Date of Appointment as Director: 1 September 2019
Dr Ajai Puri brings more than three decades of global experience in various food and agri industries. His expertise spans several domains – innovation, science and technology, food safety, consumer, customer, channel insights and marketing. Dr Puri, from 1981 to 2003, was with The Coca-Cola Company where he held a variety of roles in Research and Development, Innovation, Consumer Marketing and General Management. When he left Coca-Cola in 2003, he was Senior Vice President – Science and Technology for Coca-Cola’s non-carbonated juice business in North America. From 2003 to 2007, Dr Ajai Puri was Executive Board Member and President – Research, Development and Product Integrity at Amsterdam-based Royal Numico N.V. Dr Ajai Puri served as an Adviser to Mead Johnson Nutrition (2008-2010) and DSM N.V. (2008-2011). He was also a Non-Executive Director with Nutreco N.V. (2009-2015) and Barry Callebaut AG (2011-2014). Dr Puri is presently a Non-Executive Director with Firmenich S.A., Tate and Lyle PLC, Britannia Industries Ltd and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (G.A.I.N.).