Mr. Manu is a Chartered Accountant and has completed Advanced Management Program from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Manu brings the experience of over three decades, out of which he has been in the general manager roles for the last 20 years with a track record of building diverse teams, driving growth, managing multi-billion-dollar P&Ls, and leading change and transformation.
In his role with Mondelez International before his retirement, he managed the Chocolate business (approx. $2 billion) operations across the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, covering a range of developed and developing markets. The role required managing the levers of P&L, driving top and bottom line and market share growth through a combination of region-wide and market-specific initiatives on the brands and innovation. In addition, he ran a consolidated supply chain with a complex manufacturing site network and worked closely with sales teams in markets to deliver sustained business performance.
Manu was earlier leading the India business for Mondelez International and as Managing Director for Cadbury India Limited was responsible for all business functions; the role required a high degree of general management skills to steer the categories and functions appropriately to drive continued growth and build competent teams.
Mondelez International started transforming to a category run model from the end of 2014, and he led significant change management initiatives to transition the organization to the new model seamlessly.
At PepsiCo India, Manu spent 19 years in various roles and is credited with building its food business virtually from scratch.
In his last role at PepsiCo as the Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India Manu was responsible for PepsiCo’s beverage and foods business (including JVs) in India and South Asia, reporting to the President of AMEA. PepsiCo India was a scale operation with over 6000 direct employees, over 50 manufacturing sites, and availability in over 2 million retail outlets with high growth driven by scale brands.
Preceding this, Manu was based in Bangkok as the President of South East Asia. He was responsible for the Beverage and Food businesses in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos. The Business Unit was a complex portfolio of different business models in the various stages of development across the markets. It included Company-owned businesses, Joint Ventures, and Franchise business models through bottlers. The job helped develop a strong ability to collaborate and work effectively with local partners while learning to work effectively in a multi-cultural environmental. As a result. Manu successfully built sustainability and profitable growth models in these competitive, high potential markets with healthy growth in top and bottom lines.
Currently Mr. Manu is the Senior Advisor with Advent and Director on Manjushree Technopack and DFM Foods boards. He has also been a member of CII and has experience as Chairman of PepsiCo India and Director on board of Mondelez India.