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Amul: RS Sodhi removed as AMUL MD, Jayen Mehta takes charge

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Amul’s managing director, RS Sodhi, who has led the company since 2010, was reprimanded on January 9. Jayan Mehta has been appointed as interim CEO of the dairy sector cooperative giant.

The decision to fire Sodhi was made at a board meeting of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the farmers’ cooperative that runs the Amul brand.

Shankar Singh Rana, the chairman of Gandhinagar Madhur Dairy, confirmed Sodhi’s resignation. While Mehta will serve as his temporary replacement, a new MD will be announced in the coming months, he added.

 

Mehta has been with Amul for 31 years and is currently its chief operating officer (COO). Previously, he was the company’s brand manager, group product manager, and general manager in the marketing function.

Sodhi, the outgoing MD, began his career with Amul in 1982 as a senior sales officer. He was its general manager (marketing) from 2000 to 2004, and he was promoted to MD in June 2010. In 2017, was granted an extension for an additional five years.

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The statement, signed by GCMMF Chairman Shamalbhai Patel and Vice Chamrian Valamjibhai Humbal, stated that the organisation decided to terminate RS Sodhi’s services as the Federation’s Managing Director with immediate effect.

Sodhi had been the MD of GCMMF Ltd (AMUL) since June 2010, and was also the President of the Indian Dairy Association.

Sodhi was elected president of the Indian Dairy Association, the country’s dairy industry’s governing body, in July 2022. Sodhi claimed in September at the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit that India’s share of global production is expected to nearly double to 45 percent in the next 25 years, up from 23 percent now.

“Milk production in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% over the next 25 years to reach 628 million tonnes,” he said.

 

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