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Board of Directors

Composition of the Board of Directors

The Board comprises of 8 Directors, out of which 3 are Non-Executive Directors and 4 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. Anil Kapoor (DIN: 00032299) is B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from State University of New York, USA. Mr. Kapoor has started his career with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (erstwhile Esso India) in 1980. He was involved in hardcore engineering / plant operations during his tenure of around 7 years with ICI India Limited where he has handled both Explosives and Fertiliser plant operations. As General Manager –Projects, he has successfully set up state of the art world class Brewery of UB Group in India. Mr. Kapoor worked for around 5 years as Vice President – Technical with Cabot India Limited where he was responsible for entire plant operations including maintenance, logistics, etc. He has vast experience in the diverse fields of projects, operations, marketing, finance, strategic planning, logistics, etc. Mr. Kapoor had joined Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited (CFCL) in the Year 2000 as Vice President – Strategic Planning. Mr. Kapoor was elevated as President – Strategic Planning & Operations with additional responsibility of Fertiliser plant operations in the year 2004. He has been appointed as Managing Director of CFCL in the Year 2007.

Mr. Kapoor is on the Board of Indo Maroc Phosphore S.A. (IMACID), Morocco. He is also on the Board of Fertiliser Association of India and member of National Executive Committee of FICCI.



Mr. Kashi Nath Memani (DIN: 00020696) is a Chartered Accountant. He was Chairman and Country Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, India until March 31, 2004. He was also member of Ernst & Young Global Council for 10 years. Mr. Memani specialises in Business and Corporate Advisory, Foreign Taxation, Financial Consultancy, etc. and is consulted on the corporate matters by several domestic and foreign companies.

Post retirement, Mr. Memani has joined boards of various companies. He is also member of some of the foundations and charitable trusts as well as member of the Governing Council of some of the business schools.

He was also member of various Committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. For two consecutive years, Mr. Memani was on the External Audit Committee (EAC) of the International Monetary Fund and was appointed as the Chairman of EAC for the year 1999-2000, the first Indian so far appointed in the Committee. Mr. Memani is the past Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce in India and former President of Indo American Chamber of Commerce and PHD Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of managing committees of various Industry Bodies.

Mr. Memani was Co-Chairman of New Company Law Drafting Committee and first Chairman of Quality Review Board, both set-up by Government of India.



Mr. Aditya Narayan (DIN:00012084) is a B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur and M.S. from University of Rochester, USA. He also holds law degree. He did senior executive course in strategic management from the Manchester Business School, UK on a commonwealth scholarship.

Mr. Narayan began his career with ICI India Limited in 1973 and grew through diverse functions and businesses. He was Chief Executive Officer of different businesses of Indian Explosives Limited during 1990-1995. He served as Managing Director of ICI India Ltd. during 1996-2003 and then as its Non-Executive Chairman during 2003-2010. He was Managing Director of Hindustan Zinc Limited in 2004-2005. He also served as the President and CEO of BHP Billiton India during 2005-2009.

Mr. Narayan is Independent Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and Linde India Limited. He is Chairman/ member of various board committees of HUL. He is also a Member of Supervisory Board of Anand Group India and the Board member of the Deep C Anand Foundation.



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.