Mr. Nadir B. Godrej
Mr. Kondapally Bhasker Reddy
Mr. D. Chandra Shekher Reddy
Mr. M. Gangadhar
Mrs. Manga Raj Chinthala
Mr. Balram Singh Yadav
Mr. S. Varadaraj
Mr. Bhupendra Suri
Whole – Time Director & CEO
Mr. Jude Fernandes
Mr. Kannan Sitaram
Nadir B. Godrej, is the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL). He has a Bachelor's degree in Science from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. He has been associated with GAVL since November 25, 1991. Nadir has rich experience in leading businesses, and has played an important role in developing the Animal Feed, Crop Protection and Chemicals businesses owned by the Godrej group. His active interest in research related to these areas has resulted in several patents in the field of Agricultural Chemicals and Surfactants, for our company. He is the recipient of the CHEMTECH CEW Leadership & Excellence Award 2013 and the 'Hall of Fame - Chemicals Award' - CHEMTECH CEW Leadership & Excellence Award 2017. He is also the recipient of various awards from the CHEMTECH Foundation in honour of his contribution to the Indian chemical industry. Nadir is a member of the CII National Council, was the Chairman of the CII National Committee on Chemicals and the President of Alliance Française de Bombay. For his contribution to Indo-French relations, the French Government has honoured him with the awards of "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite" and "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur". He was appointed as a Director of our company with effect from November 25, 1991
Mr. Kondapally Bhasker Reddy graduated in Dairy Technology from Osmania University and earned Executive MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Creamline Dairy Products Limited, Hyderabad.
He successfully led the company in establishing Milk Chilling Centers & Processing Centers across Southern India. Round the Clock Milk Parlors and Mobile Milk Testing Centers, the first of their kind in the Indian dairy industry are his brainchild.
He is an active member of Indian Dairy Association (IDA) and worked with various trade bodies and chambers of commerce in different capacities. Mr. Reddy has conferred with the Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 awarded by Hyderabad Management Association, Hyderabad.
Mr. D. Chandra Shekher Reddy is a graduate in Dairy Technology from Osmania University. He is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Creamline Dairy Product limited. He expertise and experience in technical, plant maintenance and operations which are put to effective use to strengthen the technical aspects of the company.
Prior to co-founding CDPL, he worked as Technical Officer in “Sabarkantha District Milk Producers Union Limited”, popularly known as Sabar Dairy.
Mr. M. Gangadhar, a Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), has more than three decades of experience in the fields of Finance, Accounting, Costing and Management, especially in the Dairy Industry. He worked for 5 years in Sangam Dairy as DGM (Finance) and served reputed private sector companies before joining CDPL as a Co-founder.
After the demise of her husband Mr. Chinthala Balraj Goud, who had been the co-founder and Executive Director of Creamline Dairy Products Limited, was inducted as the Director of CDPL in May, 2020. She has pursued her B.A. and M.A. in Public Administration from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University.
She is the co-founder and Director of My Village Model Village Foundation (an NGO). With the aim to transform villages into model villages she, along with her husband, rendered extensive service in the fields of education and health-care sectors in and around Kamareddy, and is bent extending such services, thereby upholding the ideals of her late husband.
Balram Singh Yadav is the Managing Director of Godrej Agrovet Ltd., one of India’s foremost diversified agribusiness companies. He also serves as Managing Director of Godrej Tyson Foods Ltd. He has been the Chairman of CLFMA of India (Twice), an Association of Livestock Industry. In addition, he is a Director of numerous firms including ACI Godrej Agrovet Pvt Ltd. - Bangladesh, Creamline Dairy Products Ltd. - Hyderabad, Astec Lifesciences Ltd and Godrej Maxximilk - Mumbai. Balram began his career with Godrej in 1990 and over the years he has handled roles of increasing responsibility across businesses and regions in the company. He became the business Head in 1999 when he was asked to establish & lead the Poultry Business. He established the Real Good Chicken and Yummiez as the leading processed poultry brand in India. In 2007, he took over reins of Godrej Agrovet Ltd. as Managing Director and since, has put Godrej Agrovet on the path of rapid growth. In 2017, Balram was instrumental in taking GAVL public. The public offer received record response & was subscribed over 96 times. He is a regular contributor to National & International fora in areas of Food & Agriculture. Balram completed his BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science at Haryana Agricultural University, where he ranked 2nd in his class. He earned his MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He lives in Mumbai.
S. Varadaraj is Chief Financial Officer and Head - Legal & IT, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL). Varadaraj took over as the Head of Finance and Systems in 2005. In 2010, he also took on the additional responsibility of the Legal and Secretarial functions of GAVL and its group companies. A Commerce graduate and a Chartered Accountant, Varadaraj is also a qualified Cost Accountant and holds a Master's degree in Financial Management. He joined GAVL as a Management Trainee in May 1994. Varadaraj has been the recipient of several awards and certificates, such as the 'CA-CFO Award in the Agricultural Sector' from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, 'CFO 100 Award' from the CFO Institute for three consecutive years and a 'Certificate of Merit - CMA CFO Award in the category of Private-Manufacturing' from the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. His hobbies include trekking and playing cricket and squash.
Bhupendra Suri is the CEO of Creamline Dairy Pvt Limited. His prolific career spans nearly three decades of which 23 years were with Coca-Cola where he performed various roles in Sales, Distribution, Supply Chain, RTM and Franchise Bottling Operations. He led Coca-Cola’s national Franchise Bottling Operations business in India. He was the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria till 2019. His last stint was as CEO for Devyani Food Industries Limited where he was responsible for running the Creambell Ice-cream business in India. He has also worked with Bajaj Auto Limited and Asian Paints Limited. Bhupendra did his B Tech from IIT BHU, Varanasi and completed his PGDBM from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Bhupendra is an avid reader and a published author of two books.
Mr. Jude Fernandes has vast experience in FMCG sector. He has 3 decades of handling high- pressure FMCG majors participating in exceeding competitive categories and successful launches of innumerable brands for Amrutanjan, GCPL, Godrej Agrovet, TTK Prestige, Big Bazaar, Lipton India, LIC, Union Bank, P&GG etc.
He has completed his B.Com. (Hons) from St. Xavier’s College Calcutta.
He started his career in 1982 with major companies heading the key roles.
From 2001- 2007, he was the President of Mudra Communication in Mumbai
Responsible for turning this office into Mudra’s largest profit centre and the star of the Group. Responsibility revolved around building this office into a complete agency capable of handling the largest clients, building dedicated teams to provide top class inputs to the clients.
From 2007 to 2011, he was the Executive Director of Mudra Communications and CEO of Mudra India Responsible for Mudra’s largest profit centre. Integration of the agency’s ATL and BTL offerings. Growth of South India branches, training and development of next line of key managers. Retention of key accounts and aggressive new business development.
From 2011 till date, he is the Corporate Advisor to L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, a top 10 advertising agency and Mentor to the MD and CEO. Responsibilities cover implementation of best agency management practices, advisory on key FMCG clients.
Mr. Kannan Sitaram ("Kannan"), aged 63, is B. Tech from IIT, Madras and MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has participated in executive programs at Carnegie Mellon and Kellogg Business School.
Mr. Kannan has over 3 decades of experience building consumer product businesses in India. He started his career with Ponds (India) Limited and had several stints as a Sales and Brand and Category Manager. He moved to Hindustan Lever Limited ("HLL") in 1993, post Unilever's global acquisition of Chesebrough Ponds. At HLL, he held several Senior Leadership positions first as National Sales Manager for the rapidly growing personal products business, then as National Sales Manager for the Detergents business, at that time India's largest consumer product business. In these roles he led HLL's thrust into rural markets and played a key role in several restructuring initiatives. He, thereafter, was Head of Marketing for HLL's large beverages business where he led the consolidation of the tea business under 2 brands - Brooke Bond and Lipton. He then moved to Unilever's corporate Head Quarter in London in 2002 to join the Corporate Strategy Group where he worked with Unilever's Executive Committee to develop Unilever's global corporate strategy across the foods, home care and personal care businesses.
In 2006, Mr. Kannan joined Dabur India Limited, a leading Indian CPG company as Chief Operating Officer responsible for Dabur's consumer product businesses in India, Nepal and Bangladesh including foods, health care, personal care and home care. His leadership challenges during this assignment included accelerating Dabur's revenue and profit growth and successfully integrating 2 acquisitions - Balsara and Fem.
In 2010, Kannan joined India Equity Partners (IEP) as an Operating Partner where he worked with the investing team exploring investments in the consumer products sector and as CEO of Innovative Foods, a company in the frozen foods business. He successfully managed IEP's exit from Innovative Foods to Peepul Capital. He left Innovative Foods in 2017 to join the board at Fireside as Venture Partner.
Fireside is a venture capital fund focused on investing in early stage consumer companies and Mr. Kannan mentors many of these young companies. Mr. Kannan was appointed as a Director of Godrej Agrovet Limited with effect from June 17, 2019.