Graduated from Utah State University with PhD in Nutrition and Food Sciences in 1992. Worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska. Then worked in CPG companies like Heinz, Colgate and Kellogg. Currently, working for Beyond Meat, creating plant protein based meat alternative products for the vegan market. Currently living in Torrance, CA.
Born in Kolhapur
Experienced emerging market leader with 23 years of broad based experience in areas of plant start-up, working with JV’s, developing large scale facilities and localizing vendors. Specific skills include extrusion processing, breakfast cereal processing, dry pet foods, project management, ingredient functionality, product development and process development. Experienced team leader with excellent interpersonal skills and team building experiences. Working relations with major food co-packers, ingredient suppliers and equipment vendors to develop projects on an accelerated time line in emerging markets.
Worked for African, Asia Pacific, Latin American and EU divisions and have knowledge of food regulations, suppliers and co-manufacturers for various food forms.
Selected to administrative services of Govt of India in 1984 and served as Assistant Secretary to Govt of Maharashtra 1984-89.
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