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Amira Nature Foods Ltd Announces Appointment of Thomas Dennhardt as CEO of Its German Subsidiary, Amira Basmati Rice GmbH

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Amira Nature Foods Ltd (the "Company") (ANFI), a global provider of packaged Indian specialty rice, today announced the appointment of Thomas Dennhardt to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amira Basmati Rice GmbH, the Company’s German subsidiary. The German subsidiary was purchased in 2014 and contains many well established brands in Germany. Mr. Dennhardt received an MBA from the European Business School and started his career at Lidl, one of Europe’s largest food retailers. As Chief Financial Officer of Lidl, Mr. Dennhardt assisted in building its business in various European countries including Spain and the United Kingdom. More recently, Mr. Dennhardt assisted in building and turning around several other food-related businesses in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Mr. Dennhardt commented, “I am very pleased to be joining Amira and look forward to driving the development and execution of the company’s corporate strategy in Germany going forward. We intend to devote significant time and effort to pursuing various opportunities in Germany, which we believe offer tremendous opportunity for value creation.”

Karan A. Chanana, Amira’s Chairman commented, “We are very pleased to have Thomas on board and look forward to leveraging his expertise and track record in steering Amira’s German business going forward. We believe the subsidiary is well positioned to develop the German market and we look forward to Thomas helping us develop that further.”

About Amira Nature Foods

Founded in 1915, Amira has evolved into a global provider of packaged Indian specialty rice, with sales in over 40 countries today. Amira sells Basmati rice, premium long-grain rice grown only in certain regions of the Indian sub-continent, under their flagship Amira brand as well as under other third party brands. Amira sells its products primarily in emerging markets through a broad distribution network. Amira’s headquarters are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and it also has offices in India, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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