Virag Joshi is President & Group CEO of Devyani International Limited, an F&B major which owns and runs Pizza Hut, KFC, Vaango and Costa Coffee chain across India, Nepal and Nigeria with presence of 300+ outlets. Devyani International Limited is part of RJ Corp, which has interest in Pepsi (India, Nepal, Srilanka, Mozambique and Morocco) Beer(India, Nepal, Mauritius), Milk (Uganda) Cream bell Ice cream, Stem-cell Banking and Education.
Mr. Joshi is a passionate leader with proven credentials for building process driven, people centric and customer focused organizations in different continents. No wonder, Pizza Hut has been rated as Most Trusted Brand six years in a row by Indian customers in surveys conducted by AC Nielsen Group.
Mr. Joshi has been a key strategist in expansion of Pizza Hut, KFC and Costa Coffee outlets from a small base of 5 restaurants in 2002 to 250 plus outlets in last eight years in three counties by leveraging human talent and exemplary customer service. He is a coach and mentor to his team of COOs and CEOs; and believes in empowering them to achieve breakthrough results.
He was the first corporate leader in F&B industry to employ a large number of physically challenged boys and girls in his KFC and Costa Coffee outlets, for which his team was honored by Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal in 2009.
He was recently felicitated and conferred with prestigious Retail Icon of The Year Award by Asia Retail Congress.