Shailesh Jejurikar becomes first Indian COO of P&G

Shailesh Jejurikar has become the first Indian to be appointed as the COO of the global consumer products major, The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G).

As part of a leadership succession, the Cincinnati-based company announced that Jon R Moeller will become the new president and CEO, effective November 1, 2021.

Moeller succeeds David Taylor who will take over as P&G’s chairman to lead the board of directors and provide advice and counsel to the CEO and P&G leadership on company decisions.

Jejurikar, who takes over as COO effective October 1, this year, will report to Moeller. As COO, Jejurikar will have profit/loss responsibility for P&G’s Enterprise Markets (Latin America, India, Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe). He will also lead Information Technology, Global Business Services, Sales, Market Operations, New Business, Purchasing, Manufacturing, and Distribution efforts for the company.

Currently, Jejurikar is the CEO of P&G’s largest business sector, fabric & home care, which includes many of P&G’s most-iconic brands: Tide, Ariel, Downy, Gain, Febreze, Swiffer—and represents about one-third of total company sales and net earnings. In this role, Shailesh has led the team in delivering industry-leading results and value creation through innovation (R&D), a synchronized E2E supply chain, brand-building and sales.

Born in Mumbai, Jejurikar graduated in economics from the Mumbai University in 1987. He completed his post-graduation, MBA from IIM Lucknow in 1989, soon after which he joined P&G as assistant brand manager, personal health care, in India. He has since risen the ranks and worked across many roles across the globe.

P&G India is one of the largest exporters of top talent to P&G globally, with approximately 350 Indian expats in roles across the company.

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