Leadership Team

Nisaba Godrej

Balram Yadav

Managing Director Godrej Agrovet

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

Chief Financial Officer and Head - Legal & IT

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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. In addition he is a Director on the Boards of Creamline Dairy Products Limited, Godrej Tyson Foods Limited, Godrej Maxximilk Limited and Godvet Agrochem Limited.

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.

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Praful Bhat

Head - Manufacturing & Supply Chain Excellence

Praful leads Manufacturing & Supply Chain Excellence at Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL). In his current role, he handles projects, sustainability and statutory compliances in manufacturing and supply chain.

Praful started out as a Management Trainee at the erstwhile Godrej Soaps in 1993. He has been an integral part of the Godrej Group and is known for his expertise in recruitment, employee relations and supply chain.

In a career spanning over two decades, Praful has worked in diverse verticals with stints in GCPL, GIL and Godrej Tea in Operations, Manufacturing, Supply chain and HR. He has helped set up key projects like the implementation of 'Manufacturing Pro' and projects on productivity improvement.

A Chemical Engineering graduate, Praful also holds a Management degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

Praful loves listening to music, reading and watching movies. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children.

Salil Chinchore

Head - Human Resources

Dharnesh Gordhon

Salil Chinchore is Head, Human Resources, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

In his current role, Salil is responsible for driving the Human Resource strategy at the company. He is also a senior HR Business Partner of the Godrej HR Leadership Team.

Prior to this, Salil was President - Human Resources at Pidilite Industries. He has held several HR leadership roles at Asian Paints, Mondelez, TE Connectivity previously.

A Graduate in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune, Salil went on do his Post Graduation in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Salil is passionate about reading, music and cricket.

Kamlesh Fondekar

Kamlesh Fondekar

Head - Research & Development

Dr. Kamlesh Fondekar is Head, Research & Development and Nutrition, Animal Feed Business, Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

Dr. Fondekar is responsible for driving the long term as well as short term innovation agenda for Crop Protection Business and Oil Palm Business including Astec LifeSciences Limited with the help of competent scientists.

He has completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Goa University in 1998 and also did graduation in Production & Supply Academy from INSEAD, Paris.

He has 29 years of experience in Research and Development. He started his career with German Remedies and then worked with organisations such as CIBA Research (I) Pvt Ltd, Dr Reddy’s Lab, Nalco and Syngenta India Limited. Dr Kamlesh joins us from Deccan Fine Chemicals as Head- Technology & Engineering.

Rakesh Dogra

CEO - Crop Protection Business

Jose Toscano

Rakesh Dogra, is Head, Crop Protection Business, Godrej Agrovet Limited.

In his current role, Rakesh is responsible for managing the profitability of the Crop Protection Business. He is also an active member of the Crop Care Federation of India, Indian Association of Plant Growth Products, Chemical Exports Promotion Council and Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India.

Rakesh joined Godrej Agrovet in 2005 to handle the responsibility of the East Unit Business. Within a year, he started overseeing the South Unit and then took over as the National Sales Manager in 2007. Over the years, Rakesh has played a key part in building strong brands like Hitweed, Combine and Double.

Rakesh has over two decades of experience in the Agri Business industry across diverse functions including Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He has worked with leading multinationals like Bayer, Chemtura and domestic agribusiness companies like Biostadt.

Rakesh is a graduate in Agriculture with a specialisation in Entomology from the Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur.

Rakesh lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children. His hobbies include listening to music and driving through hilly tracks.

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Sandeep Kumar Singh

CEO - Animal Feed Business & Godrej

Sandeep Kumar Singh is CEO, Animal Feed business & Godrej Maxximilk.

Sandeep leads post-merger integration across two different verticals - Agri Chemicals and Dairy. He ensures that GAVL adds significant value to the businesses acquired. He also explores value creation projects for the existing businesses to help them achieve long-term sustainable growth. He was part of the core team, which led the acquisition of Astec LifeSciences and bought majority stake in Creamline Dairy. From collaborating with leading scientists to working with bankers on inorganic growth opportunity, he has had some exciting times at GAVL.

Sandeep started his career at Accenture, where he worked across multiple sectors, functions and organisations. He joined Godrej Agrovet in 2013, out of a keen interest in the agribusiness space. He is an Electronics engineer from Mumbai University and completed his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in 2006.

Sandeep is an ardent foodie and a tennis enthusiast. He is an avid follower of Game of Thrones and House of Cards. He enjoys discussing stocks, politics and business.

Bhupendra Suri

CEO - Creamline Dairy Products

Darshan Gandhi

Bhupendra Suri is the CEO of Creamline Dairy Pvt Limited. His prolific career spans nearly 3 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 was the Managing Director of Coco-Cola, Nigeria till 2019. He also worked with Bajaj Auto Limited and Asian Paints Limited. His last stint was with Creambell India, DFIL where he was responsible for running the Creambell Ice-cream business in India.

Bhupendra Suri did his B Tech from IIT BHU, Varanasi and completed his PGDBM from XLRI, Jamshedpur. His family consists of his wife Harpreet and two sons, Rohtash and Sukhman.

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Dhruba Banerjee

CEO - Aqua Feed Business

Dhruba Banerjee is CEO, Aqua Feed Business of Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

Dhruba is B.Sc (Horticulture) from BCKV, West Bengal and did his post-graduation (PGP-ABM) from IIM-Ahmedabad.

He joined GAVL in 2004 as a Management Trainee from the campus. From 2004 till 2008, he did multiple roles in Sales and Marketing, Operations and Project management in the Animal Feed Business (North Region).

In 2009, he became the Regional Head for the Animal feed business in the East Region. In 2014, he joined ACI Godrej Agrovet Ltd, Dhaka as Managing Director. He handled Poultry Feed, Cattle feed and Fish feed business along with Poultry Breeding operations in Bangladesh for 5 years.

He came back to India in 2019 as Head of Live Bird Business (division of Godrej Tyson Foods Ltd).

Dhruba is passionate about travelling and trekking in Hilly regions and loves playing football. He enjoy reading books and listening to music in his leisure time.

Sougata Niyogi

CEO - Oil Palm Plantation

Jishnu Batabyal

Sougata Niyogi is Head, Oil Palm Plantations Business of Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL).

In his current role, Sougata is responsible for managing the profitability of the Oil Palm Business. He is also an active member of Oil Palm Development and Processors Association.

Sougata joined GAVL in 2003 as a Sales Officer. In a career spanning almost three decades, he has worked in various roles in the Crop Protection Business and Agri retail operations, across diverse markets like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. He was a Regional Business Head in two units for 10 years before moving to a national role. In April 2017, he moved to the Head Office as National Sales Head of the Crop Protection Business.

He completed his B.Sc. in Agriculture from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, West Bengal and did his post-graduation from the International Management Institute, New Delhi.

Sougata is passionate about futuristic projects and initiatives and loves travelling to new places. He also enjoys football.

Sougata Niyogi

Dr. Rajendra Agnihalli Yelegowda

Managing Director - ACI Godrej, Bangladesh

Dr. A Y Rajendra is the Managing Director, ACI Godrej – Bangladesh, Godrej Agrovet Limited.

He began his career with Godrej Agrovet in 1999 and over the past couple of decades has handled roles of increasing responsibility across businesses and regions in the company.

Over the years, he has developed expertise in various functions including Sales, Manufacturing and Supply Chain for the Animal Feed and Godrej Maxximilk business. Prior to his current role, he was the Regional Business Head for the Animal Feed Business, East.

Dr. A Y Rajendra served as Captain of the Indian Army with the Remount and Veterinary Corps before joining Godrej Agrovet.

He completed his graduation in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, and Master’s in Veterinary Science with a Major in Pathology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India. He enjoys reading books in his leisure time.