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Dr. Ramachandra N Galla (Dr.Galla) is the Founder Chairman of the Rs.8000 Crore Amara Raja Group of companies and has built this conglomerate group from grass roots levels over the last 36 years. He is an electrical engineer by profession and has acquired Masters degree in System Sciences at Michigan State University USA in 1968. He has worked briefly for US Steel Corporation, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA and later joined Sargent & Lundy in 1971. He has worked in various capacities until 1985 before he turned a full time entrepreneur and founder of the Amara Raja group of companies.
Born in a modest farmer family in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, Dr.Galla has experimented in a brave approach of establishing advanced manufacturing facilities in rural villages thus creating non-migratory job opportunities for local youth while improving the rural infrastructure.
He has promoted and established the many business ventures spanning across automotive components, industrial batteries, power electronics, engineering precision products, food and infrastructure. The Amara Raja group has established state of the art manufacturing infrastructure in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and has employed more than 18000 people directly with many more indirect employment opportunities being created in rural society. Amara Raja Batteries Ltd is the flag ship company of the group with a turnover of Rs.6300 Crores.
Dr. Galla has been recipient of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa in Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, 2007 in recognition of the contributions made to Technology Development and Rural Industrialization as well as Social Work & Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa in Technology from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, 2008 in recognition of the contributions made to Technology Development.
Dr. Galla's mission statement has always been to transform our spheres of influence and to improve the quality of life by building institutions that provide better access to better opportunities, goods and services to people all the time. True to his mission statement and his interest in social uplift of people, Dr. Galla has spearheaded various CSR activities in the areas of education, health, skills, environment, water conservations and irrigation schemes, social forestry and many more.
Co Founder & Chairman
Mr. Jayadev Galla is the Co Founder & Chairman. As a Co-founder of Amara Raja, he joined the Group in the year 1994 and has worked in various capacities till he became the MD of ARBL.
Prior to joining the Company, he served as International Sales Executive, GNB Battery Technologies, Inc., USA (now part of Exide Technologies, USA). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.
Mr. Jayadev Galla is a member of the World Economic Forum representing the Amara Raja Group. He is appointed as a Governor of the Electricity Industry and as a Principal of the Global Battery Alliance. He was a panelist for a session titled "Unlocking Value from Lost Resources" at the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 2018.
President (Group HR & Corp Communication)
Jaikrishna B has joined us in the capacity of Vice President – HR in the year 2005. Jaikrishna is a graduate in Economics, and a post graduate in Social Work with specialisation in Personnel Management from the Madras School of Social Work- University of Madras. He has also undergone a General Management and Leadership Development Programme in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He’s handled the CSR and other Social responsibility roles in the Group and has headed the IT function. He’s also the Advisor to the Galla family. He is currently the President of Group HR & Corp Communication.
President - Group Strategy and Corporate Planning
Venkataramana Prasad A has done his Graduation in Chemical Engineering. He joined us in the year 1995 and has worked with us earlier for almost nine years and then rejoined. He has undergone a Fast Track Management Program and a General Management and Leadership Development Programme in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He has also undergone the XLP Management Programme at JCI. During his tenure, he handled and headed Marketing & Sales functions and also been the head of Auto SBU of ARBL. He's now the President of Group Strategy and Corporate Planning.
President-New Energy Business, ARBL
Vijayanand S has done his Post Graduation in Chemical Engineering. His journey in Amara Raja started in the month of November 1992 as Assistant Manager. He has also undergone a General Management and Leadership Development Programme in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. During his tenure, he handled Marketing, Research and Engineering and various other roles. He is the Merit award winner for his contribution to the “yellow hat / kantori start up team” by JCI in May 2005. He headed the Industrial Batteries SBU of ARBL before and was also the CEO of Amara Raja Power Systems Business. He’s now the President of New Energy Business, ARBL.
Executive Vice President - Group SCM
Venkat Madhav L has done his Post Graduation in Mechanical Engineering. His journey in Amara Raja started in the month of May 1993 as Management Trainee. He has also undergone a General Management and Leadership Development Programme in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. During his tenure, he handled Production Planning & Control, Purchase, Production of Auto SBU, Operations – Galla Foods and various other roles. Now he is Executive Vice President of Group SCM.
Chief Operations Officer, ARBL
Narasimhulu Naidu C has done his Graduation in Mechanical Engineering. His journey in Amara Raja started in the month of Oct 1994 as Sr. Engineer. He has also undergone a General Management and Leadership Development Programme in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. During his tenure, he handled Production Planning & Control, Purchase, QA, Production – Auto SBU, Projects & Environment, Operations of Mangal Industries and various other roles. He’s now the Chief Operations Officer, ARBL.