StarAgri Warehousing & Collateral Management, one of Asia’s leading post-harvest solutions companies, recently announced the appointment of Dr Bibhuti Bhusan Pattanaik as an Independent Director to its Board of Directors. Dr Pattanaik, in his last role, held the position of Chairman of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA), the statutory authority under the Department of Food & Public Distribution, Government of India.
Having served several public sector agri-companies in leadership positions during his career spanning over four decades, Dr Pattanaik brings extensive experience in agribusinesses focusing on post-harvest and supply chain management. He specialises in policy formulation and implementation, training and human resource development, general administration and management, sales and marketing, logistics and supply chain management, corporate governance, risk management and corporate social responsibility.
Welcoming him to the Board, Amit Khandelwal, Co-founder & Member of the Board, StarAgri, said, “Dr Pattanaik’s rich experience will be a major asset for us to build the future of StarAgri. As the Indian agri-warehousing and collateral finance sector evolves, we look forward to his guidance in purposefully navigating the future.”
StarAgri will benefit from Dr Pattanaik’s experience and expertise to augment its commercial and operational strategy. On his appointment, Dr Pattanaik said, “I look forward to collaborating with my fellow directors to enhance and build an effective and active board-room oriented culture. Together, we look forward to contributing to building a company that has the best corporate governance, risk management and professional leadership. As part of the company, being able to contribute in empowering the Indian farmer and India’s food security programme is a matter of great individual pride and satisfaction.”
Dr Pattanaik has served as the chief executive of two large-sized Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) – the National Seeds Corporation and the Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) during his career. He has also held board level positions in both these organisations for over a decade. In addition, he has also served on the board of various public-sector enterprises, including the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Central Railside Warehouse Company (CRWC), National Multi-commodity Exchange of India (a company promoted by CWC), Fertilizer Association of India (FAI) and SCOPE.
Founded in 2006, StarAgri is one of Asia’s leading post-harvest solutions companies with global ambitions. With a pan-India network of 800+ warehouses across 16 states and over 1.5 million tonnes of warehousing capacity, StarAgri caters to customers from banks to international bulk commodity buyers, food, health and FMCG companies and commodity exchanges. It delivers integrated post-harvest solutions, including warehousing, collateral financing, procurement and value-added services to enhance efficiency across the entire food supply chain.
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