Board of Directors

Chairman & Managing Director
  

Mr. R.V. Kanoria (DIN: 00003792), aged about 65 years, 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, APAG Elektronik Corp., Canada
  • Director, J K Paper Limited
  • Director, Nestle India Limited
  • 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;
  • Past Director, National Skill Development Corporation
  • 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 (DIN: 00004213), aged about 63 years 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 (DIN: 00220049), aged about 66 years, is a Commerce Graduate. He has vast experience and knowledge in the administration of industrial enterprises in India and abroad.

Kothari Amitav  

Mr. Amitav Kothari (DIN: 01097705), aged about 67 years, M. Com., LL.B., FCA, FICA, FBIM (UK), is a practising Chartered Accountant and the Managing Partner of Messrs Kothari & Company, Chartered Accountants.

He is an expert in the fields of Banking and Financial Services, Tax Planning and Representation, Corporate Laws and Foreign Collaboration. 

Presently, besides being on the Board of reputed corporate bodies, he is a Member of International Taxation Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India He is also a Life Member of the Indian Council of Arbitration, New Delhi and Fellow of the British Institute of Management. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the ICC Council of Arbitration, Kolkata.     

In the past, he has served as - Director of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and Allahabad Bank, President of Merchants Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata, Association of Company Secretaries, Executive and Advisers, Kolkata, Member of Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi (ASSOCHAM), MCC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kolkata (MCCI), Central Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).  

He was conferred outstanding Young Person of West Bengal Award by Indian Jaycees in the field of Law and Taxation. He is also a frequent author of articles on the topics concerning business and economic matters.

 

Mr. Ravinder Nath (DIN:00062186), aged about 75 years, is an Advocate of The Supreme Court of India and a Partner of one of the India’s leading legal firms, Rajinder Narain & Co., also called RNC legal. He studied B.Com. (Hons.), LLB at Delhi; International and Comparative Laws at King’s College, London, and PIL at Harvard and was apprenticed at Sinclair Roche and Temperley, London. He brings rich and specialised experience of nearly 50 years in Corporate and Commercial law, Asset Finance and Cross Border issues. He was recognised several times by Euro money and others as leading Lawyer in the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions and Aviation Laws. He is regularly listed as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who and Legal 500. The Bar Association of India has conferred its highest honour on him.

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Mr. G. Parthasarathy (DIN:00068510), aged about 80 years, is a retired Government Officer in Indian Foreign Service. He has graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras in 1962. He has vast experience in the fields of administration and public relations. 

Mr. Parthasarathy is presently President of the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Research Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. Mr. Parthasarathy is a widely read Columnist, writing for a number of newspapers and news agencies in India and abroad, on foreign policy and national security issues. He is on the Panel of Experts from India for Track 2 Dialogue with ASEAN and a Director in the India-Sri Lanka Foundation. He is also a member of the Indian Delegation to the high-level Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue organized in collaboration with the Aspen Institute in the USA. He is also the Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu.

In the past, Mr. Parthasarathy has served in Indian Missions abroad as Second/First Secretary, Embassy of India, Moscow, Deputy High Commissioner to Tanzania, Counsellor (Political and Press), Embassy of India, Washington D.C. and Consul General of India, Karachi. He has also served as High Commissioner of India to Cyprus, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, High Commissioner of India to Australia and High Commissioner of India to Pakistan. Mr. Parthasarathy was the Deputy Secretary in the Foreign Secretary’s Office in New Delhi and has also served as Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Office with the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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Mr. A. Vellayan (DIN: 00148891), aged about 67 years, is Advisor of Murugappa Group. 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. Mr. Vellayan has been conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Aston University, UK and also by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. 

He is past Executive Chairman of the Murugappa Group of Companies. In the past, he has also served as - Director of Exim Bank and Indian Overseas Bank, President - All India Cycle Manufacturers Association, International Chamber of Commerce, India, Indian Sugar Mills Association, Vice President of the Federation of Indian Export Organisation and Chairman of the Fertiliser Association of India, Delhi.

He has vast experience in the fields of finance, banking, foreign trade, management and industrial administration.

Non-Executive Director
 

Mrs. Madhuvanti Kanoria (DIN: 00142146) aged about 64 years, 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 (DIN: 02097441) aged about 38 years, 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 a total of over 16 years of work experience, having previously worked in Morgan Stanley and Qualcomm in USA.

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