Board of Directors
Mr Gautam Premnath Khandelwal
Non-Executive Chairman & Independent Director
Mr. Gautam Premnath Khandelwal, aged 47 years is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company. He completed his High School from The Doon School and B.A. (Economics) from Elphinstone College, Mumbai.
Mr. Khandelwal started his career as a Management Trainee with Khandelwal Group in 1984, and later became Chief Executive of Khandelwal Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. He was Director of Stellar Chemical Laboratories Pvt Ltd., and moved on to become the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of KFA Group in 1993, where he successfully turned around the Company. He is the Chairman of Nagpur Power & Industries Limited. He was a Director of Khandelwal Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Limited. He is the Chairman of Informed Technologies India Limited since 1999.
Mr. Khandelwal has over 23 years of vast experience in senior managerial positions and he is on the Board of many companies such as Nagpur Power & Industries Ltd., Informed Technologies India Ltd., Khandelwals Ltd., Khandelwal Remedies Pvt. Ltd., Zeppelin Investments Pvt. Ltd., Magnachem Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., The Motwane Mfg. Co. Pvt. Ltd., and Krohm Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Khandelwal was appointed as Chairman of the Board of the Company on April 17, 2007.
Mr. Ajay Kumar Swarup, aged 50 years, is the Promoter and Managing Director of the Company. After completing his schooling from Doon School, he completed B.A.(Honours) in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University and PGDBM from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Mr. Ajay Swarup has been associated with the Company since inception and has over 24 years of experience in the alcohol and distillery industry. He started his career with SVP Industries Ltd., an alcohol and distillery company; co-promoted Associated Distilleries Limited in 1983 and later promoted Globus Spirits Ltd. in 1993.
He was the President of All India Distillers Association between March 1992 and July 1995. Mr. Swarup manages the day-to-day affairs of the Company and is responsible for business policies, strategic decisions, business development etc. As a strategic planner with a hands-on approach, he has been instrumental in the growth of the Company to this level. Mr. Swarup was appointed as Managing Director of the Company w.e.f 1.12.2006.
Mr. Manik Lal Dutta, aged 63, is Executive Director of the Company. He is a M. Tech from Calcutta University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Calcutta Institute of Management.
He joined the Company in August, 2006, and has over 36 years of experience in the alcohol industry in the areas of project execution, commissioning, plant optimization, plant operation, development of IMFL blends and brands, maintenance and production planning and, quality control at various stages of liquor manufacture.
Mr. Dutta started his career as Management Trainee in 1970 with Carew & Co., owned by UB Group. He later joined Rampur Distillery as Distiller-cum-Blender and rejoined UB Group in 1982 by taking charge of Srirampur Distillery. He later moved to MCD Rosa and again joined UB Group at its Udaipur Distillery as Director-in-charge in 1990. From 1998 onwards, Mr. Dutta was Divisional Vice President (Manufacturing-North) of UB Group with complete responsibility for production and management of distilleries in North India and Nepal.
At Globus Spirits, Mr. Dutta is the overall in-charge and responsible for production, planning, IMFL blends, brand development etc.
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Malik, aged 53 years, is the Whole-Time Director of the Company.
He is a B.Sc and Diploma in Business Management from Meerut University. Mr. Malik has over 29 years of experience in various liquor industries. He started his career with Pilakhni Distilleries & Chemical Works as Chemist, moved to Tilak Nagar Distilleries, Maharashtra in 1975 as Production Superintendent, then to Associated Distilleries Limited as Production Manager-cum-Blender in 1986.
Mr. Malik then joined Globus Spirits at its Behror Unit as General Manager (Works) in May, 1995. Later, he moved to Golden Bottling Limited, Bhiwadi as Vice President in August, 1998. Mr. Malik later rejoined Globus Spirits as Vice President in the year 2000.
Mr. Malik has experience in various functional areas in liquor industries such as controlling fermentation, distillation, secondary distillation for manufacturing ethyl alcohol, extra-neutral alcohol, grain spirit and malt spirit etc. He is adept in the art of blending operations and product development in all varieties such as whisky, rum, brandy, IMFL etc.
Mr. Malik is in-charge of the production facilities of the Company’s Behror unit in Rajasthan.
Mr. Rameshwar Dayal Aggarwal, aged 54 years, is the Whole-Time Director of the Company.
He is an M.Sc (Organic Chemistry) from Agra University and has graduated in Alcohol Technology from the National Sugar Institute, Kanpur.
He started his career in 1984 as Lab Chemist with Kanoria Steel, Tarapur; moved to Royal Distillery (p) Ltd., Daman as Senior Chemist; joined Som Distillery in 1993 as Senior Production Executive; moved to Globus Agronics in 1994 at its Samalkha Unit as Production Manager. He later joined Associated Distilleries Ltd as Works Manager in 1997, moved to Oasis Distilleries Ltd., Indore as General Manager in 2001. He rejoined Globus Agronics in November 2005. He is conversant with process of fermentation, distillation, blending, etc.
Mr. Aggarwal is in-charge of the production facilities of the Company’s Samalkha unit in Haryana.
Non-Executive & Independent Director
Mr. Deepak Roy, aged 57 years, is a Non-Executive and Independent Director.
Mr. Roy is a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from Delhi University and Diploma in Management Science from the Japan-America Institute of Management Science, University of Hawaii, U.S.A.
He has over 30 years of experience spanning marketing, sales and general management. Mr. Deepak Roy has held assignments in the areas of marketing and general management positions in leading domestic and multinational companies such as Glaxo, Ranbaxy, CPC, Warner Hindustan, The UB Group and Diageo plc. He was President & Managing Director of Triumph Distillers & Vintners Private Limited, a company that he promoted in 2002. This company successfully acquired UDV’s domestic portfolio, by way of a management buy-out in India, from Diageo. In the last few years since Triumph was in operation, the company acquired from Polychem Limited, their brands, namely, Alcazar Vodka and Men’s Club Whisky and Brandy.
Prior to starting Triumph, Mr. Roy was President of Guinness UDV for South Asia, India, Russia and the Baltics. Guinness UDV is part of Diageo plc. Mr. Roy’s association with Diageo plc began in November 1993, when he quit the position of Managing Director of Herbertsons Limited, to start from scratch International Distillers (India) Limited (now UDV India Limited) a joint venture between Polychem Limited and International Distillers & Vintners (now Guinness UDV), the world’s largest premium drinks company. UDV went on to become a formidable player in the premium drinks business in India.
Gilbey’s Green Label Whisky was launched by Mr. Roy and it was largely responsible for putting Diageo on the Indian map. Mr. Roy has also managed the UDV business in Indo-China, Thailand and India. Before joining International Distillers in November 1993, Mr. Roy was associated with The UB Group. The last job he held with UB was as Managing Director of Herbertsons Limited. Before Herbertsons, Mr. Roy was the Head of Marketing and Sales, McDowell & Co. Ltd. since January 1983. He has been credited with changing the profile of McDowell from a supply driven company to that of a company focused on consumer needs with a strong marketing, selling and distribution orientation. He championed the revamping of McDowell brands, especially McDowell’s No.1 Whisky and McDowell’s No.1 Brandy. During his working career, Mr. Deepak Roy was sponsored to ‘Advance Marketing Management Programme’ in Harvard Business School, U.S.A. He has also handled short but challenging assignments with The UB Group in various countries like Africa and Pakistan in the company’s paint subsidiaries.
Non-Executive & Independent Director
Mr. Joginder Singh Dhamija, aged 75 years, is a Non-Executive and Independent Director of the Company.
He is a B.A. and LLB from Punjab University, and Member, Punjab Civil Services. Mr. Dhamija has about 46 years of experience. He was Member of Punjab Civil Services from 1961 to 1979-1980 during which period he held a number of judicial, executive and administrative assignments.
He was Managing Director, Punjab Tanneries and Chairman, Punjab Footwears Limited, Punjab State Government Undertakings from 1974 to 1979.
He sought premature retirement and joined Tata Exports Ltd. (now Tata International) in 1979 as General Manager and Head of Leather Division at Dewas (Madhya Pradesh).
He moved to the UB Group in 1982 as Chief Executive of their brewery unit, M/s Punjab Breweries. In 1987, he became Senior Vice President and Head of Breweries Division. He retired as President in 1995 and was Advisor, Breweries Division from 1997 to 1997. During this period, he was also the Chairman of various subsidiary companies such as Premier Distilleries Ltd., Palghat; Kesarwal Beverages Ltd., Goad; Kalyani Breweries Ltd., Kalyani; and Director of various other companies of the Group. He was Corporate Advisor, Narang Industries Ltd. and spearheaded their joint venture arrangements with M/s SAB, Johannesburg/London.
Mr. Dhamija later was the Vice Chairman of SAB India (Pvt.) Limited from 1999-2002 and Director, Mysore Breweries Ltd. and PAL Distilleries, Bangalore. Mr. Dhamija was Advisor to the Chairperson of M/s Shaw Wallace & Co. Ltd between 2003-05. Between 2005 and 2006, he was Vice Chairman of Bagga Millennium Liquors Private Limited. In September 1995, Mr. Dhamija took charge as President and Head of Business of UB Group’s Beer Division. He was also Member of the Corporate Executive Committee. In 2000, he joined as Director and Vice Chairman of SAB India (South African Breweries) and continued with them till 2004. He was subsequently associated as Advisor to the Chairperson of Shaw Wallace & Co. Ltd for two years.
Mr. Dhamija joined Globus Spirits as Director on April 20, 2007.
Non-Executive & Independent Director
Mr. Santosh Kumar Bishwal, aged 62 years, is a Non-Executive and Independent Director.
He is a B.Sc. (Mechanical Engg) from REC, Rourkela and M.Tech.(Industrial Engineering & Operations Research) from IIT, Kharagpur.
Mr. Bishwal started his career in August 1970 as Industrial Engineer with Union Carbide India Ltd in its Battery Products Division (Eveready). He later became Production Manager in its 3 different manufacturing units, and later became Chief Industrial Engineer where he was responsible for coordinating industrial engineering activities throughout the organization. He then moved to UB Group as General Manager (Manufacturing) and then became Vice President and later became Executive Vice President – Manufacturing overseeing all India manufacturing operations of this Division.
He retired in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer of the Eastern Region of UB Group’s Spirits Division. He was also a Director on the Board of Herbertsons Limited. In this capacity he was accountable for the entire business in Eastern India including the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and Nepal.
Mr. Bishwal has about 33 years of experience. Mr. Bishwal later moved on to consulting and was associated as Chief Operating Officer of Kalinga Hospital. Since 2003, he has been a faculty member of the Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Bhubaneshwar. He was appointed as an external examiner by IIT Kharagpur for a number of years for their M.Tech programme in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He was also appointed as an examiner by AIMA for the project/thesis work which was apart of their PGDBM programme.