Board of Directors

S K Poddar, Chairman

Mr Saroj Kumar Poddar, a leading Indian industrialist of international repute, is Chairman of the Adventz group. The group, with a total turnover in excess of US $3 billion, comprises leading companies in various verticals, constituting key drivers of the Indian economy and was repositioned under the Adventz banner by Mr.Poddar, to leverage its exemplary equity in terms of knowledge, best practices and technical excellence. Under Mr Poddar, the group, has promoted various seminal projects including joint ventures with leading international corporations. The most notable of these ventures are Hettich India Private Ltd- a joint venture with the Hettich Group of Germany, Texmaco UGL Rail Private Ltd - a joint venture with the United Group of Australia and MCA Phosphates Pte Ltd- a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan. Mr. Poddar was also instrumental in promoting Gillette India Ltd., a venture with the renowned 'The Gillette Company,' USA and was its Founder Chairman since 1984, before relinquishing the position in Dec.2013. Mr Poddar is the Chairman of Zuari Global Limited, Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited, Paradeep Phosphates Limited, Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd., and Adventz Investments And Holdings Limited and is also on the Board of Lionel India Limited.


Mr. Poddar 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 Court of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Mr Poddar has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur for over 10 years and on the local Board of the Reserve Bank of India for a similar period. He was also on the Advisory Board of one of the most reputed investment brokers, Messrs N M Rothschild & Sons (India) Pvt Limited.

Jyotsna Poddar, Whole Time Director

Mrs. Poddar is the Wholetime Director of Zuari Global Limited., and is also on the Board of Niligiri Plantations Ltd., Sangha Shree Investment & Trading Co. Ltd., Yashovardhan Investment & Trading Co. Ltd., Ronson Traders Ltd., and Syndak Teatech Ltd.


Mrs. Jyotsna Poddar, a Psychology Honors student from Loreto House, Kolkata, is the Chairperson of Lionel India Limited. She is the wife of Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar, who is the Chairman of the renowned ''Adventz'' Group of Companies and daughter of Late Dr. K.K.Birla, one of India's Leading Industrialists. A person with wide and diverse interests, Mrs. Poddar has a passion for cricket and runs a trust called Young Cricketer's Organization. This trust promotes young cricketing talent and supports cricketers. Mrs. Poddar has authored a book-Cricketing Memories, the forward 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 - Jeevan Jyoti Medical Society, which provides free medical facilities to the economically disadvantaged. Mrs. Poddar is also an active Rotarian.

N Suresh Krishnan, Managing Director

Mr. N Suresh Krishnan, an alumnus of BITS (Pilani) has more than 30 years of experience in operations, corporate finance, planning in fertilizers, energy and infrastructure sectors. He has been associated with Adventz Group and related companies over two decades. Over the years, was 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 several Adventz Group Companies.

 

Marco Wadia, Director

Mr. Marco P.A. Wadia, is a partner in Crawford Bayley & Co., Advocates and Solicitors. He has about 26 years of experience in the legal profession having specialised in corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions.

 

J N Godbole, Director

Mr. J.N. Godbole is a chemical engineer from IIT Powai with qualifications in financial management from Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, University of Bombay. Mr. Godbole has 37 years of diversified experience ranging from Production-In-Charge in a private sector SSI, Development banker with IDBI -the Apex term lending Development Bank of the Govt. of India to Advisor to state Govt. of Sabah in Malaysia.

 

K K Gupta, Director

Mr. K.K. Gupta, is a B.Sc. Engg. (Mech.) Graduate from Punjab University, India. He also holds an M.S. (Ind. Engg.) Degree from University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. He has vast corporate experience of 51 years. He was Chairman & Managing Director of Singer India Limited, a subsidiary of The Singer Company, N.V., Managing Director of Gautier India Limited and Paradeep Phosphates Limited, Executive Chairman & CEO of Singer India Limited (Brand Trading India P Limited) and Senior Regional Vice President of Singer Asia Limited.