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Pratik Pota takes over as CEO, NourishCo Beverages Ltd.

New Delhi, February 27, 2012: Pratik Pota of PepsiCo has been appointed as CEO - NourishCo Beverages Ltd, the joint venture between Tata Global Beverages Limited and PepsiCo India Holdings with immediate effect. Pratik takes over from Punita Lal who has proceeded on a sabbatical for personal reasons. She would in due course come back to a role in PepsiCo.

NourishCo Beverages is at the threshold of redefining the hydration category on the health & wellness platform and has just launched India’s first nutrient water, TATA Water Plus, in two variants. In addition to this TATA Gluco Plus (launched in 2011) continues to expand its market footprint. Pratik would lead NourishCo into an exciting journey ahead as the company pursues its agenda for foraying into new markets, targeting new consumers and bringing new innovative products to life. Along this journey, both parent organizations, PepsiCo and the TATAs, will continue to support NourishCo by leveraging their respective strengths.

Mr. Krishna Kumar, Chairman Tata Global Beverages and NourishCo Beverages , “I have worked with Pratik in the past, and am delighted that we have found a leader of Pratik’s calibre to lead our Joint Venture with PepsiCo.”

Pratik joined PepsiCo India Beverages in September 2005 as the Category Marketing Director - Flavors. During this stint, he was instrumental in changing the scale and stature of PepsiCo’s flavour brands. Additionally, Pratik conceptualized, championed & developed one of PepsiCo’s key local innovations: Nimbooz. He was also instrumental in the rapid scale up of Mountain Dew with the iconic ‘Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai’ campaign. In 2009, Pratik moved on to head PepsiCo’s South Market Unit as MUGM (Market Unit General Manager) and increased market shares of PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by focusing on GTM (Go To Market) transformation. He strengthened the back-end by revamping the Supply Chain. Pratik demonstrated courageous leadership and sponsored impactful people interventions.

Pratik started his career in 1992 as a sales manager in Unilever and spent around 10-years in various roles of increasing responsibility across sales and marketing. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he worked in Airtel for 4-years where he played a key role in launching Airtel Mobile operations in Western India. Pratik completed his MBA from IIM Kolkata and has done his engineering from BITS Pilani.

“Pratik’s rich experience across Marketing, Sales and General Management makes him an ideal choice for leading NourishCo”, says, Mr. Manu Anand, Chairman, PepsiCo India Region.

About NourishCo:

A joint venture between Tata Global Beverages Limited and PepsiCo India Holdings Private Limited, NourishCo aims to provide meaningful hydration solutions in the non-carbonated, ready-to-drink beverages segment in India and around the world.

NourishCo will be keenly focused on enhancing the hydration category in India. The portfolio includes 3 Products which straddle the Top & Bottom End of the Pyramid in the Beverages space:

Tata Gluco Plus, a glucose based drink in an affordable cup format, Himalayan Natural Mineral Water, pristine source water and now Tata Water Plus, Nutrient Water, an innovative product that seeks to provide essential micronutrients. The group has built an expansive pipeline of innovations that will be used to fuel growth and create newer hydration solutions.

The JV was formed in 2010 through a joint venture agreement between Tata and PepsiCo India. NourishCo has a vision for growth and has tremendous potential with ‘good for you’ products.

About Tata Global Beverages:

Tata Global Beverages is a part of the global Tata Group. Tata Global Beverages is a global beverage business and the world’s second largest tea company. The group’s annual turnover is US $1.4 bn and it employs around 3000 people worldwide. The Company focuses on ‘good for you’ beverages and has a stable of innovative regional and global beverage brands , including Tata Tea, Tetley and Eight O’ Clock Coffee. For more information, please visit www.tataglobalbeverages.com

About PepsiCo India:

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest food and beverage businesses in India. With an investment of over $1 billion, PepsiCo India has built an expansive beverage and snack food business supported by 37 beverage bottling plants and 3 food plants. PepsiCo India’s extensive portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade, Quaker, and fast growing brands i.e. Nimbooz and Aliva. PepsiCo India is driven by its global commitment to sustainable growth, Performance with Purpose, which works on four planks of replenishing water, partnering with farmers, waste to wealth and healthy kids. In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world. In 2010, PepsiCo India gave back 4 billion liters more water than what it consumed, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. For more information, please visit www.pepsicoindia.co.in

For further details, please contact:

Tanvi Arora / Divya Bakhshi                                               Nitin Yadav
Genesis Burson-Marsteller                                                  PepsiCo India
Mob:+ 91 09999046170 / +91 09899888643                            Mob: +91 9811278920
Email: tanvi.arora@bm.com/divya.bakhshi@bm.com       nitin.yadav@pepsico.com