CHAIRPERSON (NON-EXECUTIVE NON-INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR)
Philip is a Graduate with Honours from St. Stephen's College (Delhi) and an industrialist with varied experience that spans more than 30 years in General Management. He completed his Masters in Economics in 1964 from the prestigious Selwyn College in Cambridge, UK. Dr. Philip has completed his Doctorate in Economics from Stanford University, California, USA, and is currently a Director of GRP Ltd., India Coffee & Tea Dist. Co. Ltd., Commercial Broadcasts Ltd., Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd., Devon Plantations & Industries Ltd., Indo Bloom Limited, Rembrandt & Vandykes Pvt. Ltd., Philips Investment Pvt. Ltd., and M. M. Research Co. Pvt. Ltd. Dr. Philip serves as a Committee Member of the Audit Committee, and the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
Dr. Philip has been actively involved in the YMCA movement. He has been a Member of the Board of the Bombay YMCA for the last 25 years, and its President for 5 of those 25 years. He is a member of the National Council of YMCAs of India on its National Executive and Chairman of the Property Committee, Member of the Education Board of the Orthodox Church which runs several schools in Western India and serves as Chairman of one of its Schools. Dr. Philip has a keen interest in Music and was actively involved in setting up Jazz India which brought some of the world’s finest Jazz musicians to India. Dr. Peter Philip plays Golf and loves most sports.
Rajendra V. Gandhi is the Managing Director of GRP Ltd. He is a graduate engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and the chief promoter of GRP Ltd.
While the global reclaim industry depended on the European technology for manufacturing, Mr. Gandhi boldly decided to design, fabricate and install an entire plant and machinery for the manufacture of Reclaim Rubber, with complete indigenous components when India was largely deprived of foreign funds for imported machinery. This pioneering effort, at the start of his career, ensured the beginning of a reclaim rubber movement in India.
Mr Gandhi has been a long serving member of the Governing Council of Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA). He has served in the past as a Member of the Managing Committee of the All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) for more than 20 years, also one of the founding members of the Indian reclaim rubber manufacturer’s association (IRRMA), and has been a member of the advisory panel to the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG). He initiated along with AIRIA the institution of the prestigious K. M. Philip Gold Medal Award for individuals who have contributed to the growth of the Indian Rubber Industry.
Mr. Gandhi’s dedication towards the Indian rubber industry has led him to set up the Polymer and Rubber technology department in the Shroff Rotary Institute of Chemical Technology, Gujarat, to offer degree programs in Rubber technology.
Mr Gandhi has been recipient of the prestigious K.M. Philip Gold Medal in the year 2013 for his contribution to the growth of the Indian Rubber Industry. He has also been recipient of a prestigious international award from CompuWorld Honors Award for his initiative in use of Technology for Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability.
Harsh has completed the Owner President Management (OPM) program from Harvard Business School USA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Purdue University USA. He has varied experience of 15 years in various senior managerial positions in the key areas of Market Promotion, Material Procurement, Business Development, Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, and Corporate Services.
Harsh began his career with Kotak Securities in Equity Sales & Trading, followed by a 2 year stint at The Boston Consulting Group advising clients on growth, market entry strategies in Industrial Products, FMCG, Telecom businesses. He joined GRP in 2001 and subsequently worked on special projects before managing and subsequently leading the Marketing, Procurement & Operations functions. He took lead roles in setting up greenfield projects for capacity expansion for reclaim rubber and later drove the entry into the Nylon recycling business. He was appointed as Executive Director in 2009 after 8 years leading the company’s growth. During the last decade, the Company’s presence has expanded to more than 50+ countries worldwide.
Harsh is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), has been a member of the Executive Committee of the All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA), and a Member of the Regional Committee of the Indian Rubber Institute (IRI), apart from being a Member of the Young Entrepreneurs Wing (YEW) of the Indian Merchants Chamber.
Married and a father of 2 children, Harsh likes to play Football, travel the globe and play Golf in his leisure time.
Rajeev M. Pandia is a Bachelor in Technology (with a specialisation in Chemical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, and has obtained his Masters in Science (with a specialisation in Chemical Engineering) from Stanford University, California, USA. Throughout his career spanning 39 years, he has been influential in Strategic Planning, Project Evaluation & Management, Technology Transfer, International Marketing, Government Policies, and General Management.
During the period of 2000-2002, he was the President of the Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association (now Indian Chemical Council). He headed Herdillia Chemicals Limited (later Schenectady Herdillia Limited and SI Group – India Limited) from 1992 and was its Vice Chairman and Managing Director until December 2008. He is also an Independent Director in the Supreme Industries Limited and Excel Industries Limited. He has been invited to make presentations on a wide range of subjects at about 110 international conferences in the USA, Europe and Asia, and has written extensively for several reputed journals and financial newspapers.
As a Board Member and Consultant, Mr. Pandia now advises several Indian and international companies in the areas of Strategy, Project Execution and Operational Excellence.
Mahesh V. Gandhi is a Graduate, with a varied experience that spans more than 35 years in General Management. He is an accomplished industrialist and the Chairman of the Industrial Development & Investment Co. Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Gandhi is also Director in Ghatkopar Estate & Finance Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and Indo-Nippon Chemical Co. Ltd.
Alpana Parida is a graduate from IIM (Ahmedabad) in 1985 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Over a 30 year marketing career, spanning USA and India; Smt. Alpana Parida has long believed that advertising no longer sells products and strong brands are built in culture. She helms India’s largest brand Strategy & Brand Design that has clients from PepsiCo, L&T, Mahindra, Godrej, NDDB and many others.
She has worked in the United States as the CMO of a Natural Food Brand and later with Tanishq (A TATA Company) as Director Marketing & Merchandising, being responsible for profitability of a retail chain of over 200 stores.
At DY Works, she has worked to define strategic design as a business driver for the last 6 years – winning prestigious accounts such as the branding of the Shanghai based BRICS bank and India’s first smart city branding for Aurangabad. She is a regular speaker at global Semiotics conferences and a columnist on the power of design; she has long evangelized the power of the brand for market building.
Saurabh Shah has more than 20 years of experience as advisor in the fields of public equity investments, private equity, capital markets and Merger & Acquisition in India.
He is a Director of Citicorp Finance (India) Ltd., and Partner in AUM Fund Advisors LLP and AUM Asset Advisors LLP.
Prior to founding AUM, Saurabh Shah was a Partner and Member of the Board at 3i India from 2007 for more than 5 years. He was at different times, the head of Buyouts, responsible for Growth Capital and one of the partners of the $1bn India Infrastructure Fund. He has experience in leading the origination, evaluation, due diligence, closing and asset management of various private and listed investment opportunities across several industries.
Prior to 3i, Saurabh Shah was a Senior Director and part of the founding team of Citigroup Investment Banking (formerly Salomon Smith Barney) in India for more than 12 years. He led the bank’s relationship and transaction teams for many of the largest and most significant M&A and capital raising transactions at the time for Indian businesses both in India and overseas.
Prior to Citigroup, Saurabh Shah worked with Salomon Brothers, New York and ran his own accounting practice in Mumbai.
Saurabh Shah has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Mumbai. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Nayna R. Gandhi is a diploma holder in Home Science and is also director in Grip Polymers Ltd., (wholly owned subsidiary of GRP Ltd.) since November, 1993.