Board of Directors

Chairman & Managing Director

Mr. R.V. Kanoria,MBA (Hons.) from IMD, Switzerland, and Advance Management Programme from Wharton, USA, has over four decades of experience in the chemicals, textiles and jute industries. He currently holds the following offices:

  • Chairman & Managing Director, Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Limited
  • Chairman, APAG Holding AG, Switzerland
  • Chairman, APAG Elektronik AG, Switzerland
  • Director, J K Paper Limited
  • Director, Nestle India Limited
  • Director, National Skill Development Corporation
  • Director, Ludlow Jute & Specialities Limited
  • Director, R V Investment & Dealers Limited
  • Director, Kirtivardhan Finvest Services Limited
  • Director, Vardhan Limited
  • Director, KPL International Limited

He has experience in industry associations as follows:

  • Past President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI);
  • Past Chair of the Commission on International Trade and Investment Policy of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris;
  • Past President of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (India);
  • Past Chairman of Indian Jute Mills' Association;
  • Past Chairman of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry;
  • Managing Committee Member, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry;
  • Has been a part of many leading international business delegations, including the official Government delegation for the WTO Inter-Ministerial meetings in Seattle and Hong Kong.

His experience with social organizations are as follows:

  • Vice Chairman, Population Foundation of India
  • Trustee, Sambhava Foundation, an NGO working in the area of skill development among women
  • Past Trustee, Operational Smile in India (NGO with headquarters in the State of Virginia, USA, rendering corrective surgeries for disfigured children with special focus on facial deformities)
Independent Directors
Sidharth Kumar Birla  

Mr. Sidharth Kumar Birla, aged about 61 completed his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics from Calcutta University and holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland. He is also an Alumnus of Harvard Business School. His areas of expertise and experience include Corporate Governance, Strategic Issues, Company Law matters, Corporate Financial Structuring, Operating Financial Management, etc.

He is Past President of FICCI, an erstwhile nominee (3 terms) of the Central Government on the central council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), and presently an independent director of the ICSI Institute of Insolvency Professionals (ICSI-IIP).

He is the Chairman of, Xpro India Limited and is also on the Boards of various reputed corporate, educational and charitable institutions.


Mr. H.K. Khaitan is a Commerce Graduate and brings with him a vast experience in the administration of industrial enterprises in India and abroad.

Kothari Amitav  

Mr. Amitav Kothari is a practising Chartered Accountant since 1975 and the Managing Partner of Messrs Kothari & Company. He is an expert in the fields of Banking and Financial Services, Tax Planning and Representation, Corporate Laws and Foreign Collaboration. Presently, besides being a Member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a Life Member of the Indian Council of Arbitration, he is also a Fellow of the British Institute of Management. He is past President of Merchants Chamber of Commerce (1989-90) and also past Managing Committee Member of Associated Chambers of Commerce (1993-2008). He is author of several articles on topics concerning business and economic matters.


Mr. Ravinder Nath is a practicing Advocate by profession since 1967. He is a Partner of Rajinder Narain & Co., New Delhi and Mumbai. His areas of expertise are Commercial & Corporate Laws, merger & acquisition, restructuring, foreign collaboration and licensing, He is the President elect of the Inter Pacific Bard Association, a Body of about 2000 international lawyers in various countries. He is the Vice President of Society of Indian Law Firms and a Member of various other professional bodies and associations and is a Council Member of World Trade Law Association, London.


Mr. G. Parthasarathy is a retired Govt. Officer in Indian Foreign Service. He is B.E.(Electrical) from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras. He was High Commissioner of India in Cyprus from 1990-92, Ambassador of India to Myanmar in 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98 and was Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan in 1998 before retiring from service on May 31, 2000. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Defence Journal. Apart from wiritng extensively for a number of newspapers in India and abroad, he is also a frequent commentator of Foreign Policy and Security Issues on a number of television channels.


Prof. S.L. Rao is a Columnist and Consultant. He has done B.Com. from Bombay University and M.A.(Economics) from Delhi School of Economics. He is Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bangalore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at TERI and a columnist in the Economic Times & The Telegraph (Kolkata). He is an economist by training and has worked as professional manager for 28 years in marketing and general management positions in multi-national companies and as an independent management consultant for five years.


Mr. A. Vellayan is the Director (Marketing) of Murugappa Group of Companies. He holds Diploma in Industrial Administration from the University of Aston, UK and Masters Degree in Business Studies from University of Warwick Business School, UK. He is the Chairman of FICCI, Southern Regional Council and Executive Committee Member of FICCI, New Delhi and Vice President of The Southern India Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Tamilnadu Cricket Association. He is the past President of All India Cycle Manufacturers Association and past President of Fertiliser Association of India, Southern Region. He is also the past President, ICC-India and past Vice President-All India Shippers' Council.

Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Madhuvanti Kanoria was born into a business family and graduated in Education (Hons.) from Loreto College, Calcutta. She is married to Mr. R. V. Kanoria, Managing Director of Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Limited

She is currently the Policy Advisor at KPL International Limited and contributes to strategic decision making of the company. KPL International Limited is engaged in international business, specializing in sourcing, marketing, supply chain facilitation and distribution of Chemicals, Polymers, Paper, and Equipment & Allied Products.

She is one of the Founder Trustees of Sambhava Foundation, which was established in the year 2008 with the objective of empowering girls and women through education and vocational skills. She is also a Trustee of Sheela Kanoria Foundation, established in 1977 and primarily engaged in offering need-based scholarships to underprivileged female students who have the ability and the zeal to pursue advance studies.

Mrs. Kanoria is a past President of the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), an arm of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industries. She is also a past Vice Chairperson of the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC).

Wholetime Director

Mr. S.V. Kanoria is currently Wholetime Director of the Company. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University (Magna cum Laude) and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. He has served the Company in various capacities, including 6 years as the Chief Executive (Vizag Division). He has a total of over 12 years of work experience, having previously worked in Morgan Stanley and Qualcomm in USA.