Nilesh Patel assumed the roles of Senior Vice President and President, Asia Pacific at Avon Products, Inc. in early 2014. He is responsible for strengthening and growing the Avon business throughout the APAC region and serves on the company's Executive Committee.
Mr. Patel joined Avon following a 26-year career with the Heinz Company, where he acquired deep experience across multiple functions and built a solid record of success in emerging Asian markets. Most recently, Mr. Patel served as President, Director and Regional CEO of the Heinz ASEAN Region, overseeing business in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. The position was an expansion of his role as head of Heinz ABC Business in Indonesia, where Mr. Patel has been credited with turning around the business and more than doubling revenues over a five-year period.
From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Patel served as Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Heinz India, spearheading a brand repositioning, organizational restructuring and other changes resulting in a near doubling of revenues. Before that, he held a number of senior management roles in Asia (including China) and the Middle-East/Africa and Europe regions.
Prior to joining Heinz, Mr. Patel was a Process Development Engineer for Grand Metropolitan in the food retailer's Research and Development department. He spent his early professional career at a pharmaceutical company.
Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan in South Wales (now the University of South Wales).