Vinita Bali is a
global business leader with extensive experience in successfully leading large
Companies both in India and overseas. She has worked with eminent
multinationals like The Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes PLC in a variety
of marketing and general management roles in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, Latin
America and the USA, in addition to Britannia Industries Ltd., in India.
her career as a Management Trainee with Voltas Ltd (A Tata Company), in 1977
after completing her MBA. In 1980, she joined Cadbury India as Brand Manager
and rose rapidly to become the youngest General Manager of the Company. She also worked with Cadbury’s in the UK,
Nigeria and South Africa and served on the Boards of Cadbury Nigeria and
Cadbury South Africa as Sales and Marketing Director. She is credited with leading
the transformation of the business through an unrelenting focus on the consumer.
She headed the Sales & Marketing function in South Africa in 1993-94 during
the period of the most profound transition in the country.
In 1994 Vinita
joined The Coca-Cola Company as its Worldwide Marketing Director and played an instrumental role in doubling the
brand’s historical growth rate during the next 3 years. In 1997, she took over as Vice President of
Marketing for Latin America and in 1999 relocated to Chile as President of the
Andean Division. In 2001, she was made
a Corporate Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and appointed Vice President and
Head of Global Business Strategy. She
also represented The Coca-Cola Company on the Boards of The American Foundation
for the Blind, New York, as well as the Center for Strategic and International
Studies in Washington DC.
In July 2003,
Vinita joined The Zyman Group, as a Managing Principal and Head of the Business
Strategy practice in the USA. As a member of the Company's Board of Managers,
Vinita shared responsibility for developing and managing Zyman Group's
In 2005, following 16 years of overseas assignments, Vinita
returned to India as MD & CEO of Britannia and during the next 9 years, significantly
diversified the geographic and product portfolio, steered the Company on a
Health and Nutrition course, developed a successful Dairy business in India and
more than quadrupled revenue. Vinita brought new focus
and energy to Britannia with a clear strategic vision propelled by all-round
innovation, operational excellence and a professional and high energy team.
In 2009 Vinita
created the Britannia Nutrition Foundation and since then has pioneered the
cause of addressing malnutrition in India. Britannia’s work in this area was
recognized at the closing plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in
New York, in 2009. In 2012 Vinita was
selected to the Lead Group of the “Scaling Up Nutrition” (SUN) initiative of
the United Nations to help improve maternal and child health and continues to
serve in that capacity.
2014, Vinita moved from a full time operational role in Britannia to pursue her
wide-ranging interests in the corporate and development sectors, through a
portfolio of roles and responsibilities. She is a Non-Executive Director on the
global Boards of Syngenta International AG, Smith & Nephew plc, Chairman of
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and on the Advisory Board of
Cornell University’s Department of Nutritional Science. She also serves as a
Non-Executive Director on the Boards of several companies in India – CRISIL
Ltd, Titan Industries Ltd, and Kasturi & Sons Ltd; and is a Member of the
Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore. She brings a
global and pragmatic perspective to strategy and operations, having lived and
worked in 6 countries and 5 continents and handled global roles in addition to
Vinita is also a
speaker at forums in India and overseas on topics as diverse as marketing and
brand strategy, business strategy, leadership, corporate responsibility etc. She has been recognized nationally and internationally
and received several awards and accolades for her leadership and contribution
Executive Longevity™ Specialist and Transformational Speaker
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
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