“I call myself an albatross, either I fall into a crisis or create a crisis” – in Part 2 of the Series with Suresh, the CMD of Nestlé India talks about a difficult challenge he faced as a 23 year old young professional and how his conviction helped him get a best possible outcome under the circumstances.
“Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect” – All those companies going through lay-offs and golden handshakes and restructurings can learn something from Suresh’s interview on how to conduct themselves through this period.
The more I chatted with Suresh, the more I was gladdened and reassured that there are such leaders; and that the everyday headlines in Mint is thankfully only one part of the narrative of corporate India.
Mr. Suresh Narayanan has over 35 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held Senior Management and Top Leadership roles in leading global companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited from 1st August, 2015. Mr. Narayanan was Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines prior to joining Nestlé India in 2015.
Mr. Narayanan was Managing Director of Nestlé Singapore Pte. Ltd., from 2008 to 2010. During his time, the overall business in Singapore witnessed sustained growth amidst the economic downturn. He was awarded the Medal of Commendation by the Government of Singapore in 2010, for excellence in employee relations during this challenging period. He moved to Nestlé Egypt as Chairman and CEO and Head of NEAR, where his initiatives resulted in significant business growth and investments despite the turbulence and volatility faced by the region at this time.
Mr. Narayanan joined Nestlé in 1999 as Executive Vice President for Sales in India, where he spearheaded major structural and strategic changes in Sales and Customer Management and set up the chilled dairy business. He moved to Nestlé Indochina in 2003, as Executive Director for Sales, Marketing and Food-Services, covering the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Two years later in 2005, he returned to Nestlé India as Head of Sales for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Mr. Narayanan began his career as a Management Trainee with Hindustan Unilever, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing and General Management. He has also worked with Colgate Palmolive in India.
Mr. Narayanan holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has a Diploma from the IMD Program for Executive Development. He has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He has delivered talks at NASSCOM forums, various Corporates, NUS School of Business-Singapore, American University–Cairo, Columbia University, Army War College– Mhow, Naval War College-Goa and Business Schools such as IIM’s, ISB etc. in India.
Suresh has been honoured at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2017 as the Best CEO in the Multinational category.