In a corporate career spanning over 30 years, Ajay Kaul has worked with renowned companies like American Express, ModiLufthansa, TNT (India and Indonesia), and Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd (which operates Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts in India), where he served as CEO for 12 years.
He is the man who fuelled India’s voracious appetite for pizza and grew Domino’s Pizza from just 90 stores to 1100 stores during his 12-year stint (2005 – 2017), making it India’s largest and fastest growing food service company and the largest Domino’s Pizza market in the world (outside USA). His name has become synonymous with pizza in India.
Ajay is now working in an advisory capacity with various companies. He is a Senior Advisor & Director with Everstone Capital Advisors, a private equity company. Through them, he serves on the boards of Domino’s Pizza (Indonesia) and Burger King (India and Indonesia). Additionally, Ajay is an investor/advisor for brands like Chaayos, California Burrito, etc. He has also actively mentored startups, both in his personal capacity and through the Indian Angel Network, for the past 10 years.
Ajay is on the Isha Leadership Academy team, organizing leadership events for CEOs and mentoring several CEOs. With his family, he has founded the Aashrey Charitable Trust. He has won several awards for his work, including “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, 2014” by XLRI Jamshedpur, “Outstanding CEO of the Year, 2014” by CEO India Inc. He has also been named as one of the “Top 100 CEOs in India”, Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year, 2010” and “Professional Leader of the Year, 2013”
The Pizza Man