DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amira Nature Foods Ltd (the “Company” or “Amira”) (NYSE: ANFI), a leading global provider of packaged Indian specialty rice, today announced that it has appointed Shiv Surinder Kumar to serve on its board of directors and audit committee, effective June 5, 2013.
Mr. Kumar brings to Amira over 20 years of experience in the areas of asset management, merchant banking, capital markets and wealth management across Asia, Europe and the Middle-East. Mr. Kumar founded Bridge Capital in 2006 and has continued to serve as a Director of that firm, which provides a broad range of corporate finance services and has managed funds in excess of $200 million. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Kumar was the Director of Genesis International, Dubai, UAE, where he worked on a number of strategic investment projects including airport privatization in India and private placements in mid-cap Indian companies. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Kumar was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch International, where he managed private banking with a focus on structured products related to wealth management of high net worth individuals and family offices. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Kumar worked as Vice President for Hinduja Finance Ltd, India, where he managed a balance sheet of $80 million, arranged investment banking transactions and invested on a proprietary basis in venture capital transactions. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Kumar held Vice President and Assistant Vice President roles at Prime Securities Limited, India, and Bank of America NT&SA. Mr. Kumar satisfies the audit committee "independence" requirements of the New York Stock Exchange.
“We are very pleased to welcome Shiv Surinder Kumar to our board,” stated Karan A. Chanana, Amira’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Shiv has enjoyed a distinguished career in a number of leadership roles at financial institutions. We look forward to benefitting from his financial and operational knowledge as we continue to expand our business.”
About Amira Nature Foods
Founded in 1915, Amira has evolved into a leading global provider of packaged Indian specialty rice, with sales in over 40 countries today. Amira sells Basmati rice, a premium long-grain rice grown only in certain regions of the Indian sub-continent, under their flagship Amira brand as well as under other third party brands. Amira sells its products primarily in emerging markets through a broad distribution network. Amira’s headquarters are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and it also has offices in India, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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