The first woman in FMCG
As Nestle India’s first woman executive in 1979, Sangeeta had already broken a woman’s barriers to corporate entry. During her 21 years with Nestle she helped launch and establish one of India’s most beloved brands (Maggi 2 Minute Noodles), steered Nestle’s sales across Northern India as Regional Sales Head, led the pan-India HR function for Nestle India HQ and worked across 3 Strategic business units at Nestle HQ in Switzerland.
You can read more about Sangeeta's experiences in corporate India in her recently published book "The Two-Minute Revolution".
Built iconic brands
While her daughter was in senior school, Sangeeta took up the opportunity to become CEO of Mattel India and shuttled between Mumbai and Delhi for a few years. She then decided to take a year off to help her daughter get through the Class 10 board exams after which she joined Tata Tea as Executive Director. During her stint, Sangeeta helped Tata Tea became the largest tea brand in India, leveraging the Jaago Re campaign that she spearheaded. Her last corporate role was in Delhi with NDDB Dairy Services as Managing Director where she set up the first two milk producer companies in India.
A mentor to ambitious women
Juggling family, promotions, cities and roles sounds challenging and it definitely was. Sangeeta has made plenty of tough choices, been faced with many not-to-be-missed opportunities and has had a lot of fantastic experiences as she climbed the corporate ladder. This is exactly what inspired her to create “Set Her Up For Success” – a program through which she shares her mantras for success with ambitious professional women. She explains what it takes to be a successful leader, and how you can be one without giving up on your personal ambitions.