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The team at Zuari consists of a highly qualified management team that is supported by executives and staff who share the same vision. Zuari is committed to sustainable development and improvement of the quality of life, not only of its own employees, but also of the community at large.

With ardent effort, Zuari has created one of the greenest industrial complexes in India. The first zero effluent fertiliser plant in the country, Zuari operates it with the highest standards of efficiency and quality control.

S.K Poddar, Chairman

Mr Saroj Kumar Poddar, a leading Indian industrialist of international repute, is Chairman of the Adventz group. The group, with a total turnover in excess of US $3 billion, comprises 23 leading companies in various verticals, constituting key drivers of the Indian economy and was repositioned under the Adventz banner by Mr.Poddar, to leverage its exemplary equity in terms of knowledge, best practices and technical excellence. Under Mr Poddar, the group, has promoted various seminal projects including joint ventures


with leading international corporations. The most notable of these ventures are Hettich India Private Ltd.- a joint venture with the Hettich Group of Germany , Texmaco UGL Rail Private Ltd – a joint venture with the United Group of Australia and MCA Phosphates Pte Ltd.- a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan. Mr. Poddar was also instrumental in promoting Gillette India Ltd., a venture with the renowned ‘The Gillette Company,’ USA and was its Founder Chairman since 1984, before relinquishing the position in Dec.2013.

Mr Poddar is the Chairman of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Zuari Global Limited, Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited, Paradeep Phosphates Limited, Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd., and Adventz Investments And Holdings Limited and is also on the Board of Lionel India Limited.

A gold medalist in Commerce from Calcutta University, Mr. Poddar is an aficionado of art,culture and sports and is involved in their promotion and development. Mr and Mrs Poddar promote young cricketers to go abroad for training and practice He is also a recipient of the Rashtriya Samman award from the Central Board of Direct Taxes. A keen collector of contemporary Indian art , Mr Poddar has a superb collection of modern Indian masters . The Poddars are currently involved in setting up a museum in Delhi with the theme ‘India through the ages’. The museum, to be named after Mr Poddar's father in law, the late Dr K K Birla as ‘K K Birla Academy’, will be fully funded by the family and is to be commissioned in the coming years.

Mr. Poddar has served as President of FICCI and International Chamber of Commerce in India, and has been appointed by Govt of India on the Board of Trade - the highest body on trade – as well as on the Court of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Mr Poddar has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur for over 10 years and on the local Board of the Reserve Bank of India for a similar period. He was also on the Advisory Board of one of the most reputed investment brokers, Messrs N M Rothschild & Sons (India) Pvt Limited.

Mr Poddar is the Chairman of India-Saudi Arabia Joint Business Council and is a Member of the Indo-French CEO Forum..

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Sunil Sethy, Managing Director

Mr Sunil Sethy has 40 years of experience in accountancy, finance and treasury, legal and general business management. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, with an additional degree in B.Com. F.C.A. Mr Sunil Sethy has previously served at many leading organizations in the following capacity- Managing Director of Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd


Executive Vice Chairman, Managing Director at Binani Industries Ltd, Director of Finance and Corporate Strategy at Acme Tele Power Ltd and as the Vice President Corporate Finance at Eternit Everest Limited. He has also worked with the UB Group, PSI Data Systems, Eicher Goodearth Ltd and Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd. Currently, Mr Sunil Sethy serves as Managing Director of Paradeep Phosphates Ltd and Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd.




Akshay Poddar, Non Executive Director

Mr. Akshay Poddar, Non Executive Director of Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd. is a scion of the renowned Poddar family of Kolkata, promoters of the Adventz Group. The group has a glorious track record of promoting and managing businesses in diversified industries like Fertilizers, Agri-inputs, Heavy Engineering, Process Engineering, Sugar, Consumer Products, Real Estate, Investments and Furniture etc. The annual turnover of the Adventz Group is over US $2.5 billion.


The Adventz group believes in empowerment of farmers and securing interests of all stakeholders. The Group Companies have won awards for practicing best CSR Activities, taking care of community services hand in hand with commercial activities and to conserve the environment. Mr. Akshay Poddar serves as Director on the Board of Group Companies. The Group Companies include Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited, Adventz Securities Enterprises Limited, Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Limited, Adventz Investment Company Private Limited, Adventz Finance Private Limited, Adventz Homecare Private Limited, Touax Texmaco Railcar Leasing Private Limited. Mr Akshay Poddar is an alumnus of the London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London and graduated with Honours in Accounting & Finance in 1999. Mr. Akshay Poddar is also associated as a Member with Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata, Young Leaders Forum (YLF), The Indus Entrepreneurs etc. to name a few.

Suresh Krishan,, Non Executive Director

Mr. Suresh Krishnan, an alumnus of BITS(Pilani) has 30 years of experience in operations, corporate finance, planning in fertilisers, energy and infrastructure sectors. He has been associated with Adventz Group and related companies over two decades. Over the years, was instrumental in financing of large greenfield projects in the domestic and international markets, forging and managing joint ventures and acquisitions, and in


executing turnaround strategies alongside day-to-day operations in the manufacturing sector. He is on the Board of several Adventz Group Companies

Marco P.A. Wadia , Director

Mr. Marco P.A. Wadia, is a partner in Crawford Bayley & Co., Advocates and Solicitors. He has about 26 years of experience in the legal profession having specialised in corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions. He was appointed as Director of the Company w.e.f. 15-5-93.


J. N. Godbole, Director

Mr. J.N. Godbole is a chemical engineer from IIT Powai with qualifications in financial management from Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, University of Bombay. Mr. Godbole has 37 years of diversified experience ranging from Production-In-Charge in a private sector SSI, Development banker with IDBI -the Apex term lending Development Bank of the Govt. of India to Advisor to state Govt. of Sabah in Malaysia.


In Sabah he advised the Govt. in the implementation of a $700 million pulp, paper and timber complex. He was also directly involved in implementation /project management of $ 1Billion gas based complex comprising transportation of associated gas, production of HBI, Methanol, and generation of power. In IDBI Mr. Godbole served in various departments including Project Finance, Venture capital, rehabilitation of sick units, and various capacities from junior officer to Executive Director and finally functioned as the Chairman and Managing Director. He chaired the Empowered Group of CDR (Corporate Debt Restructuring) Mechanism from 2002 to 2004 and was instrumental in reviving and preventing the formation of about Non-performing Assets (NPAs) with debts of $ 17 Billion from the Indian Banking Sector. Currently Mr. Godbole is an independent Director in companies engaged in the fields of Cement, Textiles Sugar, Power Sector, and Paper.

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Gopal Pillai , Director

Former Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Mr Gopal K Pillai completed his early education in Delhi and Bangalore. Thereafter, Mr. Pillai did his post graduation in Chemistry from IIT Madras with an MSc . He joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1972 and was allotted the Kerala Cadre. In the State Government, he held various positions as District Collector, Quilon, Special Secretary (Industries), Secretary (Health) and Principal Secretary to the then Chief Minister,


AK Antony. At the Centre, Mr Pillai has had stints in the Ministries of Defence, Surface Transport, Home and Commerce. As Joint Secretary (North-East) in the Ministry of Home Affairs during 1996-2001, he developed a unique relationship with the Governments and people of the North-East and was involved in active negotiations with various insurgent groups, including the Bodo Liberation Tigers and the NSCN (I/M).

During his five-year stint in the Department of Commerce, during 2004-09, including as Secretary (Commerce), Mr Pillai was actively involved as the Chief Negotiator for India at the WTO, in the negotiations for Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements with Singapore, Japan and South Korea, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and ASEAN for broadening engagements with SAARC and the African Continent. He was also instrumental in the enactment of the SEZ Act, 2005 and the setting up of over 140 Special Economic Zones in India which created over sixteen lakh jobs. Mr Pillai retired from the Government in June 2011.

He is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), RK Mishra Chair at the Observer Research Foundation, Chairman of Ivy Cap Ventures Advisors Pvt Ltd and Chairperson of the University of Engineering and Management, Jaipur.

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Ms. Kiran Dhingra , Director

Ms. Kiran Dhingra has 38 years of experience in governance and has held senior positions in decision making capacities in practically all sectors-the developmental, agricultural, social, industrial, infrastructural, transportation, economic and regulatory. She joined Government in 1975, after standing first in the combined merit list for IFS/IAS, and opted to serve in the IAS.


AKMs. Dhingra has worked with distinction in areas such as National Capital Territory of Delhi, Goa, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Arunachal Pradesh. She has also worked in the Ministries of Human Resource Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Textiles and Shipping, of Govt. of India, where she was instrumental in shaping policy for elementary education and growth of textiles in a globally competitive market; preparing programmes for slum housing; crafting regulation for cleaner air in Delhi by the introduction of CNG buses and four stroke autorickshaws; and designing stimulation packages for construction and textile industry in the two-humped economic downturn since 2008. Her longest stints was in Education and Textiles. She retired in the rank of Secretary to Government of India, in 2013. .

Ms. Dhingra has several years of corporate experience, having served as Government Director or Chairman on the Board of several CPSUs, or supervised their functioning. These included the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, the Delhi Metro, the National Housing Bank, the Housing and Urban Development Corporation, the Cotton Corporation of India, the Central Cottage Industries Corporation, etc..

Currently, she is appointed as Chairperson, Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), a deemed university set up under an Act of Parliament. She is Independent Director, Indian Register of Shipping, Mumbai, since July 2013

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