Our Board


Ashok Lakhani, Chairman & CEO

Ashok Lakhani founded Kolak in 1984 with his brother Bharat.

Ashok met with senior executives from Swiss based snacks specialist Zweifel Pomy-Chips AG at the first European Cable and Satellite Convention and the seeds of an idea were sewn.

A commercial agreement was later signed with the company and Kolak Snack Foods Limited was born. Ashok is a founding member,Chairman & CEO of Kolak Snack Foods Limited and continues to shape the future of the business with fellow board members Bharat and Rikin.

Bharat Lakhani, Business Development Director.

Bharat also joined Ashok as a founding member of the Kolak team and, having been trained by Zweifel Pomy-Chips AG, is vastly experienced in retail marketing.

He has helped to drive Kolak’s development since our inception and has gained considerable expertise in production, planning, processing, recycling, warehousing, waste management and factory design.

Bharat has drawn upon this know-how to become instrumental in the creation of the quality and people focused culture that has underpinned our success.

Rikin Lakhani, Managing Director

Rikin has seen the business grow from strength to strength since his childhood. Having spent most of his summer holidays working in various roles from the factory floor up it was inevitable that one day Rikin would be part of the business.

Rikin graduated from the University of London with a BSc Honours Degree in Business Information Systems, and joined Kolak in 2005.

He has brought fresh thinking and dynamic vision to the business and oversaw the development of our brand new, state-of-the-art snacks plant that is widely acknowledged as being one of the finest in Europe.

Rikin is also extremely ambitious and aims to continue strengthening Kolak’s position as one of the foremost privately owned crisp and snacks producers in the UK.