Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has appointed Saurabh Jain as the company’s marketing director in Australia and New Zealand, to oversee its consumer hygiene portfolio.
Jain joins from within the company, previously leading strategic and creative marketing activity for RB’s disinfection portfolio.
He has more than 14 years of blue-chip experience, spending the last five with RB for five years.
Before that, he held roles at other major FMCG and retail companies such as ITC Limited and Amazon.
His marketing experience spans personal care, surface care, food and fashion.
“I am thrilled to join RB Hygiene in Australia and New Zealand, bringing my learnings and insights from wider markets to the team," Jain says.
“Our RB Hygiene brands continue to lead the way in innovation, and our partnerships and initiatives all ladder up to our vision for creating a cleaner world.
"I’m looking forward to working with the team to deliver purpose-led campaigns that not only showcase our product innovation, but also RB’s commitment to addressing big societal issues from water scarcity, through to germ-related illnesses.”
In his new role, Jain will be responsible for building RB Hygiene brands, which are aimed at eliminating dirt, germs, pests and odours.
These brands include: Pine O Cleen, Glen 20, Harpic, Easy-Off Bam, Mortein, Finish, Vanish, and Air Wick.
RB Hygiene ANZ general manager Jérôme Lemaire welcomed Jain to the new role.
“He has a wealth of experience and is highly skilled in driving meaningful marketing initiatives and programs," Lemaire says.
“Consumers are demanding that brands ‘do more’ and at RB Hygiene, we believe we have a responsibility to affect change that delivers wider benefits to society and the environment.
"Each of our brands are purpose-led, seeking to drive lasting community support and impact. These brand purposes drive everything we do – from the innovation and sustainability of our products to who we partner with. Saurabh will provide strong leadership for our talented marketing team as we strive to create a cleaner world.”
Jain replaces Arnaud Sudre, who after two years as RB Hygiene’s ANZ marketing director is assuming a new role within the global RB business.
Jain commenced in his new role from May 1 2020 and is currently operating from India.
Once COVID-19 travel bans are lifted, he will relocate to Sydney, Australia.
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