Richard B. Saldanha
is an Executive Director in the Private Equity Group based in Mumbai.
Mr. Saldanha is a member of Blackstone’s portfolio operations group and is responsible for that group’s activities on behalf of portfolio companies of the Private Equity Group that are based in India.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Saldanha was Executive Director and a Member of the Board of The Times of India Group where he focused on helping build organizational capability, culture and competitiveness for its Newspapers, TV Channels, Internet, and Radio businesses. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd.
Prior to that Mr. Saldanha was with Hindustan Lever & Unilever Plc for thirty years, spending almost ten years in Latin America. Mr. Saldanha was Technical Director of Unilever Venezuela; and Vice-President – Supply Chain for Unilever Andina, (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador), rising to be Chairman and CEO of Unilever Peru. He was also a Member of the Unilever Latin America Board.
Mr. Saldanha’s forty-plus years of corporate experience in a wide range of functions ranging from manufacturing and planning to corporate development and general management have given him an ideal background for restructuring and reorganizing companies, as well as for managing partnerships and strategic alliances in the international arena.
Mr. Saldanha graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree (BE Mech) from Pune University. He has gained wide international experience as a Founding member of the National Board of Advt Self Regulation (Peru); a Founding Member of the National Board for e-commerce (Peru); President of the International School in Valencia, Venezuela; and a member of the Dutch-Peru and UK-Peru Chambers of Commerce. He was a Founding President of Save the Children India, and President of the Delhi Management Association. He is currently on the Board of Bennet Coleman and Co, (the largest media group in India), and that of Asian Electronics.