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Board of Directors

Ms. Akila Krishnakumar
Independent Director

Ms. Akila Krishnakumar is an alumnus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Pilani. She is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners (India), a network of engaged citizens coming together to address complex social issues, particularly livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged women and youth.

Until February 2013, she was President of Global Technology and also Country Head for SunGard, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in financial services software.

She is a recognized thought leader to technology-driven companies who are building large scale and diverse businesses across the world. Her unique focus on operational excellence, talent engagement and customer relevance has repeatedly delivered great returns for the many businesses she managed during a 30 year career.

She has held several key positions in national industry bodies and business chambers. She has also won several awards and accolades including being among the top 5 women leaders in the Indian technology industry for many years and is also listed amongst the 50 Most Powerful Business Women in India.

 

Mr. Ramakrishnan Ramamurthy
Independent Director

Mr. Ramakrishnan Ramamurthy, is a graduate in Commerce, holds Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Post–graduate Diploma in Business Management. He is also certified Mentor /Coach for leaders and Family Business advisor.

He possesses vast experience, decisive leadership skills and quantifiable achievements in the areas of strategic planning, sales & marketing, manufacturing, product development, international business development, project management & HR in manufacturing, engineering, agri and infrastructure sectors.

He has good track record of strategizing and driving successful projects and developed businesses from ground zero both in India and abroad. He demonstrated ability to plan turnaround of loss making unit by empowering it with effective marketing strategy, manufacturing / operational excellence, improved processes and quality systems and building capability in the organization & people skills.

He is working with the Chairman of GMR Group as President- Business Integration since the last five years supporting business strategy, policies, systems, processes and integration of the various businesses in the group.

He started his career with Bosch (India) as an apprentice and thereafter worked with Murugappa group for around twenty years. He has been President of Mytrah Energy Ltd. (an IPP Renewable energy organization), Managing Director of GMR Industries Ltd. and Chief Executive of Sanmar Engineering.

 

Mr. Kevin Gerard Gluskie
Non-executive Director

Mr. Kevin Gerard Gluskie, aged 49 years, completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a major in Civil Engineering from the University of Tasmania in 1988 and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2001. He had also completed an Advanced Leadership Program in 2007 conducted by Mcgill University, the Indian Institute of Management, and Lancaster University.

Mr. Gluskie joined Pioneer International (subsequently acquired by Hanson PLC) in 1990 and held a number of operational roles throughout Australia in the Readymix Concrete and Aggregates businesses. In 1999 he was appointed as Regional General Manager responsible for the company's operations in the Victoria and Tasmania regions of Australia. In 2009 Mr. Gluskie was appointed as Chief Executive of Hanson Australia.

Mr. Gluskie was appointed as a member of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement AG, on 01 February 2016 and from 01 April 2016 he assumed responsibility for HeidelbergCement Group's operations in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Ms. Soek Peng Sim
Non-executive Director

Ms. Soek Peng Sim, aged 47 years, is presently Finance Director of HeidelbergCement Asia Pte Ltd. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from University of Malaya, Malaysia. She also holds CPA Degree of The Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) as well as Chartered Accountant Degree of Malaysian Institute of Accounting (MIA). Prior to joining HeidelbergCement Group, she worked with Reckitt Benckiser Group, Philips Malaysia, Ho Hup Malaysia and The Lion Group, Malaysia. She has rich and vast experience of more than 21 years. Traversing her professional career she has gained experience in financial planning & analysis, business development and support, accounting & taxation, construction & property development and construction materials industry.

Mr. Sushil Kumar Tiwari
Wholetime Director

Mr. Sushil Kumar Tiwari, aged 61 years, holds degrees in Engineering in two streams - Electrical and Electronics & Communication - from the Institute of Engineers, Kolkata. In his career spanning over 37 years he has acquired rich and vast experience of around three decades in the Cement Sector. Prior to joining HCIL he was working with the Cement Division of Raymond Limited which was subsequently acquired by Lafarge India Private Limited.

Mr. Tiwari joined HeidelbergCement India Limited in April 2007 as Unit Head of Company's Ammasandra Plant. In August 2008, he was appointed as Unit Head of the Company's Damoh and Jhansi units. Mr. Tiwari took over the position of Technical Head of the Company w.e.f. 1st September 2010. He is also a Whole time Director of the Company w.e.f. 29th April 2011 and is a member of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Company.

Mr. Jamshed Naval Cooper
Managing Director

Mr. Jamshed N. Cooper is a science graduate with Post-Graduation in management specializing in marketing from the Institute of Management Studies, Indore University. During his professional career of almost 3 and a half decades, he has gained rich experience spanning over 30 years in the cement industry alone. He has also worked for consumer durable industry in the past.

Mr. Cooper joined HeidelbergCement India Limited as Director - Sales & Marketing in December 2006 soon after takeover of Mysore Cement. He is credited for revamping the Sales and Marketing setup of the Company realigning the channel network and logistics focusing it towards maximizing the market share in high revenue markets. He successfully created and launched the "mycem" brand. Over the years, he has nurtured and improved the brand positioning by implementing several innovative sales and marketing strategies. Under his leadership, "mycem" has attained its premium positioning in Central India. He is also the Managing Director of Cochin Cements Ltd. since May 2007 (which is also a part of the HeidelbergCement Group).

Prior to joining HeidelbergCement India Ltd., Mr. Cooper served with ACC Limited (now a Holcim Group Co.) for 22 years. During his tenure at ACC, he also worked for its joint ventures namely, Float Glass and Bridgestone. Before joining ACC, Mr. Cooper had a stint with Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd. a consumer durable company.

Traversing his professional career, Mr. Cooper has experience in Corporate Management, Cost Leadership, Strategy Building, Brand Management, Logistics, Channel Management, Rural Marketing, Feasibility Studies & Project Implementation, Human Resource Management, IT Systems and Procurement. During his illustrious career, he pioneered the 25 kg cement packing and launched bulk cement for the first time in India. One of his achievements has been managing and minimizing the risks arising out of spurious look-alike brands. He is a member of Audit Committee and Stakeholders' Relationship Committee of the Company.

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