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Vishambhar Saran, Chairman & CEO

Born on 4th December 1947 at Faizabad, U.P., Mr. Saran secured a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 1969. He served Tata Steel for 25 years, starting from their various mines, Paradip Port and Kolkata & Jamshedpur Offices. He rose to the position of Director – Raw Materials, Tata Steel in 1988 & Director of Budgets in 1993. He availed voluntary retirement from 31st March, 1994.

Mr. Saran founded the VISA Group in April 1994 and has built it up from scratch to a significant minerals, metals and energy conglomerate.

Philanthropically, creating and improving educational and medical facilities for the poor in backward districts of Odisha, UP and West Bengal through “VISA Trust”, founded by him and his wife.

Mr. Saran is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria for Eastern India; Trustee on the Board of Kalyan Bharti Trust & VISA Trust; Chairman of the Board of Governors, Heritage Law College, Kolkata; Member of National Executive Committee of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce Industry (FICCI).

Formerly, Mr. Saran was the President of Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata; President of Coal Consumers Association; Trustee on the Board of Chennai Port Trust; Member, Governing Council of the International Chromium Development Association, Paris; Raw Material Committee of the International Iron & Steel Institute, Brussels; CII Eastern Regional Committee; Board of Tata Sponge Iron Limited and Standard Chrome Limited.

He is a keen golfer and an avid art collector.

Vishal Agarwal, Vice Chairman, Managing Director & DY CEO

Mr. Agarwal holds a Bachelors Degree from London School of Economics and a Masters Degree from Oxford University. He was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh and completed his schooling from Mayo College, Ajmer and Cheltenham College, UK. He has over 21 years of rich experience in the Iron & Steel industry with hands on experience of setting up greenfield projects and international trading business. During 1997 to 2004, Mr. Agarwal developed the international trading business for the VISA Group in minerals and metals including Chrome Ore, Iron Ore, Manganese Ore, Alumina, Ferro Alloys etc. Since 2004, he has built VISA Steel from scratch and transformed the Company into a leading player in Special Steel, Ferro Chrome and Coke business. His leadership has enabled Strategic Joint Venture partnerships with global Companies including Baosteel, China and SunCoke Energy, USA.

He is a Committee Member of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and CII Eastern Regional Council in Kolkata. His Sporting activities include Golf, Tennis & Swimming. Mr. Agarwal is also actively involved in Promoting CSR activities in the areas of education and healthcare in Odisha through the VISA Trust.

Pratip Chaudhuri, Independent Director

Mr. Pratip Chaudhuri is the former Chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) and has 40 years of rich experience in banking sector. He holds Master's Degree in Science and Statistics from University of Rajasthan and is an alumnus of University Business School, Chandigarh. He has also served as the Chairman of SBI Global Factors Ltd, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Hyderabad. He was also a Director at Export-Import Bank of India and State Bank of Patiala.

Sheo Raj Rai, Independent Director

Born on 10 September 1955, Mr. S R Rai secured a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Executive MBA (Marketing) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He joined Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in 1977 as Executive. He served SAIL for 38 years in various positions and offices. He rose to the position of Executive Director (Material Management & Marketing), Bhilai in the year 2011 and retired in the year 2015 as Executive Director (Marketing-Long Product), Headquarter, Kolkata.

Rupanjana De, Independent Director

Ms. Rupanjana De is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and a Council Member of EIRC of ICSI. She is a triple Master Degree holder. Ms. De has a hands-on expertise in Company Law and Management, Corporate Governance, Legal Compliance, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality Control. She has also been faculty and speaker at various forums viz. ICSI, The Indian Chamber of Commerce, Institution of Engineers (India).She has authored a number of articles on Corporate Governance, Insurance market &products and Renewable Energy Technology in both Indian publications and International journals.

Dhanesh Ranjan, Independent Director

Born on 30 September 1953, Mr. Dhanesh Ranjan secured a Master’s Degree in Economics from Ranchi University and Diploma in Maritime Law from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, London. He joined Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) as Management Trainee and retired as Executive Director (Coal Import Group). He served SAIL for 36 years in various positions and offices. He has travelled overseas to several countries in the course of his appointment for facilitating business of the Company. Throughout his career, he has been at the cutting edge of policy making and strategizing in different areas and divisions of SAIL.

Manas Kumar Nag, Nominee Director

Mr. Manas Kumar Nag, is an MA (Econ) and Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). Mr. Nag has held senior positions in State Bank of India (SBI) including CGM (SME), ex-officio Chairman of one of the Corporate Centre Credit Committees.

Manoj Kumar, Wholetime Director designated as Director (Kalinganagar)

Mr. Manoj Kumar is a Mechanical Engineer from BIT, Mesra with 27 years of rich experience in the domestic and international procurements and project management in the iron and steel industry. Prior to joining us, he was in Tata Steel and Jindal Steel & Power. He is currently responsible for Company’s projects at Kalinganagar.