Chairman Non-Executive Director
Mr. Saldanha, a graduate Mechanical Engineer, served Hindustan Lever & Unilever plc for 30 years. He spent almost 10 years in Latin America. Grew to be Chairman and CEO of Unilever Peru and a Member of the Unilever Latin America Board.
He returned to India as Managing Director of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd, a 2.5 BN $ enterprise.
Later spent 5 years as Executive Director and Member of the Board of The Times of India Group to help build organizational capability, culture and competitiveness.
He was subsequently 6 years with The Blackstone Group in India as Vice as Executive Director and later Vice Chairman, responsible for Operational Excellence in a range of Portfolio Companies.
He is currently Chairman of Trans Maldivian Airways and Gokaldas Exports, and is on the Boards of a few of the Blackstone Portfolio Cos He also is on the Board of Bennett ,Coleman & Co Ltd ( The Times Group Parent Co) and a few of The Times Group Subsidiaries including Radio and Television.
He is a member of the Court of Governors of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad
RBS is actively involved with NGOs and CSR Initiatives .
P. Ramababu is a Post Graduate in Social Work from Andhra University and underwent several functional and cross functional training exposures in India and overseas.
His experience varies from the Public Sector to multinationals and large Indian conglomerates. He has worked in his home state in Andhra Pradesh and thereafter moved to, North and Eastern India before joining M/s EID Parry (India) Limited in 1983 just as it was acquired by the Murugappa Group in erstwhile Madras (now Chennai).
P. Ramababu a recipient of Life Time achievement award from National Institute of Personnel Management (Southern Indian) and Indian Society for Training and Development (Southern India) Life time Achievement Award and Sugar Technology Association of India (STAI 2012) and continues to be a voracious speaker on various issues in India and international forums.
Ramababu is better known as the HR guru among his business associates however is one of few HR professionals who has grown to be known as a Business Leader.
Joined in 1983 and became Head HR for EID Parry (India) Limited and was responsible for turning around several SBU operations in the Company for over a decade. Mr. Ramababu retired as a Managing Director of EID Parry (India) Limited on April 2008.
Under his leadership EID Parry focused strongly on the sugar business. The clarity and focus based on a single vertical propelled Parry into an incredible growth phase that earned him a title as the 'Sugar Expert'.
While in Parry was on the board of Sugar Process Research Institute (SPRI), Louisiana, USA. Actively involved and worked with Sugar Research Institute (SRI), Mackay, Australia. Actively collaborated with Dr Chou Technologies, Inc., New York USA.
Post his retirement (2008 to April 2015) Mr. P. Ramababu was a
Currently, Ramababu is the Vice Chairman at M/s Gokaldas Exports Ltd since May 2015.
After a long career spanning 27 years leading several high growth businesses in diverse industries across several countries in Asia, North America and Europe, Sivaramakrishnan Ganapathi (Siva) has now joined Gokaldas Exports Ltd. as its Managing Director and CEO.
Siva has been with the Aditya Birla Group for the last 21 years, having joined them in 1996. Till recently he was the Chief Operating Officer of Idea Cellular Ltd. responsible for their business based in Delhi. Siva was part of Idea’s management team since Nov 2009, when he led the then acquired business from Spice Communications in Karnataka and shaped its turnaround. He revamped the organisation, strengthened its business processes, expanded its network infrastructure and led massive expansion of sales and service teams. He grew the business revenue by a CAGR of 20%, which was twice the industry growth rate, and turned around the entity to generate healthy EBITDA.
Before joining Idea Cellular, Siva was President of Aditya Birla Minacs a BPO business based in Toronto, Canada. Siva led the acquisition of this company for the Aditya Birla Group and played a key role in growing the company from $6 million revenue in 2003 to about $400 million in 2009 through a combination of organic and inorganic approach. He helped expand the foot-print of the business to seven countries in Asia, Europe and North America.
Before moving to the BPO business Siva was in the Corporate Strategy team of the Aditya Birla Group for seven years, where he helped build new businesses, led M&A initiatives, forged business/technology alliances internationally for the Group. Siva worked for DSP Merril Lynch, ICICI Ltd. and Uhde India Ltd. before joining the Aditya Birla Group. Siva is a PG Diploma in Management from IIM, Bangalore and a B.Tech from NIT.
Mr. Mathew Cyriac holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He was awarded the IIMB Gold Medal for graduating at the top of his MBA class.
Mr. Mathew Cyriac is currently working with Florintree Advisors. He served as the Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity Group of Blackstone India based in Mumbai for nearly a decade. He has rich experience in the Investment Banking Division of Bank of America in India and in the Engineering Division of Tata Motors. He also served as Head Corporate Development Strategy of iGate Global Solutions Limited.
Non-Executive Independent Director
Mr. Arun K Thiagarajan holds a M.Sc. in Engineering and has done the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School
Mr. Thiagarajan started his career with ASEA AB Vesteras, Sweden in 1969. He has worked for Flakt India Ltd., Asea Brown Boveri Ltd., Wipro Ltd. and Hewlett Packard India Pvt. Ltd. in various capacities including that of Managing director and President. Presently he serves as an Independent Director on several companies in India and Europe.
He has been the Chairman of Southern Region and Karnataka State committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He was also the Chairman of CII National Committee on IT and Quality.
Non-Executive Independent Director
“Mr. J H Mehta holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has also done the advance Management Programme from Wharton School. He is a certified corporate director by Institute of Directors in association with World Council for Corporate Governance, UK.
Mr. J H Mehta has worked for Hindustan Unilever Ltd., for 31 years and has headed a variety of businesses. He last held the position of Executive Director for the ice creams business for South Asia and was also a member of the Management Committee of HUL. He worked as President of Spencer's retail from 2005-2007 where he played a leading role in the organisations' rapid growth and steered expansion in multiple formats.
He worked with the Katra Group from 2007-2009 as President and member of their global advisory board and lead their diverse businesses including wellness domains. He is currently the Founder Chairman of Valueveda, a management consultancy firm focusing on value creation.
Mr. J H Mehta also holds directorship in the IIFL Trustee Company Limited”
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Smita leads strategy and investments for Omidyar Network’s Financial Services initiative in India. She engages closely with innovative fintech companies and also has a board role in a few.
Smita has over 25 years of experience in banking and finance. Before joining Omidyar Network, Smita served as senior program director at CAFRAL, a global think tank promoted by the Reserve Bank of India. Prior to her time at CAFRAL, Smita was business head, Gramshakti at Fullerton India Credit Company, a Temasek subsidiary, where she set up a business model to offer loans and other third party products to rural customers.
She began her career with ICICI Bank, where she held various leadership positions including head of rural and agricultural insurance business, head of strategy, head of e-channels, head of CRM, and head of international resources.
Smita volunteers with the Indian Cancer Society and spearheads one of the largest pan-India projects for providing financial grants for treatment of poor cancer patients. She was also instrumental in conceptualizing and launching the first debt mutual fund for supporting cancer cures.
A Chartered Accountant, Smita graduated from Sydenham College in Mumbai and attended executive programs at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Non –Executive Independent Director
An HR Practioner, Business Executive and Entrepreneur, Anu’s belief that “you bet on People, Not Strategies” has been a core principle in building productive and positive work cultures. Since 2005, at The HR Practice, she had the opportunity to bring this philosophy to over 150 corporations she has consulted for.
The HR Practice, today has had the experience of partnering diverse organizations across sectors including Rexnord Corporation, Hinduja Hospital, Mahindra and Mahindra, Wells Fargo India Solutions, cricinfo.com, an ESPN company, Tata AIG, Allergan, redbus.in, Radio City, SAP India, Hard Rock Café, Swiggy.com, HCG Oncology, Goodera, ID Fresh, Firstsource Ltd, UBM among others
Prior to founding The HR Practice, Anu lead the HR function across multiple Indian and Global organizations, was part of their Global Executive Leadership teams and contributed in shaping their DNA and charting their growth. Sony Entertainment Television, indya.com a STAR company, Aurigene Discovery Technologies, a Dr Reddy’s Laboratories venture, Quintant, founded by Phaneesh Murthy. Her last corporate assignment was as Chief People Officer of iGATE Global Solutions, with workforce presence in 14 countries. A graduate of XLRI, her education and experience over the years today has helped build The HR Practice as a favored partner for HR services.
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Chidambaram Palaniappan is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Florintree Advisors Private Limited, an alternate asset management firm based in Mumbai, India.
Before founding Florintree Advisors in 2014, Palaniappan was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Director on the Board of Martin Currie Investment Management, Edinburgh, UK. At Martin Currie, Palaniappan was responsible for European equities (peak AUM of USD 1.1 billion) and focused predominantly on investing mid & small cap companies across Europe. Prior to joining Martin Currie, Palaniappan was the head of telecommunications banking for UK and Scandinavia at Rabobank London. At Rabobank, Palaniappan managed USD 1.6 billion of credit assets and successfully expanded the bank’s franchise in Scandinavia. Before Rabobank, Palaniappan worked within the telecoms, media and technology financing team at ANZ Investment Bank in Mumbai, eventually assuming responsibility for all telecommunications project financing in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In this role, he structured and led several transactions, many of which were first of their kind in the then nascent telecoms industry. Palaniappan started his career as a telecoms analyst with Peregrine Capital in Mumbai in 1994.
He holds a Bachelors degree in engineering from IIT Kanpur and a Post graduate diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore where he was ranked on the Directors Merit List. He also holds the CFA Charter from the CFA Institute USA.