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Over the years we have attracted, trained and developed leaders who embody the entrepreneurial spirit that makes us who we are today. Our success begins with our management team who practice what they preach and lead by example. The ownership and management of Phoenix is inter-linked and leads a cohesive team of professionals, striving for excellence and delivering value to our business partners.

Operations at Phoenix are spearheaded by the following key personnel:

The Man Behind the Mission

Gaurav Dhawan

Executive Chairman

  • A co-founder of the company and the Executive Chairman , Gaurav has been at the helm of the Phoenix Group and continues to be the majority shareholder
  • The driving force behind the expansion of the Group from a medium sized business, into an integrated agri-business conglomerate, active across multiple product lines and jurisdictions
  • Leading the overall strategy of the group, acquisition of assets, and expansion into new opportunities, geographies, and products, he promises and delivers sustained and steady growth to the company and all its stakeholders
  • Gaurav also has active interests in technology and pharmaceutical sectors
  • He is extremely passionate about environmental sustainability, social care, and community involvement, and applies the same in his professional and personal life
  • Gaurav has a Masters in International Business from IIFT, Delhi, and has resided in Kenya, Thailand, Singapore, and the UAE, besides having traveled extensively across the globe

Key Management: Business Platform

Eklavya Chandra

18 years exp..Ex Olam, Conagra Agtotech

Director & Business Head - Rice

Nikunj Kumar

13 years exp.Ex Noble Grain, Glencore

Business Head - Pulses & Specialty Crops

Arup Gupta

19 years exp.Ex G. Premjee

Country Head - Vietnam & Gen. Director

Ashish Narain

21 years exp.Ex Hayel Saeed

Business Head - Pakistani Rice Origin

Mudasir Tak

17 years exp.Ex Del Monte Pacific,
Bharti Del Monte

Business Head – Fresh Produce

Raja Banerjee

19 years exp..Ex G. Premjee

Business Head - Minerals

Sudip Basu

23 years exp.Ex. ITC Agro

Country Head - Indian Agri business

Abhijit Roy Chowdhary

26 years exp.Ex Louis Dreyfus, Al Khaleej Sugar

Business Head - Sugar

Arnab Sengupta

20 years exp.Ex Thai Union Europe, Americana

Business Head - Retail Distribution

Key Management: Country Heads

Vijay Gopal Krishnamurthy

18 years exp..Ex Castrol, Olam

Head - West Africa

Santosh Shetty

26 years exp.Ex Nestlé, Eximco, Olam

Country Head - Mozambique

Dembele Brahima

19 years exp.Ex Sodiro, Olam

Country Head - Ivory Coast

Ashish Kaul

26 years exp..Ex G. Premjee

Country Head - Kazakhstan

Govindasamy Subrmooney

26 years exp.Save Cash & Carry

Country Head - South Africa

Key Management : Central Service

Neeraj Gupta

16 years exp..Ex Olam, Adani

Head – Financial Markets

Sanjay Sethi

27 years exp.Ex ETG, Jain Irrigation

Director -  Sustainability

Rahul Mathur

23 years exp.Ex. Price Waterhouse Coopers,
Arthur Andersen

Head – FP&A

Leon Mendonsa

25 years exp.Ex Weir Oil & Gas,
Agility Global, Petrochem FZE,
Topaz Energy & Marine

Head - Human Resources

Nitin Navandher

17 years exp.Ex. Ernst & Young

Group Financial Controller

Ashok Agarwal

9 years exp.Ex Ernst and Young

Head -Corporate Finance

J Kiran Kumar

10 years exp.Ex monster.com

Head - Accounting

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