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Top Management

The team at Adventz Group consists of a highly qualified management team supported by executives and staff across all the group companies that share a common vision. Adventz Group is committed to sustainable development and towards improving the quality of life, not only of its own employees, but also of the community at large.

Saroj Kumar Poddar Chairman, Adventz Group

SK Poddar

Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar, a gold medalist from Calcutta University is the Chairman of the Adventz Group.

He has served as President of FICCI and International Chamber of Commerce in India and has been appointed by Govt of India on the Board of Trade (the highest body on trade) as well as on the board of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Mr. Poddar is the currently serving as Chairman of the India-Saudi Arabia Joint Business Council and as a Member of the Indo-French CEO Forum.

Some of the notable joint ventures with leading corporations under his guidance include Gillette India Ltd – a joint venture with The Gillette Company of U.S.A and Hettich India Private Ltd – a joint venture with the Hettich Group of Germany.

Mr. Poddar is also the Chairman of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Zuari Global Limited, Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited, Chambal Infrastructure Ventures Limited, Simon India Limited, Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd., and Zuari Cement Limited (a unit of Ciments Francais). In addition he is also on the Advisory Board of the Indian arm of Messrs. N M Rothschild & Sons, one of the world's leading independent investment banking organizations providing financial services to governments, companies and individuals worldwide.

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Mrs. Jyotsna Poddar Whole Time Director, Zuari Global Ltd.

Jyotsna Poddar

Mrs. Jyotsna Poddar: Whole Time Director, Zuari Global Ltd., graduated with Honors in Psychology from the famed Loreto House, Kolkata. Wife of Mr Saroj Kumar Poddar, Chairman “Adventz” Group, and daughter of Late Dr. K.K. Birla, Mrs Poddar is also the Chairperson of group companies, Lionel India Limited and Gobind Sugar Mills. She is on the Board of Nilgiri Plantations Ltd., Sangha Shree Investment & Trading Co Ltd., Adventz Investments & Holdings Ltd., Yashovardhan Invesetment & Trading Co Ltd., Ronson Traders Ltd., and Syndak Teatech Ltd.

A person with wide and diverse interests, Mrs. Poddar has a passion for cricket and runs a trust – Young Cricketer’s Organization. This trust promotes young cricketing talent and supports former cricketers. Mrs. Poddar has authored a book – Cricketing Memories, the foreword for which was written by Sir Don Bradman. In 1987, she was a member of the Reliance World Cup Organizing Committee. Mrs Poddar is an active social worker, and she runs a private trust - Jiwan Jyoti Medical Society, which provides free medical facilities to the economically disadvantaged.

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Akshay Poddar Director, Zuari Agro Chemical Limited

Akshay Poddar

Mr Akshay Poddar is an alumnus of the renowned London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London and graduated with Honours in Accounting & Finance in 1999.  He is a scion of the renowned Poddar family of Kolkata, promoters of the Adventz group of companies.  Besides being an Executive Director of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, which operates the critical Fertiliser & Agri-inputs business of the Group, Mr Poddar is on the Board of several Group companies including Zuari Global Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited, Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Limited, Paradeep Phosphates Limited, Style Spa Furniture Limited, Gobind Sugar Mills Limited, Lionel India Limited, Adventz Investments & Holdings Ltd and Adventz Securities Enterprises Limited.  He is also on the Board of Gillette India Ltd., a Joint Venture with The Gillette Co of USA.

A man of wide ranging interests, Mr Poddar is currently serving as an Executive Committee Member of Indian Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), Calcutta Chapter.  He is also a member of Young Leaders Forum (YLF) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE).  He is a Past President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Kolkata Chapter.  Actively involved in social work, he is Trustee of various Charitable Trusts which provide help to the needy people.

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Ramesh Maheswari Executive Vice Chairman, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited

Ramesh Maheswari

Mr. Ramesh Maheshwari is presently Executive Vice Chairman of Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited after the demerger of Texmaco's railway wagons and heavy engineering business from erstwhile Texmaco Limited ( currently Texmaco Infrastructure and Holdings Limited ). He joined Texmaco 50 years ago, and served the company as the President and CEO till December 2009. He was elevated as the Executive Vice Chairman of the company in January, 2010.

Mr. Maheswari was the National President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Apex Industry Association (1985-86) and Chairman of the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (1975-78). He was a member of the ‘Tandon Committee’ set up by the Reserve Bank of India in 1975 to frame guidelines for Bank Credit. He also served on various task forces set up by the Planning Commission and Development Councils nominated by Government of India. He served on the Board of the Calcutta Stock Exchange as the nominee of the Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). He led several high-powered official delegations to various countries in the world. Besides, he has been closely associated with various Management and Technology institutes. He served on the Board of Governors of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. Currently, he is on the Board of Governors of Birla Institute of Management and Technology, New Delhi and Globsyn Business School, Kolkata.

He has served on the Boards of renowned Companies, such as Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Hindustan Times Limited etc. He is members of prestigious social clubs in Kolkata.

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Sandeep Fuller CEO (Heavy Engineering), Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited

Sandeep Fuller

Mr. Sandeep Fuller, who joined Texmaco Rail in July 2013, as CEO, Heavy Engineering, brings with him outstanding experience of nearly 20 years with Indian Railways in various senior capacities and thereafter at Larsen & Toubro before taking over his present assignment. His core experience is in the domain of Metro Coaches, Locomotives, Traction Operation and Maintenance.

Notable amongst the various posts he has held in the Railways is a five year tenure at the legendary Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), where he was involved with rolling stock procurement, from concept to commissioning and subsequent commercial operations. Subsequently he spent three years with leading private sector behemoth, L & T, where he was associated with the Mumbai Monorail Project and other national and international railway projects.

He has been a recipient of several distinguished awards for outstanding performance, notably the Railway Minister's Award for the year 2008-09 for Mumbai division operations. A distinguished alumnus of the renowned IIT Kanpur and an MBA, Mr. Fuller has also undergone specialized professional training in France, University of York, UK, and in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Ashok Kumar Vijay Executive Director, Finance, Texmaco Rail and Engineering Limited

Ashok Kumar Vijay

Ashok Kumar Vijay, Executive Director, Finance, Texmaco Rail and Engineering Limited, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary. In an illustrious career spanning over 38 years, he has held several eminent positions including that of Vice President, Commercial at HDC Ltd/ HEI Limited, before he joined Texmaco in 2001.

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D.H. Kela Executive Director, Texmaco Rail and Engineering Limited

D.H. Kela

Mr D.H. Kela, Executive Director of Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd, joined Texmaco in 2001 as Sr. Vice-President (Steel Foundry) and was subsequently promoted as Executive Director (Operations) in 2007. He became President & CEO in 2010 and assumed his present position in 2013. Mr Kela began his career at Hindustan Motors, where as a Manager (Manufacturing), he played a critical role in developing steel castings used in the production of earth moving equipment, hydraulic press and cranes. After an 18-year stint at Hindustan Motors, he moved on to HDC. At HDC he installed a Greenfield steel foundry with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes for the manufacture of railway castings and export.

Mr Kela is a BE (Met) from Sagar University in 1964 and has trained at Marion Power-Shovel Company, US as well as North British Foundry.

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Sunil Sethy Managing Director of Paradeep Phosphates and Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd.

Sunil Sethy

Mr Sunil Sethy has 40 years of experience in accountancy, finance and treasury, legal and general business management. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, with an additional degree in B.Com. F.C.A.

Mr Sunil Sethy has previously served at many leading organizations in the following capacity- Managing Director of Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd, Executive Vice Chairman, Managing Director at Binani Industries Ltd, Director of Finance and Corporate Strategy at Acme Tele Power Ltd and as the Vice President Corporate Finance at Eternit Everest Limited. He has also worked with the UB Group, PSI Data Systems, Eicher Goodearth Ltd and Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd.

Currently, Mr Sunil Sethy serves as Managing Director of Paradeep Phosphates Ltd and Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd.

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Suresh Krishnan Managing Director, Zuari Global Limited

Suresh Krishnan

Mr. Suresh Krishnan assumed charge as the Managing Director of Zuari Global Limited with effect from April 1, 2015. With 25 years of corporate experience in fertiliser, energy and cement sectors, Mr. Krishnan has been associated with the Adventz Group for over two decades and has been widely acknowledged for his dynamic leadership, vision and commitment. Before taking over his current role, he was the Managing Director of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited since March 2012. In his previous assignments he served as the Managing Director of erstwhile Zuari Industries Limited since Feb 2011; and was formerly the Executive President of Zuari Industries Limited for three and a half years, responsible for the company's fertiliser business. Other senior positions held by Mr. Suresh Krishnan earlier, include being the Chief Financial Officer of Zuari Industries and Zuari Cements Limited.

His functional experience spans corporate finance, corporate strategy, projects planning, operations and business development. Over the years, he has been instrumental in financing of large greenfield projects in the domestic and international markets, forging and managing joint ventures and acquisitions, and in executing turnaround strategies alongside day-to-day operations in the manufacturing sector. He is on the Board of Directors of several Adventz group companies and joint ventures including Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Zuari Investments Limited, Indian Furniture Products Limited and Zuari Maroc Phosphates Limited (Managing Director). Mr Krishnan is an alumnus of BITS (Pilani).

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R.S. Raghavan Managing Director, Gobind Sugar Mills

R.S. Raghavan

Mr. R. S. Raghavan, an accomplished Chartered Accountant and finance professional, has a rich and extensive career spanning over four decades in a wide range of industries including fertilizers, chemicals, steel, textiles and electronics.

He served as Vice President - Finance at erstwhile Zuari Industries Limited, which was a Dr. K. K. Birla group company, listed on NSE and BSE. Later, he served as Executive Director at Birla Home Finance Limited. He has proven expertise in diverse areas of Financial Management and is credited with effective management of Merchant Banking activities such as mergers and acquisitions, raising loans etc.

Formerly, he has held important assignments in renowned companies including Steel Authority of India and Samtel Color Limited.

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V. K. Sinha Joint President - Strategy, Excellence & Sustainability


Mr. V.K. Sinha brings over 26 years of rich experience in various functional areas such as, Projects, Operations, Business Development and Strategic Planning. A B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the renowned IIT, Kanpur, Mr. Sinha joined Zuari as a Management trainee in1986. His strong analytical, technical and process management capabilities, gained early recognition and he was actively associated with several significant Group projects, such as setting up of Chambal Fertilisers at Kota, the RTA furniture project (IFPL) at Chennai, the Phosphoric/Sulphuric Acid complex (IMACID) in Morocco and the privatisation of Paradeep Phosphates Ltd.. After stints in senior positions at Acme Telepower (2006-2008) and the Minda Group (2008-09) where he was President, Corporate Strategy, Mr. Sinha rejoined Zuari in his present position in 2009. He has played a key role in the joint venture acquisition with Mitsubishi, of the Rock Phosphate Mining project in Peru, critical to the Company’s backward integration programme.

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Rakesh Verma Chief Executive Officer, Simon India Limited

Rakesh Verma

Mr. Rakesh Verma is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Simon India Limited. He is a Mechanical Engineer graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee. Mr. Verma has an extensive experience of more than 36 years in Engineering, Consulting, Construction and Contracting Industry including Oil & Gas Upstream, Chemicals, Fertilizers, Refineries & Petrochemicals and Power etc. He has worked with several reputed organizations and has been involved in various prestigious Projects in India and abroad.

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Naveen Kapoor President - Agri Business, Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited

Naveen Kapoor

Mr. Naveen Kapoor is the President - Agri Business, Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited. Prior to this, he served as Vice President, Commercial in the erstwhile Zuari Industries Ltd and Head of Sales and Marketing of Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited. He was instrumental in building and establishing the fertilizer brands of Chambal Fertilizers before he moved to Zuari Industries Ltd.

With over 35 years experience in Agri business, he has worked in companies like IPL, Chambal Fertilizers and other companies in the seeds business. Mr Kapoor's rich professional experience includes diverse functional responsibilities in finance, sales and marketing, supply chain and international trade. He has been associated with rural marketing in India for a long period particularly in agri inputs segment like fertilizers, seeds, plant protection chemicals etc. He is on the Board of Zuari Rotem Speciality Fertilizers Limited and Zuari Agri Sciences Limited. He is a member of the Agricultural Committee of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, Paris and has been past Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries, Goa Chapter. He is a member of the Agri Business Governing Council of the Adventz group.

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P K Gandhi Group President - Human Resources, Adventz Group

P K Gandhi

Mr P.K. Gandhi, Group President, Human Resources, has been associated with Adventz since 2009. A leading HR practitioner with a rich experience of over 35 years, he has worked for notable organizations such as Tata Steel, Bechtel and Punj Lloyd Ltd. before joining the Adventz Group. At Tata Steel, he played a pivotal role in designing several of the HR practices for which the company is renowned. His areas of interest include organisation development, strategy, management training, leadership and change management.

Mr Gandhi drives the strategic imperative of the Adventz vision: to be an Indian conglomerate with global ambitions that participates in and contributes to the country's growth and prosperity through transformational change.

A graduate from the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), he post-graduated in Personnel Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi in 1977. As a special interest, Mr Gandhi has been actively associated with sustainability initiatives since 1982, long before CSR became a buzzword for corporates.

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Sandeep Agrawal Group Chief Financial Officer- Agri Business

Sandeep Agarwal

Mr. Sandeep Agrawal is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary with a rich corporate career spanning over 21 years in various capacities across finance and allied functions. Before joining Adventz, he worked with the Vedanta Group for 15 years in its various group companies such as India Foils, Sterlite Gold, Sterlite Energy, Vedanta Aluminium and lastly with Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO).

In his earlier assignments, he has been associated with companies across diverse sectors. Armed with a sharp business acumen and an analytical mindset he has been responsible for leading strategic financial initiatives and financial operations in his previous organisations and is acknowledged for his significant contribution to their success.

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V. Seshadri Vice President, Strategic Finance

V. Seshadri

Mr. V Seshadri is an alumnus of the famed Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary and is a prominent member of the respective Institutes in these disciplines. With considerable experience in project finance, mergers and acquisitions and legal and corporate finance, Mr. Seshadri honed his skills at the J.K. Singhania Group, RPG, Max India, Chambal Fertilisers and DCM Shriram before joining Zuari as Chief General Manager, Finance, in October 2010.

His able handling of M&A activities of the Company and successful negotiation of several key acquisitions and divestments earned him quick recognition and he was promoted to his present position in August 2012. An aficionado of Indian classical music, Mr. Seshadri is an avid reader and a sports buff.

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