Born in 1951, Mr Hameed Huq graduated from Calcutta University and started his career as a planter with James Finlay at Nahorkutia TE in 1972. He worked in various tea estates of Assam before being appointed as Manufacturing Advisor for North India Plantation Division in 1986. As Asst Visiting Agent for Tata Tea Ltd in 1988, he was responsible for setting up the corporate office at Guwahati. He later worked with Estate Management Services Ltd, he also participated in the acquisition of Watawala Plantations and subsequent integration with Tata Tea operations as CEO. He was the CEO of Saptarishi Agro Industries Ltd for a brief period of one year, later came back to be associated with the Tatas, by joining Tata Coffee Ltd in 1999. During the tenure as Managing Director of Tata Coffee Ltd., he has successfully doubled the turnover of the Company and quadrupled profits. Mr Huq has over 40 years of experience in the beverage industry.