Perfetti Van Melle India (PVMI), the country’s leading confectionery player, has appointed Mr. Rajesh Ramakrishnan as Managing Director. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall operations of the company for India and Nepal. Rajesh will take over this responsibility from Mr. Ramesh Jayaraman who has moved to another role within the Group.
Mr. Rajesh Ramakrishnan joined Perfetti Van Melle in 2014 as the Managing Director for Bangladesh. Under his leadership, Perfetti Van Melle, Bangladesh delivered sustained growth and achieved market leadership in 2016. In August 2017, Rajesh moved to India as the Chief Transformation Officer. As the CTO, he worked with the business teams in strategizing and delivering the key elements of the Business transformation project to drive topline and bottom-line growth.
Congratulating Mr. Ramakrishnan on his promotion, Huub Sanders, President- BU SAMEA, Perfetti Van Melle said, “Rajesh is an accomplished leader, who brings in a good mix of strategic thinking and operational excellence, with strong leadership skills. We are delighted to have him as our India Head and wish him all the very best in his new role.”
Rajesh is a graduate of XLRI Jamshedpur and BITS Pilani. He brings with him rich experience of over 24 years in diverse fields including Sales, Marketing and General Management in Asia across categories like Personal Care, Household Care, Foods & Beverages, Confectionery and Media. Prior to joining Perfetti Van Melle in 2014, Rajesh was the Marketing Head at HT Media Limited. In India, he has also worked in various Sales and Marketing roles for Pepsico, Marico Industries and Reckitt Benckiser.
Rajesh is an award- winning photographer. His work has been featured at Cannes and has also been published in several publications in India and outside. He is also passionate about travelling and has been on expeditions to Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro. Rajesh along with his wife and teenage daughter started an initiative- My Daughter is Precious [MDIP] in March 2015 to raise awareness about gender equality and support the education of the girl child.