Chairman Emeritus of Godrej Industries Limited
Mr. Adi Godrej is Chairman of the 124-year-old Godrej Group. Established in 1897, Godrej has its roots in India's Independence and Swadeshi movement. Today, the Group enjoys the patronage of 1.2 billion consumers globally across consumer goods, real estate, appliances, agriculture, chemicals, financial services and many other businesses.
Mr. Godrej has been President of several Indian trade and industrial associations. He is the Past 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 holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.
He is a recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Padma Bhushan 2013 (the third-highest civilian award in India).
Chairman and Managing Director
Mr. Nadir Godrej is the Chairman and Managing Director of Godrej Industries Limited.
He holds B. S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1974 from Stanford University. He has done an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976. Since 1977 he has been a Director of Godrej Soaps. He has been very active in developing the animal feed, agricultural inputs and chemicals businesses of Godrej Industries and associate companies. He has been very active in research and has several patents in the field of agricultural chemicals and surfactants. In 2001 Godrej Soaps was renamed to Godrej Industries and he was appointed as the Managing Director of Godrej Industries. He is also the Chairman of Godrej Agrovet Limited and Director of Godrej Properties Limited, subsidiaries of Godrej Industries. He is a Director of Godrej and Boyce, Godrej Consumer Products and other Godrej group companies. He has been active in CLFMA (Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Assn. Of India), ICC (Indian Chemical Council) [erstwhile ICMA (Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association)], OTAI (Oil Technologists’ Association of India) and the Alliance Française de Bombay. He is currently the President of the Alliance Française de Bombay. He is on the National Council of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). He is also very active in the Harvard Business School and M I T Alumni Association in India. The French government awarded him the Ordre national du Mérite in 2002 and the Légion d’Honneur in 2008. He has also received Life Time Achievement Awards from OTAI (Oil Technologist Association of India) and Chemexcil and the All India Liquid Bulk Importers and Exporters Association (AILBIEA). The Board of Management of Manav Rachna University has unanimously conferred Mr. Godrej with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. And he has been inducted as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). Mr. Godrej is deeply committed to the GOOD and GREEN strategies and achievement of set targets for the Godrej Group. He encourages and supports a shared vision value for all programs of Good and Green.
Jamshyd 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 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 Crishna is the Executive Director of Lawkim Motors Group.
He joined Lawkim Ltd, a bankrupt light engineering company taken over by the Godrej Group at the behest of N.P. Godrej in 1977 after eight years of management experience in Kolkata and five years in the advertising industry in Mumbai and was able to help turn it around.
He is a B.A. (Economics) from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
Vijay is also a Director of Godrej Industries, Godrej Agrovet and Precision Wires India Ltd. 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 on the Advisory Panel of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Beachhead Programme.
In 1991, Vijay established the Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research at Shindewadi, Satara District, which researches and propagates rare and endangered species of medicinal plants endemic to the Western Ghats.
A Life Member of The Himalayan Club since 1973 - and now its Honorary Secretary - he has trekked in the Garhwal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet.
He has been active in theatre since 1965 in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Vijay joined the Board on 27th September, 1990.
Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer
Tanya serves as the Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer of Godrej Industries Limited, and is responsible for the Godrej Group's brand and communications function, including guiding the Godrej Masterbrand.
Tanya is also a Director on the Board of Godrej Consumer Products Limited and Godrej Agrovet Limited.
She also serves on the boards of Britannia, Escorts, Go Airlines, AIESEC and India@75.
Tanya was a member on the Board of the Bharatiya Mahila Bank between November 2013 and May 2015. She was a trustee of Brown University between 2012 and 2018 and continues to be member of the Brown India Advisory Council and on the Watson Institute Board of Overseers.
Tanya was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2007. She is AB cum laudé, Economics & Political Science, Brown University, USA, and an alumna of the Harvard Business School.
Executive Director and President (Chemicals)
Nitin Nabar serves as a Director on the Board of Godrej Industries Limited. He is also the Manufacturing Council Head for the Godrej Group and the Executive Director and President, Godrej Industries Limited (Chemicals).
Nitin started his career with Godrej as an Executive Trainee in 1989 at the erstwhile Godrej Soaps Limited. Over the years, he has worked in leadership positions across diverse business functions including sales, marketing, commodities, exports, imports and purchase.
He played a key role in building and expanding the export market of the Chemicals business. Under his leadership, the business now exports products to over 80 countries.
Nitin also actively champions environmental sustainability initiatives across the business.
Nitin is the Chairman - Cosmetics of Chemexcil, an export promotion council for the chemicals industry. He has also been a member of the taskforce setup by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to help in the growth of the oleochemicals industry in India.
Nitin has a B.Sc (Technology) degree from University of Mumbai, Department of Chemical Technology and an MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management, Development & Research in Mumbai.
Ms. Shweta Bhatia had joined Eight Roads Ventures in April 2018 and leads the technology, consumer and financial services (TCF) investments team in India. She has over 15 years of experience in private equity and finance, most recently as Head of Asia Investments for the Venture Capital & Growth Equity team at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Ms. Shweta Bhatia began her career in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs based in New York and worked in a growth equity investing role at Warburg Pincus in Mumbai before re-joining Goldman Sachs in 2010. Her key focus sectors include consumer, enterprise SaaS, and fintech including experience with investments such as Whatfix, Chaipoint, Shadowfax, MoEngage, Early Salary and FarEye. Ms. Shweta Bhatia has received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Smith College.
Mr. Mathew Eipe joined Godrej Soaps Limited as a management trainee in 1977 after completing his graduate Chemical Engineering studies at IIT Mumbai, and his post graduate studies in Business Management at IIM Calcutta. In 1994, he was appointed as Sr. Vice President Marketing in the Chemicals Division of Godrej Soaps Limited from 1995 to 2000. He led the successful turnaround and integration of GGIC (Gujarat Godrej Innovative Chemicals) with Godrej Soaps Limited. In 2001, after the demerger of Godrej Soaps Limited he was appointed as Executive Director and President (Chemicals) at Godrej Industries Limited and headed the Chemicals business till his retirement in 2013. During 2010 to 2013, he led the team that successfully relocated the Chemicals factory from Vikhroli to a world class manufacturing facility at Ambernath near Mumbai. He served on the Board of Godrej Industries Limited from 2001 till his retirement in 2013. He was a member of the Group Management Committee from 1994 till 2013.
Dr. Ganapati Yadav is the Founding Vice Chancellor and R. T. Mody Distinguished Professor, and Tata Chemicals Darbari Seth Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Leadership of the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. He is J. C. Bose National Fellow, Conjoint Professor University of New Castle, Australia and University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He was conferred Padma Shri by the President of India in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to Science and Engineering. He has won over 125 national and international honours, awards, fellowships, editorships, etc. He has completed B. Chem. Eng. Ph.D. (Tech.), D.Sc. (Hon. Causa, DYPK), FTWAS, FNA, FASc, FNASc, FNAE, FRSC (UK), FISTE , FIChemE (UK), FIIChE, FICS. He is a member of Maharashtra Innovation Council. He is Chairman, Waste Management Expert Committee, DST-Govt of India, and serves on Boards of two companies as Independent Director. Recently he was a member of review of functioning of Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Review Committee of IISER Pune, Member of Selection Committee of Directors of IIT, MHRD, etc.
As an early investor in InMobi and InfoEdge two of India's billion dollar technology companies, Sandeep Murthy is one of the builders of India's Internet economy. He hasn't just seen the highs and lows play out as an investor, but actually roughed it out in operational roles including one as the CEO of Cleartrip in 2006 for three years. A dreamer from the start, who doesn’t believe in choosing between “this or that” he did his undergrad in both business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Like all good Penn grads he dove into investment banking. However, since it was the height of the dot.com boom, he did it a little differently by moving out to Palo Alto, California to join CSFB Technology Group. He teamed up with a friend to build a digital music company that was incubated by Sony Music and ended up selling the company to Sony after the Internet bubble burst. Sandeep lived the Bay Area dream for a few years before moving to New York to join InterActive Corp (IAC) the owners of Expedia, TicketMaster and Home Shopping Network where he helped launch Gifts.com. He started to explore the India technology opportunity and ultimately moved to Mumbai to manage investments for Sherpalo Ventures, a fund based out of Menlo Park in California.
Today he's a co-founder and partner at Lightbox, a Mumbaibased venture capital firm investing in Indian consumer technology companies. Lightbox has raised over $380M from leading institutional investors. Recent investments include Droom, Rebel Foods, Furlenco and AI-platform Embibe, which received a $185MM investment commitment from Reliance, India's internet super power. This is the largest AI investment in edtech anywhere in the world. Sandeep also supports platforms like Magic Bus, a non-profit organization that uses activity based curriculum to teach underprivileged kids life skills. Most of his time is spent figuring how to make something unprecedented happen. With an all-in, nothing-held-back style, he loves diving in, getting to the heart of the matter, trying new things and getting as many people as possible involved. In a somewhat unpredictable market, Sandeep’s investment success stems from a combination of deep product instinct and unconventional thinking.
Ms. Monaz Noble is the Chief Financial Officer of Novartis Global Service Centre, Hyderabad and Novartis Business Services, India. She is on the Board of Novartis India Limited as a Non-Executive Director and as an Independent Director on the Board of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co Ltd. Ms. Monaz joined Novartis in 2010 and progressed through roles of increasing responsibilities. In her last role as the Whole Time Director & CFO of Novartis India Limited, she was responsible for providing the Board and Audit Committee with guidance relating to finance and corporate governance, investor relations along with compliance to the Companies Act, Listing Agreement etc. At the overall country level, she is responsible for funding strategy, risk management and statutory audited accounts. Prior to Novartis, she was with Cadbury India Limited, where she was the Company Secretary and held various responsibilities in the areas of tax, treasury, value based management strategy, integrated portfolio management, board governance, investor relations, planning and international business development. Throughout her career, she has led various mergers & acquisitions and legal entity structuring assignments, which has given her rich experience on the perspective of regulators, management, and investors. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a Master of Management Studies with specialization in Finance from Mumbai University, India. She is also an Associate Member of 'The Institute of Company Secretaries of India' and 'The Institute of Cost Accountants of India'.
Ajay Vaghani is the Founder Chairman and Managing Director, of Hamilton Housewares. Hamilton was established in 2000 and over the past eighteen years, Hamilton has pioneered products in the Houseware, Kitchenware & Tableware space and MILTON has become a highly recognized brand in India. Over the years ‘CLARO’, ‘TREO’ and ‘SPOTZERO’ have also carved a niche for themselves. With four manufacturing locations and more than 6,000 products, Hamilton is present across India and over the past few years has seen tremendous growth in all areas.
Ajay is an innovator and enjoys working with technology. He has been instrumental in launching more than 6,000 products over the past eighteen years. Through his leadership, the company has grown at a 20% CAGR over the past 5 years. Ajay has served in Young President Organization as a Board Member in Mumbai and South East Asia. He also served as an advisor to a USA based private equity firm. Currently, he is a member of the President’s Council in Wesleyan University, U.S.A.