MEET THE TEAM

Sapphire Foods is backed by a consortium of leading Private Equity firms, Samara Capital, Goldman Sachs, CX Partners, IDI Emerging Markets and Edelweiss Private Equity, and is managed by a team of professionals.

SANJAY PUROHIT

GROUP CEO

Sanjay has over 30 years of experience in building & profitably growing great brands & organizations. He has had a stellar successful career across consumer product companies such as Levi Struass & Co., Cadbury India, Asian Paints, & Mobil Oil Corp.

Sanjay is an avid reader, golfer, diver & Hindi music lover.

Deepak Taluja

CEO - KFC Business

A Hotel Management graduate, Deepak started his career as a Team Member, and grew to hold several senior positions for over 2 decades, across Domino’s Pizza (Jubilant Food Works), Fun Multiplex (Essel Group), with his last assignment being COO at Café Coffee Day. At Sapphire Foods, he steered growth for Pizza Hut Business as CEO since 2015 before taking over the mantle of Chief Executive Officer for KFC Business in 2019.

In his leisure time, you will find him on a cricket pitch or behind the wheels for a long drive.

Vikrant Vohra

COO - Pizza Hut Business

A Hotel Management graduate, Vikrant has been associated with major hospitality brands such as The Park, Hyatt, Taj and Marriot International for nearly 2 decades. At Sapphire Foods, he successfully led Operations at Karnataka, Kerala & West India Markets for KFC before leading the Pizza Hut Business in India as Chief Operating Officer.

He enjoys indulging in Golf, EDM & Trekking. He is also passionate about giving back to the society and is closely associated with an NGO called Round Table India.

Vijay Jain

CFO - Sapphire Foods

After completing his Chartered Accountancy course in the year 2002, Vijay has steered Finance functions for prominent healthcare & retail brands for nearly 2 decades. Having worked with brands such as Piramal Health care, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd. and Hypercity Retail (India), Vijay is now on board with us as the Chief Financial Officer for Sapphire Foods.

In his spare time Vijay enjoys watching Cricket, Kabaddi, Tennis and Bollywood movies.

Sandhydeep Purri

CPO - Sapphire Foods

Sandhydeep has been operating in HRD, OD & Consulting space for over 2 decades across brands such as DDB Mudra, Satyam Computer Services, Deloitte & Aditya Birla Group. A Post Graduate in Management and a Certified Marshalls Goldsmith Coach, Sandhydeep is our Chief People Officer since 2017.

Sandhydeep is an environmental enthusiast who works with children to enjoy and learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. She also enjoys trying her hand at pottery wheel, when time permits.

Sohel Nalwalla

Head - SCM

Sohel is a hospitality industry veteran and a hotel management graduate. His experience of nearly 3 decades has been with organizations like Ambassador's SkyChef and Dodsal Hospitality (Pizza Hut Franchisee). Since October 2016, he has continued his association with the brand as Head - Supply Chain at Sapphire Foods.

Sohel enjoys travelling, reading and is a gourmet enthusiast.

Amar Patel

Head - IT

After completing his BSc (Computing) from University of Sunderland (UK), Amar has worked with major organizations like Procter & Gamble and Hewlett Packard in United Kingdom. After moving back to India, he continued to work with prominent organizations such as Mondelez International and HCL before joining us in 2019 as Head - Information Technology.

In addition to being passionate about technology, Amar is an avid Chelsea FC football supporter and enjoys travelling.

Puneet Bhatia

Head - BD

A Hotel Management graduate with an ADP from Wharton, Puneet has nearly two decades of experience in retail real estate business development with international property consultants like Knight Frank and Cushman & Wakefield. He has joined us in 2019 as Head - Business Development.

Puneet loves reading, riding and playing cricket during his free time.

Nandita Bapat Avadhoot

Head - Projects

Nandita Bapat completed her Bachelors in Architecture in 2002, before starting her nearly 2 decades of experience with organizations such as HIPL, VLCC, Barista Coffee Company (BCCL) and Café Coffee Day. She brings with her expertise of opening 300+ stores & 100+ refurbs. She joined us as Head Projects in 2017.

Nandita is a sports enthusiast and enjoys going on adventure vacations along with her family.

Niraj Patil

Head - Legal & Liaison

A Law graduate, Niraj Patil joins us with more than 16 years of experience with Indian conglomerates such as Tata Group, Aditya Birla, Bharti Airtel, Raheja and Sahara India. Since 2017, Niraj has been heading our Legal & Liaison function.

Niraj is a music buff and enjoys lending his voice to Bollywood & Marathi classics. He is also interested in adventure sports & travelling.