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Independent Directors

Mr. Ashwani Singhal | Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Ashwani Singhal has been on the Board of the Company since November 2007. He has over 30 years of experience in non-ferrous metallurgical industry.

He is currently handling the global sourcing of raw materials for his business of manufacturing Aluminium Deox and Ferro Aluminium for the steel industry. He was the Vice President of BIR Brussels, the international authority in non-ferrous metals for global trends in the industry from 1996 to 2008.

He is the Founder-Director of The Metal Recycling Association of India and is an active member of the social service organisation called Lions International. Mr. Ashwani Singhal is serving as the District Chairman Sight First of The International Association of Lions Clubs District 323 A3.

Mr. Harish Bijoor | Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Harish Bijoor has been on the Board of the Company since November 2007. He started his career with Hindustan Lever Limited (formerly known as Brooke Bond Lipton India Ltd.). Currently, he is a Brand Domain Specialist operating out of Bengaluru. He has also served at Zip Telecom Ltd. and Tata Coffee Limited in varied roles in the senior management.

Mr. Harish Bijoor is also an active member of different coffee forums including the Coffee Board of India. Besides, he was an active member of the sub-committee on plantations of the Planning Commission. He has recently written a book titled 'Marketing Trends – Smart Insights into the World of Indian Business'.

Mr. Kailash Chandra Chowdhary | Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Kailash Chandra Chowdhary has been on the Board since November 2007. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He began his career as a Probationary Officer at the Bank of Baroda in 1965 and has over 40 years of experience in finance, management and banking operations.

Mr. Kailash Chandra Chowdhary has been on the Board of various organisations. He was the Executive Director of Central Bank of India, Director of New India Assurance Company Limited, Director of MasterCard amongst many others. He has also served overseas as Director of Bank of Baroda (Kenya) Limited, and Director of International Finance Limited (IBU), Hong Kong.

Mr. Piyush Pandey | Non-Executive Independent Director

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Mr. Piyush Pandey has been on the Board of the Company since November 2007. He joined Ogilvy in 1982 & currently is the Executive Chairman and Creative Director for Ogilvy & Mather India and South Asia. He was the first Asian to be the president of the Cannes Jury for Film, Press and Outdoor in 2004.

Mr. Piyush Pandey was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by AAAI in India in 2010 and Clio in 2012. He is the only Indian to have won a double Gold at Cannes and a triple Grand Prize at London International Advertising Awards held in 2002. He holds a postgraduate degree in History from St. Stephen’s College.

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