Senior Vice President & General Manager, Grooming, Procter & Gamble
Pankaj Bhalla leads P&G’s US$ 3 Billion Europe Grooming business which includes iconic brands such as Gillette®, Venus®, Braun®, Daisy®, Satin Care® as well as recently launched brands with King C. Gillette® and Sunny®. In his current role, Pankaj is responsible for Sales, Profit, Value creation, Market Share, Innovation, Communicationand Commercialselling for all 10 European market clusters covering Western, Central, Eastern Europe, Turkey & Israel. He leads a multi functional team of over 300 employees,serving over 100 million consumers leading grooming brands that enjoy leadership positions, regionally and globally.
Pankaj Bhalla started his P&G career in the Gillette company in the early 2000s, a few years ahead of the Gillette Company’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble in 2006. Since then, he has shared a special connection with the Gillette brand, he now leads across Europe. With twenty years experience in local, regional and global assignments, Pankaj has worked in sectors such as Automobile, Fast Moving Consumer products and Consumer Appliances. His expertise spans across sales, marketing and General Management roles. Over his career, Pankaj has operated India automobile industry’s widest reaching CRM program, launched new toothpaste businesses for P&G in whitespace countries, created Cannes and Effie award winning marketing campaigns for Gillette, turned around an ailing Duracell business in the Middle East and has helped create sub-categories in MaleSkin Care.
As leader, Pankaj is known for setting a clear vision early, making very few, simple, bold strategic choices, communicating them impactfully and repeatedly and executing them with excellence. Pankaj is also a passionate brand builder and a courageous leader that take smart risks to promote the values he strongly believes in. He has been specially recognized for designing the Gillette The Best A Men Can Be brand campaign in North America, which travelled far across the US borders and has had a major impact on the perception of what masculinity means in our society.
Outside of work, Pankaj enjoys amateur stand-up comedy and is an avid cinephile. His other interests include sustainability, applied economics & anthropology. He is a guest speaker at Harvard and a lecturer of consumer behavior at his Alma-mater. He is also a keen traveller having visited 83 countries, in addition to having lived in 11 different ones.
Pankaj now lives in Geneva, Switzerland,with his son and wife.