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Board of Directors

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 organisation & people skills.

He has been working with the Chairman of GMR Group as President – Business Integration for 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.


Ms. Akila Krishnakumar
Chairperson (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 recognised 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. Kevin Gerard Gluskie
Non-executive Director
Mr. Kevin Gerard Gluskie, aged 52 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 51 years, is presently Finance Director for HeidelbergCement Asia Pacific. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from University of Malaya, Malaysia. She is also a CPA-registered with The Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) as well as a Chartered Accountant honoured by Malaysian Institute of Accounting (MIA) . Prior to joining HeidelbergCement Group, she worked with Reckitt Benckiser Group, Philips Malaysia, HoHup Malaysia and The Lion Group, Malaysia. She has rich and vast experience in financial planning & analysis, business development and support, accounting & taxation, business process improvements and corporate structure optimisation. Other than extensive experience in construction materials industry, she also possess diversified industry exposure in FMCG, manufacturing and construction & property development.

Mr. Sushil Kumar Tiwari
Wholetime Director
Mr. Sushil Kumar Tiwari, aged 64 years, holds degree in Engineering in two streams - Electrical and Electronics & Communication - from the Institute of Engineers, Kolkata. In his career spanning over 38 years, he has acquired rich and vast experience of over three decades in the Cement Sector. Prior to joining the Company he worked 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 the Company's Ammasandra Plant. In August 2008, he was appointed as Unit Head of the Company's Damoh and Jhansi units. Mr. Tiwari became Whole-time Director of the Company w.e.f. 29th April, 2011.
Mr. Jamshed Naval Cooper
Managing Director
Mr. Jamshed Naval Cooper, aged 62 years, is a science graduate with Post-Graduation in management specialising in marketing from the Institute of Management Studies, Indore University. During his professional career he has gained rich experience spanning over 34 years in the Cement Industry. He has also worked for consumer durables industry in the past.
Mr. Cooper joined HeidelbergCement India Limited as Head of Sales & Marketing in December 2006 soon after takeover of Mysore Cements. He is credited for revamping the Sales and Marketing setup of the Company and launching of ‘mycem’ brand which is now positioned as a premium category cement in Central India. 
He is also the Managing Director of Zuari Cement Ltd. (which is also a part of the HeidelbergCement Group). Prior to joining Heidelberg Cement India Ltd., Mr. Cooper served ACC Limited (now a Holcim Group Co.) for 22 years where he also worked for its joint ventures Float Glass and Bridgestone. 
Prior to ACC, he worked for Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd. a consumer durables company. Traversing his professional career, Mr. Cooper has gained experience in Corporate Management, Cost Leader-ship, 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 minimising the risks arising out of spurious look-alike brands.
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