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Board of Directors

 

Chairman

Yogesh Chander Deveshwar

Managing Director

Sanjiv Puri

Executive Directors

Nakul Anand Rajiv Tandon (CFO)

Non-Executive Directors

Shilabhadra Banerjee Hemant Bhargava Arun Duggal
Sunil Behari Mathur John Pulinthanam Nirupama Rao
Sahibzada Syed Habib-ur-Rehman Meera Shankar David Robert Simpson

 

image of Y C DeveshwarYogesh Chander Deveshwar

Yogesh Chander Deveshwar (71), is the Chairman of ITC. He was appointed as a Director on the Board of the Company on April 11, 1984 and became the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board on January 1, 1996. On splitting the role of the Executive Chairman between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with effect from February 5, 2017, Deveshwar, at the request of the Nomination & Compensation Committee and the Board, recognising the need for orderly transition in a company of ITC's size and complexity, agreed to continue as Chairman in non-executive capacity and also play the role of Mentor to the executive management.

Deveshwar joined ITC in 1968 and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Harvard Business School. Between 1991 and 1994, he led Air India as Chairman and Managing Director.

Articulating a Vision to put Country before Corporation and serve larger national priorities, he has led ITC's strategic thrust to create multiple drivers of growth that would make a significant and growing contribution to the Indian economy. He also shaped and implemented a Strategy of Organisation to effectively manage multiple businesses whilst retaining focus on each one of them, in the process deriving unique sources of competitive advantage from ITC's diversity. Deveshwar has also championed the cause for Sustainability world-wide bringing into focus the need to innovate corporate strategies that not only enhance shareholder value but add significantly to the development of natural and social capital.

Spearheading a journey of growth that has led the Harvard Business Review to rank him as the 7th Best Performing CEO in the world, his stewardship has guided ITC to become India's foremost FMCG marketer, the country's largest and greenest Paperboards and Packaging Business, a globally acknowledged pioneer in farmer empowerment through its wide-reaching Agri Business, the second largest Hotel Chain in India and a trailblazer in 'green hoteliering'. The Company's wholly owned subsidiary, ITC Infotech India Limited, is also a player of promise in the Information Technology sector.

Today, ITC is a global exemplar in Sustainability and is the only Company in the world of comparable dimensions to be 'carbon positive', 'water positive' and 'solid waste recycling positive' for over a decade. The Company's businesses generate livelihoods for around 6 million people, many of whom represent the poorest in Rural India. The pioneering farmer empowerment initiative, ITC e-Choupal, is today the world's largest rural digital infrastructure and is a case study at the Harvard Business School, besides receiving several global awards. ITC was also conferred the World Business and Development Award 2012 at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit by the United Nations Development Programme, the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Business Leaders Forum for its Social and Farm Forestry Programmes.

Deveshwar has served as a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India and as a Member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance. He is a Member of the Board of Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and a Member of the National Food Processing Development Council, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India. Deveshwar is a Member of the Governing Body of the National Council of Applied Economic Research and also the former Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is also a Member of the Governing Council of the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India. He serves on the National Executive Committees of some of India's premier trade and industry bodies, and has served as a Member of the UK-India CEOs Forum and US-India CEOs Forum instituted by the respective Governments. Deveshwar is a past President of CII.

In 2011, Deveshwar was conferred the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards in the country, by the Government of India. Amongst several other awards and recognitions during his distinguished career, Deveshwar has been honoured with the Global Leadership Award by the US-India Business Council of the US Chamber of Commerce, Business Leader of the Year Award 2012 from the All India Management Association, Business Person of the Year Award 2006 by the UK Trade & Investment, and the Sustainability Leadership Award conferred at Zurich at the International Sustainability Leadership Symposium. He was inducted to the prestigious Hall of Pride at the Indian Science Congress. Earlier, he was also named Manager Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 by Ernst & Young. The Economic Times has conferred on Deveshwar, the Indian Visionary Business Leader Award and the Smart Green Leader Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bombay Management Association has honoured him with the Management Man of the Year Award, and the Calcutta Management Association has inducted him as the first leader on the Management Hall of Fame. He has been conferred Lifetime Achievement Awards by Business Standard, Business Today, Economic Times & CNBC-TV18, and 'Global Entrepreneur of Bihar' Award by the Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries. The Government of West Bengal also conferred the 'Banga Bibhushan', the State's highest civilian honour, on Deveshwar in May 2017. He was conferred the CII President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in April 2018.

 

image of Sanjiv PuriSanjiv Puri

Sanjiv Puri (56), is the Managing Director of ITC effective May 16, 2018. He was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015 and Chief Executive Officer from February 5, 2017 taking independent charge of the executive leadership of the Company. He is also the Chairman of the Corporate Management Committee.

Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ITC since July 22, 2016. Before taking over as the COO, he was responsible for overseeing the FMCG, Paperboards, Paper & Packaging and Agri Businesses of ITC. Puri is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business. He joined ITC in 1986.

Prior to his appointment as a Director on the Board of ITC, Puri was President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014. He has handled a wide range of responsibilities including business leadership positions as well as in manufacturing, operations and information & digital technology. Puri became Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division in 2009, with additional responsibility for the Company's Trade Marketing & Distribution Vertical. He has led ITC Infotech India Limited (I3L), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC, as its Managing Director from May 2006 to August 2009. Puri served between 2001 and 2006 as the Managing Director of Surya Nepal Private Limited (SNPL), a joint venture subsidiary company of ITC in Nepal. He has also been a Director on the Board of The Tobacco Institute of India and past Member of the Board of Governors of the Media Research Users Council. He has served as the Chairman of FICCI's FMCG Committee, the Agri & Food Processing Task Force of the CII Eastern Region and as a Council Member of the CII Eastern Region. He was also on the Executive Council of The Indian Society of Advertisers.

Presently, Puri is the Chairman of SNPL and the Sr. Vice Chairman of I3L and its wholly owned subsidiaries in the UK and USA. He serves on the National Executive Committees of CII and FICCI. He is also a Director on the Board of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and a Member of the Steering Committee of FICCI.

 

image of Nakul Anandnakul anand

Nakul Anand (61), was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC effective January 3, 2011. In addition to overseeing the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Businesses of ITC, he took over in December 2014, the responsibility for overseeing the Lifestyle Retailing Business.

An Economics Honours Graduate from the Delhi University with an AMP Degree from the Bond University, Australia, Anand joined ITC Hotels' Management Training Programme in 1978. He has also served as the Managing Director of erstwhile ITC Hotels Limited during the period 2003-05.

In a career that spans close to four decades, Anand has been acknowledged in the hotels and tourism industry for his vision and commitment. Leveraging the significant learning of sustainable excellence within ITC, he led the team at ITC Hotels to pioneer the concept of 'Responsible Luxury' in the hospitality industry, securing LEED® Platinum certifications for all ITC super premium luxury hotels. He has formulated value-based strategies to create a unique quality control model. His dynamic leadership and passion for the business is recognised and acknowledged by his peers. He has been a past President of the Hotel Association of India and past Chairman of the CII National Tourism Committee. Anand is presently a Member of the National Tourism Advisory Council constituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Chairman of the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality, and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Hotel Association of India. He is also a Member of the India-Sri Lanka CEOs Forum.

 

image of Rajiv TandonRajiv Tandon

Rajiv Tandon (64), was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC effective January 22, 2016. He is responsible for Finance, Accounting and Internal Audit Functions and Investment Subsidiaries of the Company. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, a position that he continues to hold. A Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with over three decades of experience, Tandon has held various positions in ITC including Executive Vice President - Finance & MIS of the Tobacco Division, Executive Vice President - Corporate Finance, Finance Advisor and member of the Management Committee of Agri Business and Tobacco Divisions.

Tandon was named the 'Best CFO in India' by Business Today in 2013. He has held several important positions in various industry bodies including Member, Managing Committee, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Chairman of the Expert Committee on Banking and Finance, Indian Chamber of Commerce; Member, Taxation and Company Law Committee, CII, and is currently a Member of the CII National Committee for CFOs, as well as a Member of the Capital Markets Committee of FICCI.

 

image of Shilabhadra Banerjeeshilabhadra banerjee

Shilabhadra Banerjee (69), joined the ITC Board as a Non-Executive Director effective July 24, 2014 and was appointed as an Independent Director on July 30, 2014.

Banerjee, a Masters in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Post Graduate Diploma holder in Public Administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, and an M. Phil in Social Sciences from the University of Panjab, began his career in the Indian Administrative Service in 1971. In a career spanning over 37 years, he has held several eminent positions including that of Joint Secretary in the Ministries of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Urban Development. Banerjee was Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence and retired as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism in October 2008. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, UK. Banerjee also served on the Board of the Company from February 2010 to March 2014.

Banerjee does not hold directorship of any other company.

 

image of Hemant BhargavaHemant Bhargava

Hemant Bhargava (59), has been appointed as an Additional Non-Executive Director on the Board of ITC effective July 28, 2018, representing the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).

He holds a Masters degree in Economics and a Masters in Financial Management from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. In addition, he has done courses from IIM, Lucknow and ISB, Hyderabad. He is currently the Managing Director of LIC.

He joined LIC as a Direct Recruit Officer in 1981. During his long tenure of 37 years, he has worked across various departments in diverse set of roles both in India and abroad, building multi-dimensional experience in different capacities, especially in Marketing, International Operations, Joint Ventures, Subsidiaries, etc. He had the privilege of heading two critical zones of LIC covering more than 15 states of India. This leadership tenure was enriched by the extensive experience gained in overseeing several functions including Marketing, Finance, Personnel, Pension & Group Scheme, Alternate channels, Estate and Office Services, HRD, IT, etc.

He is presently on the Boards of Larsen & Toubro Limited, Voltas Limited, The Tata Power Company Limited, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited, LIC Mutual Fund Trustee Private Limited, LIC Pension Fund Limited, LIC (Lanka) Limited and LIC Bangladesh Limited, amongst others.

 

image of Arun DuggalARUN DUGGAL

Arun Duggal (71), joined the ITC Board as a Non-Executive Independent Director effective September 15, 2014.

Duggal, a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, is an international banker with global experience in financial strategy, M&A and capital raising. His professional career includes 26 years with Bank of America (BoA), primarily in the USA, Hong Kong and Japan, with his last assignment as Chief Executive with BoA, India, from 1998 to 2001. He was the Chief Financial Officer of HCL Technologies Limited, India, from 2001 to 2003. He has also been the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, India, and on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Bank Management. Duggal is involved in several initiatives in social and educational sectors and is founder of FICCI's ‘Women on Corporate Boards' Programme. He is also founder of the ‘Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air' (CERCA) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Duggal is the Chairman & Non-Executive Director of ICRA Limited, Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited and International Asset Reconstruction Company Private Limited. He is also a Director on the Board of Dr. Lal PathLabs Limited, amongst others.

 

image of S B MathurSunil Behari Mathur

Sunil Behari Mathur (73), has been on the ITC Board since July 29, 2005, first as a representative of LIC and then in his individual capacity as a Non-Executive Independent Director.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mathur retired from LIC in October 2004 as its Chairman. Subsequently, the Government of India appointed him the Administrator of the Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India in December 2004, up to December 2007.

Mathur took over as Chairman of LIC at a time when the insurance sector had just opened up. Under his leadership, LIC successfully rose to the challenges of a competitive environment by enhancing product offerings. He joined LIC in 1967 as a Direct Recruit Officer and rose to the rank of Chairman. He held various positions in LIC including Senior Divisional Manager of Gwalior Division, Chief of Corporate Planning, General Manager of LIC (International) E.C., Zonal Manager in-charge of Western Zone and Executive Director.

Mathur is a Director on the Boards of Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Limited, UltraTech Cement Limited, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited and DCM Shriram Industries Limited, amongst others.

 

image of John PulinthanamJohn Pulinthanam

John Pulinthanam (58), has been appointed as an Additional Non-Executive Director on the Board of ITC effective May 16, 2018, representing the General Insurers' (Public Sector) Association of India. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and is an MBA from the Kerala University, in addition to being a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India. He is currently the Officiating Chairman-cum-Managing Director (Joint Charge) of National Insurance Company Limited (NIC).

Pulinthanam has more than 37 years of experience in general insurance industry. He joined The New India Assurance Company Limited as a Direct Recruit Officer in 1981 and gained rich experience in administration, management and core insurance matters, while working in various capacities in Branch / Divisional Offices, Regional Offices and the Head Office of New India. He was the Managing Director of Tanzindia Assurance Company Limited in Tanzania, East Africa, for four years. In 2009, he was posted to NIC and was heading its Bengaluru Regional Office, before being elevated to the post of General Manager in 2013. He was appointed as Wholetime Director of NIC in 2017.

 

image of Nirupama RaoNirupama Rao

Nirupama Rao (67), was appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of ITC effective April 8, 2016.

She is a Post Graduate in English Literature, Fellow - Harvard University (1992-93), Fellow - Brown University (2014-16), Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow, and a recipient of the Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the Pondicherry University. She was conferred with the Vanitha Ratna by the Government of Kerala in 2016. She is currently a Global Fellow of The Wilson Center in Washington D.C. and a Councillor of the World Refugee Council.

A career diplomat from the Indian Foreign Service from 1973 to 2011, she served the Government in several important positions including that of the Foreign Secretary of India. She has represented India in several countries during her distinguished career and was the first Indian woman to be appointed High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to China. She was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. After her retirement, she was appointed Ambassador of India to the United States for a tenure of two years from 2011 to 2013.

She is also on the Board of KEC International Limited.

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image of S S H RehmanSahibzada Syed Habib-ur-Rehman

Sahibzada Syed Habib-ur-Rehman (74), was appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of ITC effective July 27, 2012. Rehman's illustrious career began with a tenure in the Indian Army after he graduated from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. He moved to the hospitality industry in 1975 and joined ITC in 1979, beginning a three-decade association with the Company.

Rehman was appointed Managing Director of erstwhile ITC Hotels Limited in 1994. Subsequently, he joined the Board of ITC as an Executive Director in 1997, and over the next 12 years was responsible for several businesses - Hotels, Travel & Tourism and Foods. During this period, he ably led ITC's Hotels Business in consolidating its position as one of India's leading hospitality chains.

Rehman was the founder President of the Hotel Association of India, and a founder Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Experience India / Incredible India and has headed several industry associations including tourism committees of FICCI, ASSOCHAM and CII. Rehman has been a recipient of several awards and honours, recognising his vast contribution to the Indian hospitality industry.

Rehman does not hold directorship of any other company.

 

image of Meera Shankarmeera shankar

Meera Shankar (67), was appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of ITC effective September 6, 2012.

A Post Graduate in English Literature, she joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973 and had an illustrious career spanning 38 years. She served in the Prime Minister's Office for six years from 1985 to 1991 working on foreign policy and security matters. Thereafter, she led the Commercial Wing in the Indian Embassy in Washington as Minister (Commerce) till 1995. She returned as Director General of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations overseeing India's cultural diplomacy. She has had extensive experience in South Asia having worked on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives as Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Later, as Joint Secretary she headed divisions dealing with neighbours, Nepal and Bhutan, and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). As Additional Secretary, she handled the UN and international security issues.

She served as Ambassador of India to Germany from 2005 to 2009 and then to the United States from 2009 to 2011.

She is also on the Boards of Pidilite Industries Limited and Adani Transmission Limited, amongst others.

 

image of David Robert SimpsonDavid Robert Simpson

David Robert Simpson (61), was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of ITC effective January 27, 2017, as a representative of Tobacco Manufacturers (India) Limited, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c. In addition to holding a Masters Degree from the University of Cambridge, he is a qualified lawyer from the Guildford College of Law.

Simpson started his career in 1979 and has held various leadership positions with major corporates including Barclays de Zoete Wedd Limited and KPMG LLP. At present, he is a Trustee of the Cardiff University, UK, and a Director on the Board of British Geological Survey. He has earlier held the position of Global Head of M&A at KPMG LLP. Simpson has a wide range of expertise and understanding of diverse sectors spanning Investment Banking and Private Equity, Infrastructure, Energy, Transport, Healthcare, Education, Investment Risk Assessment etc.

He is also on the Board of Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure Trust plc, UK, amongst others.

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