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International Tea Importers Announces Bianca Shah as Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 @ 10:43 AM

International Tea Importers Announces Bianca Shah as Chief Executive Officer - Additional Appointments to Management Team Announced

Los Angeles, CA - April 25, 2016 - Effective Immediately International Tea Importers (ITI) has appointed Bianca Shah as Chief Executive Officer, following the sudden and unexpected passing of her father and company founder Devan Shah.

Bianca (pictured below) has been trained by Devan over the past several years and has been groomed to take over as the head of ITI, as part of the company’s succession plan. A Business Management graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Bianca has played a key role in developing ITI’s current strategy for growth and organizing company operations for flexibility in an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Bianca has established her leadership team and appointed Bhavin Shah as Chief Operating Officer, effective June 6, 2016. Bhavin will assume responsibility for all ITI operations and finance functions and will also lead the Waterfall Tea Company subsidiary.  Bhavin brings a wealth of leadership experience and industry expertise as he previously played a pivotal role leading many of ITI’s growth initiatives as Director of Sales, Marketing and Operations. Most recently, Bhavin was a Senior Finance Officer at CIT Bank. Bhavin holds dual degrees in Business Management and Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The College of NJ and also earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Rounding out the new management team for ITI, son Brendan Shah will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer and Dhaval Shah has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Brendan is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Dhaval has spent the last decade at Verizon Communications where he held various sales and marketing positions including responsibility for driving product development and establishing best in class business intelligence and reporting processes.

The new management team will work closely with Office Manager Amjad Pathan (AP) and Operations Manager Zankhna Desai (Zee) to make sure that orders are handled smoothly and leave our warehouses properly.

ITI’s Co-Founder and Chairwoman Reena Shah commented, "As always, our customers can expect to receive the highest quality service and the best tea selection available anywhere. My late husband's passion has positioned ITI as one of the top purveyors of fine tea in the US. I am confident that Bianca and the new management team she has assembled will continue to expand on our leadership position in the specialty tea industry."

ITI Advisor and author James Norwood Pratt also commented, "Devan Shah’s extraordinary vision has positioned ITI as one the leading tea companies in the US, at the forefront of innovation and creativity in specialty tea. I have spent a significant amount of time with the new management team and feel confident ITI is well positioned to expand its leadership position in the specialty tea industry".

About International Tea Importers

International Tea Importers (ITI) is a leading importer of specialty teas including conventional, organic and fair trade teas.  ITI imports from nearly all the tea-producing countries around the world and is also one of the largest suppliers of herbal and other ingredients in the US.  Founded in 1990, ITI has proudly offered surpassing quality at fair prices with personal service for every type of tea or tea accessory.  We stock over over 500 different types of straight tea and create our own blended and flavored teas in our facilities in the Los Angeles area, all available for same day shipping by the pound or by the pallet. 

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