Nakul Anand (65), DIN: 00022279, a Non-Executive Director of the Company since 6th January, 1998, was appointed as the Chairman of the Company effective 21st March, 2009. He is an Executive Director on the Board of ITC Limited (ITC) and oversees Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Businesses of ITC.
An Economics Honours Graduate from the Delhi University with an AMP Degree from the Bond University, Australia, Anand joined erstwhile ITC Hotels Limited as a Management Trainee in 1978. He has also served as the Managing Director of that company from 2003 to 2005.
In a career that spans more than four decades, Anand has been acknowledged for his vision, commitment and for his role as a thought leader to the tourism and hospitality industry. Building on ITC’s ethos as an exemplar in sustainability, he has passionately advocated the imperative for a sustainable business model of hoteliering. Leveraging the significant learnings of sustainable excellence within ITC, he has led the team at ITC Hotels to pioneer the concept of ‘Responsible Luxury’ in the hospitality industry. This commitment has won global recognition for ITC Hotels as the largest chain of hotels in the world having the maximum number of LEED® Platinum certified properties as per the stringent norms of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Anand has been a past President of the Hotel Association of India and past Chairman of the CII National Tourism Committee. He was also a Member of the India-Sri Lanka CEOs Forum, and Council Member & Executive Committee Member of the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He is presently a Member of the National Tourism Advisory Council constituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Chairman of the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality, and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Hotel Association of India. He is also a Member of the Senior Advisory Council of the Sustainability Hospitality Alliance.
Anand was recognised as the ‘Corporate Hotelier of the World 2019’ by Hotels Magazine USA. During the year, he was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA) 2022 for his long, illustrious and invaluable contribution to the hospitality sector.
Pradeep Vasant Dhobale
Pradeep Vasant Dhobale (66), DIN: 00274636, was appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of the Company effective 1st November, 2018. Dhobale is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He was a Wholetime Director of ITC Limited (ITC) from January 2011 to December 2015 and held the responsibility for overseeing ITC’s FMCG Businesses. Prior to this, he held responsibility for Paperboards, Papers and Packaging Businesses of ITC, and also represented the Finance and IT functions on the ITC Board.
Presently, he is actively involved in angel investing and start-up mentoring, inter alia, through Hyderabad Angels Forum for Entrepreneurship Development, of which he is a Board Member.
Dhobale has been an active member of several industry bodies. He is on the Board of Hyderabad Angels. He also serves as a member of Court of Governors of Administrative Staff College of India. Dhobale has served as Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and CII National Committee on Environment and Green Entrepreneurship Council. He is also a past President of the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association and the Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association.
Dhobale is also the Founder President of the Indian School of Business – Centre for Executive Education, Alumni Association, Hyderabad Chapter.
Vrinda Sarup (65), DIN: 03117769, was appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of the Company effective 29th June, 2021.
Ms. Sarup is a retired IAS officer with administrative experience of more than 36 years. She holds a Masters Degree in History from the Delhi University and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1981. In her illustrious career, she was Secretary - Food and Public Distribution in the Govt. of India and also Union Secretary - School Education and Literacy, Govt. of India. She has held eminent positions in the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh including posts of Principal Secretary - Finance, Principal Secretary - Technical & Vocational Education, apart from State Project Director Education for All Projects and her district level postings as Collector and District Magistrate etc. She has served in the Govt. of India at the level of Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary and Director in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, wherein she contributed immensely in crafting two major pan-India school education programmes, namely the District Primary Education Programme and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. She has also been instrumental in reorienting & redesigning the scheme for Vocational Education in secondary / senior secondary schools in 2014, to make it more industry and employment oriented. She has worked closely with various International Organisations viz. World Bank, DFID of UK, UNICEF, European Union, World Food Programme, etc.
Prior to joining IAS, she has academic teaching experience in Delhi University in History Department from 1978 to 1980.
Post retirement, Ms. Sarup continues to engage with the sectors of Education and Food in an advisory capacity, and is presently the Managing Trustee of the World Food Programme Trust for India. She also advised Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), India, on education matters from January 2019 to January 2021. She is a Member of the Management / Executive Committees of several schools in Delhi.
Homi Phiroze Ranina
Homi Phiroze Ranina (75), DIN: 00024753, was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company on 1st August, 1983, and is presently an Independent Director on the Board.
Ranina is a Chartered Accountant and Advocate by qualification and is currently practising as an Attorney, having specialisation in Taxation, Corporate and Foreign Exchange Laws of India. He wrote his first book on Income Tax at the age of 25 and, thereafter, has authored several publications.
He is a prolific writer, having written more than 2,000 articles. He was appointed by the Government of India as a Member of the Committee of Experts to draft a new Income Tax Law. He has addressed more than 500 professional seminars on Taxation, Economics and Foreign Exchange Regulation Law, both in India and abroad.
Ranina is a recipient of the “Outstanding Young Persons Award” both at the State and National levels from the Jaycees. He has also been bestowed the “Economic Analyst Par Excellence” Award by Rotary International.
He was nominated by the Government of India as a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India on 27th November, 2000 and was re-appointed for a further period of five years in June 2006. He was Chairman of the Inspection and Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of India for twelve years. He also served for six years on the Board of Payment and Settlement Systems.
Subrahmoneyan Chandra Sekhar
Subrahmoneyan Chandra Sekhar (69), DIN: 00024780, was appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of the Company effective 20th January, 2020. Mr. Sekhar is a Science Graduate from Delhi University and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He joined ITC Limited (ITC) in 1978 and served that company for more than 37 years until his retirement in January 2015.
During his long tenure in ITC, he held various positions in the Finance function and had under his span of control, Finance, Treasury, Audit, Legal and Information Technology. He retired as Senior Executive Vice President of the Hotel Division of ITC. He held directorship in various subsidiary companies of ITC and was the Managing Director of Landbase India Limited till January 2015.
Bhagwateshwaran Hariharan (59), DIN: 02953902, was appointed as the Managing Director of the Company with effect from 1st May, 2020. ITC Limited (ITC) has deputed the services of Mr. Hariharan to the Company.
Hariharan is a post graduate in Management and has immense experience in a career spanning over 35 years. He joined the Hotels Division of ITC in 1986 and has handled a wide range of responsibilities encompassing Sales, Distribution, Product Development and Brand Management. He assumed charge of the Sales & Marketing function of the Hotels Division in 2003 as Vice President. In 2016, he was appointed as the Managing Director of Landbase India Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC, which owns and operates the Classic Golf & Country Club and owns ITC Grand Bharat.
Anil Rajput (66), DIN: 00022289, was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company on 29th May, 2000. He is an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and joined ITC Limited (ITC) in 1976.
During the course of the last 46 years, Rajput has held various positions in ITC. He was seconded to the Company as part of the start-up team and during his tenure between 1983 and 1989, he laid down the strong foundation for the Company’s domestic networking across India. He was then assigned responsibility in ITC’s Hotels Division where he was engaged in Finance, Projects and Development. He was associated with various prestigious hotel projects viz., ITC Grand Maratha, ITC Grand Central, Mumbai, and ITC Sonar Bangla, Kolkata. In the year 2003, he moved to ITC Corporate as Vice-President – Project Finance & Development, and since 2007 he has been heading Corporate Affairs as Senior Vice President and is a member of the Corporate Management Committee, since 2020. With a keen global perspective and tremendous insights on policy making, he is highly attuned to the nuances and impact of regulatory and policy issues. He works closely and has developed strategic relationships with key stakeholders in the government, public affairs, media and industry chambers.
Presently, he is also holding membership of Academic / Professional organisations viz., FMS and Skal International. He is on the Executive Committee of FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, chairs Sectoral Committees in FICCI & ASSOCHAM and is the Secretary of Cuisine India Society.
Jagdish Singh (56), DIN: 00042258, was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company on 16th April, 2016. A Commerce Graduate and a Chartered Accountant, Singh joined ITC Limited (ITC) in the year 1990. Over the last three decades, he has held various positions in the Finance, Accounting and Internal Audit functions. He started his career in Treasury and moved as Corporate Accountant, Commercial Manager at Cigarette factory at Munger, and Head of Finance at ITC Essentra Limited. He was the Head of Treasury between 2005 and 2015 and then was appointed as the Head of Finance at ITC’s Hotels Division. Presently he is designated as Corporate Financial Controller of ITC.