Zaved Akhtar

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Unilever

A career marketer, Zaved Akhtar has worked for 20 years between British American Tobacco and Unilever across the globe. A graduate of Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Zaved has deep sector experience across CPGs (Home Care, Personal Care, Foods and Refreshment).

Strong consumer centricity and design thinking sets Zaved apart; Managing change and driving new business models are also some of his key expertise. He has extensive international experience across South Asia and South East Asia and Australasia. As a marketeer, he has built expertise in communication & innovation management and has driven business development across multiple geographies, with many of his campaigns garnering international awards.

Currently in a global role as Marketing Transformation Director, South Asia where he works on South Asia’s strategic planning, performance management, innovation and business management. In this role he also drives the Digital Transformation for Hindustan Unilever.
He is proud father of two sons, Zaheer and Zayyan, both teenagers now. Zaved has passion for outdoor sports; He loves trekking and is aspiring but struggling golfer. He is also a certified scuba diver, so whenever he gets some down time he is off exploring the deep blue.