Executive Committee

Rakesh Kapoor, CEO

Rakesh joined RB in 1987 and served in various regional and central marketing roles. Following the merger of Reckitt & Colman and Benckiser, he assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Home Care. He was appointed SVP, Regional Director Northern Europe in 2001 and in July 2006, he was promoted to EVP, Category Development with responsibility for global category management, R&D, media, market research and strategic alliances.

Rakesh became CEO in September 2011.

As part of RB's new strategy for sustainable outperformance, in January 2018 Rakesh was also appointed President of RB's Health business, headquartered in Slough.

Laxman Narasimhan, CEO-Designate

Laxman was appointed as CEO-Designate on 16 July 2019. He will be appointed as CEO on 1 September 2019.

Prior to joining RB, Laxman held various roles at PepsiCo from 2012 to 2019. He was previously Global Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for R&D, categories, e-commerce, design, go-to-market, global customers and strategy.  

Before this, Laxman served as the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo’s Latin America, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa operations, where he ran the company's food and beverage businesses across over 100 countries. He also spent time as CEO of PepsiCo Latin America and as the CFO of PepsiCo Americas Foods, which was responsible for half of the company’s profits.

Prior to PepsiCo, Laxman served as a Director for McKinsey & Company and held various key global roles from 1993 to 2012. He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Rupert Bondy - SVP, General Counsel / Company Secretary

Joined RB as SVP General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2017, and is responsible for legal, company secretarial and legal compliance matters across RB.

Rupert began his career as a lawyer in private practice. In 1989 he joined US law firm Morrison & Foerster, working in San Francisco and London, and from 1994 he worked for Lovells in London. In 1995 he joined SmithKline Beecham as Senior Counsel for mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters. When SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoWellcome merged to form GlaxoSmithKline, Rupert was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In 2008, Rupert became Group General Counsel of BP, holding that position until he joined RB in January 2017.

Seth Cohen – CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Joined in September 2017 as Group CIO, and is responsible for leading the next phase of RB’s IT transformation, including the integration of IFCN systems with RB’s, upgrading and deploying Finance systems and enhancing our technological capabilities.

Seth joined RB from PepsiCo where he spent 3.5 years as SVP and Chief Information Officer, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this Seth spent 12 years in a number of senior IT roles at Pepsi including leading Global Business Solutions and IT transformation programmes.

Rob de Groot - President, Hygiene Home

Rob joined RB in 1988. After international roles in marketing and sales he became General Manager The Netherlands, then SVP, Regional Director Eastern Europe and was appointed Global Category Officer, surface and dish before being appointed EVP North America & Australia. In January 2012 Rob became EVP of the ENA area, responsible for North America, Europe, Russia, CIS and ANZ.

As part of RB's new strategy for sustainable outperformance, in January 2018 Rob was appointed President of RB's Hygiene Home business, headquartered in Amsterdam.

Machiel (Mike) Duijser - Chief Supply Officer

Joined in November 2018 as Chief Supply Officer, and is responsible for manufacturing operations and the supply chain, further integration of IFCN supply, enhancing our supply technology capabilities and driving our focus on safety, quality, service and cost.

Machiel joined RB from Amazon, where he spent 3 years as VP of Worldwide Engineering. Prior to this, Machiel spent several years with Nestlé. His last role with the company was as Chief Technical Officer for Nestlé Germany.

Adrian Hennah – Chief Financial Officer

Joined RB in January 2013 and was appointed CFO in February 2013. Prior to joining RB, Adrian spent six years at Smith & Nephew plc as CFO and four years as CFO at Invensys plc.

Adrian also spent 18 years at GlaxoSmithKline plc, holding a number of senior management and financial roles. His earlier career was with PwC (then Price Waterhouse) in both audit and consultancy, and Stadtsparkasse Koeln, the German regional bank.

Aditya Sehgal - Chief Operating Officer, Health

Joined RB in 1994 as a management trainee in India. After various roles in sales and marketing he moved to his first General Manager role in 2009. He was appointed SVP North Asia in 2012 and in 2015 he was promoted to Global Category Officer Health. In 2017, Aditya became EVP Infant & Child Nutrition (IFCN) with responsibility for leading the on-boarding of Mead Johnson into RB and the integration of the IFCN division into Health. In January 2018, he was appointed EVP Health for Developing Markets and Ecommerce.

Aditya became Chief Operating Officer, Health in January 2019. In addition to his responsibilities for Developing Markets and Ecommerce Aditya is responsible for the business operations across Europe and America.

Gurveen Singh – Chief Human Resources Officer

Joined RB in 1993 as HR Director India. Gurveen was promoted to the role of Manpower Planning Director based in the UK in 1997. In 1999, she was appointed as HR Director South Asia based in India post the merger of Reckitt & Colman and Benckiser. In 2007, she moved to Regional HRD East Asia in Singapore and was promoted to Area HRD DVM in 2010 based in the UK. In 2012 she moved back to Singapore as Area HRD LAPAC before moving to her role as Area HR Director DvM based in Dubai in 2015.

In January 2018 Gurveen was appointed CHRO. Before joining RB, Gurveen held various HR roles in the hotel & consumer goods industries.