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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. Nimesh N. Kampani (DIN:00009071), aged about 70 years, is a commerce graduate from Sydenham College, Mumbai and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is the founder and Chairman of the JM Financial Group of companies, one of India’s leading players in the financial services.

In a career spanning over four decades, Mr. Nimesh N. Kampani has made pioneering contributions to the development of the Indian capital markets and has advised several corporates on their strategic and financial needs, especially, capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, etc., regulators and law makers. His functional areas of expertise include finance, capital markets, investment advisory, corporate re-structuring, etc.

Mr. Kampani has served as a member of several important committees constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, BSE Limited, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. He is Chairman of the CII National Council on Financial Sector Development. He is also on the Boards and Committees of various companies.



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.



Mr. Vivek Mehra (DIN: 00101328) is a commerce graduate from Sri 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.



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.