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Tata Global Beverages appoints Chandrasekaran board of directors’ chairman
Thursday, 06 July, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Tata Global Beverages has appointed N Chandrasekaran chairman of its board of directors with immediate effect. He is chairman of the board of Tata Sons, the holding company and promoter of over 100 Tata operating companies with aggregate annual revenues of over $100 billion. He joined the board of Tata Sons in October 2016 and was appointed chairman in January 2017.

Chandrasekaran also chairs the boards of several group operating companies, including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Indian Hotels and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), of which he was chief executive between 2009 and 2017. In addition to his professional career at Tata, he was also appointed as a director on the board of India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, in 2016.

He served as the chairperson of the information and communication technology industry governors at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2015-16. He is an active member of India’s bilateral business forums, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan. He was the chairman of Nasscom, the apex trade body for information technology (IT) services firms in India in 2012-13.

Speaking on his appointment, Chandrasekaran said, “Tata Global Beverages has a rich heritage within the Tata Group, and is a strong player in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) marketplace, with a vibrant portfolio of offerings, which includes iconic brands such as Tetley and Tata Tea.”

“The company has built deep capabilities in this space, and is poised to address many significant consumer trends and opportunities in the years ahead. I am deeply honoured to be appointed chairman of the board, and look forward to working closely with the leadership team of Tata Global Beverages to help further strengthen and rapidly grow the business,” he added.

Chandrasekaran replaced Harish Bhat, who has stepped down as chairman of the board, but will continue as a non-executive director on the board of the company.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chaudhry independent director
Siraj Chaudhry, chairman, Cargill India, has been appointed as independent director on Tata Global Beverages’ board. His tenure at Cargill spans nearly 23 years, and includes handling the leadership role in India, as well as a global commodity trading role in Geneva.

Under his leadership, since 2007, Cargill India has successfully built both consumer FMCG businesses in India, and institutional businesses, backed by world-class manufacturing facilities, a robust sales and distribution network, and an enviable brand portfolio.

Chaudhry, a graduate of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), University of Delhi, holds a masters in business administration (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

He has been the past chair of the National Committee on Food Processing at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the National Alliance for Edible Oil Fortification, a joint initiative by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to address malnutrition through food fortification.

Chaudhry is president, Food Industry Skill Council under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). He chairs the Agriculture and Food Committee of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) in India and co-chairs 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 the Central and state government for his views in these fields.
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