Published on 14/09/2021
Dr Gary Coombe
  • Dr Gary Coombe is the CEO of Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) global grooming business
  • He is an outspoken champion for diversity and inclusion and a leading voice on men’s role in gender equality.
  • Dr Coombe graduated from Aston University in 1986 and returns regularly to speak with business students and faculty.

The CEO of Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) global grooming business has been awarded an honorary degree by Aston University.

Dr Gary Coombe was awarded the honour at a ceremony held at the Eastside Rooms, the city’s latest purpose-built conference and events venue.

Since joining P&G as a sales representative in the UK, Dr Coombe has been at the heart of the consumer goods industry, working on some of P&G’s most successful brands across regional and global leadership roles including Gillette, Venus, Braun, Joy and The Art of Shaving, serving 800 million consumers around the world with annual revenues of over $6bn.

Gary is a champion for diversity and inclusion and a leading voice on men’s role in gender equality and was recognised in 2018 in Management Today’s Agents of Change Power List.

He has been the driving force behind Gillette and Venus using their global advertising reach for pioneering campaigns on social responsibility and gender equality.

Professor George Feiger, executive dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University, said:

“I am delighted that Aston University has bestowed this honour on Dr Coombe in recognition of his business achievements and work to promote diversity, inclusion and social responsibility

“His success since graduating from Aston University in 1986 is something our students can be inspired by.

“He is a great asset to the University and returns regularly to speak with business students and faculty, sharing his experiences from a 35-year career in a Fortune 500 company.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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