Amit has been entrusted with the crucial responsibility of overseeing Westlife Foodworld’s ability to navigate and harness the opportunities presented by the rapidly changing global business landscape.
On Monday, Westlife Foodworld, the owner and operator of McDonald’s, announced the appointment of Amit Jatia as the company’s new Chairperson, effective immediately. Previously serving as the Vice Chairperson, Amit Jatia will now assume this prominent leadership role. In conjunction with this change, Smita Jatia will transition into the position of Vice Chairperson of Westlife Foodworld. This strategic restructuring within the company’s top management reflects a significant milestone for the organization.
Amit Jatia expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to lead a team of exceptional professionals who have contributed to the establishment of a robust organization. Recognizing the trust bestowed upon him by the Board of Directors, he affirmed his dedication to prioritizing the best interests of the shareholders, employees, customers, and communities served by the company.
Amit has been instrumental in the inception of McDonald’s in India back in 1996, earning him recognition as a trailblazer in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) sector within the country. With over 26 years of invaluable experience, he has played a pivotal role in shaping and contributing to the growth of the QSR industry.
Under his astute guidance, McDonald’s India (West & South) witnessed a remarkable expansion, with its restaurant count soaring to over 357. Additionally, he spearheaded the establishment of the popular McCafé, a specialty coffee chain, further diversifying the company’s offerings. Notably, his strategic vision propelled McDonald’s India (West & South) to evolve into a thriving food technology firm, reflecting his commitment to driving innovation and growth within the industry.
Amit’s primary role now entails spearheading Westlife Foodworld and fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and exceptional performance throughout all aspects of its operations. With the ever-changing global business landscape, his leadership will be vital in navigating emerging opportunities and driving the company’s continued success. By embracing a forward-thinking approach, Amit aims to position Westlife Foodworld as a dynamic player in the industry, ensuring it remains at the forefront of excellence and adaptability.
As a result of his family’s predominant ownership in Westlife Foodworld, the master franchisee for McDonald’s in the rapidly expanding western and southern regions of India, Amit Jatia, a prominent figure in the fast food industry, has made his debut in the rich list. Furthermore, the B.L. Jatia Group, associated with his family, holds interests in lubricants, real estate, and specialty chemicals. Amit attained his degree in hamburgerology from Hamburger University located in Oakwood, Illinois.
Smita Jatia – Vice Chairperson of Westlife
As of today, Smita Jatia has assumed the esteemed position of Vice Chairperson within the company. With over two decades of experience in the quick-service restaurant sector, Smita is a seasoned businesswoman who has made significant contributions to the company’s growth journey. Her pivotal role in introducing innovative formats and successfully navigating the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in revitalizing and strengthening the brand. Smita’s leadership and expertise continue to propel the company forward, positioning it for continued success in the dynamic business landscape.
Smita has been instrumental in driving McDonald’s ambitious market expansion, playing a pivotal role in transforming it into one of the most beloved brands in the country. Upon accepting the position of Vice Chairperson of Westlife Foodworld, she expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm, stating, “It is a great honor and I am thrilled to embrace the role of Vice Chairperson of Westlife Foodworld. I am eager to contribute further to the company’s growth and success.” Smita’s dedication and passion for the brand position her as a valuable asset in shaping the future trajectory of Westlife Foodworld.