Executive Director & CEO, Mumbai
Pankaj started his career in 1993 as a food & beverage manager in a Mumbai-based restaurant, Venue. Before joining Rich’s in April 2008, he was working as an executive director for Ghai Enterprises for a good eight years. Pankaj ensures that Rich’s India Team is working efficiently, which is prosperous for the business of Rich’s Asia. Since he has worked closely with other international business units of Rich’s, Pankaj skillfully improves the operations and support capabilities of Indian unit. He assures a smooth flow of Rich’s India leadership and managements, and that they are well-synchronized with the strategic decisions of the company.
Owing to his dynamic leadership, Rich’s India achieved a milestone in November 2011, which was to start a new manufacturing unit in Kala Amb, Himachal Pradesh.
Head – Sales & Culinary, Mumbai
Pankaj joined Rich’s as manager for technical services in 2001. In 2007 he was promoted as culinary manager. After a brief departure he rejoined Rich’s in May 2011 as corporate chef, heading our Pan-India culinary team. Admired widely for his strong leadership skills, he has been very impactful with his capabilities in customer relationships, problem resolution and team management. As a corporate chef, Pankaj leads the development of culinary expertise and skills in the organization. He adds value to product development and maximizes sales by bringing greater understanding of applications, potential and attributes.
Since his joining, Pankaj has adapted key international trends for application in India to help drive our overall business growth. He proved to be a catalyst in order to form Technical Application Center in Rich’s India.
In January 2014, Pankaj was promoted as general manager (sales & culinary). He leads and supervises all activities in relation to increasing market share and profitability, adding value to product development and maximizing sales.
Human Resources Head, Mumbai
Shweta started her career as management staff (executive – HR) at Cipla Ltd, Mumbai.
Before joining Rich’s, she worked as a manager for human resources, with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd. Shweta joined Rich’s in April 2010 as senior manager for human resources. She works to provide strategic leadership to all HR activities, which helps building organizational capabilities and achieving business goals.
Her key accountabilities include developing HR practices and agendas, and overseeing implementation of International HR efforts in Rich’s India. She was promoted as deputy general manager – human resources in April 2013. She always tries to bring new ideas and HR Practices to keep associates engaged.
Head – Finance, Accounts and IT, Mumbai
Ashish is a Chartered Accountant with over 18 years of experience. Before joining Rich’s, Ashish has worked as India CFO with Rockwool, a Denmark based Engineering Company. He has also worked in Voltas, a Tata Group Company that manufactures consumer goods and heavy engineering equipment.
His responsibilities at Rich’s span Finance, Accounts, Legal and IT. His key deliverables are to setup strong financial controls and provide strategic inputs, mitigating overall business risk, managing treasury and enhancement of overall IT infrastructure to support business processes and goals.
Head – Quality Assurance, Pune
Saurabh first joined Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. as quality assurance officer. Before joining Rich’s as deputy general manager for quality assurance, in September 2014, he worked with Perfetti Van Melle as a manager for quality assurance, for more than three years.
As a quality assurance head, Saurabh ensures that the quality assurance process, trainings, policies, food regulation, food Safety, product standard are maintained well as per company requirement and government regulations. With his leadership style, he has taken appropriate actions to increase the efficiency of QA processes and policies. He is also praised for creating systems which further help in the achievement of business goals.
Head – Research and Development, Pune
Shashi joined us from Britannia, where he was Head R&D Excellence and Value Innovation. Shashi is a seasoned professional having 25 years of work experience in R&D, Product and Packaging Development, Cost optimization, Regulatory Affairs, Projects, Manufacturing and Quality Assurance. He has worked for Wrigley for 13 years and held several senior roles. There, he established the R&D Centre from green field and led Wrigley’s Innovation in emerging market as Director Innovation and Regional Innovation Lead for India and South East Asia till 2013. He served as Chief Technology Officer at United Confection based out of Moscow. He has also worked for very reputed companies like Perfetti, Nestle, Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham Consumer Brands Ltd and Road Master Foods at various roles.
Shashi is B.Tech in Dairy Technology from NDRI Karnal and Masters in Product Development from North Western University, Chicago. He is responsible for all Product and Packaging Development, Research, Innovation, Productivity, Food Regulatory Affairs, Pre Mix Operation and Scientific Regulatory Affairs activities.