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Mr Rajiv Agarwal, Managing Director and CEO

Mr. Rajiv Agarwal is the CEO and Managing Director of Essar Ports Ltd, one of the largest private port companies in the country. Mr. Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience and has held leadership position in industries like Ports, Shipping, Telecom, Retail and Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO).

He became MD and CEO of Essar Shipping, Ports & Logistics Limited in 2010.  He Joined Essar Group in 1997 as Chief Operating Officer in Essar Telecom and was the Executive Director of Essar Shipping Limited (ESL) from 1998-2002. He has been instrumental in setting up several startup companies as CEO like The MobileStore Limited, Telecom Towers and Infrastructure Limited and Aegis Communications.  He has been key member of several industry committees like Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Federation of Indian Commerce Industries (FICCI), The Associated Chamber of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and SUPERBRANDS for several years.

He is recipient of Maritime Personality of the Year’ 17 at Gujarat Star Awards, Port Personality of the Year’ 17 at Maritime & Logistics Awards and has also been conferred with Maritime Standard Excellence Award’ 16 in Dubai for his contributions to maritime Sector.  In the past he has also won the CEO of the Year Award in 2009 at Asia Retail Congress and was among the finalists for Asia Business Leadership Awards, 2015 by CNBC. 

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Mr K K Sinha, Wholetime Director

Mr. K. K. Sinha is the Wholetime Director of Essar Ports Limited. He joined ESSAR in July 2003.

Mr. Sinha has done his B.Sc (Engg) in Mechanical Engineering from BIT, Sindri and has obtained his Masters in Business Administration from FMS, University of Delhi.

Mr. Sinha has over 32 years experience with industry majors such as Petronet India Ltd., Indian Oil Corporation and Bokaro Steel Ltd.

Prior to joining Essar, he was Managing Director at Petronet India Ltd, a position he held since 2000.

Mr. Sinha has served Indian Oil Corporation for over 27 years in various capacities. As Executive Director, he was responsible for implementation of the entire pipeline project of IOC.

Mr. Sinha is also a Director on the boards of various other Indian companies.

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Mr P. K. Srivastava, Independent Director

Mr Srivastava has done his M.Sc. (Physics) from the University of Lucknow and M.A. (Management Studies) from University of Leeds (UK) and has been consistently placed in First Class / Distinction in academics.

Mr Srivastava has a rich experience of 45 years in various commercial organisations in India and abroad (mainly Public Sector undertakings in India and in Saudi Arabia).He was Director on the Board of Shipping Corporation of India Ltd for 15 years and 10 years as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company, which is a group "A" Public Sector Undertaking with an annual turnover in excess of USD 1 billion.

Mr Srivastava then joined Emirates Trading Agency L.L.C., Dubai, UAE, as Group Advisor (Trading & Shipping Division). He was responsible for the overall management of large business enterprises mainly in the fields of Shipping, Oil Transportation and Infrastructure Development.

Mr Srivastava was the President of the Indian National Shipowners' Association and the Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India.

He was also the Chairman of Irano-Hind Shipping Company Ltd and Indian National Committee of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Member of ABS and its council. He was also a Director on the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Ltd (SMUL), London; Indian Register of Shipping; and Cochin Shipyard Ltd. He also held the position of Chairman of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ceylon Conference. Mr Srivastava was also a member of the Institute of Public Enterprises, Hyderabad, Board of Governors and World Maritime University and National Shipping Board.

Mr Srivastava is currently a Director on the board of Essar Ports Limited, Vadinar Oil Terminal Limited and Essar Bulk Terminal Limited.

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Capt. B. S. Kumar, Independent Director

Capt. Kumar has vast experience of over 4 decades in the Ports and Shipping Sector during which he has held key positions in the industry.

Capt. Kumar has played a key role in the development of the Paradip Port on the East Coast of India and was also associated with Dhamra Port, Hazira Port, Finolex Captive Jetty -Ratnagiri, Trustee/Director on the Board of Mumbai Port Trust and Paradip Port Trust besides being associated with Indian National Shipowners Association, Steamship Mutual Bermuda Club - UK, Classification Societies, Visa Comtrade Ltd. - Kolkata, etc.

Capt. Kumar is a Shipping & Logistics Consultant/Adviser and also on the panel of Arbitrators under Indian Council of Arbitrators. He is also an exclusive agent for ABEL Pumps GmbH, Germany in India.

Capt. Kumar is currently an Independent Director of many public limited companies.

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Mr Dilip J. Thakkar, Independent Director

Mr Thakkar, a practicing Chartered Accountant since last 46 years, is a Partner of Jayantilal Thakkar & Co. and Jayantilal Thakkar Associates, Chartered Accountants, Mumbai. MrThakkar has vast experience in the fields of Accounts, Finance, Taxation, FEMA etc.

Mr Thakkar is also a Director on the boards of various Indian public limited companies.

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