Rakesh Kapoor, Reckitt Benckiser chief executive

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Rakesh Kapoor

CEO, Reckitt Benckiser

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Under Kapoor Reckitt Benckiser has come in consistently ahead of analyst expectations in the past year, and the long-term share price ascent has continued, reaching an all-time high of £64.18 in October. In November the CMA agreed to wave through RB’s acquisition of the K-Y brand, on the proviso it licensed it in the UK. Kapoor has also restructured to telling effect and introduced a cost-cutting exercise that included bans on business class flights of less than six hours. Having walked away from the £9bn acquisition of Merck in 2014, all eyes are now on Kapoor over the possible acquisition of GSK’s consumer healthcare business.

The Grocer's Power List 2016 reflects a sector in upheaval