General Manager & Managing Director with 27 years experience across Asia with P&G, GSK & L’Oreal. My expertise ranges from distributor start-up & trade marketing to category strategy, initiative design & in-market brand activation on large regional brands like Pantene, Gillette, Sensodyne, ENO, L’Oreal, Garnier, Lancome, and Maybelline. I am also a trainer on leadership, coaching & change management in addition to core marketing & sales skills. As a general manager for the past 13 years I am now well versed in financial, supply chain, HR, corporate & regulatory affairs management.
Having lived in Thailand through a rather tumultuous period of political uncertainty I have hands on experience in crisis management and business continuity planning. Having navigated the organisation through various crises, we delivered strong results with no major losses thanks to early and effective management by the leadership team. Managing the business in Indonesia has further helped me hone my skills in government relations and public affairs.
On the personal side, I am an active travel & street photographer. My pictures have been exhibited at the Indian Cultural Centre in Bangkok, published in various publications & bought by enthusiasts & collectors. My collections can be seen at www.umeshphadke.com.
Specialties: General Management, Commercial leadership, Brand management including strategic planning & activation, organization design & recruitment, training & development, coaching for peak performance, regulatory affairs management via engagement and influence.
Country Expertise – Thailand, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore & Vietnam. Deep understanding of the channel and market dynamics of all ASEAN markets.
Category/Industry Experience – Personal Care, Health Care, OTC, Laundry Detergents, Male Grooming, Female Beauty, Hair Care.