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Kimberly-Clark announces executive leadership changes


January 9, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation is shaking up its executive leadership, which the company says will help propel it toward its 2022 strategic goals.

Aaron Powell, president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been named president of Kimberly-Clark’s Asia-Pacific consumer business. In this role, Powell will be responsible for the company’s largest international region with operations in more than 30 countries, including the ASEAN member states (Australia, China, India and South Korea).

Achal Agarwal, president of Kimberly-Clark’s Asia-Pacific consumer business, has been named to the newly created role of chief transformation officer. In his new role, Agarwal will lead the strategy for the global organization and its work practices.

Both Agarwal and Powell will continue to report to Mike Hsu, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Kimberly-Clark. The moves are effective March 1.

“Achal and Aaron are both seasoned executives with proven ability to deliver higher levels of sustained results and position us to delight consumers every day, everywhere,” says Hsu in a statement.

Powell joined Kimberly-Clark in 2007, leading the company’s consumer business in EMEA, and serving as vice-president and managing director of Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business in Central and Eastern Europe.

Agarwal joined Kimberly-Clark in 2008, and has accelerated growth and market share gains in emerging markets. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Achal served in a variety of leadership roles at PepsiCo, Inc. and Imperial Chemical Industries.

The tissue manufacturer has yet to name a successor to lead the Kimberly-Clark Professional business.