Ravi Saligram is President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors for Newell Brands, a leading consumer products company. Ravi started at Newell on Oct. 2, 2019, to reestablish the organization as a premier, consumer products company that is at the forefront of meeting evolving needs and lifestyles.
Ravi is a visionary leader with a proven track record of growing businesses, building brands, developing customer-centric teams, embracing digital, focusing on cash flow, and driving shareholder value. Throughout his career, he has inspired employees to challenge the status quo, created cultures driven toward innovation and built industry-leading diversity and inclusion programs.
Ravi comes to Newell Brands with an extensive background in consumer brands, omnichannel commerce and global operations. Most recently, he served as CEO of Ritchie Bros., the world’s largest onsite heavy equipment auctioneer. He is responsible for transforming the six-decade old organization into a relationship-based, technology-enabled and data-driven multi-channel asset management and disposition platform. Under Ravi’s leadership, RBA’s TSR grew 78% on the NYSE and 121% on the TSX during the last five years. This is due, in part, to his 2017 acquisition of online leader, IronPlanet.
Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Ravi was CEO of OfficeMax Inc., where he strategically repositioned the company from a commodity office products retailer to an omni-channel workplace services and solutions company. During his tenure, he led the historic merger of equals between Fortune 500 companies OfficeMax and Office Depot in 2013, unlocking over half a billion dollars in synergies.
Ravi also has more than 20 years of senior management experience at ARAMARK, InterContinental Hotels Group and SC Johnson. During his time as President, ARAMARK International and Chief Globalization Officer, he turned the international business into a growth engine, doubling international revenue and quadrupling managed cash flow, in part, by driving sector diversification, onboarding a new generation of country presidents and significantly increasing female leadership.
Ravi has lived in six countries and worked in many more during his nearly 40-year career, which began at Leo Burnett in Chicago. Ravi earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an electrical engineering degree from Bangalore University, India. For 13 years, Ravi has served on the board of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. He chairs the Governance committee and is a member of the Finance committee.
Under his leadership, Ritchie Bros was recognized as one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in 2018. He was named CEO of the Year by Business in Vancouver, as well as 2018 Executive of the Year by Best in Biz.