Schauna Chauhan is an Indian businesswoman who is currently the CEO of Parle Agro, a leading beverage company in India. She was born on August 2, 1977, in Mumbai, India, to Prakash Chauhan, the founder of Parle Agro. Schauna has been listed among the most powerful women in business in India and has received several awards for her contributions to the industry.
Early Life and Education
Schauna Chauhan grew up in Mumbai and attended the Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Management from the Business School Lausanne in Switzerland. In an interview, she shared that she always wanted to join her father’s business, and by the time she started high school, she knew that she would be part of the family business.
After completing her graduation in 1999, Schauna joined her father’s company as an Executive Director. She took over as CEO in 2006, and since then, she has been leading the company to new heights. Under her leadership, the company has expanded its operations to foreign countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and UAE.
Innovation and Expansion
Schauna Chauhan is known for her innovative ideas that have helped Parle Agro grow significantly. In 2016, she established a highly automated manufacturing plant in Uttarakhand, and in 2018, she set up an automated plant in Mysuru, Karnataka, to increase sales in southern parts of India. These manufacturing plants have been designed to increase productivity and reduce costs. Under her leadership, the company has grown from having seven manufacturing units to thirteen manufacturing units by 2022.
Awards and Achievements
Schauna Chauhan has been recognized for her contributions to the industry. She has been listed among the 30 most powerful women by Business Today magazine in 2010, the 40 under forty India’s hottest business leaders by The Economic Times in 2014, and Mumbai’s Fifty Young Stars by Hindustan Times in 2014. She also received the India’s Most Influential Woman Entrepreneur award by White Page International in 2017 and the Most Powerful Women in Business award by Business Today in 2023.
Schauna Chauhan is married to Bollywood actor Bikram Saluja. They got married on June 12, 2004, and have a son named Jahaan. Schauna enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and riding horses in her free time. In an interview, she expressed her desire to become a lawyer had she not joined her father’s business. She considers her father, Prakash Chauhan, and Warren Buffett as her idol businessmen.
Family and Relatives
Schauna Chauhan’s father, Prakash Chauhan, is the founder of Parle Agro. She has two sisters, Alisha Chauhan, who is the director of Parle Agro Private Limited, and Nadia Chauhan, who is the JMD and CMO of Parle Agro Private Limited. Schauna’s grandfather, Mohanlal Chauhan, was the founder of Parle Products, and her uncle, Ramesh J. Chauhan, is the Chairman of Bisleri International Pvt Ltd. Schauna’s cousin, Jayanti Chauhan, is the vice-chairperson of Bisleri International Private Limited.
Schauna Chauhan has been an instrumental figure in the growth of Parle Agro. With her innovative ideas and hard work, she has led the company to new heights. Her contributions to the industry have been recognized and appreciated, earning her a prominent position among India’s most powerful women in business. Schauna’s leadership has brought significant expansion and automation to Parle Agro, solidifying its presence both in India and internationally.