Mr. Rakesh Kumar

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“Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Advisor, FMCG Industry”

Mr. Rakesh Kumar was born in a small town of Himalayas and after completing his school education from Himachal Pradesh, he moves out of his village to take higher education and later moved to various assignments in private and multinational brands in India and overseas. Rakesh was able to accomplish this “Impossible to Possible” due to his positive attitude, faith in God and hard work.

Rakesh is a passionate Dairy / Food / Beverage industry expert with over 3-decades of rich hands-on experience in managing overall Operations at Senior Leadership roles, having exposure to Asian, Middle East, African and European markets.

Rakesh after completing his B. Tech. (Dairy Technology) in the year 1988, started his career as a trainee with GSK (Glaxo smith Kline) and then move to Nestle in various areas of Operations.  In the year 1998, he moved to first International assignment in one of the fully automated & biggest Dairy & Beverage organization “Al Marai Dairy” in Saudi Arabia. Later he worked with many big brands including Amul, Nestle, GSK, Kuwait Dairy Company, Unikai Foods Dubai, Open Country Dairy New Zealand, Parle Agro.

During his professional working, he continued his studies and completed his Master’s in Business Administration with specialization in Operations & Marketing Management. Rakesh is a certified Lean Six Sigma Expert, ISO-22000:2018 Food safety Lead Auditor. He has been trained by IIM Ahmedabad, Institute of Rural Management Anand and American Management association International on various Management Programs.

Rakesh has served in various capacities from Technical Officer to Operations Head to General Manager to Director-Manufacturing & Operations and currently an Advisor for a start up with responsibility for multiple operations in different states / countries. He has spearheaded and developed multinational teams, implemented cultural change, revamped loss-making businesses into profits, launched new products and packaging, executed green / brown field projects, transformed Budgets and handled P&L, strategized consolidation of international operations, instigated and championed partnerships with new clients. He was a key member in developing Welcome drink for Emirates airlines for their European and Asian flights.

Rakesh has chaired technical sessions and instituted new thinking through talks at events such as TEDx conferences, Economic Times summits, academic universities, panel discussions, supporting dairy farmers as well as other FMCG conferences internationally.

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