Vinita Bali was born on 11 November 1955 in Bangalore. She is an Indian businesswoman and Women Entrepreneur who was the Managing Director and CEO of Britannia Industries Limited.
Vinita obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women from the University of Delhi in 1975. She earned a scholarship to Michigan State University in the United States. She received her Master of Business Administration – MBA degree from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Vinita served as an intern at the United Nations Headquarters.
Her first job was at Voltas. She worked for the Indian division of Cadbury for 14 years. In Voltas, she worked on the launch of the Rasna, India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of soft drink and instant drink. Rasna is one of the famous soft drink brands in India. In Cadbury, she expanding the company’s markets in India and Africa.
In 1994, a soft drink manufacturer, Coca-Cola hired Vinita as its Marketing Director. Later, Bali appointed in Coca-Cola as Vice President of Marketing for Latin America. Vinita Bali also worked as Vice President of Corporate Strategy, during her nine years at Coke. In 2003, Vinita left Coca-Cola to work at the Zyman Group and left in 2005.
In 2006, Vinita takes the position of CEO at Britannia Industries Limite, an Indian food company where she was eventually appointed Managing Director. Britannia’s revenue tripled to $841 million under her direction. Forbes named Vinita on its list of “Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen” in 2011. In 2014, Vinita received a Forbes Leadership Award.
In India, Vinita serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Kasturi & Sons Ltd, Titan Industries Ltd, and CRISIL Ltd. Vinita Bali has extensive experience in leading corporates both in India and overseas.
Bali founded the Britannia Nutrition Foundation in 2009. The foundation combats child malnutrition through fortified biscuits distribution to Indian school children. With the Britannia Nutrition Foundation, Vinita won a Corporate Social Responsibility Award for her work. Bali also won “Economic Times Awards” as the “Business Woman of the Year” Award in 2009.