143. Zakir Karim, VP Functional Nutrition South Asia at Unilever: Leading Turnarounds

The FMCG Guys

Mar 16 2024 • 47 mins

Zakir Karim, VP Functional Nutrition South Asia at Unilever, based in Mumbai, is a Portuguese national with a fascinating background. He started his career in his native Portugal, where he grew within the ranks of the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate. Later on, he went international (Netherlands, France, now India) and developed a taste and speciality for business turnarounds.

He joins the pod to speak about:

  • His learnings in India (so far!) and how it compares to Europe
  • The impressive and not-so-well-known dimension and footprint of Hindustan Unilever
  • A unique family background and his career beginnings
  • Developing a speciality in business turnarounds
  • What does turning around a business look like? Developing a framework
  • The impact of Digital on being a GM