Tata Global Beverages has appointed Sunil Alaric D’Souza as Managing Director and CEO of the Company. He will assume this role with effect from April 4, 2020, subsequent to the retirement of Ajoy Misra, who is currently the MD and CEO of the Company.
D’Souza is currently the Managing Director of Whirlpool of India Ltd. His past four years at the helm of this Company have delivered strong growth and industry leading financial returns. Prior to his leadership stint at Whirlpool India, he has served in several leadership roles in Pepsico. During his fifteen-year stint in Pepsico, he has handled all commercial aspects of the Company’s foods and beverages portfolio and has led the business successfully in a large cluster of Asian countries.
D’Souza began his career at Brooke Bond Lipton India Ltd. in 1993. He has 26 years of rich and varied experience in the consumer goods industry, as well as an in-depth understanding of the foods and beverages categories. He brings to bear a strong focus on strategy, growth and execution, including inorganic growth, all of which will be important to TGBL as it prepares to enter a new phase of growth and transformation.
D’Souza is an engineering graduate from the University of Madras, and holds a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Global Beverages, said, “Sunil D’Souza brings strong domain knowledge of consumer products businesses and a successful track record of leadership. His experience and expertise will be very valuable in shaping and developing Tata Global Beverages for the future.”
The Company also announced the appointment of Ajit Krishna Kumar as Chief Operating Officer. Krishna has a 20-year record of working with Companies to execute multiple complex and high-value transactions across a range of industries. He is currently Senior Vice President in the Chairman’s office in Tata Sons, where he leads Group strategy for consumer businesses. Krishna is a graduate from the University of Hartford, USA and also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.