Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr. Anand Khurana (PGDM 1995-97) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for August 2010.
Anand is currently the Business Head – Out of Home (F&B Services) & Modern Foods (Bakery), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. He joined HUL as a management trainee from campus and over the last 13 years has moved across various roles in Sales and Business development, Key Accounts & Modern trade, Consumer and Customer marketing and General Management, having worked in the Domestic and International/Exports business of HUL and also seconded to Unilever in USA as key account manager on the Wal-Mart account.
Post the one year intensive management trainee program, he started out as a Business Manager in the Home & Personal Care exports division, responsible for developing the Hair & Home care portfolio. Post this he handled international marketing for HUL’s local jewels such as Fair & Lovely and Nihar in the exports markets. From being in the international business domain it was then into brand building for the shampoo category as the Sr. Brand Manager of Clinic Shampoo.
As a part of HUL’s drive to create modern trade capabilities he then went on a one year assignment to Unilever USA, working with Wal-Mart. He returned to India and was a key member of the Modem Trade team, looking after Customer Marketing with a special focus on Category Management, where HUL worked with key retailers on cutting edge space management best practices such as store layouts, category adjacency, assortment, etc.
He now has a General Management role with business top line and bottom line responsibility for the independent divisions OOH and Modern, including sales, marketing, development and operations. In his own words, “Working for HUL has been a really enriching and rewarding experience. With so many categories, brands and business interests it is like working for 5 different companies with each stint being a new and learning experience.”
Anand is someone who believes that commonsense, intuition, entrepreneurial drive and passion are essential to make a real difference and are the key elements which set a leader apart more than his intellectual abilities or qualifications.
Traveling – has been fortunate in visiting and experiencing the culture and sights of over 25 countries
Driving – Mumbai- Goa, Delhi – Leh, Banagalore- Coorg. Just give him a set of wheels and a great road ahead!
Memories of TAPMI:
Egg puffs, Keshtos , Baccacus, Brand Scan , late night case studies – so many great memories of fun , deep and long lasting friendships, of growing up, learning and changing in so many ways inside and outside the classroom . In his own words, “TAPMI and Manipal were one of the best phases of my life”
We at TAPMI wish him the very best in his career and personal life and hope to see Mr. Anand Khurana scale greater heights!
– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)