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United Spirits Ltd (UNSP.NS)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Mahendra Sharma

2016 Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Amrit Thomas

51 President, Chief Marketing Officer

Anand Kripalu

58 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Executive Director

Sanjeev Churiwala

2017 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Steve Correa

52 Executive Vice President - Human Resources

Mamta Sundara

40 General Counsel

Pankaj Gupta

46 2017 Chief Supply Chain Officer

Abanti Sankaranarayanan

47 2017 Chief Strategy & Corporate Affairs Officer

V. Ramachandran

2016 Company Secretary

Randall Ingber

2017 Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

John Kennedy

52 2016 Non-Executive non-independent director

Vinod Roa

2016 Non-Executive Director

Rajeev Gupta

59 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Indu Shahani

2015 Non-Executive Independent Director

Dhanushkodi Sivanandhan

66 2013 Non-Executive Independent Director

Vinay Viswanathan

2016 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Mahendra Sharma

Mr. Mahendra Kumar Sharma serves as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He holds Bachelors’ degrees in Arts and Law, PG Diplomas in Personnel Management and Labour Law, and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Sharma joined Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) in 1974, from where he retired in 2007. He was a member of the Board of Directors of HUL for 12 years, including 7 years as Vice Chairman. He is the founder of M.K. Sharma & Associates and has rich experience in the field of mergers and acquisition, corporate restructuring and law. He has been member of the Corporate Law Committee of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, and the Naresh Chandra Committee on Corporate Governance, besides being involved in several industry associations. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank and on the Board of reputed companies such as Wipro, Asian Paints and Blue Star. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business.

Amrit Thomas

Mr. Amrit Thomas serves as President, Chief Marketing Officer of the company. Amrit has transformed the face of USL marketing catapulting several USL brands to their iconic status in the Indian and international markets today. Mr. Amrit Thomas is the President & Chief Marketing Officer at United Spirits Limited. Amrit joined United Spirits in June 2007 picking up the gauntlet for the marketing division of India 's leading spirits company. Amrit has held coveted positions across blue chip global FMCG companies. Amrit started his career with Nestle in 1988 and after a business management course from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore , joined Hindustan Unilever (erstwhile Hindustan Lever) in 1991. During a highly successful tenure at Hindustan Unilever, Amrit developed leading edge marketing capability while handling diverse leadership roles across marketing and sales and across different domains - Personal Care, Beverages, Direct Selling and E-Tailing. He held the office of the Category Head for Beverages (tea and coffee) and was a key member of the Foods Leadership Team at Hindustan Unilever before joining United Spirits Limited.

Anand Kripalu

Mr. Anand Kripalu serves as Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Executive Director of United Spirits Limited. He is leading USL’s transformational journey. Mr. Kripalu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, and has completed the Advanced Management Programme from Wharton Business School. He was formerly President, India and South Asia, at Mondelez International, Managing Director of Cadbury India and worked at Hindustan Unilever for 22 years. He is a Board member at Marico Ltd since 2007 and also the Chairman of CIABC (Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies).

Sanjeev Churiwala

Mr. Sanjeev Churiwala serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the company. He is currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since November 16, 2015. He joins USL from LafargeHolcim's Indian subsidiary, Ambuja Cements, a leading producer of cement, where he held the position of CFO since early 2011. Mr. Sanjeev has been with the Ambuja Cements-LafargeHolcim group for about two decades in roles that included finance, business development, project management, commercial operations, business and financial integration. Mr. Sanjeev is a fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Institute of Cost Accountants of India, and holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School, UK.

Steve Correa

Mr. Steve Correa serves as Executive Vice President - Human Resources of the company. Steve leads the Human Resource function at United Spirits Limited (USL) and is part of its Executive Committee. At USL, he is responsible for building people and organizational capability aligned to deliver the corporate objective of building capable leaders and attracting right talent. A veteran in Human Resources, Steve has over 30 years of experience spanning several sectors, many of which have been senior leadership roles. His diverse work portfolio ranges from global corporates like Vodafone and Hindustan Unilever Ltd, family led businesses like Reliance Jio, Modi Xerox, including varied industries like Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Office Automation, Telecommunications and IT, and including an entrepreneurial stint as an Executive Coach. Prior to joining USL, Steve was the Chief Human Resource Officer at Reliance Jio where he led the People and Organization strategy for the company. He has also spent a decade with Vodafone India where he had the critical mandate of overseeing the M&A transition of the company and building out the pan India footprint. Steve also has global experience, having worked in senior leadership positions.

Mamta Sundara

Ms. Mamta Sundara serves as General Counsel of the company. Mamta Sundara is the General Counsel of United Spirits Limited (USL) – a Diageo Group Company. In this role, she is responsible for leading the legal function, which balances and mitigates the company’s risks, owns the company’s objectives and partners with the business to help deliver these. Additionally, she also has responsibility for the real estate portfolio of USL. Mamta has over 17 years of experience as a legal professional, spanning corporate in-house roles as well as private practice across a diverse range of industries and geographies including India, South East Asia and the UK. Prior to joining USL, Mamta worked with Diageo for six years both in the UK and in India. She started her journey in the beverage alcohol industry with Diageo in the UK as a specialist procurement lawyer, after which she moved to India as the General Counsel of Diageo India Pvt. Ltd. Post Diageo’s investment into USL, she moved to Bangalore to support the strategy and standards work done within USL. Prior to joining Diageo, Mamta worked at British Telecom for four years in the Global Services division at Singapore. She has also worked with leading law firm J. Sagar Associates in Bangalore. Mamta’s entrepreneurial drive also prompted her to join Law School Tutorials (LST), a distance education platform helping students prepare for the law school entrance exams. Mamta studied Law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Pankaj Gupta

Mr. Pankaj Gupta serves as Chief Supply Chain Officer of the company. Pankaj has over 23 years of successful professional experience in the consumer goods supply function across emerging markets. He joins us from McKinsey where he was co-leading the supply chain practice. Prior to that, Pankaj was the Regional Supply Director for South East Asia at Reckitt Benckiser. He also enjoyed a 19 year career at the Unilever Group, where he moved from Management Trainee through a series of leadership positions across the supply function to Vice President – Manufacturing Excellence for Asia, Africa and Russia.

Abanti Sankaranarayanan

Mr. Abanti Sankaranarayanan serves as Chief Strategy & Corporate Affairs Officer of the company. D. Sivanandhan is a highly regarded IPS officer with an illustrious career spanning 36 years. A Post Graduate in Economics, he joined IPS in 1976 and retired as the DGP of Maharashtra state police in 2011. He has held several senior positions in IB, CBI and Mumbai crime branch. He has also served as Commissioner of Police of Nagpur, Thane city and Mumbai. He has been awarded the meritorious service medal (1993), the President’s distinguished service medal (2000) and also the Internal Security Medal (1998). He has worked in the NSCS, New Delhi as a member of the special task force and also as the Security Adviser to RBI for three years. He is on the Board of several reputed companies.

V. Ramachandran

Randall Ingber

Mr. Randall David Ingber serves as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Randall Ingber graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 with a major in Psychology prior to receiving a Juris Doctorate from University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2000. Mr. Ingber is General Counsel for Global Functions, Litigation and Africa at Diageo plc, the world’s premium drinks company. He is responsible for management of the firm’s most significant global disputes, as well as managing legal support to Diageo’s fast growing African businesses. He has been with Diageo for over 12 years, covering market and corporate legal roles in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and India in addition to head office support in the UK.

John Kennedy

Mr. John Thomas Kennedy serves as Non-Executive non-independent director of the company. John Thomas Kennedy is currently the President of Diageo Europe, Russia, Turkey and India and is a member of Diageo Global Executive Team and has held variety of senior positions across Diageo including President – Western Europe, Managing Director – Ireland and Managing Director – Canada. John was previously President of IBEC, Ireland’s leading business organization and on the Board of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, an organization focused on fostering social innovation. He also worked for Quaker Oats in the United States and Smithline Beecham in England. John was raised in New York and graduated from Duke University in 1986.

Vinod Roa

Mr. Vinod Roa serves as Non-Executive Director of the company. Vinod has 30 years of professional experience in Asia / Middle East spanning three global companies – Akzo Nobel India Limited (previously known as ICI India), PepsiCo and Diageo, across a diverse range of businesses such as FMCG, consumer durables, and chemical and industrial products. Vinod is a Bachelor of Commerce from Madras University, a member of the Chartered Accounts Institute of India and attended a Senior Executive Program from London Business School. Vinod joined Diageo in July 2013 as Finance Director of Asia Pacific responsible for all aspects of the finance function comprising performance management, compliance, and regional strategy for the region. Prior to that, Vinod spent 14 years at PepsiCo across India, China and Hong Kong with his last role being CFO, PepsiCo Asia Pacific. He sent 13 years at ICI India, in his last role there as CFO, Paints, he was responsible for finance, supply chain and procurement functions. Vinod also represents Diageo as director in Shui Jing Fang, a public company in China and other subsidiary companies within Diageo.

Rajeev Gupta

Mr. Rajeev K. Gupta serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, and is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has over 33 years of experience in manufacturing, investment banking and private equity. A former CEO of Cosmo Ferrites and Joint MD of DSP Merrill Lynch, he is currently CEO of Arpwood Capital Ltd, an Investment Banking company he founded in 2012, and a partner at Arpwood Partners Investment Advisors LLP which manages private equity investments. He is on the Board of EIH Ltd, Cosmo Films, TVS Capital Funds, TV Today Network, Vardhman Special Steel, and VIP Industries.

Indu Shahani

Dr. Indu Shahani serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of United Spirits Limited. She is a Ph.D in Commerce from University of Mumbai, with extensive teaching experience at University and Degree College levels. She is Principal of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai and is former Sheriff of Mumbai. She has been a member of the University Grants Commission. She was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster, London. Dr. Shahani is on the Board of leading Indian companies such as Eureka Forbes, Bajaj Electricals, Colgate-Palmolive (India), Franklin Templeton, Lafarge and Clariant.

Dhanushkodi Sivanandhan

Mr. Dhanushkodi Sivanandhan serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of United Spirits Limited. He is a highly regarded IPS officer with an illustrious career spanning 36 years. A Post Graduate in Economics, he joined IPS in 1976 and retired as the DGP of Maharashtra state police in 2011. He has held several senior positions in IB, CBI and Mumbai crime branch. He has also served as Commissioner of Police of Nagpur, Thane city and Mumbai. He has been awarded the meritorious service medal (1993), the President’s distinguished service medal (2000) and also the Internal Security Medal (1998). He has worked in the NSCS, New Delhi as a member of the special task force and also as the Security Adviser to RBI for three years. He is on the Board of several reputed companies.

Vinay Viswanathan

Mr. Vinay K. Viswanathan serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company. Mr. Viswanathan is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has completed several advanced leadership management training programs from many prestigious institutions including the Stanford University, USA. With over 40 years of experience in the automotive and consumer goods sectors, Mr. Viswanathan is the current Chairman and on the board of Bosch Limited. He has held various leadership positions in Bosch Group, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) Tata Consultancy Services across various geographies including India, UK, Germany and USA. He is also on the Board of several companies including Bharti Airtel Limited, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited, Transunion Cibil Limited, amongst others. He also serves as Management Committee member of the Indo German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC).