In the vibrant landscape of India’s corporate sector, numerous individuals boasting pedigrees from esteemed institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) have ascended to leadership positions in top companies. One such luminary is Prabha Narasimhan, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, who currently holds the prestigious roles of Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, a prominent subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive.
Prabha Narasimhan assumed her responsibilities at Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited in September 2022, marking a significant milestone in her illustrious career. Prior to this pivotal role, she had a remarkable tenure at Hindustan Unilever (HUL), where she served as the Executive Director for the Home Care category and held a distinguished position as a member of the HUL Leadership Team. Her tenure at HUL spanned nearly 15 years, during which she contributed her expertise in various capacities.
Under her capable leadership, Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, abbreviated as CP India, has achieved remarkable milestones. As of September 20, 2023, the company boasts a formidable market capitalization of Rs 54,332 crore. The share price of CP India on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was reported at Rs 2,003.30 on a recent Wednesday, reaffirming its strong position in the market.
Prabha Narasimhan’s extensive career encompasses nearly 25 years of diverse experience in customer development, consumer marketing, and innovation, spanning different geographies and multiple product categories. Her expertise extends to sectors such as home care, foods, personal care, and skin care. Her academic journey is equally impressive, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) in Marketing from the esteemed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, where she pursued her studies from 1995 to 1997. Notably, she also enriched her academic experience with a semester at Melbourne Business School.
Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, a market leader in oral care, specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of toothpaste, toothpowder, toothbrushes, oil pulling products, and mouthwashes under the renowned Colgate brand. Additionally, the company offers a specialized range of personal care products under the Palmolive brand, further solidifying its presence and influence in the consumer goods industry. Prabha Narasimhan’s leadership continues to steer CP India towards innovation and growth, cementing its position as a stalwart in the Indian corporate landscape.