Leadership Team

Nisaba Godrej

Nisaba Godrej

Chairperson and Managing Director

Nisaba Godrej is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL). She has been a key architect of GCPL's strategy and transformation in the last decade.

She is also the Chairperson of Teach for India and sits on the board of Godrej Agrovet, VIP Industries and Mahindra & Mahindra and Bharti Airtel. She has a BSc degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nisaba is passionate about education, the human mind, trekking and equestrian sports. She is currently focused on navigating the coronavirus crisis for the organisations she serves with humility, hustle, clarity and love.

Sameer Shah

Chief Financial Officer

Sameer Shah

Sameer has worked at GCPL for 15 years. He has held a number of key leadership roles including being the Chief Financial Officer of our largest business, the India & SAARC cluster. He has also led diverse priorities across our global portfolio – investor relations, financial controlling, ERP implementation, global financial planning and analytics and integrating inorganic businesses like Africa. Before joining GCPL, Sameer worked at PepsiCo and General Mills.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Sameer has also specialised in Treasury Management from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

Sunil Kataria

Sunil Kataria

Business Head
India & SAARC

Sunil Kataria is Business Head - India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Sunil joined GCPL in 2011, where he successfully led the merger of the sales and marketing organisations of GCPL and the erstwhile Godrej Sara Lee.

He has diverse work experience across the FMCG and Consumer Services sectors in Sales, Marketing and business roles, including a highly successful 12 year stint at Marico Industries. Post this, Sunil served as a Business Head in retail and telecom companies, leading large and complex business operations. Prior to joining the Godrej Group, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Idea Rajasthan Circle, where he headed business operations, was responsible for the P&L, and led a major turnaround of the Rajasthan business.

Sunil is Chairman of the Indian Society of Advertisers and closely associated with the CMO forum, FICCI FMCG Committee and Advertising Standards Council of India.

A graduate in Economics from Delhi University, he is also an MBA in Marketing from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad.

Sunil is a staunch practitioner of the spirit of 'Possibility Thinking' and believes that this, coupled with a passion for flawless execution, is the biggest competitive advantage in today's world. An avid reader, he writes Hindi poetry, and loves watching Hindi movies and Hollywood science fiction.

Dharnesh Gordhon

Business Head
Africa, USA & Middle East

Dharnesh Gordhon

Dharnesh Gordhon is Business Head - Africa, USA & Middle East, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Prior to joining Godrej, South Africa born Dharnesh spent over a decade and a half with the Nestlé Group, where he held key leadership positions in the company’s Africa and South East Asian businesses. During his time with Nestle, he was President Director and Chief Executive Officer of PT Nestlé Indonesia; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Nigeria Plc; Chairman of the Nestlé Nigeria Trust Limited; Group Sales Director for Nestlé’s Southern African region, and a member of Nestlé’s Global Sales Leaders Council. He has also worked in the printing and textile industries, and was a high school teacher early on in his professional career.

Dharnesh has an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Honours). He has completed the Programme for Executive Development (PED) from IMD Lausanne and the Leadership Development Programme from London Business School, has a Diploma in Higher Education, and is a Chartered Marketer (CMSA). He is passionate about human rights, literature and music, loves riding motorcycles and experiencing different cultures. Dharnesh is married to Anita and is a doting father to their daughter, Yashmay, and son, Akhil.

Akhil Chandra

Akhil Chandra

Business Head

Akhil Chandra is Business Head - ASEAN, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Akhil joined GCPL in 2017, with over two decades of rich and varied experience across FMCG and OTC categories across the UK, Southeast Asia and India, with GSK Consumer Healthcare and Reckitt Benckiser Plc.

Prior to joining GCPL, he was based in London as the Global Head for Analgesics, Cold & Flu for Reckitt Benckiser. His previous assignment was as Managing Director for Reckitt Benckiser India and prior to that, he was the Vice President & General Manager - Asia for GSK Consumer.

In his various general management and senior commercial leadership roles, Akhil successfully led diverse and cross functional teams to deliver transformational double-digit top and bottom line growth across a host of markets and categories.

Akhil has an MA in Economics and an MBA from FMS Delhi and particularly enjoys working with people and large teams. He is married to Madhulika and they have two sons, Armaan and Advait.

José Toscano

Business Head
Latin America

Jose Toscano

José Toscano is Business Head, Godrej Latin America.

He has over 20 years of experience and has worked at leading FMCG companies such as IBM, The Clorox Company, Cepas Group and General Mills. Before joining Godrej, he worked with General Mills for 10 years as Managing Director for the company’s Argentina business.

At Godrej, José has worked across the marketing and sales functions in senior leadership roles and has transformed the business by drawing the focus on consumers, brand development and company culture.

José joined Godrej Argentina as Sales Director in August 2018 and played an important role in the design of a new commercial route-to-market strategy, among other things. Since then, he has taken on higher levels of responsibility, first as Commercial Director and now as Business Head, where he has been intsrumental in building a culture of innovation, fostering international expansion and boosting process efficiency.

As Business Head, he has led the transformation of the Latin America business through the democratization of personal care consumption, delighting consumers with our range of brands.

José has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and a Post Graduate degree in Negotiations from Austral University.

He is married to Natalia and they have two children Bianca and Benicio. José is passionate about sports, especially tennis and football, and loves travelling with his family to new places to learn about cultures.

Rahul Gama

Rahul Gama

Head - Human Resources

Rahul Gama is Head - Human Resources, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Rahul is responsible for driving the Human Resource strategy at GCPL. Prior to this, he was the Head of Human Resources at the erstwhile Godrej Sara Lee, and before that, Head of Corporate HR at Marico Limited. He has worked across a variety of sectors, including Manufacturing, Consulting, FMCG, Services and Retail and built expertise across verticals - from handling industrial relations issues and dealing with compensation planning, to creating a talent strategy. Rahul was also instrumental in shaping the HR function for a service business, Kaya Skin Care Limited, during his stint with Marico.

A generalist in HR, Rahul holds a postgraduate degree from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and daughter, and is passionate about conservation and wildlife.

Darshan Gandhi

Head - Design

Darshan Gandhi

Darshan Gandhi is Global Head - Design, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Darshan believes in inclusive design principles; that all good design should be accessible. She joined Godrej & Boyce's Interio division in 2006, where she was a catalyst in introducing design thinking, by creating and showcasing a diverse range of products under one platform, with a unique design philosophy. This led her to work for Godrej Industries in 2008, where she was assigned to design SPACE, a prototype office to create a young work culture that inspired the exchange of ideas, innovation and change at Godrej. This was the start of design driven thinking at GCPL.

She formed the GCPLDesignLab in 2009, and was instrumental in applying design led thinking to transform brands with delightful product offerings (in a Godrej way) for a rapidly evolving Indian market. This created a great impact and value for consumers across categories, with reinvigorated brands like Expert, aer, Cinthol, Goodknight and BBLUNT. By leveraging the design tools of need based user-centric segmentation, prototyping and product mapping, Darshan led the development of a unique collaborative approach in line with GCPL’s overall objectives. Today, she and her team of highly skilled designers have extended the same approach to GCPL's brands and categories across Africa and Indonesia. The recent designification of Africa’s leading hair extensions brand, Darling, marks a milestone in GCPLDesignLab’s journey of inclusive design thinking practices as a leading in-house design studio. GCPLDesignLab was awarded ‘India's Best Design Studio Award 2017’ and ‘India’s Best Product Design Award 2019’ .

Darshan is a post graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and an alumna of the Harvard Business School’s executive education General Management Programme.

Omar Momin

Omar Momin

Head - M&A and
Business Development

Omar Momin is Head - Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Development, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Omar joined the Chemicals business of Godrej Industries Limited in 2001 after graduating in Chemical Engineering from the Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology. He worked across different functions of the business, including Operations, Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Post this, Omar went on to complete his Masters in Management from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad in 2004. He rejoined the Godrej Group after his stint at ISB and worked as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Adi Godrej, for two years.

Today, Omar is responsible for driving new vectors of growth for GCPL, including through Mergers & Acquisitions.

Omar is married to Mahnaz and they have a son, Sinaan. He enjoys travelling and music.

Jishnu Batabyal

Head - Planning & Strategy

Jishnu Batabyal

Jishnu Batabyal is Head - Planning and Strategy, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Over the last few years, Jishnu has helped build the Strategy function at GCPL and also works with internal business units on various transformation initiatives. Some of his work includes formulating and implementing the Godrej Brand Playbook, helping GCPL formulate its long-term strategy, working on performance improvement of the ASEAN business and driving profitability improvement of the Latin America business.

He also is a member of the Strategic Finance Committee at the Godrej Group and dedicates part of his time to group-level initiatives.

Jishnu joined Godrej Industries in 2014 as a member of the Corporate Strategy team, where he was a key architect in the turnaround of Godrej Industries’ Chemicals Division. Additionally, he also worked extensively with Godrej Properties across multiple areas.

Prior to joining the Godrej, Jishnu was an Engagement Manager at Bain & Company, one of the world's leading business consulting firms, where he served Indian and global clients across multiple industries such as industrials, construction, financial services, technology and private equity.

He has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where he was a part of the Directors Merit List, and B.E (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University.

Jishnu is married to Anannya, who is social sector professional, and they have a daughter, Aashni. He is also a passionate runner and aims to run the world’s major marathons by the age of 40.

Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli

Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli

Head - Research & Development

Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli is Head - Research & Development, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).

Venkat joined GCPL in 2014 as a member of the R&D team, where he was responsible for leading product development across categories. Since then, he has led the R&D function for the India and SAARC business and spearheaded global product development across geographies.

Venkat believes that developing ‘disruptive innovations’ is a way of life at GCPL. He has been instrumental in applying this thinking to create some of our biggest innovations, including mr. magic (the world’s first powder-to-liquid hand wash), the Goodknight Naturals household insecticides range, Goodknight Gold Flash (India’s most powerful liquid vapuriser), and Goodknight Power Shots (a no gas aerosol format) in Africa. He has also led the development and execution of the Godrej Professional hair colour range in India. Additionally, Venkat works closely with our Manufacturing and Supply Chain teams, helping to set up best-in-class manufacturing facilities and facilitating cost-saving initiatives and process improvements.

Prior to joining GCPL, Venkat was the R&D Head at Wipro Consumer Care, where he successfully led product development for leading brands like Santoor, Yardley, Chandrika, Safe Wash, Glucovita, etc. He also worked closely with Wipro’s South East Asia team during and post UNZA Holding’s merger with Wipro. Before that, Venkat worked with Dabur as a Principal Scientist and was involved in product development of the brand’s proprietary ayurvedic products, fermentation process improvements and intellectual property rights.

Venkat has a Master’s in Pharmacy from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, and a Post Graduate diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from Amity Law School, Delhi. He was awarded a gold medal for topping his university during his Master’s degree; and, has, during his career, also received several patents across categories.

Venkat is married to Ramalakshmi, who has a Post Graduate degree in Mathematics, and they have two children Shruthi and Sreekar. In his free time, Venkat enjoys playing sport.