Ajit Kumar Seth (68), joined the ITC Board as a Non-Executive Independent Director effective July 13, 2019. Seth is a retired IAS officer (1974 batch) who rose to be head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary, Government of India - a post he held for four years.
An alumnus of St. Stephen's College, Delhi, from where he did his graduation and post-graduation in Chemistry, Seth obtained an M.Phil. in Life Sciences from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Birmingham, U.K. In 2015, the University of Birmingham conferred upon him a Doctorate honoris causa. In a varied and distinguished career, his past assignments include postings in the Ministry of Commerce, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations at Geneva (dealing with GATT / UNCTAD) and Ministry of Textiles. Earlier, in Uttar Pradesh, he served as Principal Secretary - Rural Development, Special Secretary - Industries, Divisional Commissioner of Kumaon Division (Nainital) and District Magistrate Collector, Lucknow.
In June 2011, Seth was appointed Cabinet Secretary, a position on which he served till his superannuation in June, 2015. Thereafter, he was appointed Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board. He was also a Member of the Advisory Council of Asian Development Bank Institute between 2011 and 2015. At present, he is associated with some social and economic development projects synergistic with national priorities. He has long been interested in Disaster Management and Climate Change.
Seth does not hold directorship of any other company.