Samir Singh is the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Unilever Personal Care, a $13 billion dollar business encompassing famous brands such as Dove, Axe, Lifebuoy and Pepsodent. Unilever is one of the largest and most influential multinational consumer goods companies with sales of about $60 billion dollars.
Samir has been at Unilever for 25 years, and was appointed to his new role almost a year ago after serving as EVP for Global Skin Cleansing and Oral Care. In his earlier stint as the Global Brand VP for Lifebuoy, Samir played a key role in building Lifebuoy's social mission to change the hand-washing behavior of 1 billion people. He led the path-breaking and award-winning 'Help a Child Reach 5' Lifebuoy campaign, which was made into a Harvard Business School case study.
In this episode, Jim and Samir reflect on the relationship between P&G and Unilever as competitors and the share the insights and knowledge they have gained from each other. Samir explains the benefits of laddering down instead of laddering up, and why brands should strive to create small moments of joy in everyday life. He also describes the transformational work he did with Lifebuoy to promote better hygiene and reduce child mortality rates in India.