Regarded as one of the foremost corporate leaders, business magnets, investors and philanthropists of contemporary India, Shri Anil Dhirubhai Ambani, is the Chairman of all listed companies of the Reliance Group. The Reliance Group companies include Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance Communications, Reliance Capital and Reliance Power.
He is also on the board of directors of Reliance Infratel Limited and Reliance Group. He is the President of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He is a member of the Stakeholders Relationship Committee of Reliance Communications Limited. With a master's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shri Ambani is credited with having spearheaded the Reliance Group's first forays into the overseas capital markets with international public offerings of global depository receipts, convertibles and bonds.
Shri Ambani has been associated with a number of prestigious academic institutions in India and abroad. He is currently a member of:
- Wharton Board of Overseers,The Wharton School, USA
- Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
- Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur
- Executive Board, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad
The former Prime Minister of India nominated Shri Ambani as the Co-Chair from the Indian side of the India-China CEO Forum in 2011.
Shri Sateesh Seth Non-Executive Director
Shri S Seth is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a law graduate. He has vast experience in general management. Shri Seth was appointed to the Board on September 12, 2016, as an Additional Director. He is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company.
Cmde. K. Subramaniam, NM (Retd.) Whole Time Director and Chief Executive Officer
Cmde.Kartik Subramaniam has had a distinguished 29 years service with the Indian Navy and thereafter served for 8 years with Cochin Shipyard Limited ('CSL'). He retired as the Chairman and Managing Director of CSL. He is a BE – Mechanical and M.Sc. in Defence Studies. He has undergone a specialization Course in Marine Engineering during his career with the Indian Navy.
Cmde. Kartik Subramaniam's career in Indian Navy spanned across several war vessels and in Naval Dockyards of Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam. His major appointments included Jt. Director Naval Design at Naval HQ, Director (Technical) Project Seabird, Command Refit Officer and Command Engineering Officer in HQ, Western Naval Command. For distinguished service with the Indian Navy, Cmde. (Retd.) Kartik Subramaniam was awarded the NaoSena Medal.
Post serving in the Indian Navy, Cmde. (Retd.) Subramaniam was appointed as Director (Operations) at CSL and thereafter appointed as Chairman and Managing Director. Cmde. Subramaniam was directly responsible for all Operations and Maintenance on the shipbuilding front.
His major achievements include the construction and launching of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier; Delivery of Fast Patrol Vessels to the Indian Coast Guard; Delivering over 20 high end Platform Support Vessels to clients in Western Europe and the USA.
Cmde. Kartik Subramaniam's expertise in strategic planning and execution of multiple Naval Projects; innovation and technology absorption; capacity expansion and infrastructure development will enable Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited to realize its goal of becoming India's foremost defence company, thereby creating sustainable long term value for all stakeholders.
Shri. Nikhil Gandhi Non-Executive Director
Shri Nikhil Gandhi is the first generation entrepreneur with business interest in marine engineering and infrastructure. Shri Gandhi has approximately 32 years of experience as an entrepreneur of various infrastructure development projects. Some of the marquee projects conceived and developed during their infrastructure development stages by Shri Nikhil Gandhi include Pipavav Port in Gujarat, Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone and Maha Mumbai Special Economic Zone.
Shri. Bhavesh Gandhi Non-Executive Director
Shri Bhavesh Gandhi has approximately 30 years of experience in various fields pertaining to infrastructure development projects. Shri Bhavesh Gandhi led development of Pipavav Railways, a railway project in India based on the PPP model through a joint venture with the Ministry of Railways. Shri Gandhi was awarded the “Shipping, Marine and Ports (SMP), 2012 – Young Entrepreneur” Award.
Shri. Ajai Vikram Singh Independent Director (Former Defence Secretary Govt of India)
Mr. Singh joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the year 1967. Mr. Singh has served in various capacities in the State and Central Governments.
Ms. Comal Ramachandran Gayathri Independent Director
Ms. Comal Ramachandran Gayathri has over 36 years of experience as a senior bureaucrat with Government of India and Government of Andhra Pradesh. Ms. Gayathri has contributed to power and energy, environment, industry, fertilizers and chemicals and social Sectors. Ms. Gayathri has made significant contribution to reforms and restructuring of Power Sector and formulating guidelines in the management of Power and Energy sectors.
Shri. Ajay Sharma Nominee Director (IDBI Bank)
Mr. Ajay Sharma has held various senior positions with IDBI Bank and is currently Chief General Manager – RBG, IDBI Bank, Chandigarh.
Ms. Padmaja Bhaskaran Nominee Director (LIC of India)
Ms. Padmaja Bhaskaran is Chief Executive (ED) at LIC Cards Services Limited, New Delhi.
Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) Fali Homi Major Independent Director
Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) Fali Homi Major, age 68 years, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on December 31, 1967. The Air Chief Marshal has over 7000 hours of flying to his credit on various types of Aircraft & Helicopters, which include many Combat tours and flying in inhospitable, high altitude & hostile environment He was instrumental in the raising, operationalising & commanding the very first MI-17 Squadron of the IAF and inducted it into the highest battlefield in the world - the Siachen glacier. He commanded yet another Mi-17 Squadron, leading it into battle during the operations of the Indian Peace Enforcement Force in Sri Lanka. He has also held a number of important Field appointments - the Command of two front-line Air Bases, including Leh (Ladakh) the highest operational Air Force Base in the world at an altitude of 11,000 feet.
The Air Chief Marshal has held some very important Staff appointments in Air Headquarters which include Principal Director (Operations), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel) and on promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, was the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), during which he directed the relief, rescue and rehabilitation Operations of the Indian Armed Forces in India and South East Asia - in the aftermath of the devastating Tsunami. He was promoted & appointed as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, where his tenure saw the successful conduct of three major International Air Exercises with the United States Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and the French Air Force in his command area of responsibility. The Air Chief Marshal is a highly decorated Officer with two Presidential Gallantry Awards & two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for exceptional service to the Nation.
The Govt of India appointed him as the 18th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force on March 31, 2007. During his tenure as the Chief of the fourth largest Air Force in the world, the IAF was in the throes of a modernisation process, and with his sound strategic planning, this modernisation process progressed relentlessly in giving the IAF greater operational capability and credibility.
After an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the Indian Air Force, the Air Chief Marshal retired on May 31, 2009. Post retirement, the Govt of India utilised his experience & exposure by appointing him as an Independent Director of Air India, on many Expert Groups on Military, Strategic & Defence Modernisation issues. He recently completed a satisfying tenure as Member of the National Security Advisory Board to the Government of India.
Lt Gen (Retd.) Syed Ata Hasnain Independent Director
Lt Gen (Retd.) Syed Ata Hasnain, age 62 years, participated in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka during 1988-90 and counter insurgency operations in Punjab in 1990-91. During the 1990s he served with the United Nations in Mozambique, and later, war torn Rwanda. He commanded his unit in the Siachen Glacier. He is one of the rare officers to have commanded a company, battalion, brigade, division and corps, all in the challenging environment of Jammu & Kashmir.
As a Lieutenant General, Hasnain was initially the General Officer Commanding (GOC), XXI Corps, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and was then specially nominated to take over the Srinagar based 15 Corps when turbulence hit Kashmir in a big way. He was instrumental in restoring stability to Kashmir through his innovative ‘Hearts Doctrine’. On June 09, 2012, Lt Gen Hasnain took office as the Military Secretary, at Army Headquarters, New Delhi. On September 07, 2013, Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain was awarded his first civilian honor by the Capital Foundation Society of Delhi. The award was for Military leadership of an exceptional order. The General Officer is one of highest decorated officers of the Indian Army having been decorated eight times.
Ever since his superannuation, General Hasnain has actively pursued intellectual activities. He writes for a large number of media houses, and appears as a strategic affairs commentator on various TV channels. His area of emphasis is J&K, Pakistan and West Asia besides affairs of the Army concerning equipment management, doctrine and training. He holds a B.A. (Honours) degree in History from St Stephen’s College and is a post graduate in International Relations from Kings College, University of London; he also has an M Phil in Defence & Management Studies from University of Indore. In addition he has attended long programs in Strategic Studies at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) and the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies (APCSS), Hawaii, USA.
General Hasnain is a member of the Eminent Persons Group on Indonesia for consultation by the MEA. He is also on the Experts Committee of the MEA on Afghanistan. He is a President of India's Nominee on the Executive Council of Aligarh Muslim University.
Shri Rahul Sarin Independent Director
Shri Rahul Sarin, age 66 yrs, enriched with a diverse experience of thirty five years as a member of the Indian Administrative Service, he is currently Member of Competition Appellate Tribunal, a statutory body under the Competition Act, 2002.
Equipped with graduate degrees in Science and Law, he joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1974. After undergoing a number of in-service and professional training courses, he also upgraded his qualifications with a Post-Graduate Degree in Development Administration from the University of York, U.K. in 1987.
In his assignments in DoPT, Shri Sarin has coordinated all personnel matters in Govt. of India regarding recruitment, capacity building and training, career development, staff welfare and post-retiral benefits. The assignment of Principal Secretary, Finance enabled Shri Sarin in developing a broader vision and perspective regarding the importance of financial management, accountability and utilization of public funds for reaching the desired policy outcomes. Shri Sarin has also varied international experience. His last assignment has been that of Advisor, Small and Macro Enterprises in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Government of Republic of Namibia Cooperation Programme.
Shri Rajendra Chitale Independent Director
Shri Rajendra Chitale, age 54 years is a law graduate and an eminent Chartered Accountant, is a Managing Partner of Chitale & Associates (India’s only boutique full service structuring and tax advisory firm) and M. P. Chitale & Co. (one of the India’s accounting and consulting firms). He is a member of the Insurance Advisory Committee of the Insurance and Regulatory Authority of India (IRDA), and has served as a member of the Company Law Advisory Committee, Government of India, the Takeover Panel of the Securities & Exchange Board of India, Investor Education & Protection Fund Committee, Government of India, the Advisory Committee on Regulations of the Competition Commission of India, and the Maharashtra Board for Restructuring of State Enterprises, Government of Maharashtra. He has served as a director on the boards of Life Insurance Corporation of India, Unit Trust of India, Small Industries Development Bank of India, National Stock Exchange of India Ltd., Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd., SBI Capital Markets Ltd.
Ms. Ryna Karani Independent Director
Ms. Ryna Karani, 48 years, is a partner of the ALMT Legal Advocates and Solicitors and part of the firm’s corporate and commercial team. She has been practicing as a lawyer since 1994 and is enrolled as Advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. Prior to joining ALMT Legal in November 2006, Ms. Ryna was a partner at another law firm in Mumbai. Her practice includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and investment funds on a full range of corporate transactions including cross border transactions. She has advised and assisted a number of foreign clients in establishing a presence in India through incorporations of companies and/or establishment of branch/liaison offices. She is a member of the Society of Women Lawyers and sits on the Boards of several listed and unlisted companies.