Davinder is passionate about Innovation and uses it to drive profitable business growth. He is an expert on launching new products and leveraging them for commercial growth of the business.
Prior to starting his consulting, Davinder has worked in roles of increasing responsibilities with highly successful FMCG companies like Coca-Cola, Foster's, CavinKare.
In senior management roles he had been
Business Head - Beverages, CavinKare Director - New Product Commercialisation, Coca-Cola India Marketing Head - Coca-Cola Central Asia
Marketing Head - Foster's India
Under his stewardship as Director with Coca-Cola India, the company had many successful launches including Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Fanta Apple, Fridge pack. A long term strategy and a multi-year pipeline of Innovation was put into place with the potential to increase the GP by 40M USD.
Graduate in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, India, Davinder has post graduation in Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India.
Davinder likes to engage and share his experience with students. He is regularly invited as a guest faculty to several B-Schools including IILM (Gurgaon), Amity (NOIDA), FORE (Delhi), IIT (Madras) and MDI (Gurgaon). He is also an associate professor at BML Munjal University, Gurgaon.
He has travelled extensively within India and also worked in many markets of Central Asia and Africa. His free time pursuits include nature holidays, golf, Sudoku and jazz dancing.
20+ yrs, 15 brands, >25 launches
The Coca-Cola Co., Foster's Group, CavinKare Pvt. Ltd.
Marketing, Sales, Franchise Leadership and Business Development
Director -New Product Commercialisation' - Led the Innovation Strategy and Execution for Coca-Cola India.
Commercialised Innovations for Coca-Cola India:-
Products - Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Schweppes Mixers, Fanta Apple
Packages - Consumer packs for Kinley Packaged Drinking Water, Fridge Pack for Carbonated Beverages, Pocket packs for Juice range.
Launched Value Brand line in Central Asia for Coca-Cola.; and global brands Coca-Cola, Fanta in India. National roll out of brand Foster's in India.
Increased the topline(+50%) and bottomline(EBIDTA +325bps) - Beverages, CavinKare
Planned Innovation Pipeline for 20% additional GP by 2010 for Coca-Cola India.
Changed Foster's performance from loss to cash breakeven in 2003.
Created Picture of Success' in â€˜Market Execution' with Ludhiana franchisee.
Enhanced â€˜Route to Market (RTM)' capability of the franchisees in North India.
Built the Management team for Beverage business at CavinKare.
Built capability of Marketing Team in Central Asia ;setup the Marketing team at De United Foods, Nigeria.
G. Kumar is passionate about building manufacturing facilities which deliver high quality products. His expertise is in building new facilities (Greenfield Projects) and upgrading existing plants (Brownfield Projects) to international standards for manufacturing of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
He is also an expert in production and quality maintaining cost lines.
G. Kumar started consulting after retiring from Coca-Cola in August, 2009. He started his career with a Coca-Cola Bottler in August, 1971 as a Chemist and worked in different roles with well known companies like Pure Drinks, McDowell, Voltas and Coca-Cola after its return to India in 1992.
The various roles include
Chemist Pure Drinks, a Coke Bottler in Delhi.
Bottlery – in – Charge - McDowell & Company Production Manager Voltas Beverage Plant – Pepsi Bottler Production Services Manager - Coca-Cola India Project Manager - Coca-Cola India Factory Manager - Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited
Is a cost effective professional who successfully exhibits excellence in significant savings through effective evaluation of vendors. Develops cost-effective alternatives for manufacturing operations.
Being a strong team leader, builder and facilitator,he fosters an atmosphere that motivates highly talented professionals to balance high-level skills with maximum productivity.
Mr. Kumar also has superior communication and interpersonal skills, multitasking with an ability to interact with a wide range of people. He is focused and pragmatic with solid Project & People management skills, proficient in managing diverse team member by using strong organizational skills and innovative problem solving abilities.
Science Graduate from Hans Raj College, Delhi. A Delhi State Junior Badminton Champion in 1964 and an All-Rounder for his school senior cricket team. Travelled extensively in India for Project and work related activities. His free time pursuits are Carpentry and reading.
Experienced Projects and manufacturing professional, contributed in handling production and operations with Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages for nearly 40 years.
Spearheaded functions as Factory Manager with Coca-Cola India/ Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited (retired in Aug 2009)
Hector Beverages Private Limited - Assistted in the launch of TZINGA (First Juice based health drink in pouches in India). He stills assists Hector Bevergaes in their developmental activities
As a Projects, Manufacturing and QA Professional he has a strong record of generating extra ordinary performance. He has handled nearly 10 Greenfield Projects and 20 Brownfield Projects, all over India.
More than 9 lakh Cases production from a 600 BPM RGB Line.
Projects - both Brown and Greenfield
Mission Planning/ Scheduling
Quality Control/ Quality Assurance
Optimal Resource Utilization
Cross Functional Coordination
Client Relationship Management
Warehousing, Training & Development
Dr. GM Tewari
Dr. GM Tewari brings with him four decades of work experience in food & beverage sector, where in he has worked for the well known companies - Britannia, Cadbury’s, Coca-Cola.
He is currently engaged as UNIDO Expert for ISO 17025 accreditation in Bhutan and Bangladesh government laboratories. He also provides his expertise in Quality, Product Development and Scientific Regulations to clients
Worked with BARC for 12 years on Food Irradiation
Received Doctorate in Organic Chemistry in Food Flavours
Published 13 scientific papers in National and International journals
‘In-charge’ - Analytical Labs, Britannia in their Research Centre in Mumbai. (1982)
Assistant Technical Manager in the Company Standards Department, later on as Standard Manager in the Manufacturing unit Britannia Industries in Mumbai.
‘In-charge’ of R & D Foods Division - Cadbury India Limited (1989)
Corporate QA Manager for factories and Thane plant(Cadbury), where in he developed manuals and audit programs
for the company.
QA and Vendor development Manager for the Concentrate facility in Pune - The Coca Cola Company (1993)
Scientific Regulatory Affairs Manager - The Coca Cola Company
General Manager Product development and Trade Sample Laboratory - The Coca Cola Company, Pune (2001 onwards). The Trade sample laboratory in Pune achieved ISO 17025 accreditation in Y 2004, and successfully completed surveillance audit in 2006 and 2007. This is the second laboratory amongst the Trade sample labs in the system, to achieve this distinction. He was actively involved in creating a new Analytical laboratory as a Greenfield project.
Affiliations and Key Activites
Life Member Of Association Of Food Scientists & Technologists India AFSTI.
Executive Committee Member -A.F.S.T. Mumbai Chapter since 1983.
Life Member - Hindi Science Academy, B.A.R.C. Mumbai.
Life Member - Indian Society of Environmental Science & Technology, Mumbai.
Technical Assessor for ISO 17025 for laboratories; conducted 35+ technical audits on behalf of NABL.
President of ILSI India for the years 1996- 2006. Represented the company as President from 1996 till retirement in 2009.
Chairman & Governing Board member of Protein Foods & Nutritional Development Association of India ( PFNDAI) from 2006-2010; nominated as representative of PFNDAI, to BIS committees on Food Additives; Beverages and Mineral Water.
UNIDO expert for ISO 17025 accreditation in Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Supporting QCI in conducting lab audits of existing testing laboratories in the country.