Board of Directors

Mr. H. M. Gupta Executive Chairman

Mr. H. M. Gupta,  has been the Promoter Director of the Company since its inception in 1994. He took over as the Executive Vice Chairman of the Company on and from 1st May, 1996. He took over as Executive Chairman on and from 1st February, 2001. Mr Gupta has significant experience, both, in commerce and industry, having established diverse businesses for over three decades. He has been associated, in his individual capacity, with many global businesses. He was the honorary consul of the Republic of Chad in India. He has also held elected, nominated or conferred positions in varied committees. He is an executive committee member with FICCI. He is a philanthropist and encourages contributions back to society. He is an avid reader and has in-depth knowledge in tea, aerospace & defence, hospitality and foods.

Mr. Rishab Mohan Gupta Whole Time Director

Mr. Rishab Mohan Gupta,  has been associated with the Company since 1st January, 2008 and has worked in various capacities in the Company. He was elevated to the position of Executive Vice President from 1st August, 2015 and has been actively involved in the business of Aviation Products and Services as well as international business development. He has been overseeing the business operations of Rossell Techsys and Rossell Hospitality Divisions of the Company. He is aged about 31 years and did his education from Suffolk University, Boston, USA. He carries considerable responsibilities in the Company and as part of the Senior Management Team is also involved in Strategy and Policy decision making at the Corporate Level. With his business vision and future plans, the Company would continue to grow in size.

Mr. Krishan Katyal Independent Director

Mr. Krishan Katyal   is an Independent Director of the Company. He is a commerce graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and has over four decade of experience in Tea Industry. He retired as the Chairman of J. Thomas & Company Private Limited, oldest and largest tea auction firm in the world. He is a professional tea tester and auctioneer, specialized with Darjeeling and premium quality Assam Orthodox and CTC. He has been an ambassador for Indian Tea, having conducted generic tea promotions at various international venues from 2001 onwards on behalf of Tea Board of India, ITA, DTA & UPASI. He has been a member of the Tea Advisory Committee appointed by the Ministry of Commerce from 2004 to 2006. He is a member on Committees of Tea Research Association, CTTA and GTAC. He is also a member of the North Indian Tea Council constituted by the Tea Board of India. Ha has been Special Invitee to the Board of the Tea Board of India. He is a speaker/ presenter at several international Tea Conventions and Conferences. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee as well as the Chairman of the Stakeholders Relationship Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Company

Mr.Ajai Shukla Independent Director

Colonel Ajai Shukla (Retired) ,  is an Independent Director of the Company. He did his schooling from The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Shimla Hills in 1975, and straightaway joined the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. During his three years there, he was awarded a graduate degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Later, he obtained his master’s degree from Madras University and then went on to do a master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College, London, UK. Before taking up journalism in 2001, he was a combat soldier for over two decades, serving multiple tenures in Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. He was selected for a yearlong deputation with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mozambique. In 2001, he opted for premature retirement after commanding a prestigious armoured regiment, Hodson’s Horse. At present he works as Consulting Editor (Strategic Affairs) with the daily business newspaper, Business Standard. He writes on strategic affairs, defence policy, budgeting and procurement, force structuring and India’s defence economy and defence technology. He also writes for international publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Guardian, South China Morning Post and professional journals like the London-based Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) journal He speaks at various forums and establishments, including the War Colleges of the army, navy and air force. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Company.

Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhuri Non-Executive Independent Director

Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhuri, is an Independent Director of the Company. She is a fourth generation Tea Planter with more than two decades experience in successful operation and management of her family owned, Washabari Tea Co. Ltd. She is currently serving as the Honorary Consul for Norway in the Eastern Region looking after trade development and Consular matters. With an excellent academic background , she was awarded the University Gold Medal and National Scholarship by the Jadavpur University. Ms. Palchoudhuri did her M. Phil from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and was the recipient of Metcalfe Scholarship. She was a member of Senate, University of Calcutta and at present Executive Council Member of Netaji Subhas Open University. She had the privilege of becoming the first Lady President of the 120 years old Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI). She is at present Member, Executive Committee, Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Member, National Executive committee of FICCI. Ms. Palchoudhuri is socially very active and is a Past District Governor of Rotary International District 3291. She is a member of leading Social Clubs in Kolkata- Bengal Club, Calcutta Club (First Lady Member), The Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Prima Donna as well as Tollygunge Club Limited, one of the most prestigious country clubs in India, where she has recently been inducted on the General Committee of the Club. Ms. Palchoudhuri was recently awarded the Banga Samman Award, the Nari Samman Award. Earlier she received The FICCI 2008 Woman Achiever Award. With her business acumen, she has been part of many leading international business delegation and has accompanied the Chief Minister of West Bengal to South and South East Asia. Ms. Palchoudhuri is a Member of the Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.

Mr. N. K. Khurana Director (Finance) and Company Secretary

Mr. N.K. Khurana,  is the Director (Finance) and Company Secretary of the Company. He has 37 years of professional experience in the field of Finance and Corporate Affairs. He is a Commerce as well as Law Graduate from the University of Calcutta. He is Fellow Member of all the three premier professional Indian institutes' viz. the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He was the Associate Member of the Institute of chartered secretaries and administrators, U.K. as well as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, U.K. (since resigned). He has been associated with the Company since its inception in 1994 as Company Secretary-cum-Finance Manager and thereafter in various positions as Head of Finance and Company Secretary. He is the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Indian Tea Association as well as the Tea Research Association for the last few years. Mr. Khurana is a Member of the Stakeholders' Relationship Committee, CSR Committee and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.



Committees of the Board

Audit Committee

Sl No Name Category of Director Chairman/ Members
1 Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhuri Non-Executive-Independent Chairman
2 Mr. Krishan Katyal Non-Executive-Independent Member
3 Mr. Ajai Shukla Non-Executive-Independent Member

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Sl No Name Category of Director Chairman/ Members
1 Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhuri Non-Executive-Independent Chairman
2 Mr. Krishan Katyal Non-Executive-Independent Member
3 Mr. Ajai Shukla Non-Executive-Independent Member

Stakeholders' Relationship Committee

Sl No Name Category of Director Chairman/ Members
1 Mr. Krishan Katyal Non-Executive-Independent Chairman
2 Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhuri Non-Executive-Independent Member
3 Mr. N.K. Khurana Director (Finance) Member

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee

Sl No Name Category of Director Chairman/ Members
1 Mr. Krishan Katyal Non-Executive-Independent Chairman
2 Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhuri Non-Executive-Independent Member
3 Mr. N.K. Khurana Director (Finance) Member

Terms and Conditions of appointment of Independent Directors View File

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