Rakesh Kapoor (born 4th August 1958) is the Chief Executive of Reckitt Benckiser plc, a FTSE-listed UK multinational consumer goods company, major producer of health, hygiene and home products.
Kapoor joined RB in 1987, when it was still known as Reckitt & Colman, prior to its merger with Benckiser. He served the company in various roles including: Regional Sales Manager, North India; General Manager, Indian Southern Region; and Regional Marketing Director, South Asia. In 1999, he was appointed Global Category Director, Pest Control. Following the merger, he assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Home Care. He was appointed SVP, Regional Director, Northern Europe in 2001 and in July 2006, was promoted to EVP, Category Development, with responsibility for global category management, research and development, media, market research and strategic alliances.
Kapoor took over as CEO on 1st September 2011 from Bart Becht, who had been in the post since the company was created in 1999 through the merger of Benckiser with Reckitt & Colman. Kapoor went to Modern School in New Delhi, after which he went on to do his BE (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. Later on, he schooled in Management via a MBA from XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India.
Kapoor lives in London, England, with his wife and two children. He is an accomplished bridge player and a keen football and cricket fan.