Vindi Banga is an Operating Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), one of the world’s most distinctive private equity firms. Since its inception in 1978, CD&R’s investment approach has been blending skilled investment judgment with world-class operating capabilities to build stronger, more profitable businesses.
Vindi joined the London office of CD&R in 2010 after a distinguished 33-year career at Unilever. He is currently the Chairman of Kalle GmbH, a Director on the Board of High Ridge Brands, both CD&R portfolio companies. Previously, Vindi served as President of Home & Personal Care (Asia) division and Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd (Unilever’s operating company in India) and is also a member of the Unilever plc Executive Board. He led the creation of One Unilever Global Foods, Home & Personal Care Global Category Organization, responsible for innovation and marketing mix development across 170 countries for all 270 Unilever brands, and was responsible for Unilever’s sustainability agenda.
Vindi served on the Prime Minister of India’s Council of Trade & Industry from 2004 to 2014. In 2010, Vindi was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, by the Prime Minister of India.
Vindi is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of GlaxoSmithKline plc and, until recently, was on the Board of Thomson Reuters Corporation. He is Chairman of Marie Curie and also the Chair and Trustee of the Karta Initiative. He was also on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, the Supervisory Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, the Advisory Board of Wharton, and is on the Advisory Board of the Saïd Business School, Oxford.
Vindi holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.