Profile of Directors
Mr. Mohib N. Khericha – Non-Executive Chairman of the Company since July 5, 2001. He is a Chartered Accountant with over four decades experience in capital structuring, restructuring, financial management and loan syndication. He is on the Board of various Public Limited and Private Limited Companies as an Independent Director. He ventured into merchant banking in the year 1994 and currently is the Managing Director of Chartered Capital And Investment Limited, a listed company providing Investment Banking Services.
Mr. Nikhil Kumar – Managing Director of the Company with effect from October 1, 2012 responsible for overall management of the Company’s operations, strategic planning, technology alliances and sales and marketing. He was the Joint Managing Director of the Company from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2012. He is an Engineer from the Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Suratkal. He attended the General Management program in Harvard Business School in 1997. He has over 2 decades of work experience in the business of manufacturing electrical rotating machines. He worked in Kirloskar Electric Company from 1990 to 2000 as a General Manager in charge of their Bangalore factory.
Mr. Nitin Bagamane – Independent Director of the Company since January 13, 2011. He holds a Bachelor degree in Arts from the St. Joseph College of Arts and Science, Bangalore. He has over 22 years of work experience in business and industry. He is associated with manufacture and export of granite products as well as real estate and construction activities for the past twenty years. Currently, he manages a Special Economic Zone for IT activity in Bangalore.
Mr. Ravi K. Mantha – Independent Director of the Company since August 12, 2014. An author, social entrepreneur, angel investor and corporate adviser, he is developing an affordable housing community, is an investor in an affordable school project, as well as a project employing disabled youth in a commercial venture. He also serves on the advisory board of the Action for India forum. He is Chairman and President of TiE Singapore chapter and a trustee of TiE global, a global network of entrepreneurs. For ten years from 2001-2011, he was a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments in Boston and London, where he co- managed the $35 billion Select global equity portfolios. He earned a B.A in liberal arts from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Ravi is also a best-selling author of non-fiction. He is also a motivational speaker, and he has spoken at several TEDx events around the world as well as at corporate events.
Mr. K.G. Prabhakar – Director of the Company since May 20, 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of work experience in accounting, corporate finance, and tax management. Prior to joining our Company, he was working with Kirloskar Electric Company Limited. He joined our Company in October 2001. Currently he is the Non Independent Director of the company.
Ms. Prathibha Sastry – Entrepreneurship and entertainment have been the key themes in her work life. In a career spanning over 16 years, she has launched a film magazine, hosted a film-based radio talk show and co-founded a mobile app based on the Indian entertainment industry.
She was heading the Operations at Microsoft Ventures in India for almost 3 years and considers her time extremely rewarding. A pioneer in creating travel with a purpose within the Startup ecosystem, she has launched DigitalDesh for a Hyderabad based startup. It saw her lead a team of four, on a journey by road, along the length of India, covering 24 cities and towns in a period of 30 days. This allowed her to know more about the burgeoning innovation and startup ecosystem and bring out a report on the same and contribute to a Coffeetable Book Currently, she is involved in building the “Hardware Innovation Ecosystem” in India through the platform InnoNation (an iSPIRT initiative) which she leads. She is an Advisor at emPower program for Zone Startups which is a Canadian government initiative. She created and led #InnovationYatra, which saw her travel across India from Bengaluru to Delhi by road, covering 17/18 days. She discovered/met 35 hardware startups along the route. This travel saw her go into interiors like Shedbal, Ichalkaranji, Karad. She has been the recipient of the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur- India 2008-09 and has represented the country at the International Young Creative Entrepreneurs Program held in London in October, 2008. She has written for newspapers like Bangalore Mirror and others. She has been a contributing author on books like Indian Cinema and Women Entrepreneurs.