IPL 2020: Anand Kripalu to be Royal Challengers Bangalore Chairman

On the eve of the Indian Premier League 202o start, Royal Challengers Bangalore owners have got a new chairman.

Diageo India, the owners of the Indian Premier League franchisee Royal Challengers Bangalore, have announced the appointment of Anand Kripalu as the Chairman of the Virat Kohli-led team.

Anand is currently the Managing Director and CEO of Diageo India and assumes this role as an additional responsibility to his current profile. His appointment will come into effect in the midst of the IPL 2020 season –from October 1, to be precise.

Anand takes over the role of RCB Chairman from Sanjeev Churiwala, who is also the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Diageo India and will be moving to Singapore to take up the position of Finance Director for the APAC region.

Commenting on the change in the leadership, Anand Kripalu, Managing Director & CEO, Diageo India said, “Royal Challengers Bangalore is an integral part of Diageo India and behind the scenes, I have been part of the team’s journey for the past 6 years. As the new season starts, it’s going to be an exciting new chapter to lead the team from the front along with Virat, Mike Hesson and Simon Katich and we look forward to playing boldly. I would also like to thank Sanjeev for his tremendous contribution to RCB and Diageo and wish him luck for his new role.”

Anand Kripalu is leading Diageo India’s transformational journey since 2014 prior to which he held the position of President, India and South Asia at Mondelez International, and Managing Director of Cadbury India Ltd. He has also acquired significant experience on his stint with Unilever for 22 years. Anand is a graduate from IIT, Madras and IIM, Kolkata.

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