Board of Directors

MR. S K Poddar, Chairman & Non Executive Director

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.

MRS. 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.


Mr. R.S. Raghavan – Managing Director

Mr. R. S. Raghavan is a Chartered Accountant and having a rich and extensive career, spanning over five decades in a wide range of industries including Fertilizers, Chemicals, Steel, Textiles and Electronics. He served as Vice President – Finance at Zuari Industries Limited, which was a Dr. K. K. Birla Group company, listed on NSE and BSE . Later, he served as an Executive Director at Birla Home Finance Limited. He also has rich experience in Merchant Banking activities such as mergers and acquisitions, raising loans etc. He was also associated with renowned companies including Steel Authority of India, Samtel Color Limited and Birla Home Finance Limited at senior positions.


Mr. Athar Shahab, Joint Managing Director

Mr. Athar Shahab 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 Wadia, Independent Director

Mr. Marco 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 28 years of experience in the legal profession having specialized in corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions.


Mr. Dipankar Chatterji, Independent Director

Mr. Dipankar Chatterji is a Chartered Accountant by profession and is a senior partner in L B Jha & Co., Chartered Accountants, who are engaged in Consultancy, Audit and Assurance, or Tax and other Compliance Services. He is on the Board of four nationalised banks, a public sector mutual fund, an associate company of State Bank of India, has been nominated on the boards of various companies by Banks / Financial Institutions.

He is Vice-President of one of the top 10 B Schools in the country. He was appointed by RBI as a member of the Padmanabhan Committee set up to review RBI's supervision over Banks. He was a member of the Central Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Chairman of the Auditing Practices Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Mr. Vijay Paranjape, Independent Director

Mr. Vijay Paranjape holds bachelor's degree in Engineering from the Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur. He has over 40 years of experience with project engineering companies and has led several functions including quality, procurement, project controls in addition to operations in Jacobs Engineers India Pvt. Limited (Jacobs).

Mr. Vijay Paranjape was appointed as the Managing Director of Jacobs in the year 2011. Prior to Jacobs he was at Engineers India Limited for around 16 years working in the civil/structural engineering department.


Mrs. Manju Gupta - 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.