Mr. Rajendra Misra joined the Taj group of companies as General Counsel on 1st December 2015. The Legal and Company Secretarial functions at the Taj group report to him. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the University of Calcutta, and is a Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law (PGDPL) from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University (NALSAR). He has also completed the Hawkesmere Course on International Intellectual Property Law from London.
Mr. Misra is a seasoned business legal professional with more than 24 years’ experience in the legal field. During this period, he has served as in-house legal counsel of several leading business corporations like Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and ITC Limited. His experience spans across many sectors, including Personal care, Home care, Tobacco, Food, Lifestyle retailing, Aluminium and Tyre industry. He has extensive experience and expertise in various legal fields, including Litigation Management, Intellectual Property Management, Competition law, Corporate laws, driving strategic business initiatives etc.
Before joining the Taj group, Mr. Misra was the Senior Legal Counsel of HUL and a member of the HUL Leadership Team. He led the Legal team partnering the Personal Care and Home Care businesses of HUL, and was the Global Brand Legal Counsel for two iconic Unilever brands – Lifebuoy and Fair & Lovely, apart from serving as the Brand Development Counsel for the South Asia region. Prior to joining HUL, Mr. Misra was the Associate General Counsel of ITC. He began his career as in-house counsel with the Indian Aluminium Company Limited (Indal).
Mr. Misra was Chairman of the Legal Committee of Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA), which is the premier Industry body representing the Personal Care and Home Care industry in India. He was providing pro bono legal advice to the Executive Committee of IBHA and to the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA), and has led several legal initiatives on behalf of the industry.