Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for the food, nutrition and health markets, has appointed Rohit Markan managing director for India. He succeeds Marc Dilly, who will be moving to a new role inside the group.
Roquette has developed a growing presence in India since 2006. As one of the largest producers of food ingredients and pharma excipients in India, it works with over 2,000 local customers, who are supported by three manufacturing facilities in Pantnagar, Gokak and Viramgam.
The company also counts on a customer technical services (CTS) centre, based in Mumbai, which has been establishing close collaborations and supporting the group’s customers, thanks to a broad expertise in a comprehensive range of application segments that include food and specialised nutrition.
Markan’s appointment is a strong affirmation of Roquette’s commitment towards its talent development plans and its growth ambitions in India. He joined the company in 2016 and has an extensive business experience, ranging from marketing to sales to finance, strategy and business development.
Prior to joining Roquette, he worked for Dow Corning for close to 14 years in various roles that ranged from country, to regional and global responsibilities.
Markan holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a major in production and an MBA in marketing. He also completed executive programmes at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M Ross School of Business and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
This decision is in line with the group’s strategy to be closer to its customers locally and meet India’s and Asia’s strong and growing demand for tailored nutrition products.
India is set to be the world’s most populous country by 2024. Its burgeoning middle class and their distinct tastes and requirements underpin Roquette’s decision to continue growing its presence in the area.
Commenting on the development, Jean-Marc Gilson, chief executive officer, Roquette, said, “We are particularly pleased with the appointment of Markan as India managing director.”
“India is a key market for the Roquette Group and an important contributor to our expansion in Asia,” he added.
“Markan brings a vast international experience and market knowledge which will help us accelerate our development and achieve new milestones,” Gilson stated.
“He will continue building a strong and sustainable business in India, a path successfully initiated by Marc Dilly, his predecessor,” he added.
“Working closely with our partners and customers, Markan will lead the team to tailor our solutions to the distinct preferences, health requirements and cultural needs of Indian consumers,” said Gilson.
Roquette employs over 1,400 people in India, with 150 based at its headquarters in Mumbai.