Zaved Akhtar has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL), one of the country’s leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. Mr. Zaved will succeed Mr. Kedar Lele, who has served as Chairman of UBL since 2020.
This decision came at the company’s 194th board meeting, held on Sunday. He was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBL. Zaved Also will continue to lead the Bangladesh operations as Managing Director while assuming his new role as Chairman of the six-decade-old company. He will also be a member of the Unilever South Asia Leadership Team.
“I would like to thank Zaved for his outstanding leadership of our Bangladesh business. His efforts towards strengthening business outcomes through superior brands for our consumers and, at the same time, driving Unilever’s Compass Commitments are indeed commendable,” said Rohit Jawa, President, Unilever, South Asia, and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited. “I am delighted to welcome Zaved to the Unilever South Asia Leadership Team as the new Chairman of Unilever Bangladesh. I am confident that under his leadership, Unilever Bangladesh will grow stronger and continue to partner the country in its growth journey.”
Zaved Akhtar joined Unilever Bangladesh in 2000, and in his career spanning over two decades, he has worked in different roles in local, regional, and international capacities. He was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh in 2021. He is a graduate of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at the University of Dhaka. He has also been trained at IIM Ahmedabad, India, and INSEAD, Singapore.