MR. GAUTAM HARI SINGHANIA
Chairman & Managing Director
Shri Gautam Hari Singhania took over the reins of Raymond Limited as Chairman & Managing Director in September 2000. Since then he has steered the destiny of Raymond Limited with a single-minded focus of making Raymond an internationally reputed fibre to fashion player. He has been responsible for the strategic decision of restructuring the Group, initiating the divestment of its noncore businesses of Steel, Cement and Synthetics. Post divestment, the Group has consolidated its position with a focused market oriented approach.
With a drive for creating new Brands, Shri Singhania has taken active interest in the launch of new services and products. He was instrumental in the successful launch of the brand Kama Sutra in 1991. It was under his leadership that the fashion casual wear brand Parx and Raymond Premium Apparel were launched. In the year 2001, Shri Gautam Hari Singhania introduced the concept of corporatization of designer wear in India. He was also instrumental in Raymond’s acquisition of Color Plus, a leading menswear brand. Under his leadership, the Raymond Group has become an internationally reputed premium fibre to fashion player with immense strength in Worsted Suiting, High Value Cotton Shirting, Denim, Garmenting, owning market leading brands with a deep distribution network across the country and a premium international client base.
Leveraging the strong brand equity, Raymond recently forayed into the real estate business through ‘Raymond Realty’ offering affordable housing solutions. A large gated community named ‘Aspirational District’ is spread over 14 acres that celebrates a new epoch in living and with a central theme called ‘Go Beyond’, Shri Gautam Hari Singhania is leading the company to build quality housing for all.
Shri Gautam Hari Singhania as Chairman and Managing Director has been at the helm of the affairs and operations of the Company along with the Board of Directors. He is involved in policy planning, vision & strategy and long term development activities of the Raymond Group. He has been instrumental in the business expansion plans. The group has made enormous progress under the stewardship of Shri Singhania and his vision is to take the Raymond Brand from being amongst the most respected Indian brands to being amongst the best in the global markets. Shri Gautam Hari Singhania aged 54 years, is a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai. He has over three decades of experience in the field of Industry, Business and Corporate Management.
Honouring his commitment to the industrial development, Government of Maharashtra conferred him with the Maha Udyog Shri award for Industrial Excellence.
Shri Gautam Hari Singhania is a Member of the Committee of Directors of the Company (which also functions as Stakeholders /Investors Grievance Committee) as also the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Reckoned with the pioneering initiatives in the field of education and providing equal opportunities for all, Shri Gautam Hari Singhania is committed to the role in creating excellence in education. Making quality education accessible to over 10,000 children a year through four schools, Shri Gautam Hari Singhania has a vision to take this number to 100 thousand students countrywide.
MRS. NAWAZ GAUTAM SINGHANIA
Smt. Nawaz Gautam Singhania was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board on April 30, 2014. Smt. Singhania is 45 years old and holds a Graduate degree in Arts and a Post Graduate degree in Law from the University of Mumbai. As soon as she completed her graduation, Smt. Singhania made a successful foray in the fitness industry by establishing premium fitness centres in Mumbai. Smt. Singhania is an acclaimed entrepreneur of repute and has immense creative skills, an eye for detail having demonstrated her works through her solo art shows held in Mumbai and Delhi. Her recent collaboration along with Jewellery Designer Poonam Soni for S2 offers an exquisite range of bespoke French sautoir with innovative miniature painting collections. Smt. Singhania has been featured in columns in leading media publications, websites and TV channels in India. Smt. Singhania quest for knowledge has led her to participate as a speaker in various national and international forums, conferences, seminars, conventions and workshops. Smt. Nawaz Singhania with her aggressive zeal for creative designing and entrepreneurial skills brings added dynamism to the Board.
MR. I.D. AGARWAL
Shri I.D. Agrawal was a Nominee Director of Unit Trust of India on the Board of the Company from October, 2001 to February, 2006. The Board of Directors at its meeting held on June 23, 2006 appointed Shri Agarwal as Non-Executive Independent Director. Currently, he has been appointed as an Independent Director under Companies Act, 2013, to hold office for a period of five years with effect from January 1, 2015 who is not liable to retire by rotation. Shri Ishwar Das Agarwal is a Chairman of Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. Shri Agarwal aged 74 years has a Master Degree in Commerce, D.S.M. and is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. Shri Agarwal has over 40 years of rich experience in the Banking, Finance and Foreign Exchange markets. Shri Agarwal has undergone professional and specialised training with Bank of England (U.K.), Midland Bank (U.K.), Bundesbank, (Germany) and Dresdnerbank (Germany). Shri Agarwal is the former Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India and was an Advisor to the United Nations. He also served earlier as a Director of Union Bank of India, Unit Trust of India, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and a few other reputed Financial Institutions and Corporates.
MR. SHIV SURINDER KUMAR
Mr. Shiv Surinder Kumar founded Bridge Capital in 2006. Mr. Kumar has over 20 years of experience in the areas of asset management, merchant banking, capital markets and wealth management across Asia, Europe and the Middle-East and has significant experience in securities trading, private placement, debt restructuring and disinvestments.
From 1997 to 2000, he served as a Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch International, where he managed private banking with a focus on structured products related to wealth management of high net worth individuals and family offices.
From 1992 to 1997, he served as a Vice President of Hinduja Finance Ltd, India, where he managed a balance sheet of $80 million, arranged investment banking transactions and invested on a proprietary basis in venture capital transactions.
From 1988 to 1993, he served as Vice President and Assistant Vice President roles at Prime Securities Limited, India and Bank of America NT&SA. He has been a Member of International Advisory Board at Westminster Group Pic since September 10, 2016. He served as an Independent Director of Amira Nature Foods Ltd. since June 5, 2013 until November 9, 2017.
From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Kumar served as the Director of Genesis International, Dubai, UAE, where he served on a number of strategic investment projects including airport privatization in India and private placements in mid-cap Indian companies.
He has a Bachelors of Commerce degree from HR College of Commerce (Bombay University, India) and MBA from International Management Institute, New Delhi (Affiliated to IMI, Geneva and McGill College, Canada).
MR. PRADEEP GUHA
Shri Pradeep Guha is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company since June 15, 2009. Currently, he has been appointed as an Independent Director under Companies Act, 2013, to hold office for a period of five years with effect from January 1, 2015 who is not liable to retire by rotation. Shri Pradeep Guha is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. Shri Pradeep Guha is 62 years old and his educational qualifications include Bachelor of Arts and A.M.M.P. Shri Guha was the CEO of India's largest satellite broadcasting network, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited for over three years. Shri Guha had been associated with the print media for over three decades and was President of The Times of India Group, as well as was on its Board. Shri Pradeep Guha is currently Managing Director of 9X Media Pvt. Ltd., a Television broadcasting company (with 5 channels) aimed at youth audiences. Shri Pradeep Guha is associated with many professional bodies in the field of advertising, marketing and media. Shri Guha is fascinated by cinema and has a production house of his own by the name of Culture Company (India) Pvt Ltd.
President - Commercial & Logistics, Raymond Group
He has held various leadership roles in the Raymond group. Prior to his present function, S.L Pokharna consolidated Raymond's market position in the Textile business in the domestic market and was instrumental in driving the Raymond Retail network to Tier 3 & 4 towns. He has contributed towards major initiatives in the Raymond group across a spectrum of functions including Retail, Engineering Business, FMCG and Infrastructure. S.L Pokharna was a key leadership member in the erstwhile Cement Division of the Company.
Pokharna joined the group as a Management Trainee in 1981 and rose to the office of President Shri Pokharna's strengths are Strategic Planning and he has worked on multiple assignments with Raymond Group companies as part of the Raymond’s Strategic Management team.
S.L Pokharna is a Trustee on the Sulochanadevi Singhania School board, which is a well-known academic institution in India. He is also a Trustee - J. K. Trust, Bombay. A Graduate in Science from MLSU, Udaipur, Rajasthan, he is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Director - Secretarial & Company Secretary
* Dr Vijaypat Singhania vacated office of director w.e.f. January 24th 2018.