Avon Products Inc. announced that Vikram Agarwal has been named senior vice president and chief supply chain officer, effective February 1, 2019.
Agarwal succeeds Michael Watson, who has decided to step down to pursue other professional opportunities. The company also announced that Susan Ormiston, senior vice president of Human Resources, will be leaving this month for a new opportunity outside Avon.
“We are delighted to welcome Vikram to the Avon team and look forward to the expertise and insights he brings from having overseen large, complex supply chains of consumer goods organisations,” said CEO Jan Zijderveld. “Our supply chain transformation and operating with flexibility to best meet Her needs is central to our efforts to ‘Open Up’ Avon. I’m confident that Vikram’s experience in emerging and fast-changing markets as well as in transformational agendas make him well suited to lead a revitalised supply chain team in continuing to drive improvements in service quality and Representative satisfaction and well as ensuring that our global operational structure is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Agarwal, who will report to Zijderveld, joins Avon following a 30-year career in operations and supply chain at Unilever. Most recently, he served as executive vice president, Supply Chain Africa, where he was responsible for a multi-billion-dollar regional business, including end-to-end supply chain across 15 countries, 14 factories and 25,000 employees.
“I am excited to join a great company like Avon, and the Avon team,” said Agarwal. “I am confident that there are significant opportunities to serve our Representatives, enhance performance, capture efficiencies and continue to develop a supply chain organisation that will best support Avon’s growth into the future. I look forward to working with the senior leadership team, and the global supply chain group, to drive operational excellence and advance Avon’s transformation.”