Leadership

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.

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Mr. Ajoy K. Misra

Managing Director & CEO,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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Mr. Misra has been with Tata Group for over 30 years. Before becoming a part of Tata Global Beverages Limited, he held with distinction several leadership roles at the Taj Group of Hotels, including that of Head of Global Marketing & Sales, Area Director in the Sri Lanka and Maldives regions, and General Manager of various regions and properties of Taj.

Mr. Misra is a Civil Engineering graduate from BITS Pilani and holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

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Mr. L. Krishna Kumar

Executive Director,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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Mr. L. Krishna Kumar joined Tata Group in 2000 as Vice President, Finance, in the Hotels business, and was then promoted as Head of Finance of Tata Tea in India in 2004. He is currently the Group Chief Financial Officer, and supervises the finance, governance and IT functions.

A graduate from Loyola College, Chennai, Mr. Krishna Kumar subsequently achieved 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 Company, he worked with them for 5 years as a Senior Consultant with their Management Consultancy division. During his tenure there, he supervised a variety of engagements in India as well as across the globe. He subsequently worked with Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T), a diversified conglomerate company, in a variety of areas. His last role with L&T, before joining Tata Group, was as General Manager, Finance, in their corporate office.

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Mr. Adil Ahmad

Global Chief Marketing Officer,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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Adil joined Tata Global Beverages in 2015 as Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Adil aligns our efforts and drives synergies across geographies and markets to develop a strong portfolio of global brands. As brand custodian, he focuses on overall health, profitability and premiumization of brands across various markets. He is also responsible for innovation and developing new growth opportunities for the global brands and businesses across regions and markets focusing on Tea, Coffee and enhanced Water. Prior to this, Adil has had a twenty year career with Reckitt Benckiser, holding leadership positions across UK, India, Mideast and East Asia, in both strategic and operational roles.

Adil graduated from St Stephens College, Delhi and holds an MBA from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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Mr. K. S. Srinivasan

Global Chief Human Resources Officer,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

K S Srinivasan

Mr. K. S. Srinivasan joined Tata Global Beverages Limited as Chief Human Resources Officer in 2013, and has been with the Tata Group for 24 years. He has more than 30 years of global experience in the human resources function. Prior to joining Tata Global Beverages, Mr. Srinivasan headed the Human Resources function, including Learning & Development, for the Americas and Europe for the Taj Group of Hotels based out of New York.

His core expertise is in the areas of managing and integrating organisation culture, performance management, organisational change initiatives, reward and compensation management, industrial relations, and employee engagement.

Stephen Rice

Mr. Stephen Rice

Regional President, Canada, America and Australia (CAA),
Tata Global Beverages Limited

Stephen Rice

Mr. Stephen Rice is the Regional President for the Canada, America and Australia (CAA) region of Tetley. Prior to joining Tetley, he worked for Coca-Cola, first as Financial Analyst and then as Product Manager. He then joined Cadbury Beverages, Canada, as Product Manager, moving up as Business Manager for a number of brands within Cadbury, including allied brands — Welch's and Motts — and was then appointed as District Sales Manager. He joined Tetley in 1999 as Marketing Manager and grew to become Vice President, Marketing, in 2004. He became Regional President for the CAA region in 2010. Mr. Rice holds an Honours BComm degree, majoring in Marketing.

Nigel Holland

Mr. Nigel Holland

Regional President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA),
Tata Global Beverages Limited

Nigel Holland

Mr. Nigel Holland joined the Management team in 2011 and is responsible for the regions of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is also the Executive Director and Chairman of Joekels Tea Packers Limited, South Africa, as well as the President of the UK Tea & Infusions Association (UKTIA). With a degree and MBA in Economics, Mr. Holland 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, he became the Marketing Director. In 2002, he was appointed as the Commercial Director for the UK business, which later extended to the regions of Western Europe and Australia. In 2008, with the formation of Tata Global Beverages Limited, Mr. Holland was appointed as Regional President for UK and Africa, which was subsequently expanded to cover the Europe-Middle East-Africa region.

Sushant Dash

Mr. Sushant Dash

Regional President, India,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

Sushant Dash

Mr. Dash joined Tata Global Beverages in 2000, and has successfully handled various strategic and operational roles for the organisation. Some of his previous roles include Marketing Head for India, Team Leader of a Venture Team based in UK, and Senior Director – Marketing and Business Development – for Tata Starbucks. In his most recent role, he was the Global Brand Director of Tata Global Beverages. Prior to joining the Company, he worked at ORG Marg in various capacities in Consumer and Market Research.

Mr. Dash holds a post graduate degree from Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA) and is a graduate in Economics from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack.

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Mr. Vikram Grover

President – Water Vertical,
Tata Global Beverages Limited

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Vikram Grover is Head of Tata Global Beverage's water business, responsible for product and market development of functional waters and building a global footprint for the water business. He is based in Mumbai, India and also has overall responsibility for the company's tea business in Bangladesh.

Vikram joined Tata Global Beverages 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 joining Tata Global Beverages, he worked with Unilever holding significant roles such as Global Strategy and Archetypes Director for Beverages and Country Head for Beverages in India.

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

Vish Govindasamy

Mr. Vish Govindasamy

Managing Director,
Watawala Plantations

Vish Govindasamy

Mr. Vish Govindasamy is the Managing Director of Watawala Plantations, a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages Limited. He joined Watawala Plantations as its Chief Executive Officer in 1997 and has since helped it grow into one of the largest tea plantation companies in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Govindasamy is also closely associated with the Planters' Association of Ceylon and Employers' Federation of Ceylon for the plantation sector and has travelled extensively across the world to promote the sector. He is also the Director at Taj Lanka Hotels PLC and Chairman at Tata Communication Lanka Limited. He holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, USA.

Sanjiv Sarin

Mr. Sanjiv Sarin

Managing Director & CEO,
Tata Coffee Limited

Sanjiv Sarin

Mr. Sanjiv Sarin is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tata Coffee Limited. Mr. Sarin has held the position of Regional President, South Asia, of Tata Global Beverages since 2010. During his tenure, he has significantly strengthened Tata Global Beverages’ position in the Indian branded tea market. Mr. Sarin has over 38 years of experience in a variety of significant roles. Prior to his stint at Tata Global Beverages, he held the position of Executive Director – Business Development, at Tata Coffee Limited. He has global experience with leading international organisations, including 16 years at Cadbury Schweppes in the Philippines, Egypt, India and the UK, his last assignment being Country Director of Cadbury Philippines.

Mr. Sarin graduated from Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines, with a distinction, and has a Masters in Economics from Bombay University, where he graduated with a gold medal.

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