Board of Directors

Mr. A Vellayan

Mr. A Vellayan holds a Diploma in Industrial Administration from Aston University, Birmingham, UK and Masters in Business Studies from the University of Warwick, Business School, UK. Mr Vellayan is on the Board of Governors, Doon School, Dehra Dun.

Mr. Vellayan also held the position of Vice President, Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIECO) and member of National Export Committee - Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He was the Managing Director of Tube Investments of India Limited and TI Diamond Chain Limited. He is also on the Board of E.I.D Parry (India) Limited. He has around 25 years of work experience.

Mr. V Ravichandran
Vice Chairman

Mr. V Ravichandran is an Engineering Graduate and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is also a Cost Accountant and a Company Secretary. After having served Ashok Leyland Limited initially for a short period, he joined the Murugappa Group and worked in the Parry Group of Companies mainly in the fields of finance and marketing. He also headed the Crop Protection business. He was the Managing Director of Coromandel International Limited. Currently, Mr. Ravichandran is Lead Director (Fertilisers & Sugars) on the Murugappa Corporate Board. He serves on the Board of E.I.D. Parry India Ltd.

Mr. B V R Mohan Reddy

Mr. Reddy holds a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Kakinada and postgraduate degrees from IIT, Kanpur, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mr. Reddy is the Chairman of the NASSCOM Executive Council. He had also served as the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region during 2008-09. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Hyderabad and a member on the Board of NIIT University, Neemrana. He is a proud recipient of an honorary doctorate from JNTU Hyderabad; Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) CIE Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in advancing the use of computers in information engineering. He is the Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Cyient Ltd. (formerly Infotech Enterprises Limited). He is also on the Boards of Vizag IT Park Limited and Infotech HAL Ltd.

Mr. M M Venkatachalam

Mr. M M Venkatachalam graduated from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University, USA. He has held senior positions in the Murugappa Group of Companies spanning a period of two and a half decades. Mr Venkatachalam is presently the Chairman of Parry Agro Industries Limited. He also serves on the boards ofRamco Cements Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Parry Murray Limited and Ramco Systems Ltd.

Mr. Prasad Chandran

Mr. Prasad Chandran has graduated in Chemistry (Honors) from Bombay University and MBA from University Business School Chandigarh. He had advanced management education in Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, and AOTS from Tokyo University, Japan. He has opted to superannuate after thirty seven years of corporate life, of which the last 13 years was as Chairman & Managing Director of BASF India Limited. He is an independent director on the Board of Bosch India Limited. Business Today magazine has named him among the 100 most successful CEOs in the country.

Mr. Chandran is associated with Noble Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus in launching a Social Enterprise in Bangladesh – BASF Grameen Ltd. He was also the Chairman of Ciba India Ltd, Cynamide India Ltd, and Pushpa Polymers before they integrated into BASF. He is the Chairman of the Ethics and Governance Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). He is on the Boards of Bosch Ltd and HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd.

Mr. Sameer Goel
Managing Director

Mr. Sameer Goel holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephens College, New Delhi. He started his career in 1987 with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK) as Area Sales Manager. In his career with GSK, spanning more than 25 years, he has held various roles in India, UK, UAE, West and South Africa, and was Vice President for Africa when he moved from GSK. Prior to joining Coromandel, he was with Cipla Limited as Country Head - India. He has extensive experience in managing businesses, driving sales across multiple geographies and building B2C businesses.

Mr. Sameer Goel had served on the Advisory Board of Lagos Business School; he was a Member of Africa Economist Forum and a Member of the Commercial Directors Forum in India.

Mr. Sumit Bose

Mr.Sumit Bose, an IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, superannuated as the Union Finance Secretary (and Secretary, Department of Revenue) in March 2014. He had also served as Secretary, Department of Expenditure and Secretary, Department of Disinvestment as well as Secretary in the Thirteenth Finance Commission in the Ministry of Finance. He was also the Finance Secretary in Madhya Pradesh between 2004 and 2007. After superannuation, he was Member of the Expenditure Management Commission which concluded its work in February, 2016.

Besides his involvement in Government committee work, he is inter alia serving as (i) Vice Chairman, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, (ii) Chairman, Board of Directors, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi and (iii) Member, Board of Governors, The Doon School, Dehradun.

Mrs. Nirupama Rao

Mrs. Nirupama Rao (65), a Graduate in English Literature, Fellow of the Harvard University (1992-93), Fellow of the Brown University and a recipient of the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the Pondicherry University.

A career diplomat from the Indian Foreign Service from 1973 to 2011, she has served the Government in several important positions including that of the Foreign Secretary of India. She has represented India in several countries during her distinguished career and was the first Indian woman to be appointed High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to China. She was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. After her retirement, she was appointed Ambassador of India to the United States for a tenure of two years from September 2011 to November 2013. She is also on the Boards of ITC Limited, KEC International Limited, Network18 Media & Investments Limited and TV18 Broadcast Limited