The Hershey Company, a prominent worldwide snacking company and North America’s largest manufacturer of high-quality chocolates, has named Geetika Mehta as Managing Director, India, beginning July 1, 2021. Hershey International continues to focus on India as a significant market, and the company is devoted to talent development and leadership development.Hershey India’s leadership will be strengthened by Geetika’s appointment. Herjit Bhalla, VP, India and AEMEA at The Hershey Company, who was recently promoted to a worldwide capacity, Geetika will report to Herjit. Herjit reports directly to Rohit Grover, Hershey International’s President.
Geetika is a seasoned leader who brings over 18 years of experience across commercial and consumer marketing. She has held important leadership roles in FMCG and food businesses for more than a decade, and has managed various categories including soups, noodles, spice mixes amongst others. She has also led the laundry detergents category for Unilever in markets like South Asia, Thailand, Brazil and South Africa. In her previous role at Hindustan Unilever as the General Manager for the Home and Hygiene business, Geetika delivered market-beating results on both top and bottom line and set up the business for sustained growth.
Herjit Bhalla, VP, India and AEMEA, The Hershey Company, said, “The Indian market is of significant importance to us and is critical to our long-term growth plans. In our endeavor to further strengthen the leadership and drive resilient growth and execution, we are delighted to have Geetika onboard. With a proven track record of building and nurturing small businesses and leading growth for large businesses and driving profitability and turnaround, I am confident that Geetika will successfully lead the Hershey India team into the next phase of growth, scale and evolution.”
Commenting on her appointment, Geetika Mehta said, “I am excited to start my new journey and be a part of the wonderful narrative at Hershey India. My central focus will be on the next phase of growth in developing a strong, multi-category play while strengthening positions across key growth segments. I look forward to script a strong growth story in India with the immensely talented team here.”