Basyukta Basuprava

World’s largest coffeehouse chain Starbucks which is owned by the Tatas in India announced the appointment of Sushant Dash as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the premium coffee brand in India. The appointment will be effective from May 1.

This announcement which marked the landmark professional success of  Odisha’s indigenous talent is a proud moment for every Odia across borders as well.

Sushant graduated from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics. He was the man who wrote the first creative brief for the popular Tata ad chant ‘Jaago Re’ over a decade back.  He is currently the regional president of Tata Global Beverages – India and the Middle East.

Dash was part of the core team introducing the first Tata Starbucks store in India and was directly responsible for the strategy and marketing of the Starbucks brand. The premium coffee chain currently operates over 215 stores across 17 cities in the country.

Sushant Dash will take over as the CEO from May 1 replacing Navin Gurnaney, who will be stepping down from his position. This will make him the fourth CEO of the global coffee retailer in India since it has been launched in October 2012.