Board of Directors
Managing Director & CEO
Mr. Arun Kumar Nanda
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 is 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. He was also on the Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, promoters of our company, from August 1992 till August 2014.
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. Cyrus 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.
Mr. Rohit Khattar
Mr. Rohit Khattar is Founder Chairman of Old World Hospitality Private Limited (O.W.H.), which is India's largest live entertainment organiser and operates India's most comprehensive performing arts and convention centre, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. In addition, Old World Hospitality operates 2 hotels and over 35 restaurants, including the iconic 'Chor Bizarre' restaurant that he created 25 years ago as well as his latest restaurant 'Indian Accent', both of which have won numerous awards.
Rohit Khattar is Chairman of Cinestaan Entertainment, which creates content for Cinema and the Internet through Cinestaan Film Company and Cinestaan Digital Private Limited. He is also Chairman of Mumbai Mantra Media Limited, the entertainment vertical of the $16.9 Billion Mahindra Group.
Mr. Sridar 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 Dr.Reddy’s, Rediff.com, ICICI Venture Funds, Cleartrip Private Limited and on the Board of other companies.
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
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.
Mr. Kavinder Singh
Managing Director & CEO
Mr. Kavinder Singh brings 28 years of experience in FMCG sector and has worked in Asian Paints, ITC Ltd & Pidilite Industries Limited. In his 17 years of career at ITC Limited, he spent last 8 years in starting up and building the 'Sunfeast' biscuits business of ITC Limited and was heading Biscuits and Confectionery businesses prior to joining Pidilite Industries Limited. Mr. Kavinder started the 'Strategic Initiatives Group' and led transformational Corporate Strategic Initiatives at Pidilite Industries Limited. After a successful stint as Chief Strategy officer, Mr. Singh became the first CEO of Pidilite's 'Consumer Products (Maint)' business.
Mr. Singh is a graduate in Mechanical engineering from NIT Warangal and has gone through General Management Program at Wharton School besides other programs by Harvard Business School (Advanced Manufacturing Strategy) and Wharton School (Advanced Marketing Management).
Mr. V S Parthasarathy
Mr. V S Parthasarathy is a man with multiple thinking hats and a global leader. In his role as CFO, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M) & Group CIO, he facilitates Mahindra Group in accomplishing its vision of 'being amongst the Top 50 most admired brands in the world. He is a member of the think-tank of Mahindra Group's supervisory board called "Group Executive Board". He is on board of 13 group companies, and is also a member of the Global IT Customer Advisory Board of CISCO & APJ Customer Advisory Board of HP.
Mr. Parthasarathy started his career with Modi Xerox as a Management Trainee and before he joined Mahindra & Mahindra in 2000, he was the Associate Director at Xerox. At M&M, he spearheaded functions like Finance, HR, M&A, IT and International Operations before he was appointed CFO – M&M.
He has received many accolades and recognitions in the field of Finance, M&A & IT; some notable awards being:
As Group CIO
Global CIO-Hall of Fame 2012 by Information Week,
As Head of Mergers & Acquisition
Ms. Sangeeta Talwar
Sangeeta Talwar is a seasoned Independent Director with 30+ years of corporate experience & over 15 years of Board experience. She has been associated with the diverse range of Industries like Consumer products, Hotels, Fashion, Energy (Thermal & Alternative), Education, Financial services, Social sector.
She is an MBA from IIM Kolkata, India, Economics Graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, India and has completed the Executive Leadership Program from Wharton School of Business, USA and Advanced Digital Marketing-online course by Manipal & Google.
She is a natural leader - held CEO & Managing Director positions with prior multifunctional exposure as Functional Head across the disciplines of Marketing, Sales and Human Resources. In a corporate career spanning over 30 years, worked across European, American and Indian multinationals and large companies, including a stint with Nestle in Switzerland. Spearheaded the implementation of a national level social sector project funded by World Bank.
She was one of the first women in the Consumer Products industry in India, credited with the launch of one of the country’s most iconic packaged food brands (Maggi). She held the position of Regional Sales Head responsible for a quarter of India’s sales & distribution for Nestle. As Vice President HR for Nestle, was responsible for corporate, factories, regional sales offices and all aspects of HR. Led a very successful 360 degree leadership initiative across the company. Went on to head marketing as Director Marketing for Nestle India responsible for the entire business including P&L accountability. This was followed by a 3 years posting to HQ in Switzerland as Strategic Advisor.
Innovation has been a hallmark - during the early years with Nestle India, helped craft, create, launch and establish what became a marketing legend in its time, Maggi 2-Minute Noodles. Also launched the first social marketing campaign in India, entitled “Jaago Re”, which won international acclaim. Was instrumental in catapulting Tata Tea into becoming the largest Tea brand in India. In her stint with National Dairy Development Board Dairy Services, spearheaded the design and establishment of an innovative business model for creating sustainable livelihood for dairy farmers in rural India.
She has won the following awards:
• Business Today’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business for 3 years (2007, 2009, 2010)
• India Today Woman in the Corporate World
• Women Super Achievers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Marketing
She is a member of Women Corporate Directors (based out of Palm beach Florida), The UNGC Global Compact, All India Management Association and The Directors Collective run by Russell Reynolds.