India: Holachef appoints Starbucks exec as supply chain head

Rohit Sharma photo sourced from his LinkedIn profile

Online marketplace for chefs Holachef has appointed former Starbucks executive Rohit Sharma as it chief supply chain officer. This will  help in further scaling-up of its business operations, the company said in a statement.

In his new role, Sharma will be responsible after the entire food preparation infrastructure, supply chain automation, sourcing, quality control, food process management and expansion of food categories.

“I am excited to join Holachef and be part of the disruption that is a foot in the traditional food services industry. This clearly means newer challenges as well as immense possibilities for us at Holachef. Automation and supply chain process efficiency will be critical areas of focus for me,” Sharma said.

Prior to joining Holachef, Sharma was the director – supply chain with Tata Starbucks, where he was responsible for running the entire supply chain operations.

He has over 21 years of experience in the hospitality sector and has also worked with organizations including Nirulas Corner House Pvt Ltd, Devyani International Ltd, Domino’s Pizza and Taj Mahal Hotel in various capacities in the past.

“Sharma has an excellent track record of building successful teams and driving tangible results through streamlining processes. His experience with multiple high growth organisations and exposure to technological driven supply chain management will be invaluable to Holachef at this juncture of high-speed growth,” said Saurabh Saxena, co-founder and CEO of Holachef.

Launched in September 2014 by Saxena and Anil Gelra, Holachef has seen growth in customer base in Mumbai and Pune, and is keen to spread wings across India.

In September, the Mumbai-based food-tech startup also received an undisclosed amount in funding from Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons.

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