As Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Achal Agarwal is responsible for leading the corporate strategy team and transformation office, developing the strategic plans for the company and leading the company’s transformation program.
Mr. Agarwal is a thought leader with extensive experience building high-performance teams and leading organizational change. Since he joined Kimberly-Clark in 2008 as President for the company’s North Asia business, and subsequently as President, Asia Pacific, he has accelerated growth and market share gains in emerging markets like China and ASEAN while delivering a significant increase in profits. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Agarwal was a business unit general manager in PepsiCo, Inc. and served in a variety of roles in Imperial Chemical Industries Plc.
As president of Kimberly-Clark's Latin American consumer business, Sergio Cruz leads the company's operations across Brazil, Central America and the Caribbean, and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America.
Prior to his current role, he served as vice president and general manager for Kimberly-Clark's operations in Brazil. From 2011 to 2013, he served as managing director for Eastern Europe. Mr. Cruz has held other general management roles since joining the company in 2005, including roles in Ecuador, Venezuela and The Philippines. Mr. Cruz joined Kimberly-Clark from The Gillette Company, where he worked for 12 years in various marketing and sales leadership roles.
In his role of Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Vice President, Gustavo Ghory leads Kimberly-Clark’s global supply chain, with responsibility for procurement, manufacturing, logistics, quality, safety, and sustainability.
Mr. Ghory brings extensive supply chain experience in manufacturing, technology, planning and engineering within the consumer products goods industry and has a track record of creating business-relevant strategies, driving acceleration of bottom-line results, and delivering breakthrough operational excellence. Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Ghory had a 35-year career at P&G, where he held a number of key senior leadership positions and helped implement many of its global capabilities and Go-to-Market Product Supply organizations. A huge advocate of Industry 4.0, he left P&G in 2016 to become chairman and co-founder of SmarterChains, a technology platform that drives margin improvement by helping businesses leverage technology and data to become more agile, smart, and sustainable.
In addition to his role at Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Ghory serves on the Advisory Board of UNITAR, a United Nations Agency, to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela.
Maria Henry is the chief financial officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation. She has direct responsibility for finance, digital technology services and global business services, and is focused executing Kimberly-Clark’s enterprise strategy to build long-term shareholder value.
Ms. Henry has a 32-year track record of strong business and financial results. Before joining Kimberly-Clark in 2015, she was executive vice president and chief financial officer for The Hillshire Brands Company. Prior to the formation of Hillshire Brands, Ms. Henry was chief financial officer of Sara Lee Corporation's North American Retail and Foodservice business. Prior to that role, she spent five years as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Culligan International. In addition to her role at Kimberly-Clark, Ms. Henry serves on the board of directors for General Mills.
A 20-year veteran of the consumer products industry, Michael Hsu is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and serves on its Board of Directors.
Before becoming CEO in January 2019, Mr. Hsu was chief operating officer, leading day-to-day operations of Kimberly-Clark’s business units, along with the global innovation, marketing and supply chain functions. Joining Kimberly-Clark in 2012 as group president of the company’s nearly $8 billion North American Consumer Products business, he quickly became known as a leader with passion and vision who could drive growth and value creation.
Prior to Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Hsu was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Kraft Foods. Before Kraft, he spent six years at H.J. Heinz, holding the positions of vice president, marketing for Ore-Ida and Frozen Meals, and later as president for Foodservice. He launched his career in the consumer products industry as a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he rose to partner in the firm's consumer practice.
Mr. Hsu serves on the Board of Directors for United Way USA. He earned a bachelor's degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife live in Dallas, Texas.
As chief growth officer for Kimberly-Clark, Alison Lewis will have responsibility for leading the global marketing team, building marketing capabilities, and leading the corporate research and engineering team on creating consumer-inspired innovation. She will play a key role in the company's initiatives to improve commercial capabilities that drive growth.
Lewis joined Kimberly-Clark in 2019 from Johnson & Johnson, where she served as Chief Marketing Officer of the Global Consumer business since 2013. Prior to her role at Johnson & Johnson, Lewis served as Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Vice President, North America at The Coca-Cola Company, where she held several assignments after joining that company in 1996. Preceding that, she held several brand management roles at Kraft Foods.
Jeffrey Melucci serves as Senior Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In his Business Development role, Mr. Melucci is responsible for accelerating Kimberly-Clark’s global portfolio strategy by leading the company’s worldwide M&A, partnership, equity investment and divestiture initiatives, which is particularly focused on creating new growth engines for Kimberly-Clark. As General Counsel, Mr. Melucci also leads all legal, public policy, governmental affairs, compliance and security operations for the company.
Mr. Melucci has a 20-year track record of delivering strong business and legal results. Before joining Kimberly-Clark in 2013, he held a series of general counsel and operational roles for General Electric over a nearly 10-year period. Mr. Melucci earned a bachelor's degree with honors from The Ohio State University and earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review.
As president of Kimberly-Clark's Asia-Pacific consumer business, Aaron Powell is responsible for the company's largest international region with operations in more than 30 countries, including China, India, Australia, Korea and the ASEAN member states.
Powell has held a series of roles with increasing responsibility since joining Kimberly-Clark in 2007. He most recently led the Kimberly-Clark Professional business globally, including a wide range of commercial products and services. Prior to that, he led the company's consumer business in EMEA, and served as Vice President and Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark's consumer business in Central and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Powell earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University, Saint Louis, and his MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business.
As president of the Kimberly-Clark Professional business unit, Russ Torres is responsible for the company’s B2B operations globally, which helps people the world over work better with a wide range of commercial products and services, including tissue and wipers, skin care, safety and do-it-yourself products.
Mr. Torres joins Kimberly-Clark with more than 20 years' of deep experience within the consumer products goods industry, spanning a number of key senior leadership roles at Bain & Company, Mondelez International/Kraft Foods Inc., and most recently at Newell Brands, where he last served as Group President, leading five divisions, spanning 11 brands and nearly $6 billion in revenue in over 40 countries. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Magna Cum Laude high honors degree in physics from Dartmouth College.
As group president of Kimberly-Clark's North American consumer business, Kim Underhill is responsible for the company's nearly $8 billion North American Personal Care and Consumer Tissue businesses, which are home to some of the world's most recognized and trusted consumer brands, including Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, Cottonelle and Scott.
Ms. Underhill previously served as president of the Kimberly-Clark Professional business unit, which provides a wide range of commercial products and services globally. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Underhill served as president, Consumer Europe. She joined Kimberly-Clark in 1988 and since then has held a number of positions with increasing responsibilities within research and engineering, supply chain and marketing.
In addition to her role at Kimberly-Clark, Ms. Underhill serves on the board of directors for Foot Locker, Inc. A native of Evansville, Indiana, she earned her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and her master's degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
As President of Kimberly-Clark's Europe, Middle East and Africa consumer business, Tristram Wilkinson is responsible for one of the company's most dynamic and diverse regions, serving over two billion consumers in 120 countries with iconic brands, including Andrex, Depend, Huggies, Kleenex, Kotex, Lily and Scottex, across developed, developing and emerging markets.
Since joining Kimberly-Clark in 1995 from Scott Paper, Wilkinson has worked in successive leadership roles in marketing, customer and general management, and across each of the company’s categories. He has previously led the company’s operations in the UK & Ireland, and served as Vice President and Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark's consumer business in Central and Eastern Europe.