T.Thomas, former Chairman of HLL, passed away


  • T.Thomas, former Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited (then Hindustan Lever Limited or HLL), passed away on 2 March 2018 at the age of 90 in Mumbai. 
  • He was Chairman of the company from 1973-1980 and later he served as Unilever Director.
  • Thomas led the company through the difficult price control era and laid the foundation for Unilever to retain the majority holding under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) at the time. 
  • He was also instrumental in recasting the company’s then management trainee programme whereby trainees were given an exposure of working in rural areas for their all-round development.
  • Thomas was also a Non-Executive Chairman of other big companies like Glaxo and Lafarge