Pawan Kumar Marella

IPA Effectiveness Leadership Group

Strategy Director, Unilever

Pawan is an experienced Sales, Marketing, General Management & Strategy professional working in Unilever for the last 19 years. He is based in London working as the Strategy Director in the Central Digital & Commercial Office reporting to Unilever’s Global CMO. Prior to this, he was leading Unilever’s Beauty & Personal Care business in East Africa and before that, leading and helped set up Unilever’s youngest company in Ethiopia. He started his career in India and spent 11 years across different sales and marketing roles in different regions and working in different categories building a strong foundation to his career.

Outside of work, he is involved with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in UK, as an Advisory Board Member in DY Patil University in India and as a contributing member and mentor in the ‘Foundation for Excellence’ – an organization funding higher education and skilling for employability of bright students in India.
He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India.

His purpose is to be a leader and teacher, working to have a long-term positive impact on people, businesses, and the planet. He is passionate about challenging the status quo, connecting the dots, seeing the bigger picture, and working with teams to solve complex business problems.

He currently resides in London with his wife and 2 young sons and enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and exploring the world.

Last updated 02 May 2024