Harish Bhat - Chairman - Tata Coffee

Mr. R. Harish Bhat


Mr. Bhat is the Brand Custodian at Tata Sons. He joined the Tata Group in 1987, as an officer in the Tata Administrative Service (TAS). Currently, he is the Chairman of Tata Coffee Limited. He is a Director on the Boards of several other Tata Companies, including Tata Global Beverages Ltd., Titan Company Ltd., Trent Ltd., Tata Starbucks Pvt. Ltd., Infiniti Retail Ltd., Tata Unistore Ltd. and Tata AIA Life Insurance Company Limited.

During his career spanning over 30 years with the Tata Group, Mr. Bhat has held several senior roles. These include stints as Managing Director of Tata Global Beverages Ltd., Chief Operating Officer of the Watches and Jewellery businesses of Titan Company Ltd., and the telecom business of the Group. He has played a key role in several strategic moves of the Group over the past two decades, including the launch and nurturing of many iconic brands of the Tata Group, the successful turnaround of the Jewellery business, as well as the acquisition of Tetley. Mr. Bhat is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and IIM Ahmedabad, graduating at the top of his class in both institutions. He won the IIM Ahmedabad Gold Medal for scholastic excellence in 1987. A decade later, he won the Chevening Scholarship for young managers, awarded by the British Government. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from BITS Pilani. He has strong professional interests in strategy, consumer behaviour, business economics and business history; and has been a member of the Consumer Insights Panel of the Economic Development Board, Government of Singapore. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).

Mr. Bhat is passionate about writing and is a prolific writer who contributes regularly to various national publications. In 2012, his first book was published by Penguin titled “Tata Log”. The book narrates stories from the modern history of the Tata Group, set to an overarching theme. His second book, titled “The Curious Marketer”, was published in 2017 by Penguin Random House. This book discusses why curiosity is very important to marketers, and how they can improve their curiosity quotient.

V Leeladhar -  Independent Director - Tata Coffee

Mr. V Leeladhar

Independent Director

Mr. Leeladhar has considerable experience in the banking industry, having worked as the Executive Director of the Bank of Maharashtra; Chairman and Managing Director of the Vijaya Bank; and Chairman and Managing Director of the Union Bank of India. Additionally, he has served as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, for over four years. Besides, he was a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India for about three years. He is an expert in banking and financial matters. He is on the Boards of Tata Global Beverages Limited, Tata Cleantech Capital Limited and Axis Mutual Fund Trustee Limited.

Sunalini Menon - Independent Director - Tata Coffee

Ms. Sunalini Menon

Independent Director

Ms. Menon, a Post Graduate in Food Technology from the University of Madras, has been associated with quality and quality-related aspects of domestic and international coffee for over 35 years. She is among Asia’s most recognised coffee cuppers. Ms. Menon was the Director of Quality Control with the Coffee Board of India. She currently runs ‘Coffeelab’, a premier lab, the first of its kind in India, to evaluate the sensorial quality aspects of coffee.

Siraj Azmat Chaudhry - Independent Director - Tata Coffee

Mr. Siraj Azmat Chaudhry

Independent Director

Mr. Siraj has nearly three decades of rich experience in agriculture, commodity risk management and the food processing industry. He was the Chairman of Cargill India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cargill Inc., till 31st August 2018. He is a post graduate from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He provides leadership and insights in policy advocacy for the industry as an active member of several Industry Associations -CII, FICCI, AMCHAM and USIBC. In the past, he has chaired the National Committee on Food Processing at FICCI. Moreover, he has chaired the Agriculture and Food India Subcommittee in US India Business Council. He has also chaired the AG and Food Committee of AMCHAM. Over the years, he has led significant industry initiatives for food safety, food fortification, food banking and waste reduction. Currently, he is the President of the Food Industry Capacity and Skill Initiative (FICSI) operating under NSDC. Mr. Siraj is a thought leader on Agriculture and food processing and his views are sought on various issues by the Government, Industry and the Media.

P G Chengappa - Independent Director - Tata Coffee

Dr. P G Chengappa

Independent Director

Dr. Chengappa is one of India’s leading Agricultural Economists. He has over three decades experience in teaching, research, extension and academic administration. He served as the Vice Chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Till recently, he was the National Professor of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He is a Policy Economist specializing in the area of agri-business and trade. He was a member of the working group on Agricultural Marketing of Planning Commission of India, for preparing the 12th Five Year Plan document. He has been a consultant to several international organizations including International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington; International Plant Genetics Resource Institute, Rome; International Rice Research Institute, Manila; and DSE Germany. He has been a visiting Professor to Universities of Reading and Wales. He was president (Elect), Indian Society of Agricultural Economics 2012 and President, Agricultural Economics Review Association, New Delhi 2013-16.

Currently, he is on the Board of Sam Agri Tech Ltd., Sam Agri Ventures Limited and Tasty Bite Eatables Limited.

L Krishna Kumar - Independent Director - Tata Coffee

Mr. L Krishna kumar

Non- Executive Non – Independent Director

Mr. L Krishnakumar joined Tata group in the year 2000 in the hotels business as Vice President, Finance. He took over as Head of Finance for Tata Tea in India in 2004 and he is currently the Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer of Tata Global Beverages Limited. He supervises the Finance, Governance, IT functions and oversees Global Buying & Blending and Supply Chain. He is also a Director on the Board of NourishCo Beverages Ltd. and several of Tata Global Beverages overseas subsidiaries. Mr. Krishnakumar graduated from Loyola College in Madras and obtained professional qualifications in Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accountancy and Company Secretarial with a diploma in systems analysis. He has worked with A F Ferguson and Co., and with Larsen and Toubro Ltd., where he was General Manager, Finance.

Chacko Purackal Thomas - Managing Director and Deputy CEO - Tata Coffee

Mr. Chacko Purackal Thomas

Managing Director and CEO

Mr. Chacko Thomas is a Bachelor of Science with specialization in Computer Science from University of Jodhpur. He has over 27 years of rich experience in Plantation Industry and has required expertise in Plantations, Business strategy, Sales and Marketing. He has been associated with the Company since 4th August, 2015 and currently, he is the Managing Director & CEO of Tata Coffee. Before joining Tata Coffee, he was the Managing Director of Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited, Munnar.

Mr. Chacko Thomas is an alumnus of INSEAD Fontainebleau having done his Advanced Management Programme there.

Venkataramanan - Executive Director Finance and CFO - Tata Coffee

Mr. K. Venkataramanan

Executive Director – Finance and CFO

Mr. K. Venkataramanan is the Executive Director - Finance and CFO of Tata Coffee since 25th October, 2014. Mr. Venkataramanan was formerly the Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Tata Global Beverages Limited. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant with more than 25 years of experience in diverse areas covering financial and management accounting, commercial finance, taxation, treasury, and corporate restructuring. He also oversees Risk Management, Governance and IT functions.