Board of Directors

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, Ahmedabad. 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 Managing Director of Coromandel International Limited from 2006 to 2013.

He is now a Director in the Murugappa Corporate Advisory 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.


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.

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 year’s experience in the Alco Beverages Industry.

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.
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.


Mr. C. K. Ranganathan aged 58 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.

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. 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.