Board of Directors

The operations at Tata Global Beverages are led and managed under the direction of its board of directors. Know more about each of our directors.

N-Chandrasekaran

Mr. N. Chandrasekaran

Chairman

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Experience and other appointments

He is the Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons, the holding company and promoter of over 100 Tata operating companies with aggregate annual revenues of more than US$ 100 billion. He joined the Board of Tata Sons in October 2016 and was appointed Chairman in January 2017. He also chairs the Boards of several other operating Tata companies such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Indian Hotels and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) — of which he was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 2009-17. His appointment as Chairman followed a 30-year business career at TCS. He was also appointed as a Director on the Board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in 2016. He is an active member of India’s bilateral business forums and has served as the Chairman of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). He is also a member of the High-level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility formed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Skills and achievements

He rose through ranks at TCS to become MD and CEO of the leading global IT solutions and consulting firm. Under his leadership, TCS generated total revenues of US$ 16.5 billion in 2015-16 and consolidated its position as the largest private sector employer in India and the country’s most valuable company. TCS has also been placed among the ‘Big 4’ most valuable IT services brands worldwide, ranked as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Forbes and recognised as a Global Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute across 24 countries.

Harish-Bhat

Mr. Harish Bhat

Non Executive Director

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Experience and other appointments

He is the Brand Custodian of Tata Sons. He joined the Tata group in 1987 as an officer in the Tata Administrative Service. He is the Chairman of Tata Coffee Ltd. and also a Director on the Boards of several other Tata companies, including Titan Company Ltd., Trent Ltd., Tata Starbucks Pvt. Ltd., Infiniti Retail Ltd., Tata Unistore Ltd. and Tata AIA Life Insurance Company Ltd. During his career of over 30 years with the Tata Group, Mr. Bhat has served in several senior roles. These include stints as MD and CEO of TGB, Chief Operating Officer of the Watches and Jewellery businesses of Titan Company, and in the telecom business of Tata group.

Skills and achievements

He has played a key role in several strategic moves over the past two decades, including the launch and nurturing of many iconic brands of the Tata Group, the successful turnaround of the jewellery business, as well as the acquisition of Tetley.

S-Santhanakrishnan

Mr. S. Santhanakrishnan

Independent Director

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Experience and other appointments

He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and a Managing Partner of PKF Sridhar and Santhanam LLP, Chartered Accountants. He was a member in the Central Council of ICAI for 15 years up to 2015 and has served in various committees of the Institute. He is a member of the Boards of various Tata companies, IDBI Capital Markets and Securities Ltd., ICICI Home Finance Co. Ltd. and others. He is also actively involved with various government and industry bodies. He is member of High-level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility formed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and he is also a Government Nominee for Central Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

Skills and achievements

He has specialised knowledge in M&As, valuations, corporate laws and technology. He brings to the Board four decades of rich experience in finance, accounts and international accounting standards, strategy and planning and corporate laws.

Siraj-Chaudhry

Mr. Siraj Chaudhry

Independent Director

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Experience and other appointments

He is on the Boards of Tata Coffee Ltd. and IndusInd Bank Ltd as an Independent Director. He is presently the President of the Food Industry Skill Council under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). He has in the past chaired the Food Processing Committee at Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), the Agriculture and Food Committee of USA-India Business Council (USIBC) in India and the Agriculture and Food Committee at American Chambers of Commerce. He has been actively engaged with the World Economic Forum on their agriculture agenda in India. He is a thought leader in the space of Agriculture and Food and is consulted by central and state governments for his views in these fields.He supports and mentors start-ups in the space of Food and Agriculture. He has been closely associated with the cause of food security and nutrition. Under his leadership, Cargill launched its edible oil fortification plan, which has been recognised as one of the pioneering efforts in addressing malnutrition. He has been one of the founders of the United Way Delhi chapter and India Food Banking Network.

Skills and achievements

He was the Chairman of Cargill India and continues as a Senior Advisor to Cargill India. His tenure at Cargill spans nearly 24 years out of a career of 30 years in Agriculture and Food and includes handling the leadership role in India for 12 years, as well as a global commodity trading role in Geneva. Under his leadership since 2007, Cargill India, through a combination of green fields and acquisitions, has successfully built both their consumer FMCG businesses in India and institutional businesses, backed by world-class manufacturing facilities, early technology adoption robust sales and distribution network, and an enviable brand portfolio.

Bharat Puri

Mr. Bharat Puri

Independent Director

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Mr. Bharat Puri is the Managing Director of Pidilite Industries Limited. He started his career with Asian Paints in 1982 and rose to head Sales & Marketing. He moved to Cadbury India as Director of Sales & Marketing in 1998 and was appointed its Managing Director in 2002. He has held senior leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and General Management at the regional and global level, culminating in his becoming Global President - Chocolates, Gum and Candy for Mondelez International. Mr. Puri has been a successful global business leader who has built, energized and led diverse teams across numerous geographies.

Shikha Sharma

Ms. Shikha Sharma

Independent Director

Shikha Sharma

Ms. Shikha Sharma was the Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank, from June 2009 up to December 2018. As a leader adept at managing change, she led the Bank on a transformation journey from being primarily a corporate lender to a bank with a strong retail deposit franchise and a balanced lending book. She has more than three decades of experience in the financial sector, having begun her career with ICICI Bank Ltd. in 1980. During her tenure with ICICI Bank, she was instrumental in setting up ICICI Securities. As Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd., she led the company to become the No.1 private sector life insurance company in India.

Ms. Sharma was a member of RBI’s Technical Advisory Committee, RBI’s Panel on Financial Inclusion, the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households. She has chaired ICICI’s National Committee on Banking 2015- 2017. She has a demonstrated track record of building successful and enduring businesses, deep understanding of business through data and analytics and has built businesses based on consumer insight and technology execution.

Ajoy-K-Misra

Mr. Ajoy K. Misra

Managing Director & CEO

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Experience and other appointments

He joined the Tata group through the Tata Administrative Services. He was appointed as Executive Director and Deputy CEO of TGB before he was elevated as the MD and CEO of the Company with effect from April 1, 2014. He is also on the Board of various TGB Group companies.

Skills and achievements

In his career spanning 39 years, 30 of which were with the Taj Group of Hotels, he has held a variety of roles, ranging from Sales & Marketing to Operations.

L Krishnakumar

Mr. L. KrishnaKumar

Executive Director & Group CFO

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Experience and other appointments

He started his career with A. F. Ferguson and Co., where he worked as a Senior Consultant with their management consultancy division. He subsequently worked with Larsen and Toubro Ltd., a diversified conglomerate, in a variety of areas and was lastly in their corporate office as General Manager, Finance. He joined the Tata group in 2000 in the hotels business as Vice President – Finance. He took over the head of finance function of erstwhile Tata Tea in India in 2004 and has handled different roles in the Company in India and the UK. He is currently the Executive Director and Group CFO. He is also a Director on the Boards of Tata Coffee Ltd., NourishCo Beverages Ltd. and several of the Company’s overseas subsidiaries.

Skills and achievements

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has diverse experience in consulting, manufacturing, service and consumer industries.

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