Procter & Gamble (P&G) has appointed Kumar Venkatasubramanian as vice president and managing director for Australia and New Zealand. He succeeds Vivek Gupta, who will be leaving the company for family reasons.

Venkatasubramanian joined P&G’s sales division in India in 2000. After successfully leading a major sales distribution expansion project, he also completed an international assignment for P&G in Brazil. Most recently, he was sales director and oral care commercial leader for P&G India.

In his new role, Venkatasubramanian will be responsible for leading the company’s local sales and market operations. He was hand-picked for this position because of his extensive sales and leadership experience, having led a team of over 200 people, and track record for creating category growth.

Commenting on his appointment, Venkatasubramanian said: “I am thrilled to be joining P&G Australia and New Zealand. This team has an exceptional reputation for building strong brands that serve consumers and bringing meaningful, superior innovation to the local market.

“I have been particularly impressed by how well the team has managed the COVID-19 crisis. They have truly supported one another to protect our organisation, be a force for good in the community and serve our customers at a time when our health and hygiene products are needed the most.

“I also want to acknowledge the leadership and outstanding contribution of my colleague and friend, Vivek Gupta, who guided P&G Australia and New Zealand through a period of great success and built such a strong and capable organisation. I wish him all the best as he leaves P&G after over 20 remarkable years of service.”