Mr. Prahlad Rai Agarwala is our Executive Chairman. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from University of Calcutta. He is also the Honorary Consul of Republic of Columbia. He provides strategic direction to the Company and is the driving force behind the establishment and growth of the Company. He has more than 40 years of experience in the textile industry. He has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 6, 1985. Mr. Agarwala was awarded the lifetime achievement award in the 7th Reid & Taylor awards for retail excellence organized by the Asia Retail Congress, 2011.
Mr. Ghanshyam Prasad Agarwala is our Vice-Chairman. He has more than 35 years of experience in the textile industry. He has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 13, 1987. He has been instrumental in the development of the Company.
Mr. Kunj Bihari Agarwala is our Managing Director. He has more than 30 years of experience in the textile industry. He has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 25, 1985. He is a specialist in the marketing & distribution of Company’s products. He has played a key role in the setting up of systems and process of distribution & marketing division of the Company. He guides the company and its management at all the stages of its development and strategic decisions.
Mr. Vinod Kumar Kothari is an Independent Director of our Company. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is the former chairman of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is an author, trainer and expert on specialized areas in finance, including securitization, asset-based finance, credit derivatives, accounting for derivatives and financial instruments, microfinance, etc. He has written many renowned books and articles.
Mr. Dipak Kumar Banerjee is an independent Director of the Company. He is a Chartered Accountant; he started his career with Life Insurance Corporation in 1970 and thereafter, in 1975, joined Hindustan Lever. His tenure with Lever included a two year secondment to Lever Brother, Nigeria. In 1992, Mr. Banerjee became the Commercial Director of Unilever Plantations Group. Between 1993 and 1997 he was designated as Commercial Officer – Africa and Middle East Group of Unilever, London and retired in July 2000 as Chairman, Unilever Uganda Ltd.
Mr. Banerjee joined the Board of your Company on May 30, 2013. He is not related to any of the Directors and does not hold any shares in the Company.
Mr. Ashok Bhandari was the Chief Financial Officer and President at Shree Cements Limited for over 25 years. Mr. Bhandari has over 40 years of experience as a key senior executive negotiating with banks, governments, JV partners, and technology & equipment suppliers. He was also responsible for leading initiatives in developing countries for green field plants/ joint ventures and management contracts in cement and building materials domain and has extensive experience in cost management through interest negotiation, driving JVs, and working with Banks & Financial Institutions for contract funding and reducing costs. He was awarded as the best CFO in India in 2014 for leverage management amongst large corporates by Business Today. Yes Bank voted as the second best CFO (2013) in Asia by the Sell Side analysts for the Institutional Investor. He was invited to the best 100 CFO of India scroll compiled by CFO – India (2010). Mr. Bhandari is on the boards of several Indian companies. Presently, he is acting as an independent Business Strategist.
Mr. Ramesh Agarwal is a Whole-time Director of our Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from University of Calcutta, Kolkata. He has more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry. He plays a key role in the production planning & distribution of Company’s products. In his current term, he joined our Board on July 29, 2009.
Mr. Mukesh Agarwal is a Whole-time Director of our Company. He has more than 15 years of experience in the textile industry and has played a key role in the setting up of systems and process for distribution & production planning. In his current term, he joined our Board on July 29, 2009.
Smt. Alka Devi Bangur, M.A (English), M.A (Hindi), MBA, is the Managing Director of Peria Karamalai Tea & Produce Co. Ltd. Smt. Bangur is also a Director of Apurva Export Pvt. Ltd., and The Marwar Textiles (Agency) Pvt. Ltd. She has been a Non Executive Director at Maharaja Shree Umaid Mills Ltd since November 30, 1996. She was also a Director of International Paper APPM Limited from September 14, 1996 to May 17, 2011. She has over 16 years of experience.
She is past President of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, the oldest chamber of the country. She is the member of FICCI Ladies Organization (Ladies Wing of FICCI). She is also the committee member of Bharat Chamber of commerce.
Mr. Sushil Patwari is an Independent Director of our Company. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of cotton yarn and knitted fabric industry. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations. He is currently the executive chairman of Nagreeka Exports Limited. He joined our Board on November 17, 2003.
Mr. Dharam Chand Jain is an Independent Director of our Company. He has more than 45 years of experience in the field of textile and knitted fabric industry. He is currently the Chairman of K.D. Sarees Emporium Private Limited. He joined our Board on January 31, 2003.
Mr. Niraj Kabra is an Additional Director- Executive, of the Company, w.e.f. February 12, 2018. He is a graduate from the Calcutta University and has joined the Company in the year 2003. He is engaged in the day to day commercial operations and administration of the Company and also looks after legal matters, including of various factories of the Company and handles software development.