Leadership Team

In business, one has to constantly interact with people, and work in teams across a range of product, geographic and functional areas – and a full range of competencies need to be deployed to deal with the situation at hand.

Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla Chairman, Aditya Birla Group

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Business Directors

Mr. Ajay Srinivasan

Mr. Ajay Srinivasan

Director,
Financial Services

Mr. Ashok Gupta

Mr. Ashok Gupta

Group General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer; Director,
Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Dilip Gaur

Mr. Dilip Gaur

Business Head, Pulp & Fibre Business;
Managing Director,
Grasim Industries Limited

Mr. Himanshu Kapania

Mr. Himanshu Kapania

Non-Executive Director,
Vodafone Idea Limited;
Director, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.;
Vice Chairman,
Grasim Industries Limited

Mr. K. K. Maheshwari

Mr. K. K. Maheshwari

Managing Director
UltraTech Cement Limited

Mr. Pranab Barua

Mr. Pranab Barua

Business Director
Aditya Birla Retail Limited;

Non-Executive Director
Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited;

Group Mentor

Dr. Santrupt Misra

Dr. Santrupt Misra

Chief Executive Officer,
Carbon Black Business
Director, Chemicals;
Director, Group Human Resources

Mr. Satish Pai

Mr. Satish Pai

Managing Director
Hindalco Industries Limited

Business Heads

Mr. Ashish Dikshit

Mr. Ashish Dikshit

Business Head and Managing
Director,

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail
Limited

Mr. D Shivakumar

Mr. D Shivakumar

Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Aditya Birla
Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.;
Business Head, Birla White

Mr. Dev Bhattacharya

Mr. Dev Bhattacharya

Group Executive President & Business Head, E-Commerce, Solar Power;
Payment Bank and New Ventures

Mr. H. K. Agarwal

Mr. H. K. Agarwal

Business Head,
Fibre Business

Mr. K. C. Jhanwar

Mr. K. C. Jhanwar

Business Head, Cement
Dy. Managing Director,
UltraTech Cement Limited

Mr. Kalyan Madabhushi

Mr. Kalyan Madabhushi

Business Head
Chemical Sector

Mr. Shrijeet Mishra

Mr. Shrijeet Mishra

Chief Innovation Officer and Head Group Services, Aditya Birla
Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Steven Fisher

Mr. Steven Fisher

Business Head
Novelis

Mr. Sushil Agarwal

Mr. Sushil Agarwal

Group CFO,
Whole Time Director & CFO

Grasim Industries Limited

Mr. Thomas Varghese

Mr. Thomas Varghese

Business Head,
Textile, Acrylic Fibre & Overseas Spinning

Mr. Tuhin Mukherjee

Mr. Tuhin Mukherjee

Sector Head, Mineral Resources
Development;
Managing Director Essel Mining & Industries Limited

Mr. Balesh Sharma

Mr. Balesh Sharma

Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited

Senior Leaders

Mrs. Rajashree Birla

Mrs. Rajashree Birla

Chairperson,
The Aditya Birla Centre for
Community Initiative and Rural
Development

Mr. Askaran Agarwala

Mr. Askaran Agarwala

Birla Group Trusts & Special Community Projects

Mr. Debu Bhattacharya

Mr. Debu Bhattacharya

Vice Chairman, Hindalco;
Vice Chairman, Novelis,
Group Mentor;
Chairman, BRC (Manufacturing)

Mr. Shailendra Jain

Mr. Shailendra Jain

Business Review Council

The Vanguard

The Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited (ABMCPL) is the Group's apex decision making body and provides strategic direction to Group Companies. The Group's Corporate Functions provide a strategic overview and act as consultants to the Group companies.

  • Chairman's Office
  • Corporate Communications and CSR
  • Corporate Finance Group
  • Group Human Resources
  • Group Information Technology
  • Corporate Legal
  • Corporate Administration
  • Corporate Management Audit
  • Corporate Affairs and Development Cell
  • Corporate Strategy and Business Development
  • Corporate Economics Cell
  • Group Sustainability Cell
  • Consumer Insights & Brand Development Cell
  • Group Projects Cell
  • Group Data and Analytics

Chairman's Office assists the Chairman in strategic planning and monitoring of the Group businesses. It operates closely with Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Ltd, Directors, Business Heads, Corporate Functions and the Business Review Councils.

The Chairman's Office supports the Chairman in driving the planning and budgeting process, conducting regular review and evaluation of business performance, decision-making on capital expenditure proposals, and formulation and implementation of strategic initiatives. It prioritises key areas of focus and actively follows up on strategic and operational issues, on behalf of the Chairman.

— Headed by Mr. Umesh Adhikary

Corporate Communications

Corporate Communications is a service-oriented support function. Its main business is to enhance the Aditya Birla brand credibly, every which way. The function works to strengthen the Group's competitive advantage through proactive, two-way communication among its multiple internal and external stakeholders. In doing so, it strives to raise the Group's profile and enhance its image.

Corporate Communications is the pivot which imparts the Group identity to Group companies and businesses through multiple communication strategies, leveraging the Aditya Birla brand equity.

The function is responsible for media relations across the entire Group. It assists the top management's interface with the outside public, comprising besides media, professional bodies and institutions who have the potential to impact the Group's image.

Corporate Communications provides Group companies and corporate functions with strategic advice and professional inputs in their communication processes. Alongside, its portfolio of services includes internal communications, corporate intranet, corporate branding, image measurement, publications, websites, creative arts, supporting Investor Relations and building up the Group's archives.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The Group Executive President, Corporate Communications and CSR, heads the Group's Community Initiatives and Rural Development Projects in India and globally.

— Headed by Dr. Pragnya Ram, Corporate Communication & CSR and Mr. Sandeep Gurumurthi, Group Head – Communication and Brand

Corporate Finance Group (CFG) triggers and supports growth for existing businesses through both organic initiatives (capital allocation) and through mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and identifies new business opportunities for the Group. It also monitors value-based management through the planning and budgeting process, and performance measurement of Group businesses.

CFG works with companies to raise long-term debt and equity capital in domestic as well as international markets and also supports the listed companies in Group-level investor relations activities.

— Headed by Mr. Ashish Adukia

The role of Group Human Resources (Group HR) is focused on creating stakeholder value through superior organisational and people capability, in line with the strategic direction of the Group. While preparing the Group for future growth and globalisation through appropriate people processes and initiatives, Group HR is also the key process owner of the Aditya Birla Group employer brand, induction and development of senior talent in the Group, articulation and guidance of its people vision, the organisation culture and Group values.

Group HR provides specialist services to the businesses in the areas of staffing, learning, leadership development, rewards and benefits, job analysis and evaluation, performance management, organisational development, human resource management systems, etc. Group HR also monitors and takes proactive steps to promote employee engagement through embedding world-class people processes and a value-based work culture. It partners with businesses and other functions to realise the Group People Vision, which is to build the Aditya Birla Group as an exciting world of global opportunities for professional growth with human care.

— Headed by Dr. Santrupt Misra

Group Information Technology (Group IT) works closely with businesses, corporate functions and partners, providing strategic direction and thought leadership to the Group's IT initiatives. It is responsible for formulating and administering IT policies covering standards, information risk management and governance.

Group IT has deep roots in each of our businesses — thanks to the bias for driving business value from world-class technology and above all the quality of our people. IT has underpinned our Group's business growth trajectory and continues to embed innovation and transformation agenda into the new world of Business Platforms and Digital Business Ecosystem.

Group IT manages the Centre of Excellence and Global Shared Help Desk for supporting Group-wide Managed Infrastructure Services and business applications including SAP, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management practices. It engages with business transformation projects in deploying enterprise architecture, best practices and digital technologies like Social Media, Cloud, Mobility, Analytics and IOT.

The Group has implemented a single global instance of PeopleSoft covering end-to-end processes — from recruitment to performance appraisal to increment processing. Group IT leads corporate initiatives in digital transformation, cost improvements, innovations, acquisitions and divestments, e-commerce, knowledge management and collaboration.

The Group IT function is instrumental in developing strategic relationships with the IT industry, professional bodies and business organisations.

— Headed by Mr. Atul Jayawant

Corporate Legal Cell is the apex legal team for the whole Aditya Birla Group. Established in 1998, it has, over the years, transformed itself into an integral part of the business process by providing timely and quality legal services on a wide range of strategic and transaction-related issues in a cost-efficient manner.

It has an impressive track record of having handled complex acquisitions, corporate re-structuring and varied arbitration / litigation. It has also formed Group policies / guidelines on key issues, i.e., intellectual property rights, competition laws and corporate governance.

The Corporate Legal function works in close coordination with other corporate functions to provide integrated business solutions, keeping in view the applicable legal environment. It has acquired the competence to provide legal assistance and advice in different jurisdictions. It plays a significant role in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures (both domestic and cross border), and corporate re-structuring.

Moreover, the Corporate Legal Cell works as a business partner for all our businesses and functions, and will shoulder responsibility for meeting business and functional targets through proactively anticipating issues that might come in the way of implementing business strategy.

— Headed by Mr. Ashok Gupta, Group General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer; Director, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.

The Corporate Administration Function plays a pivotal role in guaranteeing stable and reliable processes, 24X7, to our Businesses, enabling them to focus on their core goals. The Function manages high-cost and multi-transaction verticals such as employee services support, travel management, services contracting, logistics, transport, real estate and facility management services.

The focus is on creating world class service delivery mechanisms at the best cost and value proposition – by building partnerships with service specialists, developing clear service delivery processes in line with Group policies, benchmarking of costs and services through MIS, understanding of the internal customer’s requirements through surveys, and innovation and digitalisation of processes.

The Function also manages the Group’s unique employee emergency programme, ABG Code Red. The underlying goal is to ensure that our employees receive best-in-class services.

— Headed by Mr. Subrat Sarkar

Corporate Management Audit is committed towards system perfection across the Aditya Birla Group in India and overseas. It functions by continuous evolution, implementation and review of controls and best practices.

It maintains corporate governance and mitigation of risks across the Group through robust, zero-tolerant internal control systems, cost reduction methods, adherence to Group policies and values, effective MIS, adequacy of risk mitigation plan and statutory compliance.

The function regularly shares information, best practices among the units and helps the Group to keep pace with the fast-changing business scenario and enables value addition to the stakeholders.

— Headed by Mr. Satish Shenoy & Mr. Sudhir Dalvi

Corporate Affairs and Development Cell is the Aditya Birla Group's hub for all corporate affairs activities. It acts as a catalyst towards the Group's relationship with key functionaries in policy and bureaucracy, both at the centre as well as the states.

The function provides support and value-added services to all the Group Companies on intrinsic and extrinsic matters, particularly with regard to central and the state governments, legislators, administrators, diplomatic community, trade chambers and various interest groups.

It works as a sounding board for in-time dissemination of information to the internal stakeholders across geographies with regard to the changes that are likely to take place, and also acts in an advisory capacity with regard to various steps to be taken to protect, promote and accomplish the Group's business development interests.

The Corporate Affairs and Development Function also plays a key role in strategic matters while recommending such actions that are based upon Indian and global business relevance to the units and businesses in line with the Group's values, goals and objectives, with an aim to creating kinship with a conducive public policy environment.

— Headed by Dr. Ajit Ranade & Mr. Amit Bajaj

Corporate Strategy and Business Development continuously tracks the business environment for the Aditya Birla Group's existing businesses. It recommends new directions through evaluation of deal creation opportunities, analysis of project proposals, etc. The function also plans and develops strategic initiatives for the Group and facilitates its execution.

Additionally, it assists businesses in crafting their strategic direction and evaluates options for long-term growth, both organic and inorganic. It works towards identifying sources of competitive advantage for the businesses, viz., exploration of new markets and geographies, analysis of integration across the industry's value chain, etc.

For new businesses, the function primarily focuses on opportunities, which take cues from the concept of megatrends, adjacencies and synergies to the Group's existing businesses.

— Headed by Mr. D. Shivakumar

Corporate Economics Cell (CEC) is a research-based advisor for the Aditya Birla Group. CEC deciphers the business environment by continuously tracking, assessing, analysing and forecasting global and domestic economic trends and policies. It provides analytical inputs and economic information to different decision-makers in the Group at the corporate as well as business level. It also provides inputs on risk management relating to economic variables such as currency and commodity prices.

CEC has an important role in policy advocacy in interactions with the government, industry associations and regulators. In recent years, CEC has helped strengthen initiatives in diverse areas like sustainability and competition law.

CEC's research supports businesses in various areas, including market risk management, forecasts of key economic variables, consumer research, country macro risk assessment, sectoral trends and trade policies. CEC engages with policy makers, chambers of commerce and other agencies on matters of economic importance. It develops and maintains relevant economic databases and disseminates economic knowledge through various reports and interactive fora.

— Headed by Dr. Ajit Ranade

By 2017, the Aditya Birla Group endeavours to become the leading Indian conglomerate for sustainable business practices across its global operations, balancing its economic growth with environmental and societal interests.” This is the Aditya Birla Group’s Sustainability Vision and the Group Sustainability Cell has the goal of supporting and facilitating the achievement of this vision.

At the Aditya Birla Group, sustainability in business is the holistic pursuit of a three step agenda; firstly, managing business operations responsibly, this includes but is not limited to the creation of a safe working environment at all sites and workplaces, conserving energy and water, managing waste and emissions and the protection of human rights. Secondly, the understanding of material issues of all stakeholders from their perspective and finally the usage of this knowledge to actively seek ways to create and share value with each of these stakeholder groups. This has always been the Group philosophy and all businesses have demonstrated a commitment to the environment and to society that goes beyond mere compliance with laws and regulations.

The mandate of the Group Sustainability Cell is to help formalise and integrate the principles and standards required to develop and enhance sustainable businesses throughout the Aditya Birla Group. The cell will support the development of good governance structures, a sustainability framework and practical roadmaps to help our businesses survive and thrive in a changing world and in doing so help achieve the Group’s Sustainability Vision.

— Headed by Mr. Antony Paul Henshaw

The Consumer Insights and Brand Development Cell's mandate is to accelerate revenue growth profitably for the Group’s businesses, product and service innovation based on supporting them to further enhance their insight into their consumers and their ability to develop strong brands. The cell works on strengthening the efforts of various businesses in this area and on exploring possible synergies. It endeavours to promote a customer and market-driven approach, becoming integral to the business planning process, the deployment of relevant, “cutting-edge” marketing tools and the alignment of product and service brands with the Group’s overall brand promise.

— Headed by Mr. Prakash Nedungadi

The Group Projects Cell reviews and monitors the Aditya Birla Group’s portfolio of projects and ensures that projects are delivered within the approved cost and time schedules and meet global quality and safety standards. The cell assists the Chairman’s Office and capital review committees, periodically set up by the Chairman, in the appraisal of new Greenfield and Brownfield project proposals. In addition, the Cell interfaces with corporate and on-site project teams of Group companies in the areas of project planning, project schedule recovery, cost benchmarking studies, risk management and project cost reduction.

The Group Projects Cell is a small team of professionals with specialised knowledge in the areas of project management, project planning and scheduling, and project finance who have a proven track record of successful execution and delivery of large and mega projects, in India and abroad.

— Headed by Mr. Suneet Prakash

Given the fast-paced technological advancement and the ever-intensifying competitive landscape, an increasing number of organisations are beginning to realise the potential of big data and analytics in driving improved business outcomes. The power of big data is derived from the underlying rich and valuable insights about individuals, institutions, and processes that empower and enable businesses to serve their customers and improve business operations through data-driven decision making thereby driving competitive advantage.

To tap into this tremendous business opportunity, Group Data and Analytics function has been created at the Group’s centre to work closely with the Businesses on strategising and delivering on its business priorities through leveraging the power of data and analytics. The function will build strong analytics and domain expertise drawn from the best-in-class talent from leading global and Indian Businesses and India’s premier educational institutions, coupled with cutting edge tools and technologies built on a highly scalable and robust big data infrastructure to mine petabytes of structured and unstructured data in seconds.

The analytics team of Data scientists and Big data engineers will combine their strong expertise and business knowledge with the power of predictive analytics, sophisticated machine learning algorithms and advanced quantitative techniques to provide our Group Companies with high-end applied Analytics solutions across B2B and B2C businesses and functions.

— Headed by Mr. Deep Thomas