decision-making
Basuki has a Master's in General Management from Institut Pengembangan Manajemen Indonesia (IPMI). He enjoys spending time with his family amidst nature, and experimenting with Indian food.
Director - HR
Cicin Ruruh Winedar is Director - HR, Godrej Indonesia.
Cicin joined Godrej Indonesia in 2016, with nearly two decades of experience across talent management, performance management, organizational development and succession planning.
Her focus is on fostering an inspiring place to work at Godrej Indonesia, with an agile and high-performance culture that attracts and engages some of the best talent. Under her leadership, the business was awarded the ‘Best Employer Brand Award' at Indonesia's 14th Employer Branding Awards in 2019.
Cicin has played a key role in transforming people processes - rewiring the HR structure to be more focused on business partnership, and setting up a centre of expertise and shared HR services. She has also helped reshape the company culture, including establishing ways of working and enabling behaviour shifts.
She has a Postgraduate Master's degree in Psychology from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and is also a certified psychologist. Cicin enjoys spending time alone, watching movies, reading, and being out in the nature with her loved ones.
Director - R&D
Dr Dinesh Nambiar is Director - R&D, Godrej Indonesia.
Dinesh joined Godrej in 2013 as part of the Global R&D leadership team at Godrej Consumer Products in India. His expertise in R&D and quality operations is built across 21 years of experience in product development, manufacturing, developing quality standards and quality management in the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries across various geographies from the US to Japan.
Prior to joining Godrej, Dinesh was associated with pharmaceutical major Sandoz and was part of its Global Quality Assurance team based out of Munich, Germany. Dinesh moved to Godrej Indonesia in 2016 where he has played a key role in fostering a culture of innovation in the R&D team, shifting perspectives from an operational to a more scientific view of products. Under his leadership, the team introduced several firsts, including a disruptive, long-lasting paper-based mosquito coil – HIT Expert Pyramida – in Indonesia's coil-heavy market. The product delivers both superior quality and affordability, both key elements in Godrej's innovation approach to democratize categories in emerging markets.
Dinesh has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai. He loves to read about Indian and Indonesian history, and hopes to one day become a mental coach for sport players.
Chief Financial Officer
Kusumawati is Chief Financial Officer - Godrej Indonesia.
After five years of working as an external auditor and consultant with Arthur Andersen (now Ernst & Young), Kusumawati joined the PT Megasari Makmur Group as Financial Controller for its Food business in 1998. Within 18 months, the Group's non-food business was added to her portfolio.
In 2010, Kusumawati was involved in a 6-month project on the divestment of the Megasari Group from its shareholders before it was to be acquired by Godrej Consumer Products. She then led the transformation of the Finance team to ensure its alignment with Godrej's global policies and standard operating procedures.
In 2012, Kusumawati led the implementation of the SAP roll-out, building the corporate information backbone for the company. This project integrated all functions and streamlined operations to facilitate business growth.
In 2017, she took on the role of Chief Financial Officer for Godrej Indonesia. Today, her team comprises around 300 people across functions like Finance, Information Technology, Legal and Internal Audit. Under her leadership, the role of Finance has transformed and team is also currently responsible for driving strategic business partnering.
Kusumawati holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia.
Director - Logistics & Branch Operations
Rianti Tan is Director - Logistics & Branch Operations, Godrej Indonesia.
Rianti joined the Megasari Group as General Manager in 1999 and worked in various roles across different business functions, before it was acquired by Godrej Consumer Products.
In 2010, she took on the role of Operations Director at Godrej Indonesia. Along with managing operations, Rianti also worked on a proposal to leverage brand promotions for the Sales and Marketing team. The success of this proposal resulted in her becoming Sales and Operations Director in 2012. During this period, she implemented a new inventory system built on the Theory of Constraints at Godrej Indonesia's central warehouse facility and all its branches. This resulted in quicker replenishment, increased warehouse capacity and improved productivity.
Rinati was instrumental in developing a GPS-based tracking system, which helped improve deliveries and reduce costs across branches. As Head - Logistics & Branch Operations, she encourages her team to adopt a customer-centric point of view for operational excellence. She partners closely with the Godrej Indonesia leadership team to improve operations and increase efficiency for customers, vendors and the company.
Rianti, who also enjoys cooking and baking, has a Postgraduate degree in Strategic Business Innovation from Prasetiya Mulya Business School, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Director - Marketing, Ecommerce & Exports
Anirban Banerjee is Director - Marketing, Ecommerce & Exports, Godrej Indonesia.
Anirban leads the Innovation function and is responsible for growing the new products pipeline, implementing innovation processes and influencing a culture of innovation.
In his previous role as Business Head - SAARC & Global Exports, GCPL, Anirban set-up and directly supervised the Godrej subsidiary and partner operations in SAARC and was responsible for growing the complete portfolio of Godrej brands in the region. He also integrated all the Exports teams across GCPL globally under an umbrella of Global Exports, deploying a coordinated exports expansion.
Anirban has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and nurturing new business and product initiatives with a relentless focus on brand building and consumer centricity. Prior to working with GCPL, Anirban played a major role in setting up the luxury retail brand, Godrej Nature’s Basket. As Business Head, he successfully repositioned the retail business into an Authentic World Food Retail chain and led its initial expansion. He has also worked with Reliance Infocomm and was responsible for widespread marketing of their CDMA services in the National Capital Region. He started his career with AB Electrolux and managed the resurgence of the Kelvinator brand of refrigerators and the introduction Electrolux brand of front-load washing machines and frost-free refrigerators in India. He has been on the Executive Committee of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry and was a member of the CII Sub Committee on South Asia.
Anirban graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD, Pune. He loves reading, travelling, exploring and adventure sports. Anirban currently lives with his wife and twin boys in Mumai.