Hand in Hand, a personal care brand, has announced it has appointed Piyush Jain as chief executive officer. Simultaneously, co-founder and current CEO, Bill Glaab, will assume the role of executive chairman of the board of directors.
Jain joins Hand in Hand following a 23-year career at Unilever, where he most recently served as global brand vice president in hair care.
Jain founded, launched and grew Unilever's eco-friendly brand, Love Beauty & Planet.
Glaab has helped create and expand Hand in Hand's Give Back program, which donates one bar of soap and clean water to a child in need for each product sold.
Under his leadership, Hand in Hand has also developed a commitment to sustainability by making palm-oil-free products and educating consumers on the environmental impacts and human rights abuses in the palm oil industry.
Jain said, "Hand in Hand's entrepreneurial story and its mission to drive a full spectrum of impact, from sustainability to social good and environmental advocacy is incredibly inspiring. Bill and the Hand in Hand team have been able to directly align growth with impact–a core mission that is important to me both personally and professionally. I'm looking forward to working with Bill, the team and Bain Capital Double Impact to build on this incredible foundation and scale the company's growth and impact."
Glaab said, "It's been an honor to work with the team to grow a mission-driven company over the past 10 years, and I look forward to leading from a new perspective as executive chairman. Given his extensive experience at the intersection of the personal care industry and both philanthropy and sustainability efforts, I'm confident in Piyush's ability to push our efforts forward to make the world a cleaner, better place, and we will work in close coordination to assure a seamless transition."
Cecilia Chao, a managing director at Bain Capital Double Impact, said, "We are extremely proud of Hand in Hand's accomplishments under Bill's leadership, and we're thrilled to welcome Piyush's impressive track record building mission-driven natural product brands at this crucial point in the Company's growth journey. We will be forever grateful for Bill's vision and leadership in creating and building an authentic mission-driven brand and inspiring the Hand in Hand team. We look forward to working together with Bill and Piyush to support Hand in Hand through its next phase of growth."