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M S Unnikrishnan
M S Unnikrishnan, Managing Director & CEO

M S Unnikrishnan, took over as Managing Director on July 1, 2007. He had earlier headed the Company's project business as  President, focusing on captive power, boilers & heaters and air pollution control.

Unnikrishnan began his career as a graduate trainee with Thermax after completing his mechanical engineering from Regional Engineering College, Nagpur in 1982. He went on to set up the marketing operation for the Energy Division of Thermax in the western region.

In 1987, he joined the EID Parry Group as Deputy Regional Manager and after a 4-year stint he was promoted as the Head of its Engineering Division. In 1992, Unnikrishnan joined as an Assistant General Manager of Terrazzo Incorporated, Sharjah, heading the manufacturing, marketing and commercial operations.

He rejoined Thermax as a General Manager in 1997. Subsequently, he headed the Waste Management and Absorption Cooling divisions of the company, turning around both these businesses and making them profitable. After the organisational restructuring in 2000, he became a member of the newly formed Executive Council.

He led the human resource function of Thermax during its critical turnaround period and later established the Project Management Office to spearhead the transformation initiative of the company.

Unnikrishnan is an alumnus of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Programme.

Ravinder Advani
Ravinder Advani, Executive Vice President
Ravinder Advani has been with Thermax since early 1980s. After a stint with Crompton, he joined Thermax and was responsible for the sales and marketing of the erstwhile Large Boiler division. In 1995 he took over as General Manager - Sales and Marketing, of the joint venture company Thermax Babcock & Wilcox.
Ravindra became Business Head in 2000. With the integration of the Boilers & Heaters businessses, he took over as Vice President - Boilers & Heaters Projects, to head the sales & marketing and proposal engineering functions. He was inducted into the Executive Council in January 2003. He also heads the Boilers for Power Utilities, a new business division set up by the company.

Ravindra is a Mechanical Engineer from BITS, Pilani and has a degree in Business Administration from Pune University, obtained in 1978.

K Chakravarthy
K Chakravarthy, Executive Vice President, Environment
K Chakravarthy (Chakra) took over as Head of Environment business and executive council member from April 2014. In his recent stint as Global Head of Heating business, Chakra has successfully established the performance unit (PU) structure and led the growth of Danstoker, the Thermax group company in Denmark.
He joined Thermax in 1986 as a graduate trainee and worked with PHD (now Heating) sales, moving up to become Head of the Southern Region. Subsequently he has also served Thermax as the SBU Head of both Heating and Water & Waste Solutions businesses.

Chakra is a Mechanical Engineer from Regional Engineering College, Nagpur University.

Sharad Gangal
Sharad Gangal, Executive Vice President, HR, IR, Administration
Sharad Gangal took over as Executive Vice President (HR/IR/Admn) and Member of the Executive Council in June 2010.
Sharad  joined  Thermax  from  HDFC Standard Life Insurance where he headed Human Resources with focus on employee engagement, talent retention, career planning and structured communication across the organization. He brings in 26  years of rich experience in the areas of human resources and industrial relations from a career spanning Cadbury India, Asian Paints and Boehringer Mannheim.
A  Master  of  Labour  Studies  from Mumbai University, Sharad also holds a graduation degree in law and commerce.
Pravin Karve
Pravin Karve, Executive Vice President, Air Pollution Control & Corporate Sourcing
Pravin Karve became a member of the Executive Council in August 2010. He joined Thermax as a graduate trainee in 1984 and grew with the Energy division which would later become today's Boiler & Heater Division.  Before taking over as the SBU Head of Air Pollution Control (Enviro) Division, he was involved with the company's transformation initiatives related to sourcing and integrated cost reduction.
Pravin completed his Mechanical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli in 1984.
B C Mahesh
B C Mahesh, Executive Vice President - Power
B.C. Mahesh became a member of the Executive Council in August 2013. He joined Thermax as a graduate trainee in 1988 and handled the Materials function for various businesses including global sourcing till 1996. He moved to Power Division and grew to the position of Sales Head and subsequently Head of Projects. He took over as the Head of the SBU for Medium Power Plants in 2009 and finally as Head of Power Business in 2012.  Mahesh has been involved in shaping the strategy and growth of Power in the EPC and O&M businesses.

Mahesh completed his Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering , Nagpur in 1988.

Hemant Mohgaonkar
Hemant Mohgaonkar, Executive Vice President, Cooling & Heating
Hemant joined as the Executive Vice President & Group Business Head for the
Cooling & Heating  business in 2010.
In a career spanning 21 years, Hemant worked with Knorr Bremse India, Tata
Toyo Radiators Ltd., FAG Precision Bearings Ltd., Indian Seamless Metal
Tubes and Bharat Forge. His vast experience encompasses strategic planning,
marketing, sales, engineering and technology development.
Hemant joined Thermax from Tata Auto Comp Systems (TACO) where he was
President and Head-Business Group II, overseeing Interiors and Plastic
Division, Automotive Composite business and Tata GS Yuasa battery business.
Earlier, as head of engineering service business of TACO, he was
responsible for setting up engineering centres in Japan and China.
A BE Mechanical from Nagpur University, Hemant is also an MBA  from
Symbiosis, Pune and has completed a Diploma in General Management from
Netherland's Maastricht School of Management.
Amitabha Mukhyopadhyay
Amitabha Mukhyopadhyay, CFO and Executive Vice President

Amitabha Mukhopadhyay took over as Group Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Council in October 2013. He joined Thermax from Tata Autocomp Systems where as President and CFO, he handled the restructure of the company.

This is Amitabha's second innings at Thermax. Earlier, from 2001 to 2005 he played a pivotal role in the post turnaround phase, streamlining  Thermax's operations as CFO and subsequently as Head of the Chemical and Water business.  His 24 years of experience spans various industries including Tata Steel, Dunlop and IFB Industries. 

Amitabha was a topper in Chartered Accounting from ICAI in 1989 and completed his B.Sc. from Kolkatta University.

Rajan nair
Rajan Nair, Executive Vice President, Boiler & Heater Group
Rajan Nair joined the Executive Council in August 2010. His career in Thermax spans more than 25 years, where he distinguished himself with his project management and sourcing  skills. Currently the SBU Head of our Boiler & Heater Division, Rajan is vastly experienced with Thermax's core offerings of Industrial and Utility Boilers. His career highlights include managing energy projects in the Middle East and clinching several projects in the fired and unfired segment for steam and power generation in diverse markets.
Rajan has earlier worked with Babcock & Wilcox (Operations) Ltd., UK, ACC Babcock and Davy Powergas. He completed his engineering from REC Kurukshetra.
R V Ramani
R V Ramani, Executive  Vice President, Power Generation
R V Ramani, a Thermax veteran has extensive experience in marketing, sales and product management.

Ramani has been an early champion of waste heat recovery, helping Indian industry improve efficiencies and effect fuel savings. He established Thermax's absorption cooling business and developed the domestic and overseas markets. Since the mid-90s, he has been spearheading the cogeneration and power businesses of Thermax.

A Mechanical Engineer from REC, Trichy, Ramani is also an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme, Harvard University.
Dr. R R Sonde
Dr. R R Sonde, Executive Vice President, Research, Technology & Innovation

Dr. Sonde joined the Thermax Management Council as Executive Vice President - Innovation & Technology in 2007.

A Ph. D. from IIT, Mumbai, Dr. Sonde comes to Thermax after an illustrious 25-year career with the Department of Atomic Energy.

He was  awarded the Dr. Homi Bhabha Gold Medal by the Prime Minister in 2006, for his outstanding contributions in the field of nuclear energy.  A Member of the Department of Science & Technology's Scientific Advisory committee, Dr. Sonde continues to serve as member on the IIT Senate Committee. Since 2004, he had been heading the R&D and Energy Technologies Centre of NTPC.

At Thermax, Dr. Sonde is currently developing and nurturing the Research, Technology & Innovation Center (RTIC).