Board of Directors
Dr. Ramachandra N Galla
Dr Ramachandra N Galla is the Chairman of Amara Raja Group of Companies and has built this group from grassroots levels over the last 30 years. He is an electrical engineer by profession and has acquired Masters degree in System Sciences at Michigan State University USA in 1968. He has worked briefly for US Steel Corporation, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA and later joined Sargent & Lundy in 1971. He has worked in various capacities until 1985 before he turned a full-time entrepreneur and founder of the Amara Raja group of companies.
Born in a modest farmer family in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, Dr Galla has experimented in a brave approach of establishing advanced manufacturing facilities in rural villages thus creating non- migratory job opportunities for local youth while improving the rural infrastructure.
He has promoted and established many business ventures spanning across automotive components, industrial batteries, power electronics, engineering precision products, food and infrastructure. The group has established state-of-the-art manufacturing infrastructure in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and has employed more than 14,000 people directly with many more indirect employment opportunities being created in rural society. Amara Raja Batteries Limited is the flag ship company of the group with a turnover of Rs. 6800 Crores.
Dr.Galla's mission statement has always been to transform our increasing spheres of influence and to improve the quality of life by building institutions that provide better access to better opportunities to more people... all the time. True to his mission statement and his interest in social uplift of people, Dr Galla has initiated various CSR activities in the area of education, water conservation and irrigation schemes, social forestry etc.
He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati in 2007 and later by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad in 2008 and has also received many awards for his entrepreneurial efforts and contribution to the social cause.
Mr. Jayadev Galla
Vice Chairman and Managing Director
Mr Jayadev Galla is the Managing Director of Amara Raja Batteries Limited since August 2003. Under his guidance and leadership, the Company has achieved many milestones, viz., including the crossing of Rs.6800 Crores turnover; expanding footprint in overseas markets especially in the Indian Ocean Rim, etc. He has been very active and providing valuable suggestions to the Company's strategy and growth plans. Mr Jayadev Galla later assumed charge as the Vice Chairman of the Amara Raja group of Companies from August 1, 2013.
Prior to joining the Company, he served as International Sales Executive, GNB Battery Technologies, Inc., USA (now part of Exide Technologies, Inc., USA)
Mr Jayadev Galla is currently a Member of Parliament, a Member of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), National Council, Young Indian National Governing Council & Core Group, Young Presidents Organisation, Hyderabad Chapter and also an External Member, Board of Management Studies (PG) in Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He was also the past Chairman of CII, Andhra Pradesh State Council.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Mr. Harshavardhana Gourineni
Mr. Harshavardhana Gourineni (age 32 years) was the MD and CEO of Mangal Industries Ltd. (MIL), part of the Amara Raja group of companies and India’s leading manufacturer of auto components and storage solutions. He has demonstrated a proven track record of managing different business verticals and steering the business on a path of profitability and a consistent growth. He started his career as an Operations Supervisor and later handled the Demand planning function at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin based Johnson Controls, the largest battery manufacturer in the world.
Mr. Harshavardhana has worked in different positions at RN Galla Family Pvt. Ltd., Amara Raja Infra Pvt. Ltd., and the group’s media arm – Amara Raja Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, in alignment with his passion for technology and organizational behavior. Under his leadership, MIL has executed many mission critical projects in a time-bound manner, thereby earning him accolades from key clientele as well as the industry.
He is fluent in conversational Spanish and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Organization Psychology from the Purdue University, USA. A firm believer in the stakeholder theory of corporate governance, he believes that organizations owe a duty towards the stakeholders and must leverage their strength at its best for the betterment of society. Embedding this motto into the DNA of the firm’s strategy, his current focus area is green energy, sustainability and innovating new technologies that will transform the energy sector and reduce the carbon footprint in the near future.
With a razor sharp focus on reducing overheads and productive inefficiency, Mr. Harshavardhana achieved economies of scale at MIL by breaking operational silos within the company and creating Special Business Units to achieve agility in decision making and execution. This strategy achieved a two-fold return –the storage solutions business turned profitable and transformed MIL into a design led company. He also played an instrumental role behind the establishment of two new business segments in the company– Toolworks and Trading House.
MIL continued its momentum during the pandemic by demonstrating a strong organic growth on all fronts during Mr. Harshavardhana’s tenure. The company achieved a 53% revenue growth from Rs 605 crore to Rs 925 crore, while sales to new customers grew by 189% from Rs 77 crore to 223 crore. MIL started a state of the art operations a facility at Chennai and added well-known business groups like Samsung and IKEA as its clients.
Mr. Harshavardhana believes that intersection of technology into manufacturing and challenging the status quo can open up new avenues for business organizations. Pursuant to this, he has successfully implemented Blockchain technology for the tool life maintenance function at MIL and established a design hub at its Chennai regional office in order to deliver an enhanced service to its customers.
He recently helmed a team that won the prestigious Prize for Leadership in HR excellence, awarded at the 10th National HR Excellence Awards
Mr. Vikramadithya Gourineni
As one of the key transformational leaders in the Amara Raja Group, Mr. Vikramadithya Gourineni (age 31 years) holds several key board positions. He was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Amara Raja Power Systems (ARPSL) as well as the Managing Director of Amara Raja Electronics (AREL). He was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations across these entities where he shaped operational policy, growth strategy and future vision for these firms.
He joined the group in 2013 as a Management Executive, handling various functional responsibilities across businesses. Since then, he has been a driving force behind the design and implementation of the growth strategy for these businesses, transforming them into key pillars of the group.
Mr. Vikramadithya holds board positions in the following group entities – RN Galla Family Pvt. Ltd., Amara Raja Power Systems Ltd, Amara Raja Electronics Ltd, Amara Raja Infra Pvt. Ltd., Amara Raja Blaze Technologies Ltd., and Amara Raja Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Having graduated from University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Biochemistry, Mr. Vikramadithya has developed a strategy focused on industry collaboration, leadership development, and organizational transformation to spearhead the next phase of growth in an industry characterized by rapid change.
Under his adept leadership, both ARPSL and AREL have consistently seen a steady and sustained growth in revenue. For the year ending March 31, 2021, ARPSL achieved a revenue of INR 424 crore. In the same year, AREL made significant improvements in its operational performance in addition to growing the revenue two-fold during a year marred by the outbreak of Covid-19.
Under his leadership, AREL was able to attract several new customers like Lucas TVS, Mitsubishi Electric, Robert Shaw, Atomberg, Pricol, and Motherson Sumi, among others. It also signed an exclusive manufacturing agreement with global power supply maker Salom for their Indian subsidiary as well as IOT device maker Blaze Automation. Embracing the tide of digitalization, the company also undertook several value adding improvements to streamline the manufacturing process and increase competitiveness.
He led ARPSL to successfully bid for several electrical infrastructure projects and effectively drove timely project execution. This includes the commissioning of a 400 KV substation for Telangana Transmission Company and the construction of solar evacuation substations with a cumulative evacuation of 3 GW. During his tenure, the company added to its credentials by adding more than 20 MW of solar rooftop installations. The company also successfully forayed into the execution of utility-scale solar projects with the award of 70 MW project by Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd., which was completed in a record time of six months. This was followed up with a successful bid for the 135 MW Balance of System solar project awarded by National Thermal Power Corporation for a project in Anta, Rajasthan.
Mr. Vikramadithya envisions a world powered by renewable energy and believes that the future of mobility lies in electric vehicles. Committed to the same, he has overseen the setting up of an Energy Storage System in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, and installation of battery swapping stations for E-Rickshaws in Tirupati. He has led the research and development strategy for developing a range of EV chargers and battery management systems for lithium-ion batteries. His emphasis on the need for industry collaboration has led the Amara Raja group to enter into technology partnerships with leading players like Schneider Electric and RAD Israel to introduce new technologies and products into the Indian markets.
He has also been actively collaborating with the central and state governments. He served as a member of the Andhra Pradesh State Council in the Confederation of Indian Industry and was the co-convener in the state’s panel for information technology and electronics. He has actively participated in various national and international professional organizations, including the World Economic Forum, where he represented the Amara Raja Group as the Strategy Officer in the Industry Strategy Meeting.
Mr. N Sri Vishnu Raju
Mr N Sri Vishnu Raju is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School and has completed the OPM programme. He holds Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Osmania University, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was earlier a Director in Raasi Cements Limited and Raasi Ceramics Limited. He is the Founder and Chairman of Exciga Group.
Mr. T R Narayanaswamy
T R Narayanaswamy is the Co-Founder and Group Managing Director of the Tattva Group, who are headquartered in Chennai, India. He has charted the growth of the Tattva Group and its subsidiaries and divisions. A Post Graduate in Commerce, he is responsible for the formation and growth of the Group.
The Tattva Group currently have businesses in:
- Oil & Gas Engineering
- Project Management and Consulting
Apart from his business interests, he is an ardent lover of sports. He holds offices in both the Indian Triathlon Federation and Squash Rackets Federation of India.
He is also associated with various community development and Corporate Social Responsibility projects through Down Syndrome Association of Tamilnadu (DSAT).
Mr. Narayanaswami is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Young Indians (Yi).
Mrs. Bhairavi Jani
Ms Bhairavi is a fourth generation entrepreneur, developmental enthusiast and an avid venture philanthropist. She is the Chairperson and Founder of IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation and Executive Director at SCA Group of Companies founded in 1896. SCA Group undertakes activities in supply chain and logistics sector.After Post-graduation, she started her career with KPMG Consulting in Washington D.C and most of her project work was in the area of supply chain, public services consulting and business process re-engineering. She started her entrepreneurial journey in 2001 by setting up a fourth party logistics Company in India called i3pl and exited in 2005 before joining SCA Group of Companies.
She has been listed as one of the 30 most Powerful Women in India by the India Today publication. She has been profiled as Stree Shakti (Woman Power) person by CNBC Awaaz and featured as a Young Turk by CNBC TV 18. She has been listed as one of the 10 women exemplars by the Hindustan Times and Business Today Magazine has featured her as the Supply Chain Maven.
She is the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader. She is a KBF Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute and a Responsible Leader of the BMW World Responsible Leaders Forum. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Business Honor Society, USA and is Past National Chairman, CII's Young Indians. She is a trustee of India@75 Foundation, Leap Foundation and Ananta Centre and serves on the Global Advisory Committee of Earth Day Network.
In the past decade, she has started, acquired, scaled up many ventures, most of them focused on supply chain and logistics. She is a firm believer in entrepreneurial ecosystems that create livelihood opportunities and dedicates a significant amount of her time, expertise and philanthropy for the cause. She is a trained classical dancer and is passionate about the Arts. Co-creating sustainable livelihoods for communities in higher Himalayas is a mission close to her heart.
Mr. Annush Ramasamy
Mr. Annush Ramasamy (age 46 years) is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India and additionally holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Strategy and Manufacturing Management) from RIT, Rochester, NY.
He is the President & Managing Director of Sri KumaraGuru Mill Limited (SKG). SKG is part of the KG Group, which has its core business in the textiles industry and has also Private Equity investments in Technology, Infrastructure and Real Estate Development.
The group carries out its social responsibilities largely through the various charitable trusts managed by the family members. He is the Managing Trustee of Katya Janani Charitable Trust, which works with improving the lives of underprivileged girl children. The group also runs 6 educational institutions (KG Educational Trust, TKML Trust, KGiSL Trust) and 2 healthcare institutions (K Govindaswamy Naidu Medical Trust) in its charitable trust.
He proactively leads the KG group by focusing on new product and new business development. He has a passion for new technology and advanced solutions.
His vision is built around empowering the proud employees of the SKG family, providing ample opportunities for the talented and well deserving, and creating a culture for becoming “An Employer of Choice”
He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, Young Indians, TiE and The Chennai Angels. He has represented these organizations in various national and international forums. He was on the Global Board of the Entrepreneurs Organization where he was the head of GSEA sub- committee. He was also the National Chairman of CII’s Young Indians (Yi).