Shekhar Anantharaman is currently the Group Chief Operating Officer of the Company jointly overseeing all aspects of the Company’s global business with the Group CEO. Shekhar joined Olam in 1992. Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Director – Finance and Business Development for the Group leading the Company’s overall Strategy and Business Development activities along with responsibility for various functions including the Group’s Finance and Accounts, Treasury and IR, IT and Shared Services, Legal and Corporate Secretarial and Manufacturing and Technical Services. He has incubated and managed various global businesses for the Group including Edible Nuts, Spices and Vegetable Ingredients and Packaged Foods. As the Global Head of these businesses, Shekhar has been directly involved in identifying and leading many of the Company’s organic and inorganic growth initiatives. He has also played a variety of country management and regional roles across Africa, Asia, Russia, South and North America.