Ravi Saligram is the President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Newell Brands.
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.
Prior to joining Newell Brands, Mr. Saligram was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated, the world’s largest onsite/online industrial 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.
Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Mr. Saligram was Chief Executive Officer, President, and a member of the Board of Directors of OfficeMax Inc., where he strategically repositioned the company from a commodity office products retailer to an omnichannel workplace services and solutions company and oversaw the historic 2013 merger of OfficeMax and Office DepotCEO of OfficeMax Inc.
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. Ravi also serves on the Governing Board of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA.
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.
Newell Rubbermaid is an American worldwide marketer of consumer and commercial products with a portfolio of well-known brands including Rubbermaid food storage, home organization and refuse container products; Sharpie markers; Paper Mate, Parker and Waterman pens; Aprica and Graco children's products; Calphalon cookware and kitchen electrics; Irwin, Lenox and hilmor professional tools; Levolor window décor; and Goody hair care accessories.