Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership, a JV with Molson Coors
Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India.
“It is better to fail to do the right thing than succeed doing the wrong thing”
The Brand Called You brings another very interesting episode with our guest from the United Kingdom, Lord Karan Bilimoria. Lord Bilimoria is the Chairman of Cobra Beer Partnership, a JV with Molson Coors. Cobra beer has been awarded a total of 121 medals and grand gold medals since 2001! Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea in 2006 was the first-ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. He is the Founding Chairman of the UK-India Business Council and he’s the chair of several prestigious organizations and educational institutions. Lord Bilimoria is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Lord Bilimoria talks about his journey from India into the UK. And the many milestones that he has achieved on the way! He describes the education that he gained in different schools and universities from both countries. And his decision of venturing into the world of business. Lord Bilimoria created Cobra Beer from scratch. His idea was to brew a beer that accompanies all food around the world! Today, Cobra Beer is exported into 40 countries and is a highly consumed beverage. Lord Bilimoria also enlightens the viewers that he looks forward to experimenting with more and more alcoholic segments in the future! Ashutosh and Lord Bilimoria also discuss the relationship between the UK and India. Lord Bilimoria believes that integrity and a strong loyal team are the key components of a good business. He suggests getting the consumer’s trust through empathy, logic, and authenticity! His advice is apt and extremely insightful.
Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range has collectively been awarded a total of 121 Gold and Grand Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world. Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first-ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University from 2015-2020 and subsequently appointed as an Honorary Ambassador. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge.