RHINEBECK, N.Y., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods, a dynamically growing, award-winning specialty food company, is proud to announce the appointment of Meena R. Mansharamani as Chief Executive Officer, as of January 2017. Ms. Mansharamani will be responsible for delivering her strategic vision and growth strategy in the trending Indian food category.
Ms. Mansharamani was most recently Managing Director of Materne North America where she delivered breakout growth, taking the GoGosqueeZ brand from $7MM to $120MM in revenue in three years. She developed and implemented GoGo's channel strategy and led key account growth across Club (Costco), Mass (Walmart and Target), Grocery, Foodservice and online segments to deliver leading 60% volume share of the fruit squeezer category and 69% ACV, All-Commodity Volume.
Ms. Mansharamani also worked for PepsiCo, where she was a change agent passionate about health and wellness. As Senior Vice President, Innovation and Insights at Pepsi-Cola North America from 2005-2008, she led the creative development and commercialization of a $1.3B pipeline of new products and packages to align with changing consumer needs for healthier beverages while creating new offerings for core brands. She earned her MA/BA in Biology from Harvard University and her MBA from The Wharton School. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow with The Aspen Institute.
"Meena brings exceptional leadership skills and a keen knowledge of Indian flavors to our team at a time when the ethnic food category is rapidly expanding in all channels," says Founder and Owner Maya Kaimal. "We are excited for her passionate leadership and her commitment to taking our brand to the next level."
Maya Kaimal, recipient of the prestigious Julia Child Cookbook Award, is the creative force behind an award-winning line of products inspired by the sophisticated flavors of India. As founder of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods, Maya faithfully translates the traditional home cooking of her Indian family for the modern American table, with love and authenticity. Her flame-baked Naan Chips, her award-winning Chickpea Chips and her best-selling sauces and ketchup are made using premium, all natural ingredients.
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