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Tata Starbucks appoints Sushant Dash as CEO

Currently, Dash is President, Packaged Beverages Business, India, Bangladesh, and the Middle East at Tata Consumer Products. He will replace Navin Gurnaney, the current CEO, who has decided to move on

Sushant Dash

After leading Tata Starbucks in achieving several important milestones, Navin Gurnaney, CEO, has taken a decision to pursue an opportunity outside the company. With this transition, Sushant Dash will join Tata Starbucks as CEO Designate effective April 1, 2021, and take over as CEO on May 1, 2021.

Dash will join Tata Starbucks from Tata Consumer Products where he is currently President, Packaged Beverages Business, India, Bangladesh, and the Middle East. Over the last 20 years with the company, he has been instrumental in growing the branded tea business to its current leadership position.

In 2012, Dash was on the core team that opened the first Tata Starbucks store in India and was directly responsible for the strategy and marketing of the Starbucks brand in the country.

Speaking on the announcement, Sunil D’Souza, MD and CEO, Tata Consumer Products, said, “Navin has made significant contribution to the Tata Starbucks business in India, stepping up expansion and enhancing the customer experience. Navin has been a great asset to the company and we wish him success in his future endeavours. We remain committed to growing the Tata Starbucks business and brand and are happy to bring in Sushant, with his strong marketing, operational and leadership experience to spearhead the next phase of growth.”

Sara Trilling, president, Starbucks Asia Pacific, said, “We want to recognise Navin for the impact he has made on the company, growing our portfolio to 216 stores across 17 cities and his commitment to innovative programmes that elevate the partner (employees) experience. We are pleased to welcome Sushant, a recognised leader in growing retail businesses and brands through locally-relevant initiatives. India is a strategic market for Starbucks, and we remain committed to the long-term in the country.”

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