2nd Indian Family Businesses Conference 2019

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad & Priwexus are back with their 2nd Indian Family Business Conference- country’s biggest gathering of family businesses and single family offices.

Join us for a prolific two-day conference designed by and for India’s leading family businesses.

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad will serve as the backdrop for this prestigious event scheduled on October 18th-19th, 2019. Join prominent Indian family businesses for prolific educational sessions and collaborative networking opportunities.

IFBC19 will feature an impressive line-up of national and international keynote speakers and will focus on the unique opportunities & challenges of Indian family businesses.

The main purpose of the conference is to provide family businesses an opportunity to listen, learn and share their experiences on various topics of interest.

About IIM Ahmedabad

IIMA is India’s best and Asia’s foremost Business School, IIMA continues to be ranked as one of the finest management institutions in the world. In 2008, IIMA also became the first business school in the country to be awarded EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation. This accreditation awarded by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) certifies that the quality of IIMA’s academic processes and programmes are at par with the best business schools globally that have similar accreditation.

Website: www.iima.ac.in

About Priwexus

Priwexus is a unique membership community of single family offices, prominent business families and individuals of significant wealth in India. It is an impartial peer-to-peer networking forum dedicated to serve all the key focus areas of successful families including investments, philanthropy, family governance, tax, legal, estate management and next-gen education. Priwexus offers a premier gateway to Indian Family Offices & HNW Families to connect and learn from their counterparts from across all disciplines of the global Family Office Community.
Website: www.priwexus.com

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09: 00

Welcome Remarks

Errol D’Souza, Director, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Chitra Singla, Associate Professor, Business Policy, IIM Ahmedabad

09: 15

Opening Remarks

Aditya Gadge, Founder, AIWMI & Priwexus

9: 30

Building Family & Business Together

Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Cadila

10: 30

Planning Succession in Business & in the Family

Ajith Rai, Executive Chairman, Suprajit Group

Ashutosh Rai, Head, Suprajit Technology Center

11: 30


12: 00

My Growing- Up Story at Emcure

Namita Thapar, Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals

13: 00


14: 00

Setting Couple Goals in Family Businesses


Paridhi Adani, Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Karan Adani, CEO, Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd.

15: 00

Sibling Revelry & Building Businesses Together


Rishi Khanna, Co-Managing Director, C&S Electric

15: 45


16: 15

Odyssey of Courage


Habil Khorakiwala, Chairman, Wockhardt Group

17: 00

Freedom and Restraint in Family Business

Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, Chairman, Nalli Group

09: 00

Advising to Family Businesses


Rohit Chanana, Managing Partner, Sarcha Advisors LLP
Ashvini Chopra, Senior Vice President, Bennett Coleman

09: 45

Turning Adversity into Opportunity... A Legacy Brand's Incredible Journey


Perizaad Zorabian, Director, Zorabian Chicken

10: 30


11: 00

The Gen-Nex Perspective

Kailashnath Adhikari, Promoter, Sri Adhikari Brothers
Thomas Muthoot John, Head – Innovation Lab, Muthoot Pappachan Group

11: 45

Strategies for Growing Multi-Generational Wealth


Anjali Bansal, Founder & Managing Partner, Avaana Growth Capital

12: 15

Valedictory Session - Leadership Lessons for the Next Generation

Kandaswamy Bharathan, Joint Managing Director, Kavithalayaa Productions

13: 00

Lunch & Close of Conference

*Please note that the agenda is subject to change as per the availability of speakers

Prof. Errol D’Souza
Ph.D. (JNU)
Errol D’Souza is a Professor of Economics and the Director at the Indian Institute of
Management Ahmedabad.

Errol studied Economics and Statistics at the University of Mumbai where he was
awarded the Kashinath Trimbak Telang gold medal for obtaining the first rank in his
M.A. (Economics) degree. He obtained his Ph.D. as a University Grants Commission
National Research Fellow from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

He has held appointments such as the IFCI Chair Professor at the University of
Mumbai, India Chair Professor at the University Sciences Po in Paris, as a Visiting
Professor of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, as an Honorary Senior
Fellow of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, a
Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and as a Visiting Professor at the Turin School
of Development of the ILO. He has worked on academic committees of the University
Grants Commission and the Indian Council of Social Science Research, and has been
associated with the Planning Commission of India and the Reserve Bank of India in
various capacities, including as a Member, Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary
Policy. He is on the Academic Council of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the
Institute for Human Development, Delhi, and on the Advisory Board of the International
Centre for Development and Decent Work at Kassel, Germany. He was a Director of the
National Housing Bank and is currently on the Board of Governors of the National
Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, the Rajasthan Shram Sarathi
Association, Udaipur, and the India Gold Policy Centre.

He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Quantitative Economics (Springer), the
Indian Journal of Labour Economics (Springer), and Macroeconomics and Finance in
Emerging Market Economies (Taylor & Francis). He is engaged in research in the areas
of macroeconomics, development finance and public policy.

Aditya is the Founder of Priwexus. Aditya also holds the following positions

  • Founder & CEO- Association of International Wealth Management of India (AIWMI)
  • Founder & Principal Advisor- Indian Association of Alternative Investment Funds (IAAIF)
  • Member- Board of Directors at Association of International Wealth Management (AIWM), Switzerland
  • Member- Advisory Board at Family Office Group, USA.

Aditya has 15 years of experience in the Financial Services sector in varied disciplines like Wealth Advisory, Financial Education, Consulting, Strategic Planning & Brand Building.

Aditya has done his Masters in Human Resources, Masters in Economics and is a Certified Financial Planner. A prolific writer, Aditya has been regularly contributing to various business, financial and education publications. Aditya is also a Member- Editorial Board of International Family Offices Journal (Global Law & Business). Aditya has recently co-authored 2 books on Credit Research and 1 book on Global Family Offices.

Aditya is a Member- Occupational Standards Committee of the BFSI Sector Skills Council and is also a Member- Capital Markets Committee of Indian Merchants’ Chambers (IMC). Aditya is also a Mentor with some of the leading global start-up accelerators.

Mrs. Namita Thapar
Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals

Emcure Pharmaceuticals is a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Pune with a turnover of over 5000 crores. It has presence in over 70 countries and an employee strength of over 10,000.

Mrs. Namita Thapar is a Chartered Accountant from ICAI and MBA from the Fuqua School of Business.
Prior to joining Emcure, she has worked in the US for 6 years in various roles in finance and marketing at Guidant Corporation (now Abbott – Stent business). Since joining Emcure in 2007, Namita manages multifunctional portfolios like Finance, Domestic Marketing and HR.

In addition, she is on the board of the Fuqua School of Business (Duke University). She is also the CEO of Incredible Ventures Ltd, an education company that teachesentrepreneurship to 11 -18 year olds in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Chennai. She is a member of Young Presidents Organization, Pune.

Namita is a recipient of the prestigious Economic Times ‘40 under Forty’ award, Economic Times 2017 Women Ahead List and is a part of the ‘Champions of Change’ program initiated by PM Narendra Modi for G2B partnership in policymaking.Namita is married to Vik Thapar and they have two beautiful children.

Dilip G. Piramal
Chairman- VIP Industries Limited

Mr. Dilip G. Piramal, Chairman of VIP Industries, is the pioneer of the luggage industry in India and an industrialist with more than 45 years of vast and rich experience. VIP Industries Ltd manufactures luggage and travel accessories. It is the world’s second largest and Asia’s largest luggage maker. The company has more than 8,000 retail outlets across India and a network of retailers in 50 countries. It acquired United Kingdom based luggage brand Carlton in 2004.

VIP Industries Ltd. has four major brands in various market segments: VIP, Carlton, Skybags and Aristocrat. It has more than 50% market share in the organized sector, in India. A few years ago, VIP Industries Ltd. launched India’s first ladies handbag brand “Caprese”, in the mass premium segment.

Dilip Piramal is involved in various professional and social fora and was the President of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the year 2015 -2016. He is a former President of The Organization of Plastic Processors of India, the All India Plastic Manufacturers Association (AIPMA) and the Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town.

Dilip Piramal takes active interest in social and philanthropic activities. He is involved with the Piramal Education Trust in his ancestral hometown Bagar, in the State of Rajasthan.

Paridhi Adani is a partner in the Ahmedabad office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. After completing her LLB at Government Law College, Mumbai she joined the Firm in July 2013. She was admitted as an advocate in the Bar Council of Maharashtra in the year 2014. She has also completed her Bachelor of Commerce, Accountancy and Finance from H.R College of Commerce and Economics in Finance in 2010. She is currently a part of the Firm’s General Corporate Practice group.

As a part of the General Corporate Team, she routinely advises both domestic and international clients on legal aspects of their business strategy in India, including on various commercial arrangements, entry strategy, private equity, mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and foreign investment. Paridhi has assisted and advised large conglomerates, institutions, technology based start-ups, on evolving regulations and legal framework surrounding their business, activities in
India. She has also been involved in drafting commercial contracts. She has also authored several domestic and international publications including on Joint Ventures, entry strategy, and corporate governance.

Her practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, Defence, Corporate Governance, Energy, and Logistics. She has been involved in numerous matters pertaining to mergers and acquisitions (including public M&A transactions), private equity investments, joint ventures and collaborations in various sectors and corporate governance related advice. She regularly advises both Indian and foreign clients on the Indian regulatory regime applicable to such transactions (particularly in relation to foreign investment in India), and has liaised with Indian regulatory authorities, on behalf of several clients. She also advises clients on the issues that arise in relation to their work force and employee database, including on their contracts, exits and statutory compliance.
She has also been working closely with her clients on assisting them with standardization of their contracts and in-house policies relating to brand, risk, employment, etc. and on their M&A strategy.

Karan Adani is the Chief Executive Officer of Adani Ports and SEZ (APSEZ), the 12 Billion dollar ports and logistics business of the diversified conglomerate, Adani Group. An
Economics graduate from Purdue University (USA), Karan joined the company in 2009, gaining expertise in core operations at Mundra port, the flagship port of APSEZ in Gujarat. Ever since, he has been able to rapidly expand the portfolio from just two ports to ten ports and terminals dotting the entire Indian coastline. Following a series of strategic expansion deals, APSEZ is now India’s largest and fastest growing private sector port developer and operator with a pan-India logistics reach.

With his international perspective, Karan now aims to augment the company’s identity around an integrated business model that includes port operations, logistics and SEZ development, a combination that is rapidly transforming the company into an end-to-end logistics solutions provider. Following an increased focus on operational efficiencies through moves such as decentralizing of port operations and introduction of Internet of Things and Robotics, APSEZ under Karan Adani is all set to become a globally competitive player setting a benchmark for excellence in port operations.

Karan is soft spoken and a modern leader who takes his team along with him to develop new ways of doing business. He is an active proponent of environmental safety and comprehensive developmental for the larger good of society. When he isn’t aggressively pursuing growth plans for APSEZ, Karan enjoys working out in his state-of-the-art gym and spending quality time with his three year old daughter.

Rohit has a rich professional experience spread over 36 years working with Family run Businesses of which 28 years were in Senior Management roles working with the Promoters. The longest and last stint was with Hero Family for 24 years ( Dec 1994- March 2019 ), 4 Years ( Oct 90- Nov 94) with Ranbaxy, and balance 8 years ( Sep 82- Sep 90) with Escorts.
The roles have been very varied ranging from Shareholder and Family realignments, Family office and Wealth Management, Managing Investment and Treasury, Fund Raising from SWF and P/E, M&A and JV with Global Companies, P&L responsibility, Developing and building executable strategy,and Mentoring . Rohit delivered wonderful outcomes to all his stakeholders and enjoyed this journey of 36 years (version 1.0). Delivering the desired outcomes require deep understanding, conviction, belief, hard work, imagination, humility, obsession to excel, and win win etc
Rohit has now set up Sarcha Advisors LLP to launch Version 2.0 of his life, as a 21 year old with 36 years of experience. Rohit plans to offer advisory services, as a Dost ( Friend ),to Family/s and Family Businesses, Investors, while continuing to play a role with Start Ups to stay current with the new technologies, emerging trends, and business models. He will leverage on his experience to continue to deliver great outcomes to all his stakeholders while staying with his Core Values..Rohit has so far made over 12 angel investments.

Ashvini Chopra (TEP) is Senior Vice President at Bennett Coleman. He Heads the Family office of the Promoters and takes care of Succession Planning, Tax planning, Wealth Management, Lifestyle Management, Entity management (for investment companies & Charity Trusts) and advising on Board constitution.

Simultaneously, he also works with other families on their Succession and Estate Planning issues and assists with Family Constitutions, formation of trusts and Wills. He has and experience of working with over 70 large and small families for their Estate and Succession requirements.

Prior to joining Times Group he was the founder MD and CEO of Universal Trustees Private Limited (UTPL), a company co-promoted by Dileep Choksi, Pradip Shah with ICICI Group as an investor.

He is a Diploma Holder in Trust & Estate Practice from STEP UK, an MBA in marketing and a commerce graduate. At UTPL he was responsible for completely setting up the company from scratch and advised over 100 families with their estate planning requirements.

Ashvini is also a member of Family Firms Institute, Inc. USA (FFI) and Family office Exchange. He regularly contributes articles to the STEP Journal and The Practitioner by FFI.

Having been a part of the financial services industry in times of fundamental change, he has amassed wide experience across the industry. Right from his first job, when NBFC sector was new to India to the current one at Universal Trustees, he has always tried to be in nascent industries. He joined a Mutual fund in 1997 when the mutual fund industry was going through its most tumultuous phase. In 2004 he joined the start-up team of another Mutual Fund which was India’s first focussed debt fund house. After being a part of the mutual fund for four years since the start of its operations and helping the fund to grow to INR 10,000 crores, he moved to ICICI Bank in its International Private Banking Unit.

In ICICI Bank Ashvini was identified with the business growth the bank witnessed in International Private Banking in East Africa and Philippines. He moved as Head of Sales for Private Banking of ICICI Group in the US & later he was put in charge of rejuvenating the private banking team in the UK as Head of Private Clients in UK.

He plays an active role in setting up the procedures and systems that in turn help the organisation to hold steady initially and reaps the dividends later on reaching new heights. At Universal Trustees, he made it his mission to make it the first system based trustee company in India and to that end contracted with a global software company to Indianise their existing software for use by UTPL.

Ashvini loves meeting people and visiting new cities. A keen reader, he loves reading various genres of books with his favourite authors being Ayn Rand and Issac Assimov.

Anjali Bansal is the non-executive Chairperson of Dena Bank. She is also the founder of Avaana Capital, a fund platform that invests in and supports exceptional entrepreneurs in their scaling up journey. She was previously global Partner and Managing Director with TPG Growth PE, Spencer Stuart India CEO, and strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co in New York and India. She started her career as an engineer.

She serves as an independent non-executive director on the public boards of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals India, Bata India Limited, Tata Power, Voltas, and is on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Global Centre’s, South Asia. Previously, she chaired the India board of Women’s World Banking, a leading global livelihood-promoting institution and continues to be an advisor to SEWA.

She heads NITI Aayog Women Entrepreneurship Platform Investment Council, serves on the managing committee of the Indian Venture Capital Association, and is a mentor to Facebook SheLeadsTech.

An active contributor to the dialogue on corporate governance and diversity, Anjali co-founded and chaired the FICCI Centre for Corporate Governance program for Women on Corporate Boards. She serves on the managing committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

She has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” by India’s leading publication, Business Today, and as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune India. She is a frequent speaker at forums such as HBS India Conference, Columbia University, Stanford GSB, Facebook, LinkedIn, VC Circle, IVCA Conclave, Women Corporate Directors, and others.

She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University and a Masters in International Finance and Business from Columbia University.

Rishi is one of 3 Managing Directors of C&S electric ltd. He manages the company along with his two cousins Anuj and Aditya Khanna. The company was founded in 1966 by their IITian fathers who have been non executive for over a decade now having handed the reigns to the next generation. Rishi has an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Business at UCLA and is an Electrical and Electronics engineer from Manipal Institute of Technology. The C&S group is privately owned with a turnover of around 1750 crores active in over 70 countries, including manufacturing locations in China and Belgium.

Educational Qualification

B.E.(Mech.Engg) : National Institute of Engineering
University of Mysore – 5th Rank in the University

M.A.Sc.(Ind.Engg.) : Dalhousie University, Halifax – Novascotia, Canada.

After completing his Masters, Ajith Rai returned to India and set-up first generation enterprise – SUPRAJIT Engineering, a small scale unit, in technical collaboration with M/s Toh Fon Machine Company Limited, Taiwan, to manufacture Automotive Control Cables.

Today, Suprajit Engineering Limited is a listed company. Suprajit acquired Phoenix Lamps Limited (Now merged with Suprajit), making halogen bulbs; Wescon Controls, a Wichita, Kansas, USA, based non-automotive cable maker, and more recently India Halogen assets of OSRAM.. Suprajit’s rapid growth has been achieved both by organic capacity expansion and strategic acquisitions. In the process, it now has five 100% owned subsidiaries – Wescon controls –USA and Suprajit Europe – UK (cable business), Luxlite – Luxembourg and Trifa – Germany (Halogen business) and Suprajit Automotive India. The group’s annual cable capacity at 250 million, lamps capacity at 87 million are amongst top 5 in the world.

As a first generation technocrat entrepreneur, the first cable plant was conceptualized, planned and executed by Ajith Rai. In the past 30+ years, he gained exhaustive and comprehensive experience and in-depth exposure in management by setting up new plants, getting new customers, developing suppliers, building the team, and working closely with all stakeholders. He also gained hands on experience in M& A and setting up International businesses. `De-risk and grow profitably’ is the central philosophy of Ajith Rai and Suprajit group.

He is member of American Institute of Industrial Engineers, CII, ACMA, and an active Rotarian. He is involved in many CSR initiatives through Suprajit Foundation. Married to Supriya, a practicing Dental Surgeon, they have 3 sons.

Education: Masters in Mechanical Engineering

Total Experience with Suprajit: 5 years

First 3 years was a curated crash-course into the business and the operations, but more importantly to interact with as many people in the organization as possible.

Current Role at Suprajit: Head of Suprajit Technology Centre

Focus areas of current role are to introduce new products into Suprajits portfolio, bring in new areas of product and process expertise, enhance technical and engineering capabilities and build Intellectual Property.

Mr Kailasnath Adhikari, Promoter, Sri Adhikari Brothers (SAB) Group, is a double post-graduate in accounting from the London School of Economics (LSE). He began his professional journey at the age of 23 as a Deputy Secretary to Government of India in the erstwhile Planning Commission of India. In the office of Member, Planning Commission, Dr Narendra Jadhav, he was handling Affairs of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Labour and Employment, Social Justice and Empowerment. The Economic Times has also featured him as one of the young guns working in the Erstwhile Planning Commission of India.

He spearheads the content business of the Group along with Broadcasting and is responsible for providing the vision and growth to drive the business forward. He has also set up the publishing arm of the group “Governance Now” and has been a speaker at various events of governance and public policy. The Bramhakumari foundation has awarded him on their 80th anniversary for his exemplary contribution to Indian Media.

The Group currently operates India’s No. 1 music & youth Channel “Mastiii” along with leading Bhojpuri Channel “Dabangg” and Marathi music channel “Maiboli”. At the same time group concern Happii Digital is very active in creating new age content for various broadcasters and digital platforms.

Perizaad Zorabian is a Mumbai University Gold Medalist, a trained Western Classical Ballet
dancer and an MBA in Marketing from New York.

Having created a unique niche for herself as an actress in independent offbeat cinema –
Perizaad is now the full-time Director of her family business, Zorabian Chicken, wherein she
handles Marketing, Sales, Distribution and Operations.

Zorabian Chicken was started 38 years ago by her father, Mr Khoram Zorabian, with a vision
to be a premium producer of quality chicken. Over the years, Zorabian has moved from being
a respected brand in the wholesale space to being a retail brand with a brand loyalty that is
prized and cherished.

Zorabian Chicken launched itself into the hearts of the retail consumer, 8 years ago, and it has
been an encouraging journey for the brand – that has evolved to be the first choice of every
quality-conscious consumer.

Zorabian is known for its unique offering of providing the consumer with unmatchable
quality at an extremely competitive price – which has helped it reach every household.
Zorabian’s pan India footprint is enviable, since it’s only the brand’s commitment to quality
and their unique offerings that have made it a top selling brand.

Perizaad works passionately with a team of young, driven members who take ownership in
the brand and its values, making Zorabian a unique proposition in this large scale commercial

Zorabian is known for its Quality, Integrity and Trust and its success makes you believe in
the “power of doing things right”.

An alumnus of Loyola College, Madras and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA – PGP
’78), Kandaswamy Bharathan spent 12 years in the Chemical and Automotive sectors before joining
Kavithalayaa, a well-known Film & Television production house based in Chennai, serving the company
in various leadership roles for the past 26 years. Kavithalayaa was founded by the (Late) Mr. K.
Balachander, Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee and iconic Tamil Film director. Currently the Joint Managing
Director of Kavithalayaa, he was Executive Producer of various Award-winning films such as Roja,
Annamalai, Muthu and many more under the Kavithalayaa banner. His early training in management
coupled with a deep passion and understanding of the creative industries made him a rare combination
that enabled him to introduce several ‘Best Practices’ in the industry. He was also responsible for
designing India’s first software for the movie industry.

Bharathan’s passion to professionalize the film industry led to his reinvention as a teacher in 2008. He is
an Adjunct Faculty in IIM Ahmedabad and the Indian School of Business, two of India’s top Business
Schools. He has played a pioneering role in conceptualizing, designing and delivering India’s first of its
kind management course on the entertainment industry. The course titled ‘Contemporary Film
industry – a business perspective’ was recognized as “an innovation in management education” by both
the academia and the industry at a leading conference on Management Education held in IIMA in 2011.

Mr. Bharathan has written a few case studies on the Indian movie industry, highlighting the business and
decision-making challenges in the creative sector. He regularly speaks at the events of Confederation of
Indian Industry (CII), FICCI and the Indo-American Chamber of commerce on topics related to
management and technology in the entertainment industry. He has been a member of CII delegations to
USA, UK and Japan. He was invited to speak at Chicago Booth’s annual conference on Emerging Markets
and at University of Michigan Ross School of business for his research on Globalization of Indian
entertainment – a strategic approach.

Bharathan is currently spearheading Kavithalayaa’s transformation from a pureplay movie production
house to an entertainment conglomerate through innovation and creativity in managing the digital
disruption in the industry. Harmony with A.R. Rahman is the first such initiative by Kavithalayaa.
Mr. Bharathan saw professionalism and innovation as essential to the survival and growth of the Indian
entertainment industry and spends a good deal of time advocating the concept.

Contact Details:
Email: bharathank@kavithalayaa.in
Mobile: +91 9840156760

Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chettiar, Chairman of the 90 year old Nalli textiles business
house, has a penchant for quality products and customer care. Nalli, an internationally
reputed brand for quality silk goods, has now entered the jewellery sector also.

Born in 1940 in Kanchipuram, he studied in Chennai. Having lost his father half way
through his schooling, Chettiar, a brilliant rank-holder, gave up his dream of college
education. Soon after his school final examinations in March 1956 he joined the family’s
textile shop. He has developed a 200sq. ft. silk store into a three floor 30,000 sq.ft.
Showroom and opened over thirty domestic and overseas branches. During the last six
decades he is the goodwill of the Nalli group.

He is an endearing friend to all his customers. He is willing to walk an extra miles to
please customers, beyond the trade confines. Periodical expansion and wide patronage
through generations is possible simply because of the goodwill Nalli has generated with
its quality products and customer care. Besides those in U.S. and Singapore, Nalli has
seven branches in Chennai, four in Bangalore, three in Delhi, two in Mumbai, one each in
Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Cochin, Pondicherry, Madurai, Tiruchi and

Chairman of Kapaleeswarar Temple Trust Board for three terms. He has been a member
of the Trust Board of the Tirupathi, Tirumala Devasthanams. He is the Founder President
of SNEHA an NGO taking care of the depressed. Now Patron, Tamil Chamber of
Commerce. Chettiar is also a member in overseas Chambers like Indo-Australian
Chamber and Indo-Japan Chamber. He is respected by industrial bodies like FICCI and
CII. Now a Member of the Senate of Periyar University, Salem, he has been a Member of
the Senate, Bharathiar University, Member, Planning Board, Tamil University,
Thanjavur, Member, Central Silk Board and Member, South Zone Cultural Centre.

Mr. Chettiar is part of public life. In recognition of his immense contribution to trade and
industry, he has been conferred the national honour Padma Shri. For his patronage to arts
and culture the Tamil Nadu Government honoured him with the title Kalaimamani.
He is a liberal donor for arts, culture and education. He is on the governing body of many
arts and cultural bodies and educational institutions. Ramakrishna Mission has made him
Vice President of the governing bodies of various educational institutions.

Now he is President of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Mudhra, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha,
Brahma Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Chennai Cultural Academy, Madras Film

Society, Mylapore Academy, and Melattur Bhagavata Mela Committee, Melattur. He is
the Vice Charman, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra.

A man of impeccable honesty, he has never tapped his influence in public life for
personal or professional gains. Everything is service for him. Whatever public service he
takes up, he does it whole heartedly with a classic professional touch.
Mr. Chettiar is well introduced to Presidents, Governors, Prime Ministers, Chief
Ministers, top civil servants the diplomatic community and some ministers in Singapore
and Malaysia.

A voracious reader, he is part of the annual Book Fair in Chennai. He has built up a rich
home library, an envy of academic institutions and industrialists. He has visited several
countries on business and pleasure.

He has written many books on management and ethics. Two of them have won awards
from the Tamil Nadu Government, one from Tirupur Tamil Sangam and one more from
Ilakiya Chinthanai, a prestigious literary body in Chennai. Some have been translated into
English and other Indian languages. He knows Tamil, Telugu, English and Hindi.

The following are the books on Nalli Kuppuswami Chettiar:

1. Kalaimamani Nalli – Ed. Dr. R. Natarajan 2. Padmashri Nalli – Ooran Adigal, 3. Nalli
Arupaththaaru – Saraswathi Ramanathan,
4. Tata and Nalli – 5. Nallor Potrum Nalli – Ed. Dr. R. Natarajan
6. Manitharul Manikakam – Pon. Paramaguru, 7. Uzhaippin Sigaram – Muthu Srinivasan,
8. Kamya ka Pee Dastan (Hindi)

Contact Numbers: 044- 2434 4115, e-mail: nkchetti@nalli.com

Thomas Muthoot John is the Head of Innovation Lab at Muthoot Pappachan Group. The Innovation Lab has been set up recently, in line with the Group’s one of the nine Strategic Objectives of, ‘Constant Renewal’ and also with one of the seven Culture Codes of, ‘Fresh Thinking & Continuous Renewal’.

Also known as Thomas Muthoot Jr., he is the son of Muthoot Pappachan Group’s Chairman, Thomas John Muthoot. He has been involved with the Group’s flagship company, Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. (MFL) in day to day operations now for six long years. In the long on-going stint, Thomas Jr. spearheaded critical projects and led firm’s investments in multiple new businesses, start-ups and joint ventures. He also led the intensive study & subsequent re-structuring of MFL’s approval processes as the business was impacted by major bottlenecks in decision-making.

As a director on the board of Group’s Microfinance entity, Muthoot Microfin Ltd. (MML), Thomas Jr. has been an active member of the core group leading the building up of MML in its initial years. As per the nature of its business, MML’s predominant operations are at the grassroots, working closely with village level women entrepreneur. As an active part of the core group, Thomas Jr. has travelled extensively into villages and has interacted intensively with these simple and yet feisty women entrepreneurs. The deep understanding of these women customers, who face extreme challenges and yet exude positivity and ambition to rise above, has left lasting impressions on his mind & heart and helped him in ensuring that Group’s values & vision of truly serving the common man, is followed & practiced in letter & spirit.

Prior to stepping into the family business, Thomas Jr. was a full-time Strategic Analyst with global consulting major, KPMG, for over two years, at its New York and Chennai offices. Apart from a variety of assignments in Process & Internal Audit across various – typically large – KPMG Accounts, Thomas Jr. led a 5-member team which conducted Internal Auditing and Risk assessment for a NYSC-listed ITES Company; he also led fundamental process improvement and transformation in more than half a century old legacy systems of automobile major, Renault Nissan.

Thomas Jr. graduated in Economics from Loyola College, the University of Madras as part of the top 10 percentile of the batch. As part of long-term roadmap, he has planned to gain more operational experience working with MFL, before heading out for his post graduate studies. Thomas Jr. is a passionate footballer & long-distance cyclist. In fact, he has worked closely with Kerala Blasters Football Club (KBFC), Kerala’s team in the Indian Super League in the initial days, not only towards Muthoot Pappachan Group coming on board as the Title Sponsor, but also strategically supporting KBFC on various aspects. Apart from Sports, Thomas Jr. is also a voracious reader of books on Military Strategies, Psychology & Economics.

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