John De Silva is a consumer goods genius who has been growing the Unilever business as the Managing Director since 2017.
Since his appointment at Unilever Caribbean, he’s been instrumental in the company’s growth by leading a strategic transformation that aligned to the group’s purpose to sustainable growth. Through his leadership, John gave the company a competitive edge through his innovative strategies that focus on consumer insights, talent development and operational excellence, all within a framework of sound corporate governance.
Before Unilever, John spent 25 years in leadership positions in various areas including general management, supply chain, operations, and finance. He has led companies across the world including in Trinidad, Jamaica, Switzerland, The Dominican Republic and Mexico. Most of that time was spent with Nestlé, holding senior executive positions including Director at Nestlé Jamaica, Country Manager of Nestlé Caribbean Inc., and Nestlé Professional’s Head of Supply Chain and Operations for Latin America. He has also turned around under-performing businesses through innovation, efficiency improvements, divestments and restructuring.
John is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK and an alumnus of IMD Business School in Switzerland.
John believes that leaders have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to contribute to a brighter future by connecting business and society’s interests through education, employment, entrepreneurship, nutrition, hygiene and health.
John’s will provide great insights on growing a business in today’s climate.