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Priya Nair, 44

Executive director, Home Care, Hindustan Unilever

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As executive director of the home care division of Hindustan Unilever, Nair runs one of the most important verticals of the company which is valued at nearly ₹10,000 crore. Last year, under her leadership, the division reported double-digit growth and improved margins. Her main agenda, especially in the past year, has been to drive premiumisation in categories like fabric detergents, and expand the market by introducing new segments like liquid detergents, fabric conditioners, and toilet powders. Nair also drives HUL’s sustainability initiative, ‘Swachh Aadat, Swachh Bharat’ programme, which is in line with the Indian government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), educating people on the importance of healthy habits like washing hands with soaps, drinking clean and pure water, and using clean toilets. According to the company, around 135 million people have benefitted from the ‘Swachh Aadat, Swachh Bharat’ initiative. She has led a number of award winning campaigns like Surf Excel’s ‘Daag Acche Hai’.