“Om Pizzas and Eats, master franchisee for Papa Johns Pizza in India as well as Tex-Mex restaurant chain Chillis, has appointed Tejpavansingh Gandhok (Pavan) as its new chief executive and has also roped in V Kannan from FMCG major Hindustan Unilever at a leadership role” according to Reuters.

“The appointment follows fresh investments made by private equity firm TVS Shriram Growth Fund 1A in Om Pizza, as per a company statement. The firm did not give a quantum of fresh funding or when exactly it was raised. TVS Capital had originally invested in December 2010.


Gandhok joins the firm from Litebite Foods, where he was the co-founder and CEO. He has over one-and-half decades of experience across Australia, US, South East & Middle East Asia with strategy consulting & private equity firms such as Halycon, AT Kearney, Stern Stewart & Co. and the Boston Consulting Group.


He joins just nine months after the firm announced its new chief executive. Last October, Om Pizza appointed Sanjay Coutinho as the CEO. Coutinho, who came with over 20 years of experience in the Indian food and retail sector, has previously worked with Domino’s Pizza in its initial days and also with Baskin Robins. Most recently he was the CEO of Barista Coffee.”


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