Board of Directors


Mr. M. M. Venkatachalam is a graduate from The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and also holds an MBA Degree from The George Washington University, USA. He serves on the Boards of M/s Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Ramco Cements Ltd., Ramco Systems Ltd., and USV Ltd.

He has a keen interest in conservation and volunteers time to The Nature Conservation Foundation and to the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust.


Mr. S. 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.

Muthiah Murugappan

Mr. Muthiah Murugappan, Mr.Muthiah Murugappan is an MBA from The London Business School, and a B.Sc. in Management Sciences from the University of Warwick (Warwick Business School).

He commenced his career in 2004 at FMCG major – Cavin Kare Pvt Ltd wherein he served as an Area Sales Manager and Subsequently as a Brand Manager. He then joined Carborundum Universal (CUMI) in 2007 as an Exports Manager in the Abrasives Division and later moved to head the Wear Ceramics vertical of the Industrial Ceramics Division. He then returned to The Murugappa Group in September 2015 to head the Nutraceuticals Business of Group flagship – E.I.D.- Parry (India) Ltd. In 2020 he took charge as the Head of Strategy for E.I.D.- Parry (India) Ltd, in addition to the role as Head of the Nutraceuticals Business.

Mr.Muthiah Murugappan has work experience of more than 15 years in a wide spectrum of areas such as Brand Management, General Management, Financial Planning & Analysis, Strategy, Sales and Marketing.

Mr. Ajay B Baliga

Mr. Ajay B Baliga, is an Independent Director. He is a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras.

He is a veteran supply chain and manufacturing professional having over 36 years experience in the Alco Beverages Industry.

Ramesh K B Menon

Mr. Ramesh K B Menon aged 58 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.

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.


Mr. T. Krishnakumar is a BE (Hons) from the College of Engineering, Guindy. He has done his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and also Advanced Management Program from The Wharton School, USA.

He has over 38 years of rich experience with leading, reputed companies like Asian Paints, Henkel India, Murugappa group, IFFCO group (Tiffany) UAE, Johnson & Johnson and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd in various spheres including General management, strategy, marketing, sales, distribution, supply chain, team building and governance.

He was the Chairman and CEO of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., India and also the Chairman of Coca Cola India Pvt Ltd.

Sridharan Rangarajan
  • Graduate in Commerce from the Madurai University, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a graduate member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and a certified Six Sigma ‘Green Belt’, trained ‘Process Champion’ and ‘Black Belt’;
  • Has over 32 years of experience in finance, manufacturing, service & distribution, banking and contracting industries;
  • Has rich multinational and cross-cultural work experience for having worked in companies like ABB, IDBI, LG Electronics, METITO, Trane Inc., USA and Timken.
  • Is a director on the Boards of Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI), Cholamandalam Financial Holdings Limited, Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS  Risk Services Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd. and Net Access India Ltd.,
  • Is on the Board of CUMI as an Executive Director – Finance & Strategy
  • He has also served as Group CFO of Murugappa Group.
Sridharan Rangarajan
    Mr. S. Durgashankar, a Chartered Accountant, post his retirement from Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M), is overseeing the financial function of Aerospace, Defense & Agri businesses of M&M Group as Chief Financial Officer. He was previously employed as President – Group Controller of Finance & Accounts and Member of the Group Executive Board at M&M. Prior to that, he was President – Group M&A, Corporate Accounts & Group Secretarial and Member of the Group Executive Board and was instrumental in setting up the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) division at M&M, where he successfully completed a number of Inorganic transactions (both Domestic and International) for the Mahindra Group. At M&M he has held various senior positions including as Corporate Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations.

    Mr. S. Durgashankar has work experience of over 38 years with wide spectrum of roles as CFO, Group Controller, Head of M&A, Financial Planning & Analysis, Corporate Accounts, Corporate Finance, Investor Relations & Secretarial functions.

    Mr. S. Durgashankar, is an Alumni of Harvard Business School where he had attended the Advanced Management Program. He was the recipient of CFO 100 Awards in 2010, 2013 and 2014 for his contribution to Corporate Finance in the area of M&A. He was also the recipient of CFO India League of Excellence Award in March 2015.

Sridharan Rangarajan
    Ms.Meghna Apparao, an MBA, is currently Director – E Commerce in Meta (formerly Facebook). Prior to her current assignment, she was Chief Business Officer at Licious, Chief Marketing Officer at Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL), Director – Amazon Pantry (Cross-category program to serve all FMCG categories) at Amazon and Global Marketing Director, Laundry at Unilever.

    Ms.Meghna Apparao has work experience of over 22 years with wide spectrum of roles as Chief Business Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Global Marketing Director and have a vast experience in Marketing, sales and overall business operations.