Board of Directors
Mr. Arun Kumar Nanda is the Non-Executive Chairman of our Board. He holds a degree in law from the University of Calcutta and is a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (FCA) and a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (FCS). He has also participated in a Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School. Mr. Nanda also serves as Chairman of Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited, Mahindra Consulting Engineers and Mahindra World City Developers, and Director of Mahindra Water Utilities, Mahindra World City (Jaipur) and Mumbai Mantra Media.
Mr. Nanda serves as a non-executive director of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, our Promoter. He is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Governing Board of the Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India.
His achievements have been recognized with various awards, including, the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur from the French Government, Real Estate Person of the Year award from GEREM Leadership Awards (Triple Tree) in India, Business Achiever Award Corporate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2009 and the 2010 Golden Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the hospitality industry and service sector.
Mr. Rajiv Sawhney is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of our Board. Mr. Sawhney holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the Government College for Men in Chandigarh.
Mr. Sawhney is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru and has more than 29 years experience in fast moving consumer goods and telecom industry. He was part of the core team that built the telecom business of Hutchison in India. He was later the country head of Hutchison Telecom business in Thailand and Indonesia. Before assuming the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of our Company, Mr. Sawhney was the Chief Executive Officer, Telecom group, Essar.
Cyrus J Guzder
Mr. Cyrus Guzder is a Non-Executive and Independent Director on our Board. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of AFL Private Limited. He also serves as a Director on the Board of BP (India) Limited, the Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited and The Indian Institute Human Settlements. Mr. Guzder has also served on the boards of Air India Limited, Tata Infomedia Limited, Tata Honeywell Limited and Alfa Laval India Limited.
He has an Honours Degree and a Master's Degree from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He has held leadership position of CII's National Council of Civil Aviation and CII's National Committee on Logistics and also served on the Local Advisory Board of Barclays Bank, India and the Board of Governors of Reserve Bank of India's Banking Codes and Standard Board of India. He represents the Republic of Ireland as Honorary Counsel General for Mumbai and Western India.
Uday Y Phadke
Mr. Uday Phadke is a Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director on the Board of our Company. Mr. Phadke is currently the Principal Advisor (Finance) at Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M). Mr. Phadke has been with M&M since 1973. He holds Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Law from Mumbai University. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He was President Finance, Legal & Financial Services Sector and Member of the Group Executive Board of M&M.
Mr. Phadke is a member of the SEBI Committee on Disclosures and Accounting Standards. He is also an invitee to the National Advisory Committee of Accounting Standards constituted under the Companies Act. He has been Chairman of the Direct Taxes Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was on the Accounting Standards Board of the ICAI. Mr. Phadke is also a Director on the board of certain companies in the Mahindra Group such as Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited and Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited.
Mr. Vineet Nayyar is a non-executive director of our Company. He graduated with a Master's degree in Development Economics from Williams College, Massachusetts and started his career with the Indian Administrative Service. While in the Government, he held numerous positions, including that of a District Magistrate, Secretary Agriculture & Rural development for the Government of Haryana and Director, Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India. Mr. Nayyar worked with the World Bank for over 10 years and was the Chief for energy, infrastructure and finance divisions for East Asia and Pacific. Mr. Nayyar was also the founding Chairman and Managing Director of the Gas Authority of India Limited, the Managing Director of HCL Corporation, the Vice Chairman of HCL Technologies and a co-founder and CEO of HCL Perot Systems. Mr. Nayyar is also serving as a director on the boards of Mahindra Logisoft Business Solutions Limited, Tech Mahindra Limited, Tech Mahindra (Thailand) Limited, Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Limited, The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, and Power Exchange India Limited. Mr. Nayyar is also the Chairman of Supervisory Board of Tech Mahindra GmbH.
Mr. Rohit Khattar is a Non-Executive and Independent Director on our Board. He has graduated in 1985 from the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, Michigan State University, U.S.A. He is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Old World Hospitality Private Limited which operates performing arts and convention centers such as Habitat World, India Habitat Centre and Epicenter, Gurgaon, hotels and restaurants including those in London. He is also Chairman of Mumbai Mantra Media Limited, a Mahindra group company. He has over 23 years experience in the hospitality industry.
Sridar A Iyengar
Mr. Sridar A Iyengar is a Non-Executive and Independent Director on the Board of our Company. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Calcutta and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is associated with Bessemer Venture Partners and a board member of ICICI Bank, Rediff.com and Cleartrip Private Limited.
Previously, Mr. Iyengar was the Partner in charge of KPMG's Emerging Business Practice. He has held a number of leadership roles within KPMG's global organisation particularly in setting up and growing new practices. He has the distinction of having worked as a partner in all three of KPMG's regions Europe, America and Asia Pacific as well as KPMG's disciplines assurance, tax consulting and financial advisory services.
Mr. Iyengar served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KPMG's operations in India between 1997 and 2000 and during that period was a member of the Executive Board of KPMG's Asia Pacific practice. Prior to that, he headed the International Services practice in the West Coast. On his return from India in 2000, he was asked to lead KPMG's effort on delivering audit and advisory services to early stage companies. He served as a member of the Audit Strategy group of KPMG LLP. He was with KPMG from 1968 until his retirement in March 2002.
Mr. Sanjeev Aga is an Honours graduate in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi (1971) and a post graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata (1973). A Business leader, organization builder, adviser and mentor, Sanjeev Aga's career has traversed 40 years, and sectors from consumer and services, entertainment and light engineering to telecommunications.
In a business career commencing 1973, Mr. Aga held senior positions in Asian Paints, Chellarams (Nigeria), and Jenson & Nicholson. In 1987, he joined Blow Plast to head the Furniture business, was made Chief Executive of Mattel Toys in 1990, and in January 1993 was appointed Managing Director of Blow Plast with multi-business responsibility including the flagship VIP Luggage business.
In November 1998, he was appointed CEO of the telecom JV, Birla AT&T. He led the company through expansions, mergers and acquisitions to be CEO of Birla Tata AT&T, which was renamed Idea Cellular. In July 2002, Mr. Aga left Idea to be with the Aditya Birla Group, where from May 2005 until October 2006, he was Managing Director of Aditya Birla Nuvo, a conglomerate with interests spanning diverse group businesses.
With Ideas shareholding changing to become an Aditya Birla group entity, November 2006 saw Sanjeev Aga back as Managing Director. The next four years were a period of rapid progress for Idea. The company improved its national market position from No.6 to No.3, joined the ranks of the 10 biggest global telcos, and importantly, became a highly regarded profitable company in a hyper-competitive sector. Sanjeev Aga stepped down as Managing Director of Idea Cellular in March 2011.
In 2012, Mr. Aga was awarded Telecom Person of the Year by V&D. For 2009, Idea Cellular was named the ET Emerging Company of the Year, and for 2010, Forbes India magazine shortlisted him as a Perso of the Year. He is now engages in advisory roles for corporates and not-for-profit organizations. He reads widely, speaks and occasionally writes.