Board of Directors

Mr. Akshay Poddar

(Non Executive Director & Chairman)

Mr. Akshay Poddar is a scion of the renowned Poddar family of Kolkata, promoters of the Adventz Group. The group has a glorious track record of promoting and managing businesses in diversified industries like Fertilizers, Agri-inputs, Heavy Engineering, Process Engineering, Sugar, Consumer Products, Real Estate, Investments and Furniture etc.

Mr. Poddar serves as Director on the Board of various Group Companies. Mr. Poddar is an alumnus of the London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London and graduated with Honours in Accounting & Finance in 1999. Mr. Poddar is also associated as a Member with Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata, Young Leaders Forum (YLF), The Indus Entrepreneurs etc. to name a few.

Mr. Athar Shahab

(Non-Executive Director)

Mr. Athar Shahab, aged 53 years, has done PG Diploma in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur with specialisation in Finance and Marketing. He has been bestowed with Maxi Gold Medal for excellence in Marketing. He also holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from VSS University of Technology, Burla (VSSUT). He has more than 31 years of rich experience across project finance, advisory, investment, project management, and general management. He has a demonstrated track record of building businesses, developing appropriate strategies, plans, systems and processes, and running operations. He possesses a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and business risks. He has worked with L&T, Vedanta Group, IDFC, AES Corp., Shamil Bank and ICICI Limited previously.

Mr. Shahab has made significant contribution to development of credible policy frameworks for private sector participation in infrastructure in India and has also assisted PM’s Taskforce on Infrastructure. He has played important policy advocacy role at CII and FICCI as a Member of their respective National Committees on Infrastructure including chairing the CII Committee on Highways for several years. He is also a member of CII National Committee on Power.

Mr. Marco P.A. Wadia

(Non Executive Independent Director)

Mr. Wadia is a B.A. (Hons) L.L.B. and a practicing Advocate and is currently a partner in Crawford Bayley & Co, Advocates and Solicitors. He has more than 26 years of experience in the legal profession having specialized in corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. L.M. Chandrasekaran

(Non Executive Independent Director)

Mr. L.M. Chandrasekaran is a Gold Medalist in Chemical Engineering (B.Tech) from the University of Madras and also a Post Graduate in Administrative Management from University of Bombay and possessed a vast and varied experience of more than 45 years, covering a wide spectrum of functions such as Production, Technical services, Project Management, Business Development, Factory Operations including Safety, Environment Management, etc. Earlier, he had also been associated as VP-Operations with Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited and VP-Special Projects with Paradeep Phosphates Limited. In December 2006, Mr.Chandrasekaran was honored as an “Outstanding Alumnus” of Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, during its Golden Jubilee Celebrations wherein Dr. Abdul Kalam, the then President of India was the Chief Guest. Mr.Chandrasekaran was also associated with BITS Pilani (Goa Centre) as Adjunct Faculty from 2007 to 2011.

Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee

(Non Executive Independent Director)

Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and having rich experience of more than 42 years. He started his career as a Management Trainee with DCM Group in Delhi and worked as Mechanical Engineer with DCM Chemicals and Shriram Chemicals & Fertiliser units at Delhi and Kota, Rajasthan. In 1972, he joined Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd., Goa and worked in various capacities as Project Engineer, Purchasing manager, Maintenance Manager and General Manager Projects and Technical Services. In 1996, he moved to Simon India Ltd., New Delhi (an EPC Company focused on Engineering and Project Execution of Industrial Process Plants) as Director Operations and later became Chief Operating Officer of Simon. He retired from active service in August 2012. Currently, Mr. Chatterjee is acting as an Independent Director on the Boards of multiple group companies.

Mrs. Manju Gupta

(Non Executive Independent Director)

Mrs. Manju Gupta, aged 68 years, is a B.A. (Hons) from Punjab University and specialised in English. She has professional expertise in Business Strategy and General Management. She is a Director of Matangi Rubber Private Limited, a manufacturing industry from June 2005 and also an Independent Director in Zuari Global Limited.

Mr. Alok Saxena

(Executive Director – Operations)

Mr. Alok Saxena , is a Sugar Technologist having experience of more than 35 years in field of sugar production, plant operation, project management, safety & environment management, business process restructuring etc. He did his graduation in science from Kumaun University and thereafter he completed Post Graduate Diploma in Sugar Technology from National Sugar Institute, Kanpur. He was topper of his batch and conferred Mahatma Gandhi Gold Medal for the same. Mr. Saxena is having more than 12 years’ experience of heading a sugar plant and associated with GSML as President – Unit Head, from April, 2013. He is also member of council of Sugar Technologist Association of India.

Composition of Committees (effective from 15.02.2022)

Audit Committee:

Mr. L M Chandrasekaran (Non Executive Independent Director) – Chairman
Mr. Athar Shahab (Non-Executive Director) – Member
Mr. Marco Wadia (Non Executive Independent Director) – Member
Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee (Non Executive Independent Director) – Member

Composition of Nomination and Remuneration Committee:

Mr. Marco Wadia (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Chairman
Mr. Akshay Poddar (Non-Executive Director) – Member
Mr. L M Chandrasekaran (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Member
Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Member

Composition of Stakeholders Relationship Committee:

Mr. L M Chandrasekaran (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Chairman
Mr. Athar Shahab (Non-Executive Director) – Member
Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Member

Composition of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee:

Mr. Athar Shahab (Non-Executive Director) – Chairman
Mr. L M Chandrasekaran (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Member
Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Member
Mr. Alok Saxena (Executive Director – Operations) – Member

Composition of Finance & Corporate Affairs Committee:

Mr. Athar Shahab (Non-Executive Director) – Chairman
Mr. Marco Wadia (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Member
Mr. L M Chandrasekaran (Non-Executive Independent Director) – Member