Board of Directors

Mukul Deoras


Mr Deoras is the President, Asia Pacific Division of Colgate-Palmolive. Most recently, Mr. Deoras has served as Chief Marketing Officer of Colgate-Palmolive Company since August 2015. From February 2012 to July 2015, Mr. Deoras served as President, Asia Division of Colgate-Palmolive. From February 2012 to September 2015, Mr. Deoras served as Chairman of Colgate- Palmolive (India) Ltd.

From January 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Deoras served as Managing Director for Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd. Mr. Deoras has also led Colgate- Palmolive’s Thailand business and Global Personal Care Marketing function. 

Prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, Mr. Deoras held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales at Hindustan Unilever Limited from 1984 to 2004. 
Since June 2018, Mr. Deoras is a member of the Board of Directors of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Inc. Mr. Deoras holds a post graduate degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Appointed as Chairman of CP-India in September 2018.

R. A. Shah

Non-executive & Independent Director (Vice-Chairman)

Mr. R. A. Shah is a leading Solicitor and a Senior Partner of M/s. Crawford Bayley & Co., a firm of Solicitors & Advocates. He specialises in a broad spectrum of corporate laws. He is also the Chairman/Member of audit committees of a number of public limited companies in India.

Appointed as Vice-Chairman on the Board in 1983.


P. K. Ghosh

Non-executive & Independent Director (Deputy Chairman)

Mr. P. K. Ghosh is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and a former Managing Director of CP-India. Since 1974, he served the Company in various capacities. Mr. Ghosh brings to the Board his rich experience and understanding of the consumer product business.

Appointed as Deputy Chairman on the Board in 1993.

Vikram Singh Mehta

Non-executive & Independent Director

Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta was the Chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India from 1994 till 2013. Mr. Mehta began his career as a Member of the Indian Administrative Service of the Government of India and was Advisor to the Public Sector “Oil India”. He was awarded Asia House's "Businessmen of the year” award for the year 2010. Mr.Mehta is on several Boards including Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, L&T Limited, Apollo Tyres Limited and Vodafone India Limited. He received Asia Centre for corporate governance and sustainability’s Award for “Best Independent Director” for the year 2016.

He was appointed as a Director on the Board in the year 2001.

Indu Shahani

Non-executive & Independent Director

Dr. Shahani is the President and Chairperson at the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) and Founding Dean of Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship (ISME). Formerly Sheriff of Mumbai, Dr. Shahani served as the Principal of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai from the year 2000 till July 2016. She is on the board of several Indian Companies.

A doyen in the field of academics, Dr. Shahani has over three decades of teaching experience at the College and University level. Dr. Shahani was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster in London. She is acknowledged worldwide for her significant contribution to education and value-based leadership. Appointed as a Director on the Board in 2012.

Issam Bachaalani

Managing Director

Mr. Issam Bachaalani has been the Managing Director of CP-India since October 1, 2014. He joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1991 as part of the Global Marketing Development Program and later moved to the US Household Surface Care in New York. He has since held a series of significant positions in various divisions and subsidiaries within Colgate-Palmolive globally.

 In 1996, he joined the Central Europe/Russia Division as Marketing Manager, then in 1999 promoted to Associate Director, Household Surface Care for Colgate-Palmolive - Mexico, and then moved as Marketing Director, Colgate-Palmolive - Dominican Republic. In 2002, Mr. Bachaalani was promoted to Marketing Director of Colgate-Palmolive - South Africa. In 2006, he was promoted as General Manager Colgate-Palmolive - Hong Kong. In 2009, he was promoted to General Manager Colgate-Palmolive - Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. From 2012, he was Vice-President & General Manager of the Global Toothbrush Division till he joined CP-India.

Shyamala Gopinath

Non-executive & Independent Director

Shyamala Gopinath is the part-time Non-Executive Chairperson of HDFC Bank Ltd. As Deputy Governor of the RBI for seven years and member of the RBI’s board of directors, she guided and influenced national policies in diverse areas of financial sector regulation and supervision, the development and regulation of financial markets, capital account management,

 management of government borrowings, foreign exchange reserves management and payment and settlement systems. She has served on several Committees while with the RBI. During 2001 to 2003, she worked as senior financial sector expert in the then Monetary Affairs and Exchange Department of the International Monetary Fund (Financial Institutions Division). She was on the Corporate Bonds and Securitization Advisory Committee (CoBoSAC), a Sub-Committee of SEBI.

 She served as Chairperson Advisory Board on Bank, Commercial and Financial Frauds for two years from 2012 to 2014. She was an independent Director on the Boards of Clearing Corporation of India, IOC and GAIL. Apart from HDFC Bank, she is an Independent Director on few other companies including not for profit entities.  She is also Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Raipur.

Sukanya Kripalu

Non-executive & Independent Director

Ms. Sukanya Kripalu is a graduate of St. Xavier's College and alumni of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. She is a Consultant in the fields of marketing, strategy, advertising, and market research. She has a rich and varied work experience with leading corporates like Nestle India Limited, Cadbury India Limited and Kellogg's India.

She was also the Chief Executive Officer of Quadra Advisory, a WPP group company. Appointed as a Director on the Board in June 2018.

M Chandrasekar

Whole-time Director & Executive Vice-President - Sales & Customer Development

Mr. M. Chandrasekar joined CP-India in 1989 in Sales. During the course of his 27 years at Colgate, he progressed through increasing levels of responsibility in the Customer Development & Sales function in different regional roles of CP-India, leading to the position of Executive Vice-President – Sales & Customer Development.

Appointed as an Additional Director (Whole-time Director) on the Board in January 2017.

M.S Jacob

Whole-time Director & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. M. S. Jacob joined CP-India in 1995 in the Continuous Improvement Group. Over the course of 21 years, Jacob served through leadership roles in Finance at Colgate-Palmolive Company’s subsidiaries in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia as well as at the Asia Pacific Division Head Quarters at Hong Kong.

His last assignment was as the Finance Director of Colgate-Palmolive-Malaysia. As Finance Director of CP-India, Jacob provides overall financial leadership including on Investor Relations matters. Appointed as an Additional Director (Whole-time Director) on the Board in October 2016.