Nihal Vijaya Devadas Kaviratne, CBE
Nihal Kaviratne, CBE is a Non‑Executive and Independent Director and was appointed to the Board in 2014. His career with the Unilever Group spanned 40 years during which he held various senior level management positions in sales, marketing, brand and strategic planning and development, and as Chairman/CEO across Asia, Europe and Latin America. He retired from Unilever in 2005.
Nihal currently serves as an Independent Non‑Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and as Chairman of Akzo Nobel India Limited (formerly ICI). He is an Independent, Non‑Executive Director of several Temasek‑linked companies including StarHub Limited, SATS Limited, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, DBS Group Holdings Limited and DBS Bank Limited. He is President Commissioner of PT TVS Motor Company Indonesia, a Member of the Private Sector Portfolio Advisory Committee in India for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and serves on the Advisory Board of Bain and Company for South East Asia/Indonesia.
He was cited in HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 2004 New Year Honours List in the UK and has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to UK business interests and to sustainable development in Indonesia.
Nihal is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee; and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee.