Henkel has appointed Sunil Kumar as the Country President of its India businesses, effective 1st October 2020. In this role, he will be responsible for guiding Henkel’s adhesive and beauty care businesses in India and the two legal entities of the company in the country, Henkel Adhesives Technologies India Private Limited and Henkel Anand India Private Limited.
Besides this role, Sunil will continue in his existing role of Regional Business Director – Packaging SBU for India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA), Henkel Adhesive Technologies.
Sunil succeeds Shilip, who led the India business for over four years, and will now move to Shanghai as Vice President – Metals for IMEA & APAC (Asia Pacific). Sunil joined Henkel in January 2015 as Business Director – Packaging & Consumer Goods, South Asia. In this role, he was responsible for Flexible Packaging, Packaging and Labelling, Paper, Tapes, Labels, Personal Hygiene, Building, Construction and Sports and Fashion businesses in the country.
Commenting on his new role Sunil said, “I am pleased to have taken up the additional responsibility of President – Henkel India. Firstly, safety has been and will always remain our top priority. It also strongly continues in all areas during the ongoing COVID phase. From a growth perspective, we are very confident that India offers considerable growth potential for decades to come, hence Henkel’s global long-term strategic focus on “Purposeful Growth” will be lived strongly in India. Our endeavor will be to effectively utilize the strong resources and investments made by our parent company and leverage this to the highest growth potential in the country. We will continue to focus on delivering excellence through innovative technologies and solutions; thereby bringing sustainable, differentiated value to our customers in the country.”
Sunil started his career in 1990 with the Carborundum Universal Ltd., a division of the Murugappa Group. He has also worked with Castrol from 1992 in various sales and marketing positions across Industrial segments of Automotive, Metals amongst others.
Sunil holds a Bachelor’s in Technology degree (B.Tech) in Chemical Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), Coimbatore. He has also completed an Executive Certificate Program in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata.