US food major Cargill has recently announced the appointment of Piyush Patnaik as managing director (MD) of its edible oils business in India. Cargill India sells edible oils under various brands including NatureFresh and Gemini. It markets olive oil under ’Leonardo’ brand.
Patnaik brings over 18 years of in-depth industry experience. He joined Cargill in 2006 and has held key positions in various functions including procurement, sales, business development, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and supply chain management.
He has led the soy and palm product line for the business in India in 2013, where he helped build the company’s successful consumer business and go-to-market strategy.
Prior to joining Cargill, Patnaik worked with large consumer companies including Coca-Cola and Dabur.