Narasimhan Elected to Verizon Board of Directors
Friday, June 25, 2021 | Comments

Verizon Communications announced the election of Laxman Narasimhan, to its board of directors, effective July 1. Laxman is CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, a British multinational consumer health, hygiene and nutrition company. He also serves as a director of Reckitt.

“As we continue to accelerate 5G adoption by consumers, execute on our network-as-a-service strategy and grow Verizon’s business into new markets, Laxman’s expertise in consumer services, global operations and strategic development will have an immediate impact on our board and the evolution of our business,” said Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg.

The addition of Narasimhan will bring Verizon’s total board membership to 10, nine of whom are independent.

Previously, Narasimhan served as PepsiCo’s Group chief commercial officer (CCO) until July 2019, and prior to that served in multiple executive roles for PepsiCo Americas Foods. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2012, Narasimhan spent 19 years at McKinsey, where he focused on its consumer, retail and technology practices in the U.S., Asia and India.

Narasimhan is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.K. prime minister's Build Back Better Council. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, University of Pune, India. He has an master’s in German and international studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of business administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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