MD & CEO, Diageo India
Anand Kripalu joined Diageo India (United Spirits Limited) in May 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. In his current position his task is to transform the company, making it one of the most trusted and respected consumer goods company. His focus has been around transformation of corporate citizenship as well as ethical standards in the industry.
Anand has over 30 years of experience in the Indian consumer goods market. He formerly held the position of President, India and South Asia at Mondelez International, and Managing Director of Cadbury India Ltd. for eight years. In this position, Anand played a key role in leading Mondelez in India after the Cadbury acquisition by Kraft. He has also acquired significant experience on his stint with Unilever for 22 years. He joined Unilever in 1983 through the erstwhile Indian division of Chesebrough Ponds and went on to hold several key positions in Sales and Marketing.
One of his key achievements during his tenure at Unilever was the setting up of the Dental Innovation Centre in Mumbai. He has held several key positions such as Head of Market Research, Head of Marketing for the Laundry category for India and the Central Asia Middle East Region, and General Manager – Sales & Customer Development for the Detergent business. In his last assignment as Managing Director for Unilever’s East Africa operations, Anand turned around a loss making business to deliver double-digit growth.
In 2009-10 he chaired the CII National FMCG Committee. He has been on the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is currently on the National Executive Committee of FICCI.
Anand holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. In 2004, he completed the Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School.