Management team



The beverage business is overseen by an Executive team which operates under the overall supervision and direction of the boards of Tata Global Beverages and its sub-committees and respective legal entities. The Executive team has been formed with a view to streamline the global operations of the beverages business, considering in particular the widespread presence of the entities carrying on this business across various countries. It operates under the schedule of authority approved by the relevant entities.


Mr. Ajoy Misra  

Mr Ajoy Misra,
CEO & MD

Ajoy Misra is CEO of Tata Global Beverages Group and Managing Director of Tata Global Beverages Limited. He is a Civil Engineering graduate from BITS Pilani and holds an MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He was with the Indian Hotels for nearly 30 years and was leading its sales and marketing function in his most recent assignment. His prior roles include heading Sales for the Taj Group and being Area Director in the Sri Lanka and Maldives regions.

Mr L Krishna Kumar  

Mr L Krishna Kumar,
Global Chief Financial Officer

L Krishna Kumar joined the Tata Group in 2000 in the hotels business as its Vice President- Finance and in 2004 took over as Head of Finance of Tata Tea in India. He has been part of its growth story since then. He is currently the Group CFO and supervises the finance, governance and IT functions. A graduate from Loyola College in Madras, he subsequently obtained professional qualifications in Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accountancy and Company Secretarial. He also holds a diploma in systems analysis. He has held several senior positions in consulting and industry. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant from A F Ferguson and Co, he worked with them for five years as a Senior Consultant with their management consultancy division. During this tenure he supervised a variety of engagements, both within and outside India. He subsequently worked with Larsen and Toubro Limited, a diversified conglomerate company, in a variety of areas and was lastly in their corporate office as General Manager, Finance.

K S Srinivasan  

Mr K S Srinivasan
Global Chief Human Resources Officer 

K S Srinivasan joined Tata Global Beverages as Chief Human Resources Officer in 2013. He has over 30 years of global experience in the Human Resources function and has worked with the Tata group for 24 years. Prior to joining Tata Global Beverages, he headed the Human Resources function, including Learning and Development, for the Americas and Europe for the Taj Group of Hotels based out of New York. His core areas of expertise are on managing and integrating organisation culture, performance management, organisational change initiatives, reward and compensation management, industrial relations and employee engagement.

Mr Steve Rice  

Mr Steve Rice,
Regional President CAA

Steve graduated with an Honours BCOMM, majoring in Marketing. Prior to joining Tetley Steve worked for Coca-cola as a financial analyst then Product Manager. He then joined Cadbury Beverages Canada as a product manager moving onto Business Manager for a number of brands within Cadbury, including (Allied Brands, Welch's and Motts). He was then appointed District Sales Manager until moving to Tetley.

Steve joined Tetley in 1999 as a Marketing Manager and was appointed VP Marketing in 2004. He assumed the role of Regional President Canada in 2007 and took on South America in 2008 and Australia in 2010.

Mr Nigel Holland  

Mr Nigel Holland,
Regional President, EMEA

Nigel Holland joined the management team in 2011 and is responsible for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Nigel is also Executive Director and Chairman of Joekels Tea Packers Ltd (SA); as well as an Executive Director of the UK Tea Council. With a degree and MBA in Economics, Nigel joined the Tetley Group in 1998 as Marketing Controller, having previously worked in various consumer marketing positions for a number of leading FMCG brands, including Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, Kraft Jacobs Suchard and Boots Healthcare International. A year later Nigel became Marketing Director and in 2002 he was appointed Commercial Director for the UK business, which later extended to responsibility for Western Europe and Australia. In 2008, with the formation of Tata Global Beverages, Nigel was appointed as Regional President for UK & Africa which was subsequently expanded to cover the EMEA region.

Mr Sanjiv Sarin  

Mr Sanjiv Sarin
Regional President, South Asia

Sanjiv Sarin is Regional President – South Asia for Tata Global Beverages Ltd. Sanjiv has been with us on the Tata Global Beverages journey from its very start in 2008. Prior to his current role he was the Regional President for Asia Pacific and Executive Director-Business Development at Tata Coffee Ltd. Before joining Tata Global Beverages he worked globally with leading international organizations, including a sixteen years at Cadbury Schweppes in the Philippines, Egypt, India and the U.K. Some of the roles he handled were General Manager Sales, Strategy and Business Development in India; Commercial Director in Egypt; Regional Sales Director (Global Sales) – EMEA, London; Country Director Philippines.

He comes with a strong academic record. He graduated with Distinction from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines and is a University Gold Medal holder in Masters in Economics from Bombay University.

Pradeep Poddar  

Mr Pradeep Poddar
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd.

Pradeep Poddar is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd., a position he has held since 2007. Pradeep has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Special Projects at Tata Global Beverages Limited in the past. He has over thirty years’ experience in the consumer sector having held positions at senior level positions at Glaxo India and Heinz, where he was Managing Director, Indian and South Asia for over 8 years. Pradeep has also been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Monsanto India Ltd. He holds an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and is a Chemical Engineer from UDCT.

Vish Govindasamy  

Mr Vish Govindasamy
Managing Director at Watawala Plantations

Vish Govindasamy is Managing Director at Watawala Plantations, a joint venture with TATA Global Beverages. He assumed duties at Watawala Plantations as its CEO in the year 1997 and has since helped it grow into one of the largest tea plantation companies in Sri Lanka. Vish Govindasamy is also closely associated with the Planters' Association of Ceylon and the Employers' Federation of Ceylon for the Plantation Sector and has travelled worldwide extensively to promote the sector. He is also Director at TAJ Lanka Hotels PLC and Chairman at Tata Communication Lanka Ltd. Vish holds an  MBA from the University of Hartford, USA.

Hameed Huq  

Mr Hameed Huq
Managing Director of Tata Coffee Ltd.

Hameed Huq is the Managing Director of Tata Coffee Ltd. and has held the position since January 2010. He joined Tata Coffee in the year 1999 as Vice President (Plantations) and was promoted as Executive Director (Plantations) with effect from 3rd January, 2005. Prior to joining Tata Coffee, Mr. Huq was with Tata Tea since 1972 and held various senior positions in the Company. He also had a short stint in Plantations in Sri Lanka between 1994 and 1997.


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