Leadership Team

Nisaba Godrej

Nadir Godrej

Managing Director

Mr. Nadir B. Godrej holds a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1974 from Stanford University. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976. Since 1977, he has been a Director of Godrej Soaps. He has been very active in developing the animal feed, agricultural inputs and chemicals businesses of Godrej Industries and associate companies. He has also played a key role in enabling research and has several patents in the field of agricultural chemicals and surfactants. In 2001, Godrej Soaps was renamed to Godrej Industries and he was appointed as the Managing Director. He is also the Chairman of Godrej Agrovet Limited and Director of Godrej Properties Limited, subsidiaries of Godrej Industries. He is a Director of Godrej and Boyce, Godrej Consumer Products and other Godrej Group companies. He has been active in CLFMA (Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Assn. Of India), ICC (Indian Chemical Council) [erstwhile ICMA (Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association)], OTAI (Oil Technologists’ Association of India) and the Alliance Française de Bombay. He is currently the President of the Alliance Française de Bombay. He is on the National Council of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). He is also very active in the Harvard Business School and MIT Alumni Association in India. The French Government awarded him the Ordre national du Mérite in 2002 and the Légion d’Honneur in 2008. He has also received Life Time Achievement Awards from OTAI (Oil Technologist Association of India) and Chemexcil and the All India Liquid Bulk Importers and Exporters Association (AILBIEA). The Board of Management of Manav Rachna University has unanimously conferred Mr. Godrej with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and he has been inducted as Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). Mr. Godrej is deeply committed to the ‘Good’ and ‘Green’ strategies and achievement of set targets for the Godrej Group. He encourages and supports a shared vision value for all programs of Good and Green.

Nitin Nabar

Executive Director and President

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Nitin Nabar is Executive Director and President, Godrej Industries Limited (Chemicals). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Godrej Industries Limited and as the Manufacturing Council Head for the Godrej Group.

Nitin started his career with Godrej as an Executive Trainee in 1989 at the erstwhile Godrej Soaps Limited. Over the years, he has worked in leadership positions across diverse business functions including sales, marketing, commodities, exports, imports and purchase.

He played a key role in building and expanding the export market of the Chemicals business. Under his leadership, the business now exports products to over 80 countries. Nitin also actively champions environmental sustainability initiatives across the business.

Nitin is the Chairman - Cosmetics of Chemexcil, an export promotion council for the chemicals industry. He has also been a member of the taskforce setup by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to help in the growth of the oleochemicals industry in India.

Nitin has a B.Sc (Technology) degree from University of Mumbai, Department of Chemical Technology and an MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management, Development & Research in Mumbai.

In his free time, Nitin likes to travel and meet people.

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Vishal Sharma

Chief Executive Officer

Vishal Sharma is the Chief Executive Officer, Godrej Industries Limited (Chemicals). Vishal comes with 27 years of experience in the Speciality and Process chemicals space, serving both Industrial and Institutional segments over his career.

Vishal has lived and operated across five continents, in both developed and developing markets, in operational as well as strategic roles over the last two decades. He has also led start-up businesses during his career and is credited with multiple transformational and scale up initiatives.

Vishal is driven by a strong focus on financial performance and passionate about value creation for all stakeholders, while growing individuals and teams. He believes in continuous improvement and drives a deep learning, coaching, and sharing leadership style. He is passionate about sustainability and is focused on driving innovations and solutions that aid sustainability in business operations and the environment, making the world a better place for future generations. He is a keen observer of economic and geopolitical developments, with an active involvement in new initiatives.

Vishal earned a post-graduate diploma in Management from IMDR, Pune, India, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from MIT Manipal, India.

Vishal is married to Veda, and they have two children, Shaunak and Saumya as well as two cats, Ronaldo, and Dora. He is a fitness enthusiast and an avid reader and enjoys his time with family, friends, and colleagues. His personal motto is, “I never lose… I either win or I learn”.

Dr. Sandeep Gharat

Head - R&D and New Product Development

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Dr. Sandeep Gharat is Head - R&D and New Product Development, Godrej Industries Limited (Chemicals).

Under Sandeep’s leadership, Godrej Industries setup its new research laboratory in Ambernath. He also successfully led collaborations with institutions, initiated technology tie-ups and targeted takeover of small operations. Value unlocking in existing processes/products and value creation through new product development are the two important pillars of Sandeep’s strategy. With this thinking, his team has identified some diversified business areas related to fuel lubricity, green surfactants, and value added oleo products as their long-term development targets.

Sandeep has over 25 years experience in the Indian chemicals industry. He has worked across a wide range of leadership positions in Pharma, Agro and Speciality chemicals. He has also led various functions including engineering, EHS, R&D and operations in both western and Japanese management systems.

Sandeep holds a Ph.D. (Technology) in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. He is also a member of the Chemical Engineering Research Council at ICT.

Sandeep is married to Manjiri and they have a son, Yashodhan. In his spare time, Sandeep enjoys listening to Marathi and Hindi music. He is a Rotarian and is also associated with many social organisations.

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Clement Pinto

Chief Financial Officer

Clement Pinto is Chief Financial Officer and Head Finance, Godrej Industries Limited (Chemicals). He began his career as a Management Trainee (Finance) at the erstwhile Godrej Soaps Limited in 1996.

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Clement was a rank holder and has received several proficiency certificates from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for his academic excellence, including the A. F. Fergusan Prize, the R. Venkatesan Memorial Prize and the Auditor Arun Atmaram Bhatt Prize.

Clement specialises in treasury management and has been involved in various capital raising and restructuring activities, including the Godrej Industries Limited Equity (QIP) issue, Godrej Industries Limited Equity (IPP) issue, Godrej Industries Limited NCD issues, demerger of Godrej Soaps Limited, merger of Godrej Industries Limited and Wadala Commodities Limited, merger of Godrej Industries Limited with the holding company, and more.

Clement is a member of the Godrej Leadership Forum, Risk Management Committee, Business Executive Committee, Group Strategic Finance Committee, Forex Committee and Business Risk Management Committee and other senior management committees. He has contributed strongly to the business, especially in strategy and profit planning, working capital management, risk management, fixed cost control and financial analysis and structuring, and his advisory role to the promoters. Clement is on the board of several Godrej Group Companies.

Clement has received many accolades in recognition of his contribution to Corporate Finance, including the ‘Chief Financial Officer of the Year’ from Stars of the Industry Group and Asian Confederation of Businesses, ‘National Award for CFO (100) Excellence’ from CIMA Institute, CFO Award from the CFO India Institute and the ‘Indira Brand Slam CFO Leadership Awards’ by the Indira Group of Institute, Pune.

Clement believes in giving back to society.

Sanjiva Kumar Rayavarapu

Head – Supply Chain

Sanjiva Kumar Rayavarapu

Sanjiva Kumar Rayavarapu is the Head-Supply Chain, Godrej Industries Limited (Chemicals). Sanjiva comes with 33 years of experience in the Oleo Chemicals space. He specializes in product development and efficiency enhancement in the Fractionation process. Under his leadership, Godrej Industries Limited (Chemicals) has taken great strides in Manufacturing Excellence, Transformation in Safety Culture and Execution of Sustainability Projects across multiple factories.

Sanjiva started his career with Godrej in 1990 as a Shift officer in the Vikhroli Plant at the erstwhile Godrej Soaps Limited. Since then, he has worked in different capacities leading multiple Production processes in the factory. With his manufacturing process expertise, he led the relocation project of Vikhroli Plant to Ambernath between 2010- 2013.

Sanjiva has earned his B.Sc. Technology Degree in Oils, Fats and Waxes in the year 1988 from UDCT currently known as the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai.

Sanjiva is Married to Prema, and they have two children Pratima and Srikar Ram and he takes keen interest in Mentoring and Team Building in his professional circle.