Priya Nair, 47
Executive director; vice president, Home care Hindustan Unilever; Unilever South Asia
Previous Rank : 40
Nair, who has spent nearly 25 years with HUL, heads one of its most important verticals. In FY19, under her leadership, the home care division made up 34% of HUL’s total revenue and 27% of total profits, with nearly ₹13,000 crore in sales. Over the past few years, Nair has been focussed on driving premiumisation in categories like fabric detergents and expanding the market by introducing new segments like liquid detergents, fabric conditioners, and toilet cleaning powders. To that end, HUL launched Love & Care, its first new detergent brand in 30 years, at the Lakmé Fashion Week in August.