Management team

Raghunath Kelkar

R.M. Kelkar

President – IC Marketing

Mr. Raghunath M. Kelkar joined the Company in 2008 and is President – Industrial Chemicals and primarily responsible for the P&L Management including Strategic Development & Execution and developing the trading business. He is also a Member of the Internal Board and plays a key role in formulating various policies and contributes to the growth of other businesses.

Mr. Kelkar has over 34 years of experience in industrial chemicals in various capacities dealing with commodity, speciality chemicals, paints and coatings and speciality adhesives.

He holds a Graduate Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Mahesh Girdhar

Mahesh Girdhar

President – Crop Nutrition Business

Mr. Mahesh Girdhar joined the Company in 2017 as President – Crop Nutrition and is responsible for operations of the Crop Nutrition Business.

Mr. Girdhar has over two decades of professional experience in business operation, managing P&L, strategy and general management roles across seeds, traits and crop protection in different geographies (global, Asia Pacific and India). Prior to DFPCL, he worked as Global Crop Lead at Bayer Crop Science in Singapore since 2010 and previously was the Country Head, Bayer BioScience, India based in Hyderabad.

He holds Post Graduate Degree in Agriculture from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and attended Advance Management Program at INSEAD, France.

Mr. Tarun Sinha

Tarun Sinha

President – TAN

Mr. Tarun Sinha is President – Technical Ammonium Nitrate (TAN) and is primarily responsible for P&L Management, including Strategy Development & Execution, and managing Strategic Alliances for the TAN Business.
Mr. Sinha has over 30 years of combined experience in the mining and steel industries, with a proven track record of working at international locations such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and USA, including responsibilities spanning Canada, Mexico, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Brunei, during which time he held responsibilities for P&L Management, Strategy Development & Execution, Managing Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Key/Global Account and Commercial Contracts Management.
He spent 24 years working with Orica, World’s largest explosives manufacturer, in different roles spanning different countries. Prior to DFPCL, he worked in BlueScope Steel-Nippon Steel Joint Venture as the President of the JV’s downstream business in Singapore during which time he also led the JV’s Downstream Strategy Development for South East Asia.
He has a Bachelor of Technology (Mining Engineering) degree from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

DS Ravindra Raju

DS Ravindra Raju

President – Manufacturing

Mr. DS Ravindra Raju is President – Manufacturing and is primarily responsible for the complete Group Manufacturing with multi location operations along with Supply Chain (Sales and Operations Planning).

Mr. Raju has over 35 years of experience in managing large operations and businesses and was the Whole Time Director of Paradeep Phosphates Limited prior to joining DFPCL. He has been on the Board of Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha and a Member of the State Level Facilitation Committee of Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation (IPICOL) of Odisha and Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for Odisha State. In the past, he has also been associated with Coromandel Fertilisers, Indo Gulf Fertilisers, Navin Fluorine International, Godavari Fertilisers, Saint-Gobain and HEG Limited.

He holds a Post Graduate Degree from XLRI Jamshedpur and the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

Pandurang Landge

Pandurang Landge

President – Projects

Mr. Pandurang Landge joined the Company in August 2011 as President – Projects & Technology and is primarily responsible for setting up the greenfield expansion / diversification projects across pan India locations as well as explore overseas expansion / joint venture opportunities.

Mr. Landge has 38 years of domestic and overseas experience of operations, projects conceptualisation, projects and product development, execution, commercialisation and running businesses. He started his career with Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF) with responsibilities of project execution and operations of Ammonia plants and spent 20 years in Saudi Arabia as head of a startup which was built to a US$ 1 Bn company.

He holds a Graduate Degree in Chemical Engineering from University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Bombay University.

Amitabh Bhargava

Amitabh Bhargava

President and Chief Financial Officer

He is a Graduate in Chemical Engineering from IIT, BHU with a Master’s in Business Management with Finance as major from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research. He started his career with GAIL and was involved in the construction, commissioning and operation of LPG Extraction Plant and HBJ Pipeline. He worked with ICICI Bank as Deputy General Manager and led transaction teams in underwriting and syndication of debt for Power, Ports, Roads, Oil & Gas and other manufacturing sectors. He worked in Private Equity with ICICI Ventures, Macquarie Capital, RREEF Infrastructure (Deutsche Bank AG) and Nomura Infrastructure Fund. He was Chief Financial Officer – Corporate Finance of GMR Infrastructure Ltd where he led fund raising for the company’s various infrastructure businesses through Private Equity, Capital Markets, Project Finance, Corporate and Structured Finance transactions. He was lately associated as Chief Finance Officer of Essar Group’s E&P Company.

Romy Sahay

Mr. Romy Sahay

President – Human Resources

Mr. Romy Sahay joined the Company in 2018 as President – Human Resources and is primarily responsible for setting up various HR systems & processes and scaling it up to a global level, aligning HR to deliver business results and driving strategy to execution.

Mr. Sahay has over 28 years of experience in leading HR for multi-units and large geographically distributed workforce and has previously worked as a Vice President & Head HR (Global Manufacturing Operations) at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. He has also been associated with TELCO, ITC and ITC Infotech.

He holds a Graduate Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, and Post-Graduation Management in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur.

Shyam Narayan Sharma

Shyam Narayan Sharma

President – Strategy

Mr. Shyam N. Sharma is President – Strategy & Transformation and his primary responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Business Transformation, IT Enablement and Operations Management.

Mr. Sharma has over 28 years of experience in the B2B / B2C Industry in areas of Commercial – Sales & Marketing, Technical Services / R&D & Exports in India and S E Asia.

Prior to current role as President – Strategy & Transformation, Mr. Sharma was President – TAN (Mining Chemicals) for 5 years with DFPCL. Earlier Mr Sharma was associated with Indian Explosives Ltd (Orica Mining Services) as their Country Manager & Director. Nippon Paints (India) Limited as Director – Sales and ICI India Ltd / Akzo Nobel as Head – Marketing Services & Regional Manager of the business.

Mr Sharma is equipped with a Business Management Degree from Jadavpur University and B. Tech in Mining Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and is a Gold Medallist from University & Pickering Medallist from The Mining, Geological & Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI).

Naresh Pinisetti

Naresh Kumar Pinisetti

President – Corporate Governance

Mr. Pinisetti is a Post Graduate in Human Resources from NIPM with an Executive MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI) and has completed his B L from College of Law in Andhra University and M.A. in Sociology. He comes with an experience of over 30 years in different facets of Human Resource Development and Industrial Relations. He was previously associated with Vestas as Director and Regional Head of HR for Asia Pacific and the Bayer Group in India as General Manager – HR. He has traveled extensively across Europe and Asia Pacific and has been exposed to the latest international concepts in People Management. He is the immediate past Chairman of Indian Society for Training & Development, Chennai Chapter and was also the Regional Vice President for the Southern Region. He is a certified Coach and also a Hogan Graduate.

Debasish Banerjee

President – Strategic Projects

Mr. Banerjee is a Chartered Accountant (rank holder) with diversified experience of over 30 years in the field of strategic finance and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, taxation and general management. He is currently responsible for strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, structured financing and other strategic areas.

He joined DFPCL in Jan 2000 and has been associated with the Group in various leadership roles for more than 19 Years. Mr. Banerjee specializes in corporate finance & strategy, business turnaround / restructuring, costing & budgets, corporate affairs, capital markets, financial planning & control, project financing along with building strong relationship with banks, rating agencies and financial institutions. His previous stints includes position as Chief Financial Officer at Smartchem Technologies Limited (subsidiary of DFPCL) and Haldia Petrochemicals Limited.

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