Ajai Puri (1953) has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Nutreco N.V. (Amersfoort, the Netherlands), a leading global animal nutrition and aquaculture company, since April 2009. Additionally, he serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Britannia Industries Limited (Bangalore, India), India’s largest independent food group, and as member of the Board of Directors of Tate & Lyle (London, United Kingdom), a global provider of distinctive, high-quality ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries.
Ajai Puri has a broad know-how and experience in the fields of Management, R&D/Innovation, Marketing and Manufacturing, Product Safety and Quality Assurance which he gained during his assignments with the companies Cadbury Schweppes PLC, The Minute Maid Company/The Coca-Cola Company and latest with Royal Numico N.V. in the Netherlands. During his career, Ajai Puri has held a variety of positions of global scope including that of Senior Vice President Technical (Science and Technology) at The Minute Maid Company in the U.S., and President Research, Development and Product Integrity at Royal Numico in the Netherlands.
Ajai Puri is furthermore co-founder of P.A.N.I., a self-funded charitable foundation dedicated to improving the lives of the underprivileged in India. The focus of the foundation is education for children and women, and cleft lip surgical corrections.
Ajai Puri holds a PhD in Food Science from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the Crummer Business School, Rollins College, Florida.