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Management Team

Management Team

  • Mr. Dheeraj G. Hinduja
  • Dr. Andrew C Palmer
  • Dr. Andreas H Biagosch
  • Mr. D. J. Balaji Rao
  • Mr. Jean Brunol
  • Mr. Jose Maria Alapont
  • Mrs. Manisha Girotra
  • Mr. Sanjay K. Asher
  • Mr. Sudhindar K. Khanna
  • Mr. Vinod K. Dasari
  • Mr. Dheeraj G HindujaF
  • Mr. Vinod K Dasari
  • Mr. Gopal Mahadevan
  • Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula
  • Mr. N V Balachandar
  • Mr. Anuj Kathuria
  • Mr. Nitin Seth
  • Mr. Rajive Saharia
  • Dr. N Saravanan
  • Mr. Harihar P
  • Mr. R Sivanesan
  • Mr. Sanjay Saraswat
  • Mr. Venkatesh Natarajan
  • Mr. Balasubramoniam E
  • Dr. Vikram Batra
  • Mr. Amandeep Singh
  • Mr. T V Venkataraman
  • Mr. N Ramanathan
  • Mr. Rajesh R

Mr. Dheeraj G Hinduja

Chairman

Mr. Dheeraj Gopichand Hinduja holds a B.Sc.  (Hons)  degree  in  Economics &  History  from  the  University College,  London,  1993.  He has completed his Master’s in Business Administration  with specialization in Project Management from the Imperial College, London University, 1994.
 
Dheeraj is a third  generation  member  of  the  Hinduja Family,  which owns and controls the Hinduja Group,  with  diversified  business interests all over the world. Employing over 100,000 people, the Hinduja Group’s portfolio includes businesses in Automotive, Energy, Infrastructure, Finance & Banking, IT & ITES, Media, Healthcare etc. Dheeraj has over 20 years of experience at strategic  and  leadership  levels across the spectrum of businesses.

Mr. Vinod K Dasari

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mr. Vinod K. Dasari has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from University of Louisville, post which he completed his Masters Degree in Engineering Management from McCormick School of Engineering followed by an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, both from Northwestern University.
 
Mr. Dasari commenced his career with the General Electric Company in 1986. After completing his MBA in 1992, he joined Timken Company, USA.  In 1996, he moved to Timken’s Indian operations as Director of Manufacturing and Technology. In 1998, he was appointed Managing Director of Timken India and in 2000, he moved back to USA, with Timken, as President of the Global Railroad Business.  In 2002, wanting to move his family to India, he joined Cummins India Limited in Pune as President.
 
Mr. Dasari joined Ashok Leyland in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Whole Time Director in 2008, which was followed by his current position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2011. He served as the President of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and as President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).  He currently serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Pidilite Industries, Lynks Logistics, Lanka Ashok Leyland, and WayCool Foods & Products.

Mr. Gopal Mahadevan

President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Gopal Mahadevan is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary with over 28 years’ experience in Finance function across a spectrum of industries.

Gopal has had extensive experience in manufacturing, internet services, financial services and project companies. During his career, he has also been involved in restructuring and M&A. He has worked with renowned organizations like the Thermax Ltd, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, Sify, Sanmar Group and TTK Pharma.

Gopal is the President - Finance & CFO of Ashok Leyland since July 2013. He is a member of the board of several companies in the Group.

He has several accolades to his credit including those of the Best CFO (Capital Goods & Engineering Industry) by CNBC TV18 in the year 2012, Best CFO (Capital Goods & Engineering Industry) by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2011 and Best CFO by YES Bank Business Today in 2010 for CSR / Green Initiatives.

Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula pursued his Masters in Physics and Electronics at IIT Bombay, India and went on to finish his Ph.D., in High-Frequency Technology for space applications at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

After his Ph.D., he joined the then Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart and worked for almost 20 years in various functions. During his long tenure at Daimler AG, he has also been the founding Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Center in Bangalore. Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula joined Ashok Leyland in April 2016 as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ashok Leyland Group. As the CTO of the group, he guides Ashok Leyland truck, bus and light commercial vehicle verticals along with other group verticals, sister companies and Joint Ventures.

Mr. N V Balachandar

President-HR, Communication and CSR

Mr. N V Balachandar, is currently President-HR, Communication and CSR at Ashok Leyland, one of India’s largest Commercial Vehicle industries. He is a member of the key leadership team providing functional leadership to all manufacturing plants and divisions across all geographies. He is a collaborative HR leader with proven capability in delivering people objectives in line with the business strategy. An HR Professional with versatile experience in the Services / FMCG and the Manufacturing sectors, he has held senior positions in organizations such as Aditya Birla group where he was Chief People officer, India Today, Seagram India and the Taj Group of Hotels.

In addition to the above, he holds various portfolios in different industry bodies-Chairman-Human Capital Group, SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), New Delhi-Elected Member of CII Southern Region, Chennai and Executive Committee member of EFSI (Employers’ Federation of Southern India), Chennai.

An alumnus of Loyola college Chennai, he holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce and a Masters degree in Social work.

In his free time, you can find him keenly observing the heritage architecture of ancient temples, tee-ing off at a golf course or immersed in a biography.

Mr. Anuj Kathuria

President, Global Trucks

Anuj Kathuria has earned his graduate degree in engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Anuj has worked with large organizations like the Tata Motors handling a whole gamut of functions including manufacturing, sourcing, mergers and acquisitions and program management. He on-boarded Ashok Leyland in the year 2010 and has played a major role in various functions including strategic sourcing department where he was responsible for the entire supply chain activities, operations department which comprised of all manufacturing. He presently heads the Trucks business of the company in India and globally.

Mr. Nitin Seth

President, LCV

Nitin Seth completed his Bachelors in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and his Post Graduation in Business Management from University of Mumbai. He is a recipient of Full bright - CII fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg (USA) and has also undergone leadership Training at the Wharton School , University of Pennsylvania (USA).

Nitin has over two decades of experience in the automotive industry in the realms of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Ashok Leyland, he was the Head (Sales and Marketing) for Cars (Indica, Indigo & Nano) at Tata Motors and has additionally held various key leadership positions. He was one of the key members in launching the passenger car business at Tata Motors in 1999.  Nitin presently leads the Light Commercial Vehicle Business at Ashok Leyland.

Mr. Rajive Saharia

President, Global Sales and Distribution

Mr. Rajive Saharia is a B.E. (Mechanical) from Mumbai University. He joined Ashok Leyland in the year 2007 as Executive Director - Marketing and comes with an experience in the automotive, sector having held senior positions in leading organisations, both in India and overseas.

After having been at the helm of the trucks division as Head - Global Trucks from 2013 to 2016, he has currently taken over the portfolio of President - Global Sales and Distribution and is based out of our International Operations office in Dubai.Mr. Rajive Saharia is a B.E. (Mechanical) from Mumbai University. He joined Ashok Leyland in the year 2007 as Executive Director - Marketing and comes with an experience in the automotive, sector having held senior positions in leading organisations, both in India and overseas.

Dr. N Saravanan

Senior Vice President, Product Development

Saravanan is a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and he earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Saravanan joined Ashok Leyland in 2005 in the Product Development function, after working for over a decade in the USA at Ford Motor Company and Intel Corporation. He brings with him rich experience in Vehicle Engineering, Verification and Validation. After a 2-year assignment in 2011, as CEO of Nissan Ashok Leyland Technologies Ltd., where he oversaw the development of LCV of the JV, he took over as Head of Engineering at Ashok Leyland in 2013.

He has over 20 publications to his credit and he serves on the board of many industry bodies in the areas of Safety, Regulations and Emissions.

Mr. Harihar P

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Project Planning

Mr. Harihar P is a Mechanical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Prior to joining Ashok Leyland in 2005, he was with GE for 3 years and with Eicher group for 19 years prior to that.  

Mr. Harihar brings with him 34 years of experience in leading a whole range of functions including manufacturing, supply chain, and marketing in automotive and engineering sectors. His in-depth and rich industry knowledge is an added advantage to our organisation. Amongst his varied roles in Ashok Leyland, he has headed manufacturing, sourcing and supply chain, and manufacturing operations. He currently heads the Manufacturing and Project Planning functions of Ashok Leyland Limited.

 

Mr. R Sivanesan

Senior Vice President, Quality, Sourcing and Supply Chain

Sivanesan is B.Tech graduate from the Madras Institute of Technology and has been trained in Global Leadership at IIM Lucknow.

He has over 32 years of diverse experience in the automotive industry. He is proficient in Japanese TQM concepts and has undergone training at AOTS, Japan under Dr. Kano.
He joined Ashok Leyland in August 2011 and since then has played a significant role in bringing out Quality Improvements across the organization. In April 2016, he took over the responsibility of the Sourcing and Supply Chain function.

He received the ‘Quality Leadership Award’ from the World Quality Congress in 2012 and is currently the National President – National Institution for Quality & Reliability.

Mr. Sanjay Saraswat

Mr. Sanjay Saraswat, Senior Vice President & Head - Global Bus Division, brings with him almost 30 years of experience in leading a rage of functions including Manufacturing, Sales, Service, Network Development and Marketing. He holds a B. Tech degree from IIT Delhi with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Ashok Leyland, Mr. Sanjay Saraswat worked with Bajaj Auto Ltd as the Vice-President of Sales Operations. He was heading Sales Planning, Field Service, Service Planning, Network Development, Logistics, and Special Projects. He has had extensive exposure and significant learning across functions in Bajaj Auto Ltd where he joined as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in 1988.

Mr. Venkatesh Natarajan

Senior Vice President, IT / CIO

Mr. Venkatesh Natarajan is based out of Chennai and has been with the company for 17 years. He is basically a Mechanical Engineer and a Post graduate in Maintenance Engineering. He also holds a Master degree in Engineering Management and a PG in Computer applications.
 
He has 32 years of multifaceted experience in the Manufacturing industry & 24 years in the field of Information Technology. He has worked in various capacities in the areas of Plant Maintenance, Production, Marketing and Information technology.
 
Mr. Venkatesh Natarajan in his capacity as the CIO has been responsible for driving major business transformation in Ashok Leyland in the area of Business and Engineering IT applications. He has been instrumental in demonstrating the benefits of IT to the business by perfect alignment of IT strategy with business objectives.
 
His area of expertise includes Digital Transformation, Business process re-engineering, process design & architecture, Business Intelligence & ERP implementation apart from IT management.

Mr. Balasubramoniam E

Senior Vice President, Special Projects

Balasubramoniam earned his B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from the IIT Madras.

Bala has been associated for over 25 years with organizations like Maruti Suzuki India, Tata Motors and AL-Nissan LCV JV before joining Ashok Leyland. As veteran in the industry, Bala started leading Special Projects for Ashok Leyland since February 2017.

Dr. Vikram Batra

Head, Corporate Strategy and Planning

Dr. Vikram Batra is the Head of Corporate Strategy and Planning for Ashok Leyland. He joined the company in 2015, after a career spanning 20 years in the area of Corporate Finance, Strategic Planning, Talent Management, and M&A across India and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Ashok Leyland he was part of the business transformation team at Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (previously Hero Honda Ltd) and charted the strategy for the company to become a self-reliant enterprise with a global footprint. He has held leadership roles in finance in multi-national corporations like Procter & Gamble, BAT plc, and Meraas Capital.

He holds a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, where he was the recipient of the Institute certificate of merit. He completed his PGDM from IIM Bangalore, and also received the Dean’s academic merit certificate for the PGPX program at IIM Ahmadabad.  

He was awarded an Executive Fellowship in Management from IIM Lucknow in 2018, for his thesis in the area of Decision Sciences and Operations Research.

Mr. Amandeep Singh

Head, Defence

Amandeep earned his MBA from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, post his Masters in Operations. As a trained business professional from IIM Ahmedabad and Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, he has won several accolades to his credit.

He commenced his career with Ashok Leyland in 1992 as a management trainee directly from campus. Since then, Amandeep has worked with the company in various capacities across the country and currently heads the Defence business with an overall responsibility of the Company’s Defence business in India and globally.

  Amandeep is married to Jaspal, a HR professional. They are blessed with two daughters. He loves travelling, outdoor activities and adventure sports.

Mr. T V Venkataraman

Head, Internal Audit and Risk Management

T. V. Venkataraman (Venkat), is a Commerce Graduate from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, and has certifications from the Institute of Internal Auditors Inc, USA (The IIA) as also the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, USA (ISACA).
 
Venkat brings with him, over 20 years of experience spanning manufacturing and service sectors across diverse geographies, in the domains of Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance. Prior to joining Ashok Leyland, he was the Head of Assurance at Flipkart. Venkat has also served Aditya Birla Group, Deloitte and Jindal.
 
Venkat was the recipient of the Group Chairman’s award for functional excellence (year 2011) during his stint with Aditya Birla Group, post which he attended an Executive education programme on Leadership at Kellogg School of Management, USA.
 
In his role at Ashok Leyland, Venkat heads Internal Audit, Risk Management and Information Security functions.
 
Outside of work, Venkat has interests in teaching, speaking at professional body forums, nature photography, Carnatic classical music and reading.

Mr. N Ramanathan

Company Secretary

N. Ramanathan is a Commerce Graduate and a qualified Company Secretary.
 
He has over 23 years of work experience in various industries viz.,
- Lakshmi Machine Works Limited
- Sathyam Infoway Limited
- EID Parry Limited (Murugappa Group)
- Prior to joining Ashok Leyland in Apr 2013, he was Vice President & Company Secretary of Amara Raja Batteries Limited, Hyderabad, looking after Secretarial, Legal, Corporate Affairs and also a member of the Strategy Committee.

During his employment with Amara Raja, he underwent the 15 month General Management Leadership Programme (GMLD) in Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.

 He presently heads the Secretarial, Legal and Insurance functions in Ashok Leyland Limited

Mr. Rajesh R

Head, Power Solutions Business

Rajesh joined Ashok Leyland in 2010 in the Power Solutions Business. A mechanical engineer with Masters in Foreign Trade & International Business, he has over two decades’ varied experience in the automotive industry in the realms of sales and marketing.
 
Prior to joining the company, he held management position at Bharat Forge, Amalgamations and TVS group and has worked closely with leading global OEMs on automotive business in his earlier profile. During his stint at TVS, he has undergone training under Prof. Tsuda San, AOTS–Japan & was core team member for implementing TQM & Deming award.
 
Currently, he heads our Power Solutions Business for various applications including Power Generation, Industrial & Marine and engine business development with global automotive and off-road OEMs

Board Committee Members

Board Committee Members

Audit Committee
Mr. Sanjay K. Asher (Chairman)
Mr. D.J. Balaji Rao
Mr. Jean Brunol
Mr. Sudhindar K. Khanna
Stakeholders relationship Committee
Mr. Sanjay K. Asher (Chairman)
Mr. D. J. Balaji Rao
Ms. Manisha Girotra
Nomination and Renumeration Committee
Mr. D. J. Balaji Rao (Chairman)
Mr. Dheeraj G. Hinduja
Mr. Jose Maria Alapont
Ms. Manisha Girotra
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Mr. Dheeraj G. Hinduja (Chairman)
Ms. Manisha Girotra
Mr. Vinod K. Dasari
Technology Committee
Dr. Andrew C Palmer (Chairman)
Dr. Andreas H Biagosch
Mr. Jean Brunol
Investment Committee
Mr. Dheeraj G Hinduja (Chairman)
Mr. D. J. Balaji Rao
Ms. Manisha Girotra
Risk Management Committee
Dr. Andreas H. Biagosch (Chairman)
Mr. D J Balaji Rao
Mr. Sanjay K Asher
Mr. Gopal Mahadevan
Secretary for all the Committees.
Mr. N Ramanathan