A management professional with about 24 years of work experience in consumer products space, Ramesh has worked in a diverse set of companies like Lakmé, United Breweries, CavinKare and Nuziveedu Seeds, and on brands like Kingfisher, Lakmé Colors, Elle 18, Chik Shampoo, Spinz, Mallika Cotton Seeds etc.
His last assignment was as the Chief Operating Officer at Nuziveedu Seeds. He was the Executive Director at CavinKare previously.
Ramesh comes with strong sales, marketing and general management experience. His hobbies are playing cricket, table tennis and watching Arsenal in the English Premier League.
B. Rajagopalan is a finance veteran with close to three decades of experience in managing finance, accounting, and incubating Start. He now heads the finance department at Banjara’s. A chartered accountant by qualification, he has in the past been associated with Peepul Capital, CavinKare and Tata Steel.
Reading and mentoring start-ups & Young Turks are his off-office interests.
Vice President - Sales
A management graduate with two decades of sales & distribution experience, Srinivas spearheads sales at Banjara’s. He has worked in the past with organizations like Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Dabur India and Reckitt Benckiser.
Cricket, wrestling, boxing and photography interest him. In his free time, he likes listening to music, reading and watching talk shows.
Vice President - Operations
Sumit heads operations and manufacturing at Banjara’s. In a career that spans about two decades, he has worked in supply chain, operations, and sourcing strategy across organizations like Britannia, General Mills, Agrotech Foods (ConAgra), MARS and Gandour Foods.
He is a travel buff, who loves to explore new places, and enjoys listening to Kishore Kumar and R D Burman songs.
Head - Research & Development
With a PhD in Botany from National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow and an experience of 14 years in research and product development, Vishal, as head of R&D, is the go-to person for the developing, innovative and high performing products. He has product development expertise in herbal cosmetics, perfumes, toiletries and nutraceuticals for Indian and global markets like US, Japan & UAE.
He has published more than 25 research publications in national and international scientific journals, and holds five Indian and two international patents.
A movie buff, he also plays chess and cricket to unwind.
Trade Marketing Manager
Seasoned sales professional with a decade of experience in organizations like Coke, Dabur, Paras and Parle Biscuits, Sumit now heads the Trade Marketing function and is responsible for formulating and implementing the corporate strategy for Trade Marketing. He is one of the first professionals to join the Banjara’s team and is known as the troubleshooter, managing the organizational transition.
Sumit’s hobbies are reading, listening to music and traveling.