Board of Directors

Adi B. Godrej is Chairman of The Godrej Group. The Godrej Group is a mainly privately held, over a 100 year-old family conglomerate, with operations in India and several other countries.

Mr. Godrej has been president of several Indian trade and industrial bodies and associations. He is Chairman of the Board of the Indian School of Business, and past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, and a member of the Wharton Asian Executive Board. Mr. Godrej is also a patron of the Himalayan Club.

He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2002, the American India Foundation (AIF) Leadership in Philanthropy Award 2010, the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010, the Best Businessman of the Year for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2010, Chemexcil's Lifetime Achievement Award 2010, the AIMA - JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award 2010, the Bombay Management Association - Management Man of the Year Award 2010-2011, the Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Business in 2011, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, the Padma Bhushan 2012, the Asian Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, the All India Management Association - Business Leader of the Year 2015 and the Golden Peacock Lifetime

Achievement Award for Ethical Leadership 2016.

Mr. Godrej holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.


Nadir B. Godrej is a Non-executive Director of the company. He is the Managing Director of Godrej Industries and Chairman of Godrej Agrovet. He is also a Director of numerous firms including Godrej & Boyce Co Ltd, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd, Indian Hotels Co Ltd and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

A veteran of the Indian industry, Nadir has played an important role in developing the animal feed, agricultural input and chemicals businesses owned by Godrej. His active interest in research related to these areas has resulted in several patents in the field of agricultural chemicals and surfactants.

With his tremendous experience and expertise, Nadir has also contributed to the development of a variety of industries by participating keenly in industry bodies such as the Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association of India, Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association, and Oil Technologists' Association of India.

Currently, Nadir is 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".

A Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, Nadir completed his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He lives in Mumbai, India with his wife and three children.


Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.

Jamshyd Godrej is the former Chairman of Ananta Aspen Centre (previously known as Aspen Institute India), Chairman & Trustee of Ananta Centre. He is the President of World Wide Fund for Nature - India. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India Resources Trust and Council on Energy, Environment and Water. He is a Director of World Resources Institute, USA. He is also a Trustee of the Asia Society, USA. He is a member of Toyota Motor's Global Advisory Board and Asia Pacific

Regional Advisory Committee. He is the Past President of Confederation of Indian Industry and also the Past President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association.

Jamshyd Godrej is the Chairman of the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre. The Centre is housed in a LEED Platinum demonstration building which is the first green building in India and the greenest building in the world at the time when it was rated. The Green Business Centre is a Centre of Excellence for green buildings, energy efficiency, energy conservation, non-conventional energy sources, water policy, water conservation, etc.

Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. manufactures and markets refrigerators; washing machines; air conditioners;

office furniture; home furniture; security equipment for banks (such as safes, strong room doors, bank lockers, etc.) and for commercial establishments and homes; locks and latches, forklift trucks and warehousing equipment; process equipment for chemical, petrochemical, refineries and allied industries; precision tools for sheet metal, zinc, aluminium; real estate development.

The Godrej group are leaders in home appliances, consumer durables, office equipment, industrial products, consumer products and services.

Jamshyd Godrej is an ardent yachting enthusiast and has done extensive cruising along the west coast of India, the Baltic & North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea.

The President of India conferred on Jamshyd Godrej the "Padma Bhushan" on 3rd April 2003.


Vijay M. Crishna is Director, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

He is also the Executive Director of Lawkim Motors Group, Director of Godrej Industries and Precision Wires India Limited.

Vijay joined the Board of Godrej Agrovet in 1990. In 1991, he established the Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research at Shindewadi in Satara district, which researches and propagates rare and endangered species of medicinal plants endemic to the Western Ghats.

In 1977, after eight years of management experience in Calcutta and five years in the advertising industry in Mumbai, he joined Lawkim Limited, a bankrupt light engineering company that had been recently taken over by the Godrej family, at the behest of NP Godrej and helped turn it around.

He serves as a Trustee of the Bombay Scottish Orphanage Society and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Technology and Management, Navi Mumbai, the President's International Advisory Board Colorado College and is on the Advisory Panel of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Beachhead programme.

Vijay completed his BA in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and has been an active theatre enthusiast since 1965 in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

A life member of The Himalayan Club since 1973 and now its Honorary Secretary, he has trekked Garhwal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet.

His family comprises his wife Smita, and daughters Freyan and Nyrika.


Tanya A. Dubash is a Non-executive Director of the company. She is Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer of the Godrej Group and is responsible for reinventing the Godrej Brand and charged with evolving the Group to a more Brand-driven organisation.

Tanya is a Director on the Boards of several Godrej Group companies including Godrej Industries Limited, Godrej Consumer Products Limited and Godrej Agrovet Limited. She is also the Chairperson of Godrej Nature's Basket. She heads the Strategic Marketing Group (SMG) that guides the Godrej Masterbrand and portfolio strategy, and chairs a Marketing Council comprising Group Marketing Heads.

Tanya is also on the Board of AIESEC. She is a Trustee of Brown University and a member of the Brown - India Advisory Council. She was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2007.

She is AB cum laude, Economics & Political Science, Brown University, USA, and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.


Kavas N. Petigara is the Managing Partner of Scitech Corporation. He is a chemical consultant and a businessman and has been associated with chemical and allied business activities in India and abroad for many years.

Kavas holds Bachelor's, Master's and Chemical Engineering degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is a Director on the Board of Godrej Industries, Godrej Agrovet, Vora Soaps, and Swadeshi Detergents.

Petigara joined the Board on 29th September, 1988.


Balram Singh Yadav is Managing Director, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

Balram serves as Managing Director of Godrej Tyson Foods and is also the Chairman of the Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association of India. He is also the Director of many other firms, including ACI Godrej, Creamline Dairy Products, Polychem Hygiene Laboratories and Aadhar Retailing.

Balram started his career with Godrej as a Management Trainee. His first role was Branch Executive at Khanna in 1991. Over the years, he handled increasing responsibilities as Deputy Sales Manager, Factory Manager, Operations Manager and Deputy General Manager.

Balram was then asked to lead the integrated Poultry business in 1999. Under his leadership, Real Good Chicken and Yummiez were established as the leading processed poultry brands in India.

Balram completed his B. Sc. in Agricultural Science from Haryana Agricultural University and his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM-Ahmedabad. An avid footballer, he lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children.


Dr. Sudhir L. Anaokar is Independent Director, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

His career at Godrej began over three decades ago when he joined as a Technical Sales Executive. During his tenure, he has acquired tremendous experience across the areas of feed formulation, sales, marketing and general management. Dr. Anaokar's last assignment with Godrej was as the Managing Director designate for Godrej Agrovet Limited till he was superannuated in 2003. At the time, the company's product profile included the manufacturing and marketing of animal feeds, processed poultry products, agricultural inputs, oil palm plantations and plant biotechnology.

Dr. Anaokar has published numerous scientific papers and articles in research journals and read papers at industry meets and annual symposia. He was the former Chairman of the Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association's CLFMA, the only industry association for livestock industry in India, for two years.

During his tenure the company grew through expansion and by foraying into various areas created through mergers and acquisitions. The most significant of these acquisitions was that of Hindustan Lever's Animal Feed business.

Dr. Anaokar was educated in Gwalior and Mhow and he is a graduate in Veterinary & Animal Husbandry. He completed his post graduation from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar and did his doctorate in animal nutrition at the Institute of Agriculture, Anand, Gujarat. He has won various accolades and is a rank holder in Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. He is also a gold medallist and rank holder in Master of Veterinary Science and an awardee of the Sr. Research Fellowship of Indian Council of Agricultural Research for his PhD studies.

His hobbies include reading and listening to classical and semi-classical music.


Amit B. Choudhury is Independent Director, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

Amit holds a Master's degree in Economics and Master's in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Amit was the Managing Director of Godrej Properties and retired from the services in April 2003. Currently he is an Independent Director on the Board of Godrej Properties.


Nisaba Godrej is the Executive Chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products. She has been a key architect of GCPL's strategy and transformation in the last decade. In 2007, she initiated and led Project Leapfrog, which created a playbook for GCPL to accelerate domestic organic growth through innovation and consolidation, and to become a more global company by investing in emerging markets outside of India. Over the last ten years, GCPL's market capitalisation has increased twenty-fold - from INR 3,000 crore to INR 60,000 crore. Under Nisaba's leadership, GCPL has developed a very strong, engaged and ambitious team, and is consistently ranked as a great place to work. She has also institutionalised design driven thinking and directly leads product development.

Nisaba is passionate about identifying and developing the talent required for the Godrej Group's future growth. Through her oversight of the Group HR function for Godrej Industries and associate companies, she has made Godrej a more meritocratic and highly performance driven organisation, while keeping the Group's values front and center. She has also spearheaded the Group's Good & Green agenda to drive more inclusive and sustainable growth. Her previous assignments within the Godrej Group have included the successful turnaround of Godrej Agrovet and the creation of a Group strategy function to oversee the Group's portfolio. In addition to GCPL, Nisaba is on the Board of Directors of Godrej Agrovet and Teach For India.

Nisaba has a BSc degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is passionate about girls' education, the human mind, design, trekking and equestrian sports. She lives in Mumbai with her husband, Kalpesh Mehta, and their children, Zoran and Aidan.


Rohit Sipahimalani is Director, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

Rohit Sipahimalani is currently Co-Head, Investment Group, Co-Head, Portfolio and Strategy Group and Head at Temasek, India.

Prior to Temasek, Rohit spent 11 years with Morgan Stanley holding senior positions across its Mumbai and Hong Kong offices, including Co-Head of the Asia Pacific M&A business in Hong Kong, before his most recent appointment as Managing Director & Head of South East Asia Investment Banking in Singapore.

Rohit has worked on transactions in several Asian countries, including China, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and India.

Rohit started his career with Citibank, Mumbai, after which he spent a few years with McKinsey & Company in India as a management consultant, before he joined Morgan Stanley.

Rohit graduated with a degree in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi and an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad.


Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar is an Independent Director of the company. He is presently a National Research Professor and also the President of Global Research Alliance. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, London.

Raghunath was elected as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Science and also the National Academy of Engineering, Associate Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., Foreign Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellow of World Academy of Arts & Science, U.S.A. and Fellow of U.S. National Academy of Inventors.

Raghunath is currently the Chairman of National Innovation Foundation - India, Reliance Innovation Council, the Innovation Council - KPIT Technologies Limited Committee and is a member of the Governing Council of the Marico Innovation Foundation. He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. He was the Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Currently, Raghunath is the Chairman of the high-powered Technology Expert committee set up the Ministry of Urban Development. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan. He holds a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Technology) from the University of Mumbai.


Roopa Purushothaman is an Independent Director of the company. She is currently an Economist and the Head of Research at Everstone Capital. She has rich experience as an Economist. She holds a degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University and a Masters degree in Science with merit in Development Studies from the University of London.


Aditi Kothari Desai is an Independent Director of the company. She is currently Head – Sales & Marketing, e-Business in the grade of Executive Vice President at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Private Limited. She has experience in Corporate Strategy and Business Planning. She is a Trustee in the Hemendra Kothari Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Aditi also serves on the Board of Impact Foundation (India), a philanthropic foundation in India. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business.


Dr. Ritu Anand is an Independent Director of the company. She is the Senior Vice President and the Deputy Head of Human Resources at Tata Consultancy Services and heads Talent Management and Diversity. She has been a Board Member of the National HRD Network. She is a recipient of 'Meritorious Service Award' by Worldwide ERC.

Ritu holds a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Mumbai.