Barista Coffee Company Limited has appointed Partha Dattagupta as its Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Yogesh Samanta who quit the company as CEO four months back. Brotin Banerjee, COO of Barista, was looking after the entire operations for the company until the new appointment.
Dattagupta brings with him experience of over 18 years in the FMCG industry, with an in-depth understanding and expertise of the food business.
Prior to this, Dattagupta was with Agro Tech Foods Ltd., a majority shareholding with ConAgra Foods, USA and Tiger Brands, SA, for over six years. In his last assignment, he was the Business Head of their branded foods division, which has the ACTII - Popcorn, Vending and Salted Snacks and Healthy World brands in its portfolio. In addition, he headed marketing services for all Agro Tech's brands including Sundrop, Rath and Crystal.
He started his professional career with Cadbury India Limited in 1987 where he spent 12 years in variety of roles. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering from IIT Mumbai and a post-graduate in management from IIM Kolkata. With an overall experience in sales, marketing, exports and a business role, Dattagupta aims at growing the business aggressively and profitably at Barista.
Barista, wholly-owned by the Chennai-based Sterling Infotech Group, with over 120 Espresso Bars and Espresso Corners spread across 20 cities.