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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. P.G. Mankad

Mr. P.G. Mankad, IAS (Retd.) aged 74 years, is M.A. and has done Diploma in Development Studies from Cambridge, U.K. He was Finance Secretary and Secretary (Industries) in the respective Ministries of Government of India. He has also worked as Executive Director with Asian Development Bank, Manila. He has expertise in the areas of Public Administration & Policy, Finance, Industrial Development & Investment, International Economic Relations and Development Banking. Mr. P.G. Mankad joined the Board of Directors of the Company as an Independent Director on 19th October 2006. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company on 24th April 2008. He is Chairman of Stakeholders’ Relationship Committee and a member of Audit Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.


Dr. Albert Scheuer
Non-executive Director

Dr. Albert Scheuer, aged 58 years, completed Degree in Mechanical Engineering / Process Technology from the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany in the year 1982. He has also completed Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in the year 1987.

Dr. Scheuer started his professional career with the Research Institute of the German Cement Industry in 1983. After joining HeidelbergCement group in 1992, he took on various positions at Leimen Cement Plant and Heidelberg Technology Center. From 1998 to 2005, he was in charge of Technical support for European cement plants as Managing Director of Heidelberg Technology Center. Since 2005, he was responsible for HeidelbergCement's activities in China as Chief Operating Officer and in August 2007 he was appointed as Member of the Managing Board and Executive Vice President of Lehigh Cement. He also took active part in the integration of the opertions of Hanson, North America with HeidelbergCement Group. From 1st April, 2008, he was in charge of Asia-Oceania Region of HeidelbergCement Group and was also entrusted with the responsibility of worldwide coordination of the activities of Heidelberg Technology Center. Since 1st April 2016, he is in charge of the Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia Group area.

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.

Mr. S. Krishna Kumar
Independent Director

Mr. S. Krishna Kumar, aged 70 years, a former member of the Indian Administrative Service, holds a Masters degree in physics from Bangalore University and in Public Administration from the Harvard University. He has specialized in areas of public policy and in the governance in sectors like agriculture, public finance, infrastructure and migration. Mr. Kumar was the first secretary in Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India. In that capacity he re-oriented the focus of migration management and launched a number of new initiatives. He has also concluded a number of infrastructure projects in Karnataka, including the prestigious Bangalore International Airport and the Hassan- Mangalore broad gauge rail line. Between 1992 and 1998, he has worked as an International consultant for the IMF in Sri Lanka and for the World Bank in Mauritius. He has involved himself with the Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore and the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram as a resource person and is special advisor in India to International Organization for Migration, Geneva.

Mr. S. Krishna Kumar joined the Board of Directors of the Company as an Independent Director on 19th April 2007. He is Chairman of Audit Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.


Mr. Pradeep V. Bhide
Independent Director

Mr. Pradeep V. Bhide, aged 66 years, is a retired IAS Officer and holds degrees in MBA, LL.B. and B.Sc. During his career spanning about four decades he held various positions at senior level, including the Secretary, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Secretary and Joint Secretary, Department of Disinvestment, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Additional Secretary / Spl. Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India; Deputy Secretary/Director in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Director Fund-Bank Division of the Department and Advisor to India's Executive Director to the International Board for Reconstruction and Development, Washington D.C; Secretary, Department of Finance, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Secretary, Department of Energy, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Managing Director of Godavari Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited.

During his tenure as Secretary, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance he was involved in formulation of the Direct and Indirect Taxation Policies including the Direct Taxes Code and the proposed roll out of the Goods and Services Tax.

Mr. Bhide joined the Board of Directors of the Company as an Independent Director on 29th April 2011. He is Chairman of Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of Audit Committee and Stakeholders' Relationship Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.


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. Juan-Francisco Defalque
Non-executive Director

Mr. Juan-Francisco Defalque (holding DIN 07318811), aged 52 years, completed his Master degree in Mining Engineering from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in the year 1987. He started his professional career in 1989 with CBR, a Belgian International Company engaged in the production of cement, ready-mix and aggregates in Europe and North America (in 1993 CBR was acquired by HeidelbergCement Group). From 1989 to 2002 he held several management positions including director of technical projects for Belgium. In 2002 he joined HC Cimbenin located in Benin (West Africa) as its Managing Director. In 2006 he joined HC Indocement to set up a completely new Heidelberg Technology Centre (HTC) Indonesia organization holding the position of Head of HTC Indonesia. During his time in Indonesia several major investment projects were executed or started including an integrated plant with 10,000 TPD clinker line located south of Jakarta.

In 2015 he joined HeidelbergCement Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore as Director HTC Asia-Oceania responsible for managing the technical centres in the region, which not only provides technical support to all the cement manufacturing facilities of HeidelbergCement group in this region but also takes care of the new projects.

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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