Board of Directors

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Mr. Ashwin C Muthiah

Chairman

Mr. Ashwin C Muthiah is the Chairman of Wilson International Trading Pte Limited, Singapore.

As the Chairman of AM International, he heads the diversified, multinational business group. With a legacy of over three decades, today, the USD 2 billion group has footprints across India, Southeast Asia and UK.

A third-generation business leader, Ashwin has led the group since 2001; he initiated the strategic re-orientation of various business entities to transform them into future-ready and sustainable entities in the new global economic environment. Today, the AM International group’s businesses span diverse, traditional and new-age businesses across fertilizers, petrochemicals, distribution, infrastructure, healthcare and green energy.

Besides helming the management at the parent company, Ashwin also serves the various group companies in leadership capacities. Ashwin is the Chairman of Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC), Manali Petrochemicals Limited (MPL) and Sicagen India Limited and the Vice Chairman of Tamilnadu Petroproducts Limited (TPL). Previously, he held the position of the Chairman of Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited and SICAL Logistics Limited. Besides, he also serves on the Board of the group’s subsidiaries.

Ashwin is the Consul General Ad Honorem for the Republic of Philippines. As a leading industry figure, he has previously served as a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

Ashwin’s philanthropic interests are focused on the areas of prevention of water contamination, water scarcity and solving the sanitation crisis through the CSR efforts of AM Foundation. Ashwin is a trustee of the Saigon Chettiars’ Temple Trust in Singapore that promotes ancient history, culture and traditions.

Ashwin is a commerce graduate from Loyola College, Chennai. After completing his post-graduation in management studies he gained business knowledge in the family enterprise. Ashwin lives in Singapore with his wife Valli and their two daughters. He divides his time between Singapore, India, and UK for business.

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Mr. M S Shanmugam. I.A.S.

Director

Mr. M S Shanmugam, IAS is a Member of the Indian Administrative Service holding Masters Degree in Economics.  He is presently the Additional Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Industries Department and one of the Nominee Directors of TIDCO on the Board of Directors of the Company. He is also holding the post of Chairman and Managing Director, Tamilnadu Magnesite Limited and his earlier assignments include the World Bank Funded health project in the State worth USD 130 Million. He was appointed as Director of SPIC on 4th February 2016.

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Mr. T K Arun

Director

Mr. T K Arun, aged around 56 years, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi, is the Senior General Manager and Secretary of Tamilnadu Industrial Development Corporation Limited (TIDCO), wholly owned by the Government of Tamilnadu. He serves as a Nominee Director in companies assisted by TIDCO.

Thiru Arun’s experience includes structuring of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Insfrastructure Projects including Water, Port including Water, Port, and Roads, PPP documentation viz., Concession Agreements and related Contracts, Bid Process Structuring, Bid Process Management, Contract drafting/negotiation, Contract Management and Arbitration.

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Mr. B Elangovan

Director

Mr. Elangovan Balakrishnan is basically a Mechanical Engineer holding a Masters degree in Engineering ( ME-Mech) from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. Presently he is pursuing the Phd – Doctoral Programme in Aerospace in the area of specialization viz., “Application of analytical tools in building aerospace manufacturing eco system in Tamilnadu State”.

He has 32 years of experience in various fields covering Manufacturing, Training, Industrial Promotion, Project Management etc. Presently he has been working as Senior General Manager in Tamilnadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (TIDCO).

In his 19 years of service in TIDCO, he has been handling various projects including Development of Special Economic Zone/Industrial Parks, Renewable Energy Projects such as Solar Parks development, Solar cells / modules manufacturing, Solar Thermal Hybrid & Desalination Projects, etc, Aerospace Park Development that includes promoting Aerospace Components Manufacturing, Aircrafts Maintenance Repair Overhauling Project, etc.

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Mr. B Narendran

Independent Director

Mr. B Narendran, aged 70 years, a Chemical Engineer and a Master’s Graduate from USA in Transportation, had been a consultant to State Highways Administration, Baltimore, USA, Shell Inc. Houston and Rite-Aid Pharmacy, Detroit. Thiru Narendran is also the Honorary consul, Republic of Philippines in Chennai. Appointed as Director of SPIC on 19th January 2009, he is a Member of the Audit Committee, Chairman of both Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Stakeholders Relationship Committee. He is also serving as Member of the Board of several companies, both listed and unlisted.

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Mr. S Shankar

Independent Director

Mr. S Shankar, aged around 71 years, a law graduate from Madras Law College was the Chief General Manager of Unit Trust of India (UTI) in charge of legal and secretarial functions. He was on the Boards of many Companies representing UTI. He was the key resource person in the structuring, placing and managing of the first vehicle that enabled Foreign Institutional Investors to access the equities of Indian listed companies. He served for a decade at Asian Finance and Investment Corporations, an affiliate of ADB, last as Managing Director. Thiru S. Shankar , a  Member of Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committees and Stakeholders’ Relationship Committee of the Company  is also a Director in Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd.”

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Brig. (Retd) Harish Chandra Chawla

Independent Director

Brig. (Retd) Harish Chandra Chawla aged around 70 years holds Master’s degree in Science and is an M.Tech from IIT, Delhi, a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Telecom Engineers and a Member of Computer society of India. He has done Finance course in IIM, Bangalore and Executive Management Course in Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He served Indian Army for 36 years in various capacities and retired as a Brigadier. During his tenure with the Army, he handled managerial, administrative and technical functions. Post retirement, Thiru Chawla has 11 years of experience in various capacities as Managing Director / Director. He was the Chairman of Modern Protection and Investigation, Mumbai, a security services company and Managing Director of ISS SDB Services Pvt. Ltd., and Director of Innovative Salary Services and Payroll Advisor Pvt. Ltd.

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Mrs. Sashikala Srikanth

Independent Director

Mrs. Sashikala Srikanth, aged around 59 years, is a Chartered Accountant. At present, she is providing consultancy services to various corporates including the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to this, she was Senior General Manager – Resources of IAL Group and Group Financial Controller of Shattaff Group, in Dubai from 2003 to 2005.  Held various Senior Management level positions in leading Companies from 1996 to 2003.  She was associated with A F Ferguson and Co., Chartered Accountants, Chennai from 1987 to 1995 where she had also done her articles during 1984-87.  Appointed as Director of SPIC on 8th September 2014, she is a Member of the Audit Committee of the Company.  She is also serving as Member of the Board of several companies, both listed and unlisted.

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Mr. Sumanjit Chaudhry

Independent Director

Mr. Sumanjit Chaudhry, aged around 68 years, is a Chemical Engineer from Christ’s College, Cambridge University, U.K. He has wide experience in general management and entrepreneurial skills. He has also had considerable exposure in domestic and international marketing. Currently, he is a Consultant in the K12 School Education and Vocational Education space. Earlier, he has been the Country Head of Global Indian International Schools, Delhi, Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Healthstaff Limited, Delhi, Chief Executive Officer of Max Healthstaff, Delhi and Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Telenet Ltd, Gurgaon. He is also on the Governing Board of The Doon School, is an Independent Director on the Board of Biltech Building Elements Ltd, Delhi (Avanta Group) and is on the Advisory Board of Global Discovery Schools, Vadodara.

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Mr. S R Ramakrishnan

Whole Time Director

Mr. S R Ramakrishnan aged around 66 years, is B.Tech (Chem) from IIT Madras. He joined SPIC in 1972; worked in various departments including operation, process engineering, Technical services, R&D, Corporate Planning, etc., left SPIC in August 1999 as Executive Director (Corporate Planning) to join PSA SICAL Terminals Limited as its MD to manage a container terminal in Tuticorin Port Trust on BOT basis; ran the business till August 2007, thereafter joined SICAL Logistics as CEO (Ports) and later as CEO (Ports & Logistics); left SICAL to join Bharath Coal Chemicals Ltd (belonging to Shriram Group) as its Managing Director; actively involved in developing a coal based Ammonia – Urea project in Paradip till joining SPIC Board. Has an overall 42 years of experience in technical management & business management with the last fifteen years in Board position.