Dr. Jairam Varadaraj serves as the Managing Director of Elgi Equipments Ltd. and Board Member of Elgi Ultra Industries Ltd., Elgi Rubber Co., Magna Electro Castings, Precot Meridian Ltd. and Thermax Ltd. Dr. Varadaraj is a third-generation entrepreneur from the illustrious business family of LRG Naidu. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Varadaraj has led and guided the organisation’s business interests in textiles, polymers, mechanical machines and consumer appliances. Prior to which, for around four years, he was engaged in teaching and research in the United States.
Dr. Varadaraj is ex Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and past member of the Southern Region Council of CII. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University, USA, and a PhD in international business from the University of Michigan, USA. He owns the distinction of holding four patents in the fields of compressors, drive belts, consumer appliances and food manufacturing.
Ramesh Ponnuswami is responsible for ELGi’s business in SEA and Oceania. He is also the Director of ATS ELGI Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ELGi. He joined ELGi in November 2011.
Prior to joining ATS ELGI, he was with the EID Parry (India) Limited, a Murugappa Group company, as Vice President – Operations. He was with Parry for ten years, handling several roles involving sugar, power and distillery plant operations, sales and marketing. He also led the project team that engineered, built and commissioned Asia’s largest port based sugar refinery. Before joining Parry, Ramesh Ponnuswami worked for five-and-a-half years at Sugar Research Limited in Australia as business development manager, responsible for selling technology and services to sugar companies worldwide.
Ramesh Ponnuswami holds a mechanical engineering degree from India and an MBA from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He was part of the Murugappa Group Business Leadership Program.
Chris Ringlstetter is responsible for all of ELGi’s European operations, including Rotair. He has 25 years of business leadership experience with Ingersoll Rand and Doosan. His career has spanned application engineering, marketing, service and sales management, product management. He was the president of Ingersoll Rand’s air treatment division – a $200 million global business with full P&L responsibilities, including three manufacturing facilities. He has worked in multiple countries including the US, Germany, Italy, England and Belgium. He speaks English, German and Italian fluently.
Prior to joining ELGi, Chris Ringlstetter was the European president of the Luminator Technology Group, which makes passenger information systems for the mass transit and aerospace industries. In this role, held full P&L responsibilities over Europe, ME, Africa and Asia and led two manufacturing facilities.
Ringlstetter has an MBA from Duke University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.
Brian Pahl is responsible for ELGi North America business. Brian is a transformational leader with a proven track record of leading strategic planning, restricting operations, and executing inorganic and organic growth initiatives. He joined ELGi from Pfeiffer Vacuum where he served as the President of North America. Prior to Pfeiffer, Brian spent time in various strategic, commercial, and operational leadership roles at Denios and Mann & Hummel. Brian has an MBA from the University of Findlay in Ohio.
Jayakanthan is responsible for Finance and IT functions globally for ELGi and has over 35 years of experience across industries and functions.
Before taking over the role of Chief Financial Officer, Jayakanthan was responsible for Global Strategy and HR functions at ELGi.
Since joining ELGi , besides being responsible for Corporate strategy, Jayakanthan has led Corporate Planning, Product Management and Marketing, Elgi Business System and Information Technology.
Before ELGi, he had worked with Kennametal India Ltd, Tata Honeywell Ltd., Krupp Industries and Bajaj Auto Limited. He is a commerce graduate from the University of Madras.
Bheemsingh Melchisedec serves as the Director of Operations at ELGi. In his previous assignment, he served as the President and Board of directors for Rane Light Metal Castings America Inc., USA, where he led the company's operational turnaround. He was instrumental in winning the Deming Grand Prize for Rane Brake Lining Limited. He was with the Rane group for over 16 years before joining ELGi. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from OUBS, UK. He also did courses in the field of Manufacturing Excellence, Strategy, and Leadership from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, ISB Hyderabad, and NUS, Singapore. Before the Rane group, he was with the Murugappa group and MRF Ltd.
Dr. K. Venu Madhav is responsible for new product development, technology development and innovation with a view to meeting global market requirements. He has close to 24 years of industrial experience and has been with ELGi since 1998, barring a short stint in a research organisation after his master’s degree. Dr. Venu has played a pivotal role in designing air ends and has been singularly responsible for bringing the “know why” of rotor design to the company. Venu Madhav holds a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in compressors from City University, London. He has several technical publications and 2 patents in compressor technology to his credit. Apart from this, he enjoys playing badminton with his children and reading during his leisure time.
Dr Premendra is responsible for Corporate Strategy at ELGi and its subsidiaries, including ATS ELGI, and also leads Product Management Organization and Digital functions at ELGi. He joined ELGi in March 2023. Before joining ELGi, he worked with JK Paper Ltd. as Vice President - Strategy. Prior to that, he has worked with Roland Berger and Toyota Motor Europe.
Premendra has a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Metallurgical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) and doctoral degree in Materials Science, with specialization in corrosion and electrochemistry, from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). He has completed one-year full-time MBA (PGPX) from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad). He has authored several research publications and a patent.
Nitesh Jain holds the position of Chief Human Resource Officer at ELGi. Prior to joining ELGi, he served as the Senior Vice President - Human Resources at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Throughout his career, Nitesh has held various roles of increasing responsibility at esteemed organizations such as Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Arvind Mills, and Crompton Greaves. His extensive experience includes managing and collaborating with global teams, with expertise in Talent Strategy, Organizational Design, Change Management, Learning & Development, Rewards & Recognition, and Performance Management.
Nitesh holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Application from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India. Additionally, he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with a specialization in Human Resources from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, India.
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