Lavazza, Italy’s No. 1 coffee brand and a major player in the Indian coffee market, has announced the appointment of R Shivashankar as Director - South Asia and Sanjay Coutinho as Chief Executive Officer, Barista Coffee Company Ltd, India, with immediate effect.
Both will be under the main Lavazza business coordination for Asia and Pacific region markets. Lavazza had entered India by acquiring Barista Coffee Company Ltd, a leading Indian coffee café chain and Fresh & Honest Café Ltd, India’s leading coffee vending and retailing company, in the year 2007.
In his capacity as Director, South Asia, Shivashankar will oversee the coordination of its subsidiaries in India – both Fresh & Honest and Barista in India, as well as the management of distributors in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Prior to the announcement, he was CEO, Fresh and Honest Café Ltd, and a Director on the Board since 2005. He successfully transitioned the company to Lavazza management in April 2007. With over 22 years of experience, Shivashankar has profound industry knowledge. He started his career with Madura Coats and has subsequently worked with Colgate, Seagram’s India, Hutchison and Hutch. He is a B Tech from IIT Varanasi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Sanjay Coutinho has been COO of Barista Coffee Company Ltd since February 2009. He has been leading from the front to grow Barista Lavazza’s business aggressively and profitably.
He brings with him an in-depth understanding and expertise of the food and retail sector, with an experience of 18 years in the retail and F&B industry. Prior to joining Barista, Coutinho had worked with Gravis Foods Pvt Ltd, formerly known as Baskin Robbins Franchise Co Pvt Ltd, Pantaloons Retail India Ltd, pizza delivery chain Domino’s Pizza India Ltd, Jet Airways and the Ambassador’s Sky Chef.