Board of Directors

Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.

Mr. Godrej is the former Chairman of Ananta Aspen Centre (previously known as Aspen Institute India), Chairman & Trustee of Ananta Centre. He is the President of World Wide Fund for Nature - India. He is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India Resources Trust and Council on Energy, Environment and Water. He is a Director of World Resources Institute, USA. He is also a Trustee of the Asia Society, USA. He is a member of Toyota Motor's Global Advisory Board and Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee. He is the Past President of Confederation of Indian Industry and also the Past President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association.

Mr. Godrej is the Chairman of the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre. The Centre is housed in a LEED Platinum demonstration building which is the first green building in India and the greenest building in the world at the time when it was rated. The Green Business Centre is a Centre of Excellence for green buildings, energy efficiency, energy conservation, non-conventional energy sources, water policy, water conservation, etc.

Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. manufactures and markets refrigerators; washing machines; air conditioners; office furniture; home furniture; security equipment for banks (such as safes, strong room doors, bank lockers, etc.) and for commercial establishments and homes; locks and latches, forklift trucks and warehousing equipment; process equipment for chemical, petrochemical, refineries and allied industries; precision tools for sheet metal, zinc, aluminium; real estate development.

The Godrej group are leaders in home appliances, consumer durables, office equipment, industrial products, consumer products and services.

Mr. Godrej is an ardent yachting enthusiast and has done extensive cruising along the west coast of India, the Baltic & North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea.

The President of India conferred on Mr. Godrej the "Padma Bhushan" on 3rd April 2003.


Adi Godrej is Chairman of the Godrej Group. The Godrej Group is mainly privately held, an over 100 year-old family conglomerate, with operations in India and several other countries.

Mr. Godrej has been president of several Indian trade and industrial bodies and associations.He is Chairman of the Board of the Indian School of Business and Past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and a member of the Wharton Asian Executive Board. Mr. Godrej is also a patron of the Himalayan Club.

Mr. Godrej is a recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2002, the American India Foundation Leadership in Philanthropy Award 2010, the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010, Best Businessman of the Year for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2010, Chemexcil's Lifetime Achievement Award 2010, AIMA - JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award 2010, Bombay Management Association - Management Man of the Year Award 2010-2011, Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Business in 2011, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, the Padma Bhushan 2012, The Asian Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, and the All India Management Association Business Leader of the Year 2015.

Mr. Godrej holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.


Nadir Godrej is the Managing Director of Godrej Industries and Chairman, Godrej Agrovet. He is also a Director of numerous firms including Godrej & Boyce, Godrej Foods and Godrej Consumer Products.

A veteran of Indian industry, Nadir has played an important role in developing the animal feed, agricultural input and chemicals businesses owned by Godrej. His active interest in research related to these areas has resulted in several patents in the field of agricultural chemicals and surfactants.

With his tremendous experience and expertise Nadir has also

contributed to the development of a variety of industries by participating keenly in industry bodies such as the Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association of India, Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association and Oil Technologists' Association of India.

Currently, Nadir is the President of the Indo French Technical Association and the Alliance Francaise Mumbai. For his contribution to Indo-French relations, the French Government has honored Mr.Godrej with the awards of "Chevalier de L'Ordre National due Merite" and

"The National Order of the Legion of Honour".

A Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, Nadir has also done his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He lives in Mumbai, India with his wife and three children.


Kavas Petigara is a Chemical Consultant and a businessman. Petigara is the Managing Partner of Scitech Corporation. He has been associated with chemical and allied business activities in India and abroad for many years.

Kavas holds Bachelor's, Master's and Ch.E. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Kavas is a director on the Board of following Companies: Godrej Industries Ltd., Godrej Agrovet Ltd., Vora Soaps Ltd., and Swadeshi Detergents Ltd.

Kavas joined the Board on 29th September, 1988.


Vijay Crishna is the Executive Director of Lawkim Motors Group. He joined Lawkim Ltd, a bankrupt light engineering company taken over by the Godrej Group at the behest of N.P. Godrej in 1977 after eight years of management experience in Kolkata and five years in the advertising industry in Mumbai and was able to help turn it around.

He is a B.A. (Economics) from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.

Vijay is also a Director of Godrej Industries Ltd., Godrej Agrovet Ltd. and Precision Wires India Ltd. He serves as a Trustee of the Bombay Scottish Orphanage Society and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Technology and Management, Navi Mumbai, the President's International Advisory Board Colorado College and on the Advisory Panel of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Beachhead Programme.

In 1991, Vijay established the Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research at Shindewadi, Satara District, which researches and propagates rare and endangered species of medicinal plants endemic to the Western Ghats.

A Life Member of The Himalayan Club since 1973 - and now its Honorary Secretary - he has trekked in the Garhwal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet.

He has been active in theatre since 1965 in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Vijay joined the Board on 27th September, 1990


Phiroze Lam is the Executive Director of the Company and has been associated with the Company since 1975. Prior to joining Godrej, he was a partner in the Solicitors firm of Payne & Co. Phiroze holds Bachelor's Degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Bombay. He is also a qualified Solicitor. Phiroze is also the Chairman of Godrej Efacec Automation & Robotics Ltd., and a Director of Mercury Mfg.Co.Ltd. He is also a Trustee of Pirojsha Godrej Foundation. Phiroze heads the legal function of the Company and brings with him considerable expertise and experience in business strategy and management.

Phiroze joined the Board on 1st October, 2003.


Kyamas Palia is the Executive Director (Finance) of the Company and has been associated with the Company since 1970.

Kyamas holds a Master's Degree in Commerce and a Diploma in Managerial Accounting from the Mumbai University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Oklahoma State University, USA. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, as well as the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India. He has considerable expertise in financial management, business strategy and corporate governance.

Kyamas is also serving as a Director on the Board of the following companies: Geometric Limited, Godrej Efacec Automation & Robotics Ltd., Godrej Infotech Ltd., Mercury Mfg. Co. Ltd. (Chairman), Arohan Trustee Co. Private Limited and Godrej & Khimji (Middle East) LLC.

Kyamas is also a Trustee of Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Foundation.

Kyamas joined the Board on 1st October, 2003.


Pradip Shah started IndAsia, a corporate finance and private equity advisory business, in April 1998. IndAsia entered into a joint venture with AMP in 2001 for the private equity business in India. Prior to starting IndAsia, he helped establish the Indocean Fund in 1994 in association with affiliates of Chase Capital Partners and Soros Fund Management.

Before starting Indocean, he was the founder Managing Director of The Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL), India's first and largest credit rating agency. While at CRISIL, he was instrumental in technology transfer to, and the training of personnel of, Rating Agency Malaysia Berhad and The Israeli Securities Rating Company.

Pradip has been honored in Israel with a garden of a hundred trees in his name.

Prior to founding CRISIL, he assisted in founding Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) in 1977. Before joining HDFC, he was a Project Officer at ICICI Limited. Pradip has also served as a consultant to USAID, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Pradip holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College, Bombay. He is a qualified Cost Accountant and ranked first in India in the Chartered Accountancy examinations. He has written articles and given talks in India and in Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bali, Colombo, Tel Aviv, London, Washington, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney on credit rating, housing finance, capital markets, venture capital and other subjects.

Pradip is currently Chairman of Sonata Software Limited and of Shah Foods Limited and a Director of Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Limited, BASF (India) Limited, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Limited, Hardy Oil and Gas Limited (U.K.), Grindwell Norton Limited, Panasonic Energy India Company Limited, Patni Computer Systems Limited, Pfizer Limited, and Wartsila India Limited amongst other companies. He is currently the Chairman of the Capital Markets Committee of the Indian Merchants' Chamber, member of the National Executive Committee of FICCI, was a Director on the Western Region Board of the Reserve Bank of India, was the first Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry's Financial Sector Committee, and has served as a member of the Finance Commission of the State Government of Gujarat; of the Expert Group on Infrastructure Financing appointed by the Government of India; of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of State Public Enterprises, Government of Maharashtra; of the CII National Task Force on Non-Performing Assets; of the SEBI Committee on Venture Capital; of the SIDBI Working Group on Access to Capital Markets for Small Industries; of the Expert Committee, Public Sector Restructuring Programme, Government of Gujarat, and of the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board Task Force on Policy and Implementation. He is also associated with several non-profit organizations as Trustee/Governing Council Member.


Anita Ramachandran founded Cerebrus Consultants, a well known HR consulting firm in 1995, focused on consulting in Rewards management, Organization development and Strategic HR. Cerebrus has a national presence with offices in the five metros and has 70 HR professionals. Cerebrus does work for over 100 companies each year including a large number of multinationals in South Asia.

Anita is one of the leading Human Resources Consultants in the country and is well known for her work in Compensation and HR strategy. She earlier had a twenty year career with A.F. Ferguson's Management Consultancy division, where she was a Director.

Anita is a MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai and has won several academic honours. She was a Dorab Tata scholar for 6 years.

She is also on the Board of several companies including HCL Infosystems, UTI AMC and Geometric Software. She writes often in several business and professional magazines. She has been a champion of various women's causes.

Anita joined the Board on 28th April 2007.


Anil G. Verma joined Godrej & Boyce in 1983 and is currently serving as its Executive Director & President.

He is an Engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has also completed an Executive Program from the Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA.

Anil has over 30 years of experience in functions such as Sales, Marketing and Manufacturing and has held leadership positions including those of the Business Unit Head for the Office Furniture business and the Executive Director and Head, Personnel & Administration.

He is an Executive Committee Member of the Employer's Federation of India (EFI), on the Advisory Board of the CII Institute of Quality, is the Chairman of the CII National Taskforce on Industrial Safety and serves on Board of Governors of the National Safety Council of India (NSCI). He often serves as an Expert Member invitee for the Selection Committee of IIT, Bombay and has been a jury member for the sixth edition of 'Superbrands'.

Under Anil's leadership, Godrej & Boyce and its business units have received a plethora of recognitions over the years in areas such as quality, safety, marketing and manufacturing excellence. The firm has been awarded the NASEOH Award as the 'Best Employer' and the NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Award for the 'Best Employer' for the differently abled.

He was the recipient of the RMI Roll of Honour for Life-time Achievement in HR at the National HR Conclave, HR 2.0, in 2010 and has been recognized as a 'Distinguished Alumnus' of the IIT-BHU Alumni Association during its Centenary Year in 2018.

Anil joined the Board on 1st October 2008.


Nyrika is the Executive Director, Godrej & Boyce and leads the legal and corporate advisory functions for all Godrej & Boyce companies. She is involved in talent management, portfolio strategy, knowledge management and risk management across the businesses. She is also involved in the turnaround of Godrej & Boyce's Electrical and Electronics Business.

She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Colorado College. She then obtained an LL.B and an LL.M degree from University College London and qualified as a Solicitor from the United Kingdom. Thereafter, she obtained a Management diploma from Harvard Business School.

She worked in the Chamber of the Additional Solicitor General and then with AZB & Partners, where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and commercial contracts.

Nyrika is on the Board of Directors of the Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy and the Jaldhaara Foundation.

She lives in Mumbai with her husband Yeshwant Holkar and is extremely interested in photography, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.


Mr. Keki Elavia is a Chartered Accountant in Public Practice. He retired as a Senior Partner of M/s. Kalyaniwalla & Mistry- Chartered Accountants. He was associated with this firm for more than 40 years and was also a partner of S. R. Batliboi & Co- Chartered Accountants, for a brief period.

He is currently a Director on the Board of 6 listed companies namely, Allcargo Logistics Limited, Goa Carbon Limited, Insilco Limited, NRB Bearings Limited, UniAbex Alloy Products Limited, Dai-ich Karkaria Limited and a number of other unlisted public & private companies.

He is a Member of the India UK Accountancy Task Force constituted by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and a member of the Investment Committee of Phoenix Asset Reconstruction Fund 1 of Phoenix ARC Private Limited. He is also a trustee of educational and medical trusts.

The Reserve Bank of India appointed Mr. Elavia as a Member of the Indian Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited where he was the Chairman of its Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee.

The other positions that he held in the past are:

- Member of the Expert Group constituted by the Reserve Bank of India for designing a supervisory framework for Non-Banking Financial Companies.

- Member of the Auditing Practices Committee, Research Committee and the Auditing and Assurances Standards Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

- Member of the Board of Governors, Bombay Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors.

- Member of the Specialised Committees of Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Governing Council, Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry etc.