Chairman & Managing Director
Vice-Chairman – Non-Executive
Mr. G.V. Bhaskar Rao is the Chairman & MD at Kaveri Seeds . Mr. Rao founded Kaveri seeds in 1976 and under his leadership, Kaveri Seeds has become a pioneer and trendsetter in India’s seed industry.
Mr. Rao is a technocrat with a sharp business acumen. He is a graduate in Agriculture from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University . Passion for agriculture was his tryst with destiny to develop interest in agri-seed business.
His foresight to uplift farming communities by developing promising high-yielding varieties of hybrid seeds has positively influenced millions of farmers and generated employment opportunities. Under his stewardship the company has developed about 150 high quality hybrids and varieties across field crops and vegetables there by contributing to livelihood of farmers as well as food security of the country.
Mr. Rao is actively involved in giving back to the community through various development initiatives that the company undertakes as a Responsible Social Corporate.
Dr Pawan is the Vice Chairman – Non Executive at Kaveri seeds. He has served as a Director for more than a decade and was appointed Vice-Chairman (Non-Executive) of the Company in 2016-17.
Dr. Pawan has been instrumental in formulating strategic and long-term business plans for sustainable value creation of the Company and stakeholders. His consistent focus on strategic issues and long-term business plans and operations has helped elevate Kaveri Seeds to a new orbit of competitiveness.
Dr. Pawan is an MBBS from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Karnataka, and holds Doctor of Medicine degree from Illinois State University, USA
Mrs. Vanaja Devi is the Founder Director of Kaveri Seeds and has been associated with the Company since its incorporation. With her instinct to bring innovative ideas to the table, she is the ideal foil and support to the CMD in managing the Company.
Mrs. Vanaja Devi is the guiding force for the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the areas of rural infrastructure development and children education. These initiatives broadly include improvement of existing irrigation facilities in the rural areas, so as to improve the area under irrigation to reap good harvest, thereby improve farm yields.
Under her able management number of social welfare activities have been under taken in rural areas to improve the agriculture, education and human health etc.
Mr. Vamsheedhar is the Whole Time Director at Kaveri seeds and has been associated with the company for more than a decade. He oversees the organisation’s overall marketing activities, segment-wise product development and pan-India promotional activities.
Mr. Vamsheedhar has been instrumental in bringing about numerous reforms and creating a strong brand image of Kaveri Seeds’ products in the market. He has a rich experience in marketing and his vision and skills have been instrumental in the exceptional growth in the Company’s sales and marketing.
Whole Time Director
Mr. Mithun Chand is the Whole Time Director at Kaveri seeds and has been associated with the company for about a decade. He oversees and monitors the operational aspects of administration, finance and accounts.
Mr. Chand has a wealth of experience in marketing and finance and advises the management about financial issues of the Company. While his innovation drives new business platforms, he has contributed significantly in sales and marketing of Kaveri Microteck and other subsidiaries of the Company.
Dr. Reddy is the former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University,and has a a vast experience in scientific research. He has won several awards, including the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award for lifetime contribution towards the development of science and technology, especially in the field of agricultural research.
Dr. Reddy’s valuable guidance and suggestions are immensely useful in developing frontier research capabilities to carve the hybrids according to farmers’ expectations and consumers’ preferences. He has a doctorate degree in Agriculture.
Mr. Purushotham has 36 years of experience in the banking and finance sector. He has held several prominent positions in the sector, including General Manager of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB). He is actively involved in Company meetings, advising the management on the subjects of finance, accounting and taxation, among others. He is a graduate in Science (Agriculture).
Dr. IIyas retired as a Director of National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad. With a vast experience in agriculture and research activities as well as other international assignments, he was reemployed as Project Director (Distance Education) of National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad. He has held several eminent professional positions including the Vice-Chancellor of Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. Ilyas has received several gold medals and awards including Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers Award, Institution of Engineers (I) (in 1997 and 2002) and Fellowship and Commendation Medal for Outstanding Contribution by the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE). He holds a master’s degree in Science (Agricultural Engineering) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, and a doctorate degree in the same subject from the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.
Mrs. Ratan is a retired IAS officer (1977 batch). She was an able administrator, implementing several reforms to bring about change in various departments such as health, college and school education, family welfare and tribal welfare, among others. She worked to uplift poor and marginal sections (including the differently abled members) of society, facilitating their access to basic services. Her efforts helped establish 45 Public Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in tribal areas. She holds a master’s degree in Eco-Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics, England.
Dr. Bhaskar Venkataramany, IAS (Rtd.) an Independent Director of the Company.
He has a rich experience in the Indian Administrative Service with international, national and state level experience of issues relating to finance, taxation, regulation and governance.
He has worked as the Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission. Prior to that assignment, he worked as the Special Chief Secretary, Finance to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has earlier worked in the International Monetary Fund at Washington DC. He also worked in Ministry of Finance, New Delhi and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in the Government of India at New Delhi and in the Thirteenth Finance Commission at New Delhi. He has worked as Collector and District Magistrate of Anantapur and Visakhapatnam districts in Andhra Pradesh. Prior to joining in to the IAS cadre, he worked in the management position of the State Bank of India specializing in credit to industries.
Dr. V. Bhaskar obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Hyderabad. He obtained his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and Masters in Science from St Stephen’s College Delhi. He is also a Certificated Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers Mumbai.
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