Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited is led by a highly qualified and experienced senior management team, which has played a pivotal role in making Zuari the Agricultural giant that it is today with the single-minded endeavour of improving the quality of life of the farming community through sustainable development. The team includes –
Mr. Kapil Mehan has been appointed as the Managing Director of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited effective April 1, 2015. He is also the co-chairman of Agri Business Governing Council and would oversee the operations of the integrated agribusiness including ZACL, PPL and other small entities within the agri space. Armed with an extensive experience, he has held several prominent leadership positions and strategic roles in prestigious companies such as Rallis India, Tata Chemicals and Coromandel International. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fertilisers at Tata Chemicals Limited until August 31, 2010 before he took charge as the Managing Director of Coromandel International Limited and led the organisation to achieve unprecedented growth and profits, between October 19, 2010 and February 13, 2015.
Mr. Mehan is a graduate in Veterinary Science and Animal Health from the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) with specialization in Agriculture from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1981). He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School, where he attended Advanced Management Programme (AMP) in 2008. He is well known for his in-depth knowledge of agriculture, agri-business and agricultural-input markets in India.
He was awarded the “India Innovator of the Year” Award by CNBC- TV18 at the India Business Leaders Awards, 2014 and also the prestigious “India’s Best CEO Award 2014” in Agriculture and Allied category, by Business Today. Mr. Mehan is an active member of several industry bodies. He is serving as director on the board of The Fertiliser Association of India and International Fertiliser Industry Association, and is also the Chairman of IFA Agriculture Committee.
President, Agri Business
Mr. Naveen Kapoor is the President - Agri Business, Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited. Prior to this, he served as Vice President, Commercial in the erstwhile Zuari Industries Ltd and Head of Sales and Marketing of Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited. He was instrumental in building and establishing the fertilizer brands of Chambal Fertilizers before he moved to Zuari Industries Ltd.
With over 35 years experience in Agri business, he has worked in companies like IPL, Chambal Fertilizers and other companies in the seeds business. Mr Kapoor's rich professional experience includes diverse functional responsibilities in finance, sales and marketing, supply chain and international trade. He has been associated with rural marketing in India for a long period particularly in agri inputs segment like fertilizers, seeds, plant protection chemicals etc. He is on the Board of Zuari Rotem Speciality Fertilizers Limited and Zuari Agri Sciences Limited. He is a member of the Agricultural Committee of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, Paris and has been past Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries, Goa Chapter. He is a member of the Agri Business Governing Council of the Adventz group.
Ranjit Singh Chugh
Chief Manufacturing Officer
Mr. Ranjit Chugh joined Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, at Goa on12th November 2012. A rank- holding Chemical Engineering graduate and leading industry professional of considerable repute, Mr. Chugh brings to Zuari rich experience from over 33 years in Operations, Project construction & commissioning, maintenance and technology upgradation with leading industries both in India and abroad. Prior to joining Zuari's Goa plant Mr. Chugh was Chief Operating Officer, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Ltd., Dahej. Mr. Chugh has also served in senior positions with industry leaders such as Birla Copper, Arcelor Mittal (Caribbean Ispat), Vikram Ispat and IFFCO. Mr. Chugh has a passion for languages and is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Punjabi. He is also fairly proficient in Spanish and Telegu.
V. K. Sinha
Joint President - Strategy, Excellence & Sustainability
Mr. V.K. Sinha brings over 26 years of rich experience in various functional areas such as, Projects, Operations, Business Development and Strategic Planning. A B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the renowned IIT, Kanpur, Mr. Sinha joined Zuari as a Management trainee in1986. His strong analytical, technical and process management capabilities, gained early recognition and he was actively associated with several significant Group projects, such as setting up of Chambal Fertilisers at Kota, the RTA furniture project (IFPL) at Chennai, the Phosphoric/Sulphuric Acid complex (IMACID) in Morocco and the privatisation of Paradeep Phosphates Ltd.. After stints in senior positions at Acme Telepower (2006-2008) and the Minda Group (2008-09) where he was President, Corporate Strategy, Mr. Sinha rejoined Zuari in his present position in 2009. He has played a key role in the joint venture acquisition with Mitsubishi, of the Rock Phosphate Mining project in Peru, critical to the Company’s backward integration programme.
Group Chief Financial Officer- Agri Business
Mr. Sandeep Agrawal is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary with a rich corporate career spanning over 21 years in various capacities across finance and allied functions. Before joining Adventz, he worked with the Vedanta Group for 15 years in its various group companies such as India Foils, Sterlite Gold, Sterlite Energy, Vedanta Aluminium and lastly with Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO).
In his earlier assignments, he has been associated with companies across diverse sectors. Armed with a sharp business acumen and an analytical mindset he has been responsible for leading strategic financial initiatives and financial operations in his previous organisations and is acknowledged for his significant contribution to their success.
Vice President, Strategic Finance
Mr. V Seshadri is an alumnus of the famed Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary and is a prominent member of the respective Institutes in these disciplines. With considerable experience in project finance, mergers and acquisitions and legal and corporate finance, Mr. Seshadri honed his skills at the J.K. Singhania Group, RPG, Max India, Chambal Fertilisers and DCM Shriram before joining Zuari as Chief General Manager, Finance, in October 2010. His able handling of M&A activities of the Company and successful negotiation of several key acquisitions and divestments earned him quick recognition and he was promoted to his present position in August 2012. An afficionado of Indian classical music, Mr. Seshadri is an avid reader and a sports buff.
R Y Patil
Vice President & Company Secretary
Mr. R.Y. Patil joined Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, in 1990. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has over 35 years of experience in the Secretarial and Legal fields. Prior to joining Zuari, Mr. Patil worked in the Secretarial Department of Chowgule & Co, at Goa for over nine years. Mr. Patil has a passion for social work and funds educational needs of economically backward/poor children.