M M Murugappan
Executive Chairman


M.M. Murugappan is the Executive Chairman of the Murugappa Corporate Advisory Board. He is the Chairman of Group companies Tube Investments of India Ltd, Carborundum Universal Ltd and Coromandel International Ltd. He serves as a Trustee of the AMM Foundation and the Correspondent of the Murugappa Polytechnic College. He is also on the board of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Mumbai), and Cyient Ltd (Hyderabad). He is a Member on the Board of IIT Madras-Research Park and provides guidance to many companies incubated there.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the AC College of Technology, University of Madras, and a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA. He is a member of the American and Indian Institutes of Chemical Engineers, the Indian Ceramic Society and the Plastics and Rubber Institute.


V Ravichandran
Lead Director – Fertiliser & Sugar


V. Ravichandran is the Lead Director- Fertiliser and Sugar of the Murugappa Corporate Advisory Board. He is an engineering graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is also a Cost Accountant and a Company Secretary. After a brief stint with Ashok Leyland, he joined the Group in October 1985 in EID Parry. Ravichandran served with distinction in the Finance function of EID Parry, in the Farm Inputs Division (FIND), in Corporate and in businesses such as Confectionery. He took up a general management role as GM-Pesticides in 1994. In 2003, with the merger of FIND and Coromandel Fertilisers Ltd (CFL) he moved to CFL as Vice President – FIND. He was promoted as Wholetime Director in 2004 and took over as Managing Director of the company in 2006.

Ramesh K B Menon

Ramesh K B Menon
Director – HR & Lead Director
– Diversified Business Group


Ramesh K.B. Menon joined the Murugappa Corporate Advisory Board on 1st July, 2013. He is a science graduate from Jai Hind College, Mumbai, and has completed his post-graduation from XLRI Jamshedpur. Ramesh has had a long and distinguished career with Madura Coats, where he has handled various assignments in India and has also been responsible for international locations. He brings with him considerable depth as well as width of experience. Prior to joining the Murugappa Group, he was the Director-HR of Coats, South Asia.


Janmejaya Sinha
Non-Executive External Director


Dr Janmejaya Sinha is a non-executive External Director of the Murugappa Corporate Advisory Board. Janmejaya Sinha is the Chairman for India and a member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute Innovation Sounding Board, which is dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and guiding upstream innovation at BCG. Dr.Sinha has worked extensively with clients across the globe on a range of issues encompassing large-scale organisation transformation, strategy, governance, family business issues, and operations turnaround.

Dr Sinha has been a member of various committees set up by the government of India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and Indian Banks Association (IBA). He serves as chair of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Committee on Financial Inclusion. He was named one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine in 2010, and has contributed a chapter to the BCG book, Own the Future: 50 Ways to Win from The Boston Consulting Group. He is a co-author of the book Your Strategy Needs A Strategy, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Prior to joining BCG, he worked with the RBI. Dr Sinha holds a PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, US, a BA and an MA in Economics from Clare College, Cambridge University, UK, and a BA and an MA in History from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India.


Uday Khanna
Non-Executive External Director


Mr Uday Khanna is a non-executive External Director of the Murugappa Corporate Advisory Board. Currently Chairman Bata India Ltd., he also serves on the Boards of Castrol India Ltd., Pfizer Ltd., NRB Bearings Ltd., Pidilite Industries Limited and DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd. He was the non-executive Chairman of Lafarge India Private Limited till September 2014 and prior to that he was Managing Director & CEO Lafarge India from July 2005 to July 2011. He joined the Lafarge Group in Paris in June 2003 as Senior Vice President for Group Strategy, after a long experience of almost 30 years with Hindustan Lever/ Unilever. His last position before joining Lafarge, was Senior Vice President Finance, Unilever- Asia, based in Singapore. He has earlier been on the Board of Hindustan Unilever as Director –Exports after having served as Financial Controller and Treasurer of the company. He had also worked as Vice Chairman of Lever Brothers in Nigeria and General Auditor for Unilever-North America based in the USA.

Mr. Uday Khanna is a Chartered Accountant. He was the President of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2008 & 2009 and the President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2012-2013.


Ishaat Hussain
Non-Executive External Director


Ishaat Hussain is a non-executive External Director of the Murugappa Corporate Advisory Board. He served as the Finance Director of Tata Sons from July 2000. After retiring from that position, he continues as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Tata Sons. He is the Chairman of Tata AIA Life Insurance Company, Voltas and Tata Sky. He is also a Director of several Tata companies, including Tata Industries, TCS and Tata Steel. He is also the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Committee on Disclosures and Accounting. Prior to joining Tata Sons in 1999, he was Senior Vice President and Executive Director – Finance at Tata Steel for almost 10 years. He joined the Board of Indian Tube Company (a Tata Steel associate company) in 1981, and moved to Tata Steel in 1983, after Indian Tube was merged with Tata Steel. A Chartered Accountant from England and Wales, Ishaat Hussain attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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