Board of Directors

A. Vellayan

Mr. A. Vellayan is a Non-Executive Promoter Director. He holds a diploma in Industrial Administration from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K and Masters in Business Studies from University of Warwick Business School, U.K. He joined the Board of E.I.D. – Parry (India) Limited in the year 1999. He is the Executive Chairman of Murugappa Group and the Chairman of Coromandel International Limited. He is also a Director of Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd. He has more than 30 years of industrial experience.

V. Ravichandran

Mr. V. Ravichandran is a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. He has over three decades of experience and has served in the Murugappa Group for the past 30+ years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management. He is also a qualified Cost Accountant and Company Secretary.

He began his career in the Murugappa Group as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman and later worked in Finance division of E.I.D. – Parry (India) Limited and Parrys Confectionery Ltd.,

In 1994 he moved to Farm Inputs Division of E.I.D Parry as General Manager – Pesticides and consequent to the demerger of Farm Inputs Division into Coromandel Fertilizers Limited in 2003, he assumed the role of Vice-President. He was the Manging Director of Coromandel International Limited from 2006 to 2013.

He is now a Director in the Murugappa Corporate Board and plays the role of Lead Director for the Fertilizer and Sugar business. He joined the Board of E.I.D. Parry in the year 2009. He is also on the board of Coromandel International Limited and Parry Sugars Refinery India Private Limited.

Suresh

Mr. Suresh is an Executive, Non – Independent Director and has been associated with the Murugappa Group since August 2014. He is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering and a MBA with specialization in Finance. He has 26 years of experience across different industries in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Industrial Relations, Supply Chain, Management of Special Projects, Industrial Engineering and business turnarounds.

He is also the Managing Director of Parry Sugars Refinery India Private Limited, a subsidiary of E.I.D. Parry.

M.B.N. Rao
Mr. M.B.N. Rao is an Independent Director. He is the former Chairman and Managing Director of Canara Bank. He was also the Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Bank during the period from 2003 to 2005. He is a Graduate in Agriculture and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He is a Banker with over 38 years of experience, including over nine years of overseas experience serving as a Board level appointee for about eight years and at Chairman Level for about five years. He joined the Board of E.I.D-Parry (India) Limited (E.I.D. Parry) in the year 2009 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Nomination & Remuneration Committee and Risk Management Committee of the Board of E.I.D. Parry. He is also on the Boards of various reputed Companies including Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Limited, Ramco Cements Limited and Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Limited.
V. Manickam
Mr. V. Manickam is an Independent Director. He is a Chartered Accountant and has put in more than 29 years of service in Life Insurance Corporation of India in various notable capacities. He retired as Managing Director and CEO of LIC Pension Fund and is now the Secretary General of Life Insurance Council. He joined the Board of E.I.D-Parry (India) Limited (E.I.D. Parry) in the year 2013 and is the Chairman of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of E.I.D. Parry. He is also on the Boards of various reputed Companies including India Cements Limited, Trinetra Cement Limited and India Cements Capital Limited.
Rca Godbole

Dr. Rca Godbole is an Independent Director. She is a trained plant molecular biologist. She is a post graduate in Bio-Chemistry from University of Bombay and PhD from Freiburg, Germany. She had been a Post Doctorate Scientist at the Heidelberg institute of Plant Sciences and TU Munich.

She worked as a Scientist with Syngenta Seeds (India) Limited from January, 1999 till March, 2002 and was involved in various research aspects of the seed business.

She is a co- founder of a Biotech firm SaliCrop in Israel, commercializing technology which enables crops to cope with abiotic stresses better. She has authored many scientific publications and made poster presentations in various Symposia and Congresses, including the Gordon Conference on, ‘Gravitational effects on the living systems’ in 1996 at Boston.

She Joined the Board of E.I.D. – Parry (India) Limited in November 2015.

Ranganathan

Mr. C. K. Ranganathan aged 57 years, holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and after a short stint in the family business, he set up “Chik India” which was renamed as CavinKare Pvt. Ltd. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of CavinKare Pvt. Ltd.

He was the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry, Tamil Nadu State Council for the year 2009-10. He was also the past President of Madras Management Association.

He is one of the founder-members of the Ability Foundation – an NGO working towards the rehabilitation of the disabled. He instituted CAVINKARE ABILITY AWARDS to celebrate annually the exemplary spirit of rare breed of individuals who have risen above their physical limitations to display that attitude is everything. He also instituted an annual Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards to encourage small entrepreneurs in memory of his father Shri. R Chinnikrishnan, the man who pioneered the sachet revolution.

He was conferred the prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year award” by the Economic Times in 2004. He was also conferred the award of “CEO WITH HR ORIENTATION” by the Employer Branding Institute which recognizes Asia’s Best Employer Brands in Singapore.

Ramesh K B Menon

Mr. Ramesh K B Menon aged 57 years, is a Science graduate from Jaihind College, Mumbai and an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur (Batch of 1985).

He has been certified as a trained assessor and administrator of assessment tools such as McQuaig, Thomas and Hogan.

He is on the Murugappa Corporate Advisory Board as Director HR and Lead Director for the Diversified Business Group which consists of Tea, Rubber, Carpets, Travel, Textiles and Polynet business of the Group.
He joined the Murugappa Group in July 2013, moving from Coats, where he served as a Director – HR, South Asia. His experience with Madura Coats spanned 27 years where he handled several HR leadership assignments including HR Head for South Asia & Africa regions. Coats have honored him with a life time achievement award for his illustrious career.