Mrs. Jyotsna Poddar is whole time director of Zuari Global
Ltd., Graduated with Honours in Psychology from the famed
Loreto House, Kolkata. Wife of Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar, Chairman
Adventz Group and daughter
of Late Dr. K. K. Birla, Mrs. Poddar is also the Chairperson
of group companies, Lionel India Limited and Gobind Sugar
Mills. She is on the Board of Nilgiri Plantations Ltd., Sangha
Shree Investment & Trading Co. Ltd., Adventz Investments
& Holdings Ltd., Yashovardhan Invesetment & Trading
Co. Ltd., Ronson Traders Ltd. and Syndak Teatech Ltd.
A person with wide and diverse interests, Mrs. Poddar has
a passion for cricket and runs a trust - Young Cricketer's
Organization. This trust promotes young cricketing talent
and supports former cricketers. Mrs. Poddar has authored a
book - Cricketing Memories, the foreword for which was written
by Sir Don Bradman. In 1987, she was a member of the Reliance
World Cup Organizing Committee. Mrs. Poddar is an active social
worker, and she runs a private trust - Jiwan Jyoti Medical
Society, which provides free medical facilities to the economically
Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar, a Gold Medalist from Calcutta University
is the Chairman of the Adventz Group.
He has served as President of FICCI and International Chamber
of Commerce in India and has been appointed by Government
of India on the Board of Trade (the highest body on trade)
as well as on the board of the Indian Institute of Science,
Mr. Poddar is the currently serving as Chairman of the India-Saudi
Arabia Joint Business Council and as a Member of the Indo-French
Some of the notable joint ventures with leading corporations
under his guidance include Gillette India Ltd. - a joint venture
with The Gillette Company of USA and Hettich India Private
Ltd. - a joint venture with the Hettich Group of Germany.
Mr. Poddar is also the Chairman of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited,
Zuari Global Limited, Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals
Limited, Chambal Infrastructure Ventures Limited, Simon India
Limited, Texmaco Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd.
and Zuari Cement Limited (a unit of Ciments Francais). In
addition he is also on the Advisory Board of the Indian arm
of Messrs. N. M. Rothschild & Sons, one of the world's
leading independent investment banking organizations providing
financial services to Governments, companies and individuals
Mr. Akshay Poddar is an alumnus of the renowned London School
of Economics and Political Science, University of London and
Graduated with Honours in Accounting and Finance in 1999.
He is a scion of the renowned Poddar family of Kolkata, promoters
of the Adventz Group of Companies. Besides being an Executive
Director of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, which operates the
critical Fertiliser and Agri-inputs business of the Group,
Mr. Poddar is on the Board of several Group Companies including
Zuari Global Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited,
Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Limited, Paradeep Phosphates
Limited, Style Spa Furniture Limited, Gobind Sugar Mills Limited,
Lionel India Limited, Adventz Investments & Holdings Ltd.
and Adventz Securities Enterprises Limited. He is also on
the Board of Gillette India Ltd. - a Joint Venture with The
Gillette Co. of USA.
A man of wide ranging interests, Mr. Poddar is currently serving
as an Executive Committee Member of Indian Chamber of Commerceand
Industry (FICCI) and is on the Board of Young Presidents Organisation
(YPO), Calcutta Chapter. He is also a member of Young Leaders
Forum (YLF) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE). He is a Past
President of Entrepreneurs' Organization, Kolkata Chapter.
Actively involved in social work, he is Trustee of various
Charitable Trusts, which provide help to the needy people.