Retail India News: B9 Beverages Strengthens Board with Seasoned Leaders from Telecom and Legal Sectors
Retail India News: B9 Beverages Strengthens Board with Seasoned Leaders from Telecom and Legal Sectors

Bira 91’s parent company, B9 Beverages, has announced the addition of Manoj Kohli, former MD of Bharti Airtel and ex-Country Head at SoftBank India, along with Bharat Anand, partner at Khaitan and Co., as independent directors on its board. This strategic move aims to tap into the extensive global business acumen of the appointees, facilitating Bira 91's expansion in India and abroad while bolstering corporate governance.

In a career spanning over four decades, Manoj Kohli played a pivotal role as the former MD and CEO of Bharti Airtel, transforming it into the world's third-largest telecom company. He also served as the Country Head for SoftBank India, guiding prominent startups like Ola, Paytm, Lenskart, Snapdeal, and WeWork. Kohli, currently on the boards of WeWork India and Triveni Engineering, brings a wealth of experience as a senior advisor for Deloitte India and Masters’ Union.

Ankur Jain, founder and CEO of Bira 91 said, “We are at an important inflection point as a business, and as we continue on our journey of high growth, we would want to ensure that we develop a business that has long-term sustainability, improved risk management, and increased quality of corporate governance. With Manoj’s and Bharat’s experience, I am sure we will be able to strengthen Bira 91 considerably on these aspects.

Bharat Anand, a leading corporate lawyer at Khaitan and Co., known for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity transactions, brings a wealth of legal insight to the board. Recognized as a ‘Band 1 Lawyer’ for M&A work in Delhi by Chambers Asia Pacific and UK, Anand also holds key leadership roles in industry associations, actively contributing to fostering transparency and resilience in the Indian business environment.

Manoj Kohli expressed his mission for the next decade said, “Over the next decade, my mission is to support entrepreneurs in building successful businesses that can scale not only in India but also create a strong presence globally. Bira 91 is amongst the fastest-growing beer brands in the world and is at an exciting phase of its business journey. I am excited to partner with their team and help take the business to newer heights.

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Ira by Orchid Hotels, Nashik Appoints Amol Dhurve as General Manager
 Ira by Orchid Hotels, Nashik Appoints Amol Dhurve as General Manager

Ira by Orchid Hotels is a recently established venue known for its outstanding hospitality and quality, has declared Amol Dhurve as its General Manager.

With an extensive career spanning more than twenty years in the hospitality sector, Amol Dhurve brings considerable experience and proficiency to his new position.

Throughout his tenure in the hospitality sector, he has been characterized by an unwavering quest for perfection and a fervent dedication to providing unmatched guest satisfaction.

His professional journey underscores an exceptional commitment to personal development and a steadfast dedication to leadership positions in prestigious establishments, both domestically and internationally.

Starting his academic path as a science student, Amol Dhurve followed his passion for hospitality by achieving his Diploma in HMCT, B.Tech in HMCT, and Higher National Diploma in Hotel Management from London.

He continued to refine his expertise with a Postgraduate degree in Hotel Management, in addition to obtaining notable certifications like the 2A certification course in fire and hygiene safety from the Royal House of England.

Additionally, he pursued an MBA in Finance and Marketing from APS University, an esteemed affiliate of Oxford University in London.

Throughout his illustrious career, Amol Dhurve has held significant positions at prestigious establishments such as Hilton Hotels across multiple locations in the UK, along with roles at Green King Pub, Paparazzi, and Beefeater Fine Dinner Restaurant. In India, he has been instrumental in launching key establishments including Nashik Sony Plaza, Pizza Hut Juhu Mumbai, and St. Laurn Hotel Shirdi.

During his time with Great Destination Hotels and Resorts, he led the opening of 17 hotels across the South region and Maharashtra as an Opening Corporate General Manager.

In his prior positions as General Manager at Tropical Retreat Igatpuri, Manas Lifestyle Resort, Mystic Valley Resort and Spa, and My Space Hotel Igatpuri, he exhibited outstanding leadership, strategic foresight, and operational proficiency.

He consistently achieved financial success, elevated guest experiences, and cultivated a culture of operational distinction.

Taking on his new position, Amol eagerly shares his excitement and commitment to advancing the heritage of Ira by Orchid Hotels, Nashik. He looks forward to utilizing his skills to enrich guest experiences, improve operational effectiveness, and establish the hotel as a symbol of hospitality brilliance within the area.

His selection as the General Manager highlights the hotel's dedication to enhancing its hospitality standards and solidifying its status as a top choice for discerning travelers.

His demonstrated history of effective leadership, financial expertise, and dedication to guest happiness perfectly align with the hotel's values of excellence and creativity.


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