Huhtamaki India appoints Dhananjay Salunkhe as India Managing Director

Huhtamaki India Limited, a leading provider of primary consumer packaging and labelling solutions in India – and part of Huhtamaki, a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions based in Finland, has announced the appointment of Dhananjay Salunkhe as the Managing Director of Huhtamaki India. Dhananjay is a seasoned business leader with a track record of growing and building businesses in India. In his previous stint, Dhananjay has worked as the CEO of Packaging and Printing Business at ITC Limited (a large diversified conglomerate in India), where he led the packaging business and supervised four manufacturing plants producing cartons, flexible packaging and rigid boxes.

Commenting on the announcement Marco Hilty, President, Flexible Packaging at Huhtamaki, said, “We are pleased to welcome Dhananjay to the Huhtamaki India team. He comes with extensive leadership experience from the packaging and printing business and holds great records in driving businesses towards significant growth.  We are certain that his rich experience and knowledge will play a vital role for the India market as we continue to grow and accomplish our goals towards becoming the first choice in sustainable packaging solutions.”

Talking about his new role, Dhananjay Salunkhe, Managing Director, Huhtamaki India, said, “I am impressed with Huhtamaki’s principle and high-performance culture that focuses on the core values of Care Dare Deliver. I am excited and looking forward to developing the company further by harvesting new opportunities, accelerating growth with a vision to deliver on its 2030 ambitions.” 

Prior to ITC, Dhananjay spent nine years with 3M, starting as Plant Head for their Pimpri manufacturing unit. As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt holder, Dhananjay has been instrumental in driving significant process improvements and was recognized with the “Transformational Leader” Award in 2015. 

Dhananjay started his career as a Graduate Engineer Trainee at PMP Auto, followed by stints at Sulzer India, a Swiss pumps & compressors company, and GKN Sinter Metals. 


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