Suresh Rai

Vice President, HR, Unilever – South East Asia & Australasia

Suresh is Vice President of HR for Unilever’s South East Asia & Australasia business – one of Unilever’s largest, most diverse and fastest-growing regions; which comprises of 11 markets and over 15,000 employees. Unilever is consistently recognised as the Employer of Choice in the majority of the SEAA markets and is committed to developing talent for its local, regional and global operations.

As head of HR of this multi-country region and member of the SEAA Leadership Team, Suresh is responsible for delivering exponential value to both the business and its people. His focus areas for the region are central to developing intrapreneurial purpose-led leaders who are unlocking business as well as creating positive social and environmental impact, spearheading better agility across the organization and ensuring the business is equipped with future-ready capabilities for growth and innovation.

Suresh has a long-standing career in Unilever having worked in several countries across Asia such as Singapore, China, Philippines and India and has also held several global, regional and country roles. Over his wide-spanning career, Suresh has worked on large-scale projects and change management programmes, such as; Future HR for Unilever, Organizational Performance turnaround, Digital & data driven HR, Establishing Business Excellence Hub, and Developing Global & Asian Leaders. Prior to Unilever, Suresh worked for Procter & Gamble in the Product Supplies organization in the areas of manufacturing excellence, operations and automation.

An engineer by education, Suresh has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. In 1998, Suresh completed his Post Graduate Studies in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (MBA) from the Xavier Labour Research Institute, India.

Suresh is married to Ruchi, and a loving father to his two sons, Devesh and Harsh. His interests include travel, military history, strategic studies and a great glass of wine over an even greater conversation.