· Navarathna to replace Hitu Gambhir Mahajan
Kolkata, February 05/-/ Annapurna Swadisht, a Kolkata-based packaged snacks and food and beverages company, has appointed Harish R Navarathna as an Independent Director. Navarathna will replace Hitu Gambhir Mahajan who has resigned from the board due to occupancy in her own business venture.
Harish Navarathna has 38 years of overall experience spanning across accounts, planning and IT. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in Unilever handling accounts, planning and IT; 6 years in Capgemini managing delivery across P2P, O2C, R2R and controls and 10 years at Britannia leading IT across application, infrastructure, network and security.
During his stint with HUL and Britannia, Navarathna has been instrumental in part of 3 ERP Implementations 1 on QAD/MFG/PRO and 2 SAP implementations. He has also led the implementation of S4 HANA along with the Dealer Management System ensuring smooth change in management across 30K users.
Navarathna’s selection to the board is a strategic move to bolster the company’s leadership further. The company had, in September last year, announced the appointment of Gajanan Prasad Sah Kalwar as an Additional Director and Joint Managing Director of the company.
“It has been our constant endeavour to strengthen the company’s board and fortify the leadership team to steer the company on to the next phase of growth. We believe with his rich and varied experience spanning across the domain of accounts, IT and planning, Mr Navarathna will serve as an invaluable asset and will contribute in the company’s sustainable growth and effective corporate governance practices,” Shreeram Bagla, Managing Director, Annapurna Swadisht, said.
About the company:
Incorporated as Annapurna Agro Industries in 2016, Annapurna Swadisht Ltd (ASL), is a Kolkata-based packaged snacks and food and beverage company, primarily operating in the eastern region of India. The company was listed on the NSE-SME platform in September 2022.
ASL has five owned manufacturing units spread across West Bengal at Asansol, Siliguri, Gurap, Dhulagarh, and six contractual/leasing arrangements at Kakinara (West Bengal), Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), Ranigunj (WB), Ganjam (Odisha), Siliguri (WB) and Mathura (UP).
Annapurna Swadisht primarily caters to the Tier III and Tier IV markets in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Its portfolio has close to 72 SKUs (stock-keeping units) across ten broad categories, including fryums, namkeens, snacks, candies and cakes. It has nearly 550 distributors and over 115 super distributors, and the products are available across over 6 lakh retail touchpoints.
To learn more about the company, visit http://www.annapurnasnacks.in.