A. Shekhar was appointed CEO of Olam Food Ingredients following the re-organisation of the Group announced on 20 January 2020, transitioning from his previous role as Group Chief Operating Officer of the Olam Group.
Shekhar has been with the Group since 1992 and as the Group Chief Operating Officer, he had joint oversight on all aspects of the Company’s global business with the Group CEO. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Director – Finance and Business Development for the Group leading the Company’s overall Strategy and Business Development activities along with responsibility for various functions including the Group’s Finance and Accounts, Treasury and IR, IT and Shared Services, Legal and Corporate Secretarial and Manufacturing and Technical Services.
Prior to this, Shekhar has incubated and managed various global businesses for the Group including its Edible Nuts, Spices and Vegetable Ingredients and Packaged Foods businesses. As the Global Head of these businesses, he has been directly involved in identifying and leading many of the Company’s organic and inorganic growth initiatives. He has also played a variety of country management and regional oversight roles across Africa, Asia, Australia, Russia, South and North America.
Shekhar has been an Executive Director and a member of the Group Board from 1998.