Rajesh Ramakrishnan

Managing Director, Perfetti Van Melle India

A veteran with over 28 years of experience in General Management, Sales and Marketing, Rajesh Ramakrishnan is the Managing Director at Perfetti Van Melle India, the country’s leading confectionery player. Rajesh is responsible for the overall operations of the company for India and Nepal. Prior to this, he was heading the business for the Bangladesh operations from 2014-2017.

An accomplished business leader and a seasoned marketing professional, Rajesh has worked across categories like Personal Care, Household Care, Foods & Beverages, Confectionery and Media. Rajesh brings in a unique mix of strategic thinking, operational excellence and people-centricity. Under his leadership, Perfetti Van Melle India has been delivering sustained profitable growth over the last 4 years and has further consolidated its market leadership.

Prior to joining Perfetti Van Melle in 2014, he was the Marketing Head at HT Media Limited. He has also held senior positions in diverse corporations including Pepsico, Marico Industries and Reckitt Benckiser. Post his graduation in Engineering from BITS Pilani, Rajesh pursued his masters from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Rajesh is an award- winning photographer. His work has been displayed in several exhibitions and was featured at Cannes. He has been published in several publications in India and outside. Rajesh is also passionate about travelling and has been on expeditions to Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro and Annapurna Base Camp. Rajesh along with his wife and daughter started an initiative- My Daughter is Precious [MDIP] in March 2015 to raise awareness about gender equality and support the education of the girl child. They have supported over 50 girls through their graduation over the last 7 years- both financially and through mentoring.

Rajesh is a champion for gender equality and is a mentor for the past 7 years with BD foundation and is part of the BD Think Tank in Delhi NCR. Rajesh also embarked on his coaching journey 3 years ago and is working on his PCC certification.

Rajesh is a Board Member with MMA, India and is also the Chairman of the CII National Committee on Marketing Leadership.