Meet the 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 Limited 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 K. Misra

Managing Director & CEO,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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In a career spanning 39 years, Mr. Misra worked for 30 years in various departments of Taj Hotels, from Sales and Marketing to Operations, after he joined in 1980 through the Tata Administrative Services. He progressed to become the General Manager of Taj President Hotel in Mumbai and then was in Sri Lanka as Area Director – Sri Lanka and Maldives and General Manager of Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo. His last position there was as Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, for Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. He was appointed as Executive Director and Deputy CEO of TGB and was subsequently elevated to MD and CEO from April 1, 2014. He is also on the Board of various TGB Group companies.

He is a Civil Engineer from BITS Pilani and has an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, followed by the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Boston.

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Mr. L. KrishnaKumar

Executive Director & Group CFO,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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Mr. KrishnaKumar started his career with A. F. Ferguson and Co. and subsequently worked with Larsen and Toubro Ltd. He joined the Tata group in 2000 in the hotels business and thereafter took over as the erstwhile Tata Tea’s Head of Finance in 2004. Currently, he is the Executive Director and Group CFO. He supervises the Finance, Governance and IT functions. He also oversees the Global Buying and Blending, and Supply Chain functions. He is a Director on the Boards of Tata Coffee Ltd., NourishCo Beverages Ltd. and several of the Company’s overseas subsidiaries.


Mr. Ajit Krishnakumar

Chief Operating Officer,
Tata Global Beverages Limited


Mr. Krishnakumar has 20 years of global work experience which includes responsibilities for strategy, corporate finance and M&A across a number of industries. He joined TGB as COO in January 2020. As one of his key responsibilities at TGB, he will lead the integration of the foods business of Tata Chemicals and the beverages business of Tata Global Beverages into a single consumer products company. In his previous role, he was Senior Vice President, Tata Sons in the Group Chairman’s office, leading strategy for consumer businesses. He has also worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Rothschild & Co., among others.

He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BBA from the University of Harford, Connecticut.


Mr. Amit Chincholikar

Global Chief Human Resources Officer,
Tata Global Beverages Limited


Mr. Chincholikar has been with the Tata group since 2010. Prior to joining TGB, he was with Tata Sons as Senior Vice President – Group Human Resources. He has also worked in organisations such as Mercer Consulting and Aditya Birla Group in leadership roles in India, USA and Singapore.

He holds a post-graduate degree from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and is a graduate in Statistics and Operations Research from the University of Mumbai.

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Mr. Adil Ahmad

President – International Business,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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Mr. Ahmad joined in 2015 as the Global Chief Marketing Officer. He has played a key role in developing a strong portfolio of global brands with a focus on overall brand health, profitability and premiumisation. In his current role, he is responsible for driving TGB’s growth in the international markets of Europe, USA and Canada. Prior to joining, he has had a 20-year career with Reckitt Benckiser, holding leadership positions across UK, India, Middle East and East Asia, in both strategic and operational roles.

He is a graduate from St Stephens College, Delhi and holds an MBA degree from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Sushant Dash

Mr. Sushant Dash

President - India & Middle East,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

Sushant Dash

Mr. Dash has successfully handled various strategic and operational roles for the Company.

Some of his previous roles include Marketing Head for India, Team Leader of a Venture Team based in the UK and Senior Director – Marketing and Business Development – for Tata Starbucks. He has also worked for ORG Marg in various capacities in Consumer and Market Research. He was the Global Brand Director of TGB prior to his appointment as President - India and Middle East.


Mr. Vikram Grover

President – Water Vertical,
Tata Global Beverages Limited


Mr. Grover heads TGB’s water business and is responsible for product and market development of functional waters and building a global footprint for the water business. He also holds overall responsibility for the Company’s tea business in Bangladesh. He joined TGB as Marketing Head for South Asia in 2010 and has played a key role in achieving several milestones for the Company’s branded tea business in India.

Prior to this, he has worked with Unilever, holding significant roles such as Global Strategy and Archetypes Director for Beverages and Country Head for Beverages in India.

He has an MBA degree in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, and is an engineering graduate from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

Mr. Rakesh Sony

Mr. Rakesh Sony

Global Head - Strategy and M&A
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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As Global Head – Strategy and M&A, Mr. Sony is responsible for the development and deployment of strategies and the delivery of new businesses/acquisitions/ alliances to drive the sustainable, profitable growth agenda of the Company.

He has over 20 years of experience and has held key leadership roles in the Financial Services industry, such as the Director and India Head of Proterra Investment Partners and Partner at Motilal Oswal PE Fund. He has led over a dozen successful investments in the food and consumer space in India and has assisted companies in their strategic transformation processes.

He is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata.


Mr. John Burdett

Global Operations Director,
Tata Global Beverages Limited


Mr. Burdett joined TGB in 2009 and was appointed Global Operations Director in 2017. He is responsible for the end-to-end supply of products – from manufacturing in our global supply chain network of owned and outsourced operations to final delivery to our consumers. Prior to that, he worked with Imperial Chemicals Industries and Mars and in the FMCG packaging industry, in a variety of manufacturing and supply chain roles, at national and international levels.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a graduate from Oxford University.


Mr. Chacko P. Thomas

Managing Director & CEO
Tata Coffee Limited


With over 27 years of experience, Mr. Thomas was appointed MD and CEO of Tata Coffee Ltd. effective 1st April 2019. Previously, he served as Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Tata Coffee Ltd., where he was directly responsible for the overall delivery of the plantation transformation and instant coffee agenda.

In his previous assignment, he was associated with Kanan Devan Hills Plantation Company (KDHP) since its inception. KDHP is South India’s largest tea plantation company and an associate company of TGB. He joined the erstwhile Tata Tea Ltd in 1992 as Assistant Manager and rose to the position of MD of KDHP in 2012. Under his leadership, KDHP was awarded ‘The Best Company for Employee Involvement & Participation’ in India for 2015. He remains a Director on the board of KDHP and serves on various boards of industry associations.

He has a degree in Computer Science from University of Jodhpur and has completed an Advanced Management Program from INSEAD France.