Board of Directors
The primary responsibility of our Board of Directors is to foster the long-term success of the Company, consistent with its statutory duty to shareholders.
This section brings you biographical details of executive and non-executive directors of Sudarshan.
Mr. Pradeep Rathi has completed his MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, USA and MBA from Columbia University, USA. He was actively involved with Indian Chemical Manufacturers’ Association previously.
Mr. Rathi is a past Chairman of Dyes and Dye Intermediate Sub-Committee and Planning and Development and Exports Sub-Committee. He was also the past president of Rotary Club of Poona.
Mr. Rathi acted as Chairman of the Foreign Trade Sub-Committee of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture.
Mr. Rathi has been associated with Sudarshan for more than four decades and he retired as a Managing Director of the Company in 2018. Mr Rathi also holds Directorship positions in other listed entities.
Mr Rajesh Rathi has completed BE (Mechanical) from MIT, Pune; BSc (Chemical) from Ohio University, USA and MBA from Pittsburgh University, USA. He has been associated with the Company for more than two decades.
Mr Ashish Vij has completed his BE (Chemical) UDCT from Punjab University. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Practitioner from Uniworld, USA and Breakthrough Management Group India.
He has also completed Strategy Intervention Programme from the Strategy Academy of Mr. Ranjan Das (Strategy Prof. of IIMC). He has been associated with the Company for more than 15 years.
Mrs. Panse has completed MSc, D.B.M. (Diploma in Business Management), Masters in Management Sciences with specialisation in Financial Management from Pune University and MBA with specialisation in Bank Management from Drexel University, USA. She also has a professional qualification C.A.I.I.B. (Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers). Mrs. Panse is highly respected and admired in the banking sector for her outstanding contributions and her illustrious career full of many milestone achievements and contributions. She was appointed as Executive Director of Vijaya Bank by the Government of India and later was promoted as Chairperson and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank till she retired in January, 2014. Currently she serves on the Boards of several reputed companies in India.
Mrs Rati Forbes is a Director of the Forbes Marshall Group. She heads Forbes Marshall’s Foundation and is responsible for the CSR activities for the group. Recognised for her social initiatives both within the company and in the external world, she chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry's western region cell for social development for six years, sensitising corporate entities on their social responsibilities.
She has served on the board of two international foundations; she serves as an Independent Director on Listed companies, as well as on the boards of varied foundations and non-profits, across India. She graduated in Psychology and Sociology from Mumbai University and holds a masters degree in Sustainability Management and Leadership from Cambridge University, UK.
Mr. Dara Damania is a renowned technocrat. He had a very long association with ThyssenKrupp Ag Group, Germany and his role has been instrumental in the significant progress made by the ThyssenKrupp Industries, India, during his tenure with the Group. He is also associated with several leading Companies as an Independent Director.
Mr. S. Padmanabhan is a former IAS Officer. He has had a distinguished career as a bureaucrat where he held various positions in the Government of Maharashtra, including Director - Tourism, Managing Director - SICOM, Commissioner, Aurangabad Division etc. He has wide experience in Industrial Projects, Finance and Administration. Subsequent to his retirement, he is associated with several leading companies as an Independent Director, Management Consultant and Advisor.
Mr. Sanjay Asher is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Commerce and Law Graduate from Mumbai University. He is a Practising Solicitor and Advocate and is a Senior Partner with Crawford Bayley & Co, which is India’s oldest law firm, established in 1830. He specialises in the fields of Corporate Law and Commercial Law, Cross-Border M&A, Joint Ventures, and Capital Markets. He serves as an Independent Director of various reputed Public and Private companies in India.
Mr. Naresh Raisinghani is the CEO and Executive Director of BMGI, India, which is engaged in providing consultancy services to reputed corporate houses. He has completed his Owner / President Management Program from Harvard Business School and his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mumbai. Mr. Raisinghani is widely regarded as a leading thinker and an expert on Operational Excellence, Innovation and Strategy Deployment.
Dr. Parikh has a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from University of Tennessee, USA and has experience of more than 30 years in speciality chemicals, commodity plastics, chemicals and materials. Dr. Parikh is associated with various companies in India and abroad as a Management Consultant, Independent Director.
Mr Anuj Rathi holds a Bachelor’s in Science from University of Alabama, USA, a Master’s degree in Business Management from Drexel University, USA, and a Master’s degree in E-Business from Temple University, USA. He has acquired broad experience working globally for over 20 years in strategic planning, marketing, sales and product management roles. He is associated with the Company for more than 15 years in various capacities, including being the Global Head of Cosmetics Division of the Company.