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Board of Directors

Composition of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises of 9 Directors, out of which 3 are Non-Executive Directors, 5 are Independent Directors, and a Managing Director.


Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar (DIN: 00008654), Chairman of the Company, a gold medalist in B. Com (Hons) from Calcutta University, is the Chairman of Adventz group with a turnover of about USD 3 Billion. The group under the leadership of Mr. Poddar, has promoted various seminal projects including joint ventures with leading international corporations. The most notable of these ventures are Hettich India Private Ltd (a joint venture with the Hettich Group of Germany), Texmaco UGL Rail Private Ltd. (a joint venture with the United Group of Australia) and MCA Phosphates Pte. Ltd. (a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan). Mr. Poddar was also instrumental in promoting Gillette India Limited (a venture with the Gillette Company of U.S.A), and he was founder Chairman since 1984 before relinquishing the position in December 2013.

A recipient of the Rashtriya Samman from the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Mr. Poddar is a keen collector of contemporary Indian art and involved in the promotion and development of art, culture and sports. Mr. Poddar and his family promote young cricketers to go abroad for training and practice. They are currently involved in setting up a museum in Delhi with the theme ‘India through the ages’. The museum will be named as ‘K. K. Birla Academy’ in the fond memory of Late Dr. K.K. Birla. The Project will be fully funded by the family and is to be commissioned in the coming years.

Having served as President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and International Chamber of Commerce in India, Mr. Poddar has been appointed by Government of India on Board of Trade - the highest body on trade - and on the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Mr. Poddar has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur for a decade and also on local Board of the Reserve Bank of India for similar tenure. He was also on the Advisory Board of one of the most reputed investment brokers, M/s N M Rothschild & Sons (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Mr Poddar is the Chairman of India-Saudi Arabia Joint Business Council and a Member of the Indo-French CEO Forum.



Mr. Shyam S. Bhartia (DIN: 00010484) is the Chairman of M/s. Jubilant Life Sciences Limited. He is a Commerce graduate and a fellow member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. A leading industrialist of India, he has rich industrial experience in the Pharmaceuticals, Specialty Chemicals, Food, Oil and Gas (Exploration & Production), Aerospace and Information Technology sectors. He is a director on the boards of numerous companies both in India and overseas.

His past association to institutional segment included – Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Director on the Board of Air India.



Mr. Gaurav Mathur (DIN: 07610237) is a chemical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur having long experience in the fields of Industrial Explosives, Specialty Chemicals, Coatings & Paints and Pharmaceutical Industries. Mr. Gaurav Mathur started his career in 1989 as a Management Trainee in the explosives business with ICI India Limited (now AkzoNobel India Limited). He worked with ICI India Limited / AkzoNobel India Limited for around 27 years and held various senior executive positions in India and abroad such as Head of Research and Development – Decorative Paints, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Director, Global Director - Continuous Improvement & Strategic Initiatives, etc.

Before joining the Company, Mr. Gaurav Mathur was working as Managing Director of TEVA API India Private Limited since September 2016 and was heading Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient operations for Asia Pacific, Israel and Europe.



Mr. Pradeep Jyoti Banerjee (DIN: 02985965) is Bachelor of Technology (Chemical) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He started his career as Management Trainee at Hindustan Unilever Limited (“HUL”) in the year 1980 and held series of assignments in several departments at HUL including in the areas of supply chain, research and development, etc.

Mr. Pradeep Jyoti Banerjee became the Vice President - Technical (Home and Personal Care) at HUL in 2003 and later on moved to London in 2005 as Vice President, Global Supply Chain for Personal Care category where he was responsible for strategic elements of Unilever’s global personal care supply chain. He has also served as the Vice President for Global Procurement in Singapore where he was handling procurement operations for the Unilever businesses in Asia and Africa. Mr. Pradeep Jyoti Banerjee was working as Executive Director - Supply Chain of HUL since the year 2010. He is Chairman of Unilever Nepal Limited and Director of Unilever India Exports Limited. Apart from this, he is Independent Director of Gabriel India Limited and Whirlpool of India Limited.



Mr. Vivek Mehra (DIN: 00101328) is a commerce graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Mr. Mehra has a consulting experience of over 38 years in tax and regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions focusing on cross border investment and transaction structuring. He has held various leadership and client servicing roles in PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. before his retirement in March 2017. Mr. Mehra was a Director on the Board of Union Bank of India and Punjab & Sind Bank. He was also member of Steering Committee and National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.



Mrs. Rita Menon (DIN: 00064714) is M.A (Economics) from Delhi School of Economics. She joined the Indian Administrative Service in the year 1975 and held a number of senior positions in the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh. She retired in the year 2015 from the position of Chairperson and Managing Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation. In her career in public service, she had worked in various departments/ ministries of Government of India such as Secretary in Ministry of Textiles, Additional Secretary and Special Secretary in Ministry of Finance, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Defence, etc. She was also Director of various public sector undertakings. Mrs. Rita Menon has vast experience in the areas of industrial development, finance, defence planning and procurement, public policy & administration, etc.



Mr. Chandra Shekhar Nopany (DIN: 00014587) is an industrialist having vast industrial experience in diverse fields like sugar, shipping, textiles and fertilisers. He is a Chartered Accountant and Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. Mr. Nopany is the Chairman of M/s. The Oudh Sugar Mills Limited. He is also on the Board of Directors of several other companies promoted by Dr. K.K. Birla, including few subsidiaries and joint venture of the Company. Having contributed significantly to organic and inorganic growth of the K.K. Birla Group, he continues to lead as a new generation entrepreneur with concerted focus on efficiency and growth.



Ms. Radha Singh (DIN: 02227854) has retired from Indian Administrative Service. Prior to retirement, she was holding the position of Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India. She has 40 years’ experience in public service, in several areas including rural and agricultural development, water resources, public finance and institution building. In her capacity as Agriculture and Cooperation Secretary, she also headed various national and international organizations as Board Member/ Chairperson.

In her long public career, she has held many high level policy and managerial positions in the Government of India. These included Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Additional Secretary/ Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, Director General of the National Water Agency and positions in the Economic Affairs Department and field assignments. She had worked with the World Bank in Washington, DC, U.S.A. as an Institutional Specialist Consultant in several other capacities for six years (1993-1998).

Presently, Ms. Singh is director of LT Foods Limited and Cheminova India Limited.



Mr. Marco P.A. Wadia (DIN: 00244357) is B.A. (Hons.), L.L.B. and practicing Advocate since 1986, specializing in corporate matters. He has been a partner in the firm of M/s. Crawford Bayley & Co., Solicitors & Advocates, Mumbai since 2001. He is on the Boards and Committees of various companies.