Avani Davda is the Managing Director of Godrej Nature’s Basket, India’s foremost retail destination for fine foods from across the world. She is a results driven, selfmotivated and resourceful leader. Her strengths lie in developing business strategy and ability to execute with a sharp focus on business sustainability – focusing on growth and profitability.
Avani was nominated as a Young Global Leader in 2014 by the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland. Also featured in Fortune US’s annual global list of “40 under 40 leaders” in 2013 and Fortune and Food & Wine’s list of “25 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” in 2014 – the only Indian woman on the list. Prior to her current role, she worked as Chief Executive Officer of Tata Starbucks Private Ltd., the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited (TGBL). In a span of 3 years she has successfully led aggressive expansion of over 80 Starbucks stores across six key metros of India.
Before Tata Starbucks Private Ltd., she worked as Vice president in the office of Director, Tata Sons who oversaw consumer companies of the Tata Group: Tata Global Beverages, Taj Hotels, Infiniti Retail, Tata Housing and Tata Infrastructure and Realty. She worked closely on the strategic initiatives for TGBL and Infiniti Retail. She also played a pivotal role in the development of two joint ventures namely TGBL and PepsiCo India and also between Starbucks and TGBL in preparation for entry into the India market. She started her career with Tata Group as a recruit into the Group’s flagship leadership program ‘TAS’ (Tata Administrative Services). Following her training period in 2003 she joined The Indian Hotels Company Ltd (Taj Hotels), as Manager in the Business Development team. In 2006, she moved to Sales and Marketing, with the key responsibility of Taj Luxury Hotels in India and was promoted to General Manager-Marketing in 2007.
Avani holds a Masters degree in Management Studies from NMIMS and a Bachelors degree in Commerce with Honors (Advertising & Media) from H.R. College, University of Mumbai. Avani is based in Mumbai, India, and is married to Vishal Davda. They are proud parents of their nine year old son, Param. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and theatre.