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With his current responsibility as Chief Operating Officer (Agro Business), he is leading the company to drive the overall direction and transformation at Indofil. As one of the key architect in building Indofil’s footprint globally and in India Business, he also is spearheading establishing world class manufacturing facilities at full capacity utilization to have wider product portfolio.
With more than 26 years of experience in leading teams & growing businesses, through marketing alliances, joint ventures, manufacturing & acquisitions, Mr. Rane will implement the new growth strategy, and will seek to accelerate the momentum of the organization with contemporary strategy and approach, coping with the New Normal in the post Pandemic era.
Mr. Rane joined Indofil in 1994 as a Sr. Product Executive – Insecticide (Agro Business Division) at Head Office, Mumbai. In 1996 he was assigned the responsibility of establishing Indofil's business in the International arena. Since then he has ably handled various functions in international business viz registration, territory management, Business co-ordination and successfully taken on the role of heading International Business, in the position of General Manager, Vice President and Sr. Vice President. He was responsible for growth and operations of B2B International business, Synthesis business and Special projects.
In 2008 he has assumed additional responsibility as Projects Monitor and Strategy Head, affiliated to CEO Office and is instrumental in defining and implementing Vision, Mission and long term Strategy of Indofil. As a Project Monitor he has spear headed a number of projects in strategy implementation, leadership development, value dissemination workshops, reorganization of Indofil, establishment of growth office, to name a few.
Mr. Rane is a part of various institutions at the industry forums, namely
Mr. Rane holds a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Agriculture from the Konkan Krishi University. He has also completed Advance Management Program from Harvard Business School.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading on Anthropology, ancient civilizations and is fond of watching old movies.
Dr. Ramachandran, a veteran in Crop Protection industry, brings with him more than over 20 years of expertise & leadership values in domains ranging from R&D, regulatory, business management, sales and distribution management, product management, Six Sigma and enterprise resource planning, along with steering multiple teams in crop protection and seeds business. He led Dow Agrociences India Pvt. Ltd (DAS) as the Country Manager for 8 eight years and held the position of South Asia Marketing Director in Corteva AgriSciences after merger of Dow with Dupontto form Corteva Agrisciences in 2018.
Dr. Suresh became a part of Dow AgroSciences in 1999. Prior to joining Dow AgroSciences, Suresh worked as an assistant in the Entomology department for the University of Florida, USA and as a Product Development Officer at A. V. Thomas & Co., Madras.
At Indofil, as Business Head – India Agro, Dr. Suresh is responsible for leading the India business.
An ex-board member of Crop Life India and management committee member of ABLE-Ag (Association of Biotech Led Enterprises – Agriculture), founding member of Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII), he has been striving to provide world-class agricultural solutions to improve the farmers life. He has delivered many lectures at universities and industry platforms in the field of agriculture. He has authored and/or co-authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers in various international journals.
Dr. Suresh holds a Ph.D in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Georgia, USA. He specialized in the area of biotechnology with special emphasis on field research for the deployment of insecticidal transgenic crops - such as cotton, corn and canola.
Prior to joining Indofil, he worked with Clariant Chemicals India Limited and at Clariant International for 19 years in various positions as Technical Manager, General Manager Production , as Vice President and Head of Roha Site.
Dr. Rao has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Technology from UDCT, Mumbai, M.Tech Degree from IIT, Delhiand Ph.D in Chemistry from South Gujarat University.
Mr. Baxla, brings with him 25 years of rich Supply Chain experience in key areas namely Projects planning & implementation (strategic and tactical), Supply Chain operations - Supply Planning, Distribution, Warehouse Management, Production Planning, Shop Floor control, Demand Planning, Sales & Operations Planning, Inventory Management along with an exclusive experience in ERP implementation of Supply Chain modules at global level.
At Indofil, he heads Supply Chain & is responsible for Procurement, Demand & Supply Planning, International and Domestic Logistics
His past experiences include Henkel Adhesives Technologies India Limited, Castrol India Limited, BP LUBRICANTS, Asia & Pacific and LUBRICANTS UK LTD.
In his spare time, he enjoys Reading books and watching movies.
Amar began his professional stint with Indofil in 1992 in marketing & new product development in North India. He worked in various capacities in marketing, product management, portfolio management & local institutional business at Indofil after shifting to Mumbai since 1997.
Amar has made commendable contribution in last 28 years in the areas of Alliance development for new products, driving New Technical & formulation Development projects, Product Launches/ branding, and driving patentable products strategy.
With the help of a strong marketing team, he has been responsible to expand Core (Indofil manufactured), Strategic ( Patented & proprietary products from foreign alliances) and Co-marketing ( Local collaborations in India) product range of agrochemicals at Indofil & strengthened its presence in all major agrochemical consuming crops and established strong position in fungicide segment
He set the strategic direction for the synthesis of off patent active ingredients, enhancing the range of technical registrations & manufacturing and setting the stage for leading position in international market for key molecules.
His contribution in developing the patent cell & spearheading the patent strategy is enormous which lead to couple of patented formulations launch & success in domestic market and number of innovative formulation patents filings across countries.
He has worked in close co-ordination with manufacturing on capacity expansion projects, with QA and R&D for setting new standards in quality, with R&D on various synthesis and formulation projects and he contributed immensely in driving up the profitability through various strategic moves in collaboration with front and back end teams.
Amar has travelled extensively in India and all major agro chemically important countries for various assignments and acquired vast knowledge on agrochemicals, and crop pest problems. He has played a pivotal role in designing the portfolio strategy for Indofil Agro subsidiaries & facilitated the launch of new products besides organizing collaborations for enhancing product range. He loves travelling and interacting & learning new concepts.
He has attended Management Development Programs at IIM - Ahmedabad, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) & at Harvard Business School and benefited the organization by developing techno-commercially strong human resources pipeline.
He is a Chartered Accountant by background, brings to the fore close to two decades of financial acumen having being successfully associated with diverse industries and roles ranging from Manufacturing, Media, IT, Consultancy and Business Advisory.
Playing the effective role of a partner to the various business functions in consonance with the enterprise objectives and ethics, he brings forth great value to the organization through his proven financial and accounting skills, vision, innovative ideas and leadership talent.
His expertise and Management perspective in leading sustainable and profitable growth whilst maximizing stake holder returns is an asset to any Identity.
Ms. Sonal brings with her, an enriched experience spanning over two decades, in the Human Resources domain. She has worked extensively on Talent Acquisition, Designing and implementation of Performance Management System, Leadership Development, OD interventions, Training & Development, HR policies and Compensation & Benefits, for India & for International Offices covering countries like Brazil, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Heading the People Strategy Division at Indofil, she has been instrumental in getting Indofil Industries Limited, the recognition of Best Place to work 2015 and 2017 by Great Place to Work ®.
Sonal has completed her graduation in commerce stream from R. A. Podar College and her Masters in Human Resources from Prin. L N Welingkar Institute. She has done her Global Talent Management Certification from Wharton.
She has been honoured with Recruitment and Staffing Award at the World HRD Congress in 2012. She has been recognized as the ‘50 most national talent acquisition professionals’ at the National Talent Acquisition Summit and Women Super Achiever Award at World Women Leadership Congress.
Besides work, she is passionate about tennis and in her free time she likes to read management books and watch films.
Mr. Pandey has been associated with Indofil since 1991, having worked across different functions such as EHS, Quality, Production, Green field projects. He played a significant role in establishing Indofil Industries manufacturing plants at Dahej. Under his leadership, Unit 1 at Dahej received the Quality Excellence Award along with many other awards in the Green technology and manufacturing domains.
He is a Six Sigma Black Belt Certified expertise professional, having deep knowledge in plant management, administrative and operational expertise, advanced skills in strategic planning, international process implementations, commissioning, new set-ups, resource allocation and most importantly, people development.
After completing his schooling from Mumbai, Mr. Pandey perused his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and his Diploma in Management Studies from Mumbai University. He has been a part of the Executive Leadership Programme from IIM-Ahmedabad.
Mr. Pandey has also been affiliated with Dahej Industries Association (Chairman,EHS Committee), Bharuch District Management Association, Gujarat Safety Council (Convener and Executive Committee member) and member of Rotary Club of Bharuch Narmada Nagari.
In his free time, he enjoys reading and traveling.
Mr. Balasubramanian Ramanathan (aka Bala) brings in an enriched experience of around 35 years in the field of Insights, Marketing and Strategy in leadership roles.
Prior to Indofil, Mr. Balasubramanian has guided Godfrey Phillips India Ltd. as Head of their Growth Office and Insights function.
He holds a Masters Degree from IIM-Ahmedabad. He has also completed a graduate degree in Computer Science from Pune University. He is a trained Marshall Goldsmith Professional Executive Coach.
As Head for Growth Strategy, he will be responsible for formulating the short-term and long-term strategic plan for Indofil detailing the strategy map, growth plans, anticipated challenges, manpower estimation, and overall responsibility to drive and deliver on Growth Office objectives etc.
In his free time, Bala likes to read – both fiction and non-fiction – books; as also listening to good country music, ghazals and old Hindi film songs.
He heads the Company Secretariat and Legal Functions and is the Compliance Officer of the Company. He also supervises the Risk Management portfolio of the Company and it's subsidiaries. Mr. Mehta possesses rich and versatile post qualification experience of over 25 years in handling Company Secretarial and Legal functions. During his career, he has worked at senior levels for Organisation and Corporates of repute such as Ruchi Soya Group, Kaira Can Company Limited (an associate of AMUL), Lodha Group and Adani Group. Before joining Indofil, he was working with The Pheonix Mills Ltd as Vice President - Legal and Company Secretary. Mr. Mehta has handled among others, Corporate Mergers and Take Overs, IPOs, Rights Issues, Foreign Direct Investments, Private Placements of securities, Listing, Delisting and Buy Back of Securities. Mr. Mehta has also handled a variety of legal documentations including Technology Transfer Agreements, Product Distribution Agreements, all Real Estate Sector related documents, IPR matters, Corporate and Non Corporate Litigations under Civil and Criminal Laws.
Mr. Mehta is a Law Graduate (LLB) of 1987 Batch from University of Bombay and a Member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India since 1992. He is has also done Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance stream and Masters in Commerce (M.com).