Nakul Anand (64), 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 and holds responsibility for the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism and Lifestyle Retailing businesses of ITC.
An Economics Honours Graduate from the Delhi University with an AMP Degree from the Bond University, Australia, Anand joined ITC Hotels’ Management Training Programme in 1978. He has also served as the Managing Director of erstwhile ITC Hotels Limited during the period 2003-05.
In a career that spans more than four decades, Anand has been acknowledged in the hotels and tourism industry for his vision and commitment. Leveraging the significant learning of sustainable excellence within ITC, he led the team at ITC Hotels to pioneer the concept of ‘Responsible Luxury’ in the hospitality industry, securing LEED® Platinum certifications for all ITC premium luxury hotels. He has formulated value-based strategies to create a unique quality control model. His dynamic leadership and passion for the business is recognised and acknowledged by his peers. He has been a past President of the Hotel Association of India and past Chairman of the CII National Tourism Committee. Anand 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 India-Sri Lanka CEOs Forum, Council Member & Executive Committee Member of the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and a Member on the Board of the International Tourism Partnership.
Pradeep Vasant Dhobale
Pradeep Vasant Dhobale (65), 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 a Director & Operating Partner in Springforth Investment Managers Private Limited. He is also 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.
He has been an active member of several industry bodies. He has served as Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), CII National Committee on Environment and Green Entrepreneurship Council of CII. He is 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.
Ms. Vrinda Sarup (64), DIN: 03117769, was appointed as a 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 35 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 had 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers (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 (74), 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.
He 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 2000 articles. He was appointed by the Government of India as a Member of 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 (68), was appointed as a 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 (58), was appointed as Managing Director of the Company with effect from 1st May 2020. ITC Limited (ITC) has deputed Mr. Hariharan to the Company.
Hariharan is a post graduate in Management and has immense experience in a career spanning over 34 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 the Managing Director of Landbase India Ltd. (LBIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC, which owns and operates the Classic Golf & Country Club and owns ITC Grand Bharat.
Anil Rajput (65), was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company on 29th May, 2000. He is an MBA from FMS, Delhi University and joined ITC Limited (ITC) in 1976.
During the course of the last 44 years, he has held various positions in ITC. He was seconded to Travel House as part of the start-up team and during his tenure between 1983 and 1989, he laid the strong foundation for its 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 Maratha, ITC Grand Central, Mumbai, and ITC Sonar, Kolkata. In the year 2003, he moved to ITC’s Corporate Affairs function and is the Head of Corporate Affairs as Senior Vice President. Presently, he is also holding the Membership of Academic / Professional organisations viz. FMS, Skal International. He is Secretary of Cuisine India Society, Chairman of FICCI CASCADE and ASSOCHAM CSR Committee and Member of Corporate Law Committee and Executive Committees of FICCI and International Chamber of Commerce, India. He is also a Non-Official Member of Managing Body of the Indian Red Cross Society (Delhi Branch) and the Executive Council of St. John’s Ambulance (India) Delhi Center.
Jagdish Singh (55), 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 in the year 1990. During these 30 years, he has held various positions in the finance function. 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 then the Head of Treasury between 2005 and 2015 and is presently the Head of Finance at ITC’s Hotels Division.