Mr. S M Datta has more than 55 years of experience in the engineering and technology sector. He graduated with Honours in Chemistry from the Presidency College, Calcutta and obtained a post graduate degree in Science & Technology from Calcutta University. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Fellow of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Member, Society of Chemical Industry (London) and Honorary Fellow of All India Management Association.
Mr. Datta was Chairman of Hindustan Lever Limited [HLL] (presently known as Hindustan Unilever Limited) as well as all Unilever companies in India and Nepal from 1990 to 1996. He joined HLL as a Management Trainee in 1956 after completing his university education in Chemical Engineering. He is a Past President of Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry and the council of EU Chamber of Commerce in India, Past President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry and of Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association and Past Chairman of Bombay First.