Born in pre-independence India, Mr. B. K. Birla took over as the Chairman of Kesoram Industries at the tender age of 15. Over the years, he has crafted many success stories which have become part of folklore in Indian industry. He has personally helmed Century Textiles’ forays into diverse fields and taken the group from a one-unit enterprise to a multi-faceted entity. Even today, Mr. Birla exhibits the same passion towards any new venture, as he did when he started his first company.
Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vice-Chairman
Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is one of the most renowned and respectable figures in Indian industry. He spearheads the iconic global conglomerate, Aditya Birla Group (ABG).
From a turnover of US$ 2 billion and operations in 8 countries in 1995, today under his stewardship, the Group’s revenues are in excess of US$ 44.3 billion with operations straddling 34 countries. ABG has a powerful business presence in a range of sectors including cement, telecom, retail, financial services, aluminium, copper, textiles and chemicals. His visionary leadership has, over the years, helped Century Textiles’ to grow from strength to strength.
An educationist, Mr. Birla is the Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS). He is Chairman of IIT-Delhi, IIM-Ahmedabad and Chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University. He serves on London Business School’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr. Birla also holds a management degree from the London Business School.
Smt. Rajashree Birla
As Chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, Mrs. Rajashree Birla spearheads the social and community welfare activities across 40 companies in the Aditya Birla Group (ABG). The centre’s initiatives in education, healthcare, sustainable livelihood and social reform work have benefitted more than 3000 villages and created a positive difference in the lives of seven million people.
The significant extent and reach of the Aditya Birla Centre in empowering and uplifting communities exemplifies Mrs. Birla’s inspirational leadership in corporate philanthropy. Her vision to elevate the under-privileged sections of society has inspired her to lead social causes including eradication of female infanticide, providing healthcare to the needy and providing homes to the homeless and destitute.
Mrs. Birla is an iconic leader and a role model for those who aspire to bring about a positive transformation in society.
Mr. R. K. Dalmia, Senior President, Century Textiles, & Whole-time Director
A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Mr. Dalmia has been with the Group since the last four decades. He started his stint as Vice-President in The Technological Institute of Textiles and Sciences, Haryana and subsequently ascended to the position of President in 1983.
In 1985, he was assigned the responsibility of improving the technical performance of Century Textiles’ mill. Under his stewardship, the mill went on to win numerous accolades from the textile industry. Mr. Dalmia played a vital role in setting up two new divisions of the Company, i.e. Century Yarn and Century Denim in 1993 and 1997 respectively. He was also instrumental in the establishment of a new ultra-modern textile mill, near Bharuch in Gujarat in the year 2008 with 300 looms and over one lac spindles.
Mr. Dalmia has consistently been at the forefront in improving working conditions of workers across industries, particularly the textile sector.
Mr. Snehal Shah, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Snehal Shah is a strategic management professional with over 30 years of experience in Operations, Business Process, Risk Management MIS, Administration, Vendor Management, Team Building, as well as Management and Business Strategy, sectoral expertise across financial services, metals, cement, carbon black, textiles, chemicals and refineries. A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Mr. Shah was heading the Corporate Management Services division at Aditya Birla Group for more than four years. He also headed the Aditya Birla Financial Shared Services operations for over three years. This was in addition to serving as a Senior General Manager in Birla Copper for more than three years. He was closely involved with the Chairman’s office at Aditya Birla Group in the capacity of Executive Assistant to the Chairman for over eight years.
Mr. Atul K. Kedia, Vice President (Legal) and Company Secretary
Mr. Atul K. Kedia is Vice President (Legal), Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of the company. A Commerce and Law Graduate, he is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has been with the organisation for more than 30 years. He possesses vast experience in the field of investor relations apart from secretarial and legal matters.
Mr. Dua is a versatile professional with varied exposure to various businesses ranging from cement to insurance. Prior to joining Century Textiles & Industries Ltd., Mr. Dua worked with the Aditya Birla Group for over two decades in various Group businesses and roles. This was after a successful stint with UltraTech Cement Ltd. as Group Executive President – International Markets where he was leading the operations for International M&A across emerging & mature markets. It was preceded by a term at Birla Sun Life Insurance (BSLI) where he was the CEO & Managing Director. Mr. Dua also spent a considerable amount of time with the Aditya Birla Insulator Business (ABI) as CEO and the cement business of ABG, handling diverse roles in Marketing, IT, and Strategy. A chemical engineer from IIT Delhi, Mr. Dua also completed his MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from IMI Delhi. Mr. Dua is also an Alumnus of Harvard Business School, USA.
Mr. J. P. Narain, Chief Executive Officer, Century Pulp and Paper
Mr. Narain Jai Prakash has accumulated rich experience in his professional life, spanning 28 years, through his association with various FMCGs like Reckitt Benckiser India Limited, SAB Miller India Ltd, and Pepsico — at various levels. Throughout his professional life, he has an enviable track record of having introduced efficient manufacturing processes along with cost reduction in manufacturing operations.
He is a Bachelor in Technology from Gujarat Agriculture University, Anand (Gujarat). Post his graduation, he enriched his management skills through a Diploma in Management (PGPEX) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C), Kolkata.
Mr. Narain Jai Prakash is a passionate leader and believes in adopting a system-oriented approach towards business.
Mr. K. T. Jithendran, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Birla Estates
Mr. K. T. Jithendran has over 26 years of work experience in the realty sector. One of his accomplishments includes taking a start-up company in the real estate sector to become one of the leading players in the category. Prior to joining Birla Estates, he was involved with Godrej Properties Limited (GPL) as an Executive Director. He has led most functions within the company while managing growth as well as building a strong talent team. A civil engineer from IIT Kharagpur, Mr. Jitendran also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Kolkata and Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Arun Gaur, Chief Human Resources Officer
Mr. Arun Gaur is a thoroughbred and versatile HR professional with close to 36 years of extensive experience, during which he has worked in different facets within the HR function. Having started his career in 1981 with DCM limited in their textile division, he swiftly rose to the position of Industrial Relations Manager in 1987. During his tenure there, he played a vital role in setting up a textile unit in Hisar, Haryana. In 1991, he joined the textile division of Aditya Birla Group (ABG) at Gwalior. In 2007, he was deputed as the Chief People Officer in the Carbon Black business of ABG and was stationed in Atlanta, USA. After a short stint as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in the Pulp and Fiber Business of ABG, in 2016, he joined Century Textiles and Industries Limited in the same capacity.
After graduating from St. Stephens College in Science, Mr. Gaur completed his post-graduation in social work from the Delhi School of Social Work.