Westlife Management

WDL is managed by an experienced and cohesive leadership team. Many members of the leadership team developed their management skills working within McDonald's and were involved in building HRPL and the McDonald's business over the last 17 years. Our business leaders combine strategic, operational and financial experience with extensive relationships and expertise to drive the Company towards the achievement of its vision of being a leader in the QSR industry. Senior leadership have, on average, over 12 years of relevant experience in HRPL and McDonald's business and include management leaders from key regions and divisions across the company. The company believes in the philosophy of getting the 'right people on the bus', i.e. acquiring the right talent. WDL has a strong leadership team providing strategic direction backed by an experienced cross functional team to optimize operational efficiencies.

Board of Directors

B L JATIA - Chairman


Mr. B. L. Jatia has over 45 years of experience in paper, textiles, chemicals, food processing, mining, hospitality, healthcare, investments and finance and retail sectors. Mr. B. L. Jatia is currently the Managing Director of Hardcastle & Waud Mfg. Co. Ltd. The company is engaged in trading / manufacturing of chemical products. Besides, he also holds directorships n a number of other companies and is a trustee ofa charitable trust. Mr. B. L. Jatia holds B.Com and LLBdegrees from the University of Mumbai.

AMIT JATIA - Vice Chairman


Mr. Amit Jatia has over 26 years of experience in the QSR industry. As Vice-Chairman of Westlife Development Ltd., he has been responsible for all aspects of the establishment and operation of McDonald’s restaurants in western and southern India, including site location and acquisition, site development and equipment installation, supply chain management, product development and marketing strategy, among others. He has been recognised for his achievements with the ‘Young Achievers Award’, bestowed by the Indo- American Society in 2003, Business World’s ‘Most Respected Company’ award for the Food Sector in 2005, for the third consecutive year,
as well as Images ‘Retailer of the Year’ award in 2004 and 2005. He holds a B.Sc in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Southern California. He has completed programmes on Management Control Systems at the Indian Institute of Management and on strategy, leadership and governance at Harvard Business School.
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P. R. BARPANDE - Independent Director


Mr. P.R. Barpande was an audit partner with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Chartered Accountants, Mumbai and has retired after practising for more than 30 years. He has wide experience of serving the domestic and international clients such as Reliance, Mafatlal, Lupin, Mahindra, Hexaware, Jet Airways, John Deere, Bridgestone and Tech Mahindra etc as an audit partner. He was actively involved in reformatting accounts to US GAAP / IFRS for major domestic and multinational companies and some Indian banks. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is an Independent Director in some of the listed and private companies.

DILIP THAKKAR - Independent Director


Mr. Dilip J. Thakkar is a practicing Chartered Accountant with over 54 years of experience in taxation and foreign exchange regulations. He is associated with several public and private companies as a Director. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

SMITA JATIA - Director


Ms Smita Jatia comes with two decades of experience in the QSR industry. She has been an active member of the McDonald’s India team since the commencement of its operations and over the years, has handled various roles within the organization. Ms Jatia is responsible for charting out and leading the aggressive growth of McDonald’s India operations across West and South India. She has been instrumental in launching, indigenizing and building the McDonald’s brand over the last 18 years. She joined Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd as Director, Marketing, in 1996 and was the Chief Operating Officer for Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.
She currently performs the role of Managing Director, Hardcastle Restaurants. A commerce graduate from Sydenham College, Mumbai, Ms Jatia has also completed an 18- week executive management program from Harvard Business School, Boston, and has undergone a rigorous Marketing and Restaurant Leadership program at the Hamburger University, USA.
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MANISH CHOKHANI - Director


Mr. Manish Chokhani is one of India’s most respected investors and financial experts. He is an Advisor to Axis Bank and holds Board positions in various companies including Axis Capital, Enam Holdings, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Shopper’s Stop and Westlife Development. He has had a brilliant career, graduating as among the youngest MBAs from the London Business School soon after obtaining his CA certification. He went on to become MD & CEO of Enam Securities and led its US$ 300 million merger with Axis Bank to create Axis Capital Ltd (ACL) one of India’s leading investment banks.
Mr. Chokhani had co-founded Enam AMC that manages the wealth of some of India’s leading business families. He also served as a Director of the US$ 1 billion ZA Capital Fund and Advisor to the US$ 400 mn India Capital Fund. Mr. Chokhani has served three terms as Co- Chairman of the Capital Markets Committee at the Indian Merchants Chamber. He is currently a member of SEBI’s Alternative Investment Promotion Advisory Committee. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organisation and a Fellow of the AIMA. He has served on the International Alumni Board as well as scholarship panels of the London Business School. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the IIM Kolkata and has delivered talks at various other business schools.
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ACHAL JATIA - Director


Mr. Achal Jatia is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hardcastle Petrofer Pvt. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of Specialty Oils and Chemicals for the Metal Working Industry. He has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Additionally, he has attended the Owner/ President Manager Executive Education program at Harvard Business School, Boston. He is a Life Member of the Golden Key Honor Society, USA and a Member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and the Young Presidents' Association (YPO).

TARUN KATARIA - Independent Director


Mr. Tarun Kataria runs a corporate finance advisory and private equity practice. Previously he was CEO, India of Religare Capital Markets, a regional investment banking and institutional equities business. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Kataria was Chief Executive, Global Banking & Markets, HSBC India, Vice Chairman, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets Ltd and Non-Executive Director of HSBC InvestDirect (India) Ltd, a listed NBFC and retail brokerage business. Prior to his stay in India, Mr. Kataria was Managing Director and Head of Institutional Sales, Asia Pacific, with HSBC based in Hong Kong. Mr. Kataria is currently independent Director of Mapletree Logistics Trust Ltd,
an SGX listed REIT and Westlife Development Ltd. In a career spanning the US, Asia and India, Mr. Kataria has worked in the US with Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Division and Chase Manhattan Bank’s Derivatives Group. He moved to Asia in 1995 as Head of Derivatives, Southeast Asia for Chase Manhattan Bank based in Singapore. He joined HSBC in 1998 as Head of Derivatives, Southeast Asia, and later was appointed Head of Sales, Singapore, HSBC Global Markets. Mr. Kataria has an MBA in Finance, 1985, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His primary education was at The Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay, and the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Bombay. He is a Chartered Accountant. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and his interests include Indian art, golf, yoga and African safaris with his family. His charitable contributions are directed at educating women and girl children.
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