Beam Suntory has named Neeraj Kumar as Managing Director, India. Kumar is a veteran marketing and strategy leader with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and strategy. Kumar joined Beam Suntory in 2008 as Marketing Director, India, helping build the leadership position for Teacher’s Scotch in India while expanding Jim Beam. In 2016, he assumed the position of Marketing Director, Emerging Asia, helping establish new routes to market in China and South Korea. Kumar has been a key leader in helping deliver sustained performance in India, a priority emerging market for Beam Suntory.
Pryce Greenow, President, International, Beam Suntory, said, “Neeraj is the ideal leader to guide the next wave of growth in our India business unit. Since joining Beam Suntory, Neeraj has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and brings a wealth of marketing and sales experience to the role. We’re always looking to provide greater leadership opportunities for our top talent, and Neeraj has the leadership capabilities, character and determination to help us achieve our ambitions to grow India into one of our biggest markets.”
Dealing in premium spirits, Beam Suntory in India has offices in Gurgaon, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and a primary bottling facility in Rajasthan.
Kumar said, “India is a strategic priority for Beam Suntory, and I couldn’t be more energised to be charged with our ambitious growth agenda and leading our passionate India team. Our growth plans reflect a strong commitment from Beam Suntory to the Indian market and our vision of Growing for Good, protecting water and the environment, giving back to our communities, and promoting responsible consumption of our products.”
Prior to Beam Suntory, Kumar served in roles of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo Nepal and Electrolux India, where he rose to the position of Vice-President Marketing and Strategy at Electrolux Major Appliances.
With leading brands like Teacher’s and Jim Beam, the company has an ambitious goal of reaching $1 billion in sales by 2030.
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality and innovative spirit. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.