Hari Nair

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Hari Nair
Carlson Executive Educators Network


Hari Nair is Vice President, Corporate R&D, Fabric & Home Care Learning Lab at Procter & Gamble. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.

In his most recent role, Hari was Group Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Sime Darby, a $13 Billion USD conglomerate and diversified multinational with businesses in key growth sectors, namely, plantations, industrial equipment, motors, property, and energy and utilities with operations in more than 20 countries. During his time at Sime Darby, Hari led the group’s Strategy, Innovation, M&A, and Corporate Finance teams and created its long-term value-creation agenda. The strategy and transformation culminated in the creation of three standalone pure-play listed companies on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange in late 2017.

Prior to joining Sime Darby, Hari served as the Global Managing Director for Kimberly Clark’s Global Innovation Center (GIC) based in Seoul, South Korea. In this position, Hari has all site-wide responsibilities for the GIC, including the leadership of several global programs. During his tenure, Hari established a multidisciplinary global innovation center that is helping to fuel Kimberly Clark's innovation pipeline.

From 2006-2012, Hari was Partner and Vice President at Innosight, a firm founded by Clayton Christensen, the leading authority on disruptive innovation, collaborating with companies to devise growth strategies, build innovation capabilities, and create products and services that improve people’s lives. Hari is a thought leader and expert in applying various innovations and new business models in emerging markets, having advised several Fortune 500 companies. He began his career with Procter & Gamble, where he spent 14 years in R&D and served in various senior leadership roles in the U.S. and China. Hari has also served as a faculty member for strategy and innovation at Duke Corporate Education, Carlson School of Management Executive Education, and Tuck School of Business Executive Education programs.