Harish Manwani, former COO of Unilever, Becomes Advisor to Blackstone

New York, New York, March 9, 2015. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) today announced that Harish Manwani, the former Chief Operating Officer of Unilever, has become a global executive advisor to the firm. Mr. Manwani retired from Unilever at the end of 2014, where he was responsible for managing Unilever’s P&L in all of the markets in which it operates.

As a global executive advisor, Mr. Manwani will assist and guide selected Blackstone portfolio companies across the world and help in diligencing investment opportunities.  In addition, he will help guide portfolio operations and advise the management teams of Blackstone’s Indian portfolio companies.

David Calhoun, Blackstone’s Global Head of Portfolio Operations, said, “We are excited about having Harish on board.  His thirty-eight year career as a global operator and business leader in one of the world’s largest consumer goods businesses will be immensely valuable to Blackstone’s portfolio companies. His wide ranging general management experience and particular expertise in developing markets will give Blackstone enormous leverage in some of the fastest growing markets in the world.”

Added Joe Baratta, Blackstone’s Global Head of Private Equity, “I expect that Harish will make a terrific contribution to our group, both in providing advice on deals and in adding value to our current portfolio. I am very pleased he is joining the firm.”

Mr. Manwani added, “I am delighted to be advising Blackstone as a global executive advisor.  They are an internationally recognized leader in private equity and I look forward to working closely with the leadership of the portfolio companies to further raising the bar on operational excellence and value creation.”

Mr. Manwani spent thirty-eight years with Unilever, holding various senior general management positions in different parts of the world, including overseeing Unilever’s businesses in Latin America, North America and Asia.  Additionally, Mr. Manwani is the non-executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Ltd and serves on several international boards, including Qualcomm, Pearson and Whirlpool. 

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