Dinesh Thapar

Group CFO, Reliance Retail

Dinesh is currently Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Reliance Retail. As part of the senior leadership team, he spearheads the function at the country’s largest retailer and has been working on a range of business and corporate initiatives, through what has been a prolific phase for the company over the last year.

As CFO for the retail enterprise which straddles multiple consumption categories of Grocery, Electronics, Fashion & Lifestyle and Pharma, he is actively engaged on partnering the ambitious growth agenda for the business, driving P&L and performance management, ensuring robust governance and future readying the organization.

Prior to joining Reliance in May 2019, he spent two decades with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) where he held a variety of leadership roles covering the areas of Corporate Finance, Business Finance and Supply Chain.

In his last role as Vice President, he was the Finance leader for the Beauty & Personal Care Division in India and South Asia cluster. As part of this position, he also had the responsibility of being the Head of the Business Finance team in India. He was on the Board of HUL’s group companies and a member of the Division and Functional Leadership teams.

In earlier stints, he was General Manager & Head of Treasury, Mergers & Acquisitions and Investor Relations for HUL and the Finance Director and Head of Supply Chain for the Kimberly-Clark Lever JV Company. He also worked with Unilever in the United States for a couple of years.

A Fellow Chartered Accountant and Gold Medalist Cost and Management Accountant, Dinesh also has a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards from ACCA.

Dinesh is passionate about building talent and draws energy from making a difference to people on his journey. A firm believer in the role of leaders in building leaders, he enjoys spending time in coaching, mentoring and helping people realize their potential.

He is based in Mumbai and unwinds over MENSA puzzles, great music particularly EDM and playing sport.