Board of Directors
At the helm of affairs is the Board of Directors of Keventer Agro Ltd., responsible for determining strategic and policy direction, steering growth, and fulfilling aspirations by leading from the front.
Mahendra Kumar Jalan - Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Mahendra Kumar Jalan, a noted industrialist, is the Chairman Emeritus of the Keventer Group and is a man of vision and foresight. This can be witnessed in the way the Group has grown from strength to strength since its inception.
A graduate from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, and an alumni member of Harvard Business School, he has business interests in dairy, food processing, real estate, port, steel, and other industrial sectors. He bought over the 101-year old establishment Edward Keventer Ltd. in the year 1984, which has led to a huge change in the makeup of the organization.
Mr. Jalan is also the Director of Keventer Agro Ltd., and the Chairman of MKJ Enterprise which deals in alloy and stainless steel products in India and abroad. He has extensive knowledge in international marketing, especially on the trends in UK, USA, Germany, and Japan. He is the promoter of Metro Dairy, the first joint sector dairy project under "operation flood of World Bank. Mr. Jalan is a board member of various companies including Bengal NRI Complex Ltd., Keventer Projects Ltd. and Edward Keventer Pvt. Ltd.
He has for years spearheaded a business empire which has added value to many lives across the country and has overseen the diversification of his Group into myriad industries. Mr. Jalans knowledge, efficiency, and experience have enabled Keventer to emerge as an iconic brand.
Formerly he has served as the French Honorary Consul General and is currently the Honorary Consul of Ireland in Kolkata. He is also a trustee member of Heritage School and Heritage School of Technology and a member of several Chambers of Commerce.
Mr. Jalan is an active Rotarian and has received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution to society. Not only has he made a mark for himself, but has also touched many lives with his generosity and willingness to help people. He is a philanthropist, a humanitarian, and a guiding force for many and his name, stature, and legacy is noteworthy.
Mayank Jalan - Chairman and Managing Director, Keventer Agro Limited
Mr. Mayank Jalan is the Chairman and Managing Director of Keventer Agro Ltd. and Chairman of Metro Dairy Limited. A first-class degree holder in Mechanical Engineering from University College London, he also has a degree in Business Finance from the prestigious London School of Economics.
His core strength is managing strategic growth while ensuring a level of profitability essential for generation of internal funds that fuel rapid growth. His proficiency in managing a complex supply chain has delivered steady top-line increments as well as bottom-line accruals.
While gaining some practical know-how at the University College London and London School of Economics, Mr. Jalan has acquired significant do-how as a Research Analysis Expert in Credit Agricole Indisuez in London. He has also worked with Smifs Financing Ltd. in Kolkata, India, marketing Mutual Funds.
Mr. Jalan's all-encompassing interest in markets and brands, and products and processes has led him to create a team of competent professionals who direct and operate the vital functions at the Keventer Group. This young but wise leader has been successfully steering the Keventer Group, one of the fastest growing groups in eastern India that has been making game-changing forays into several spaces - edibles, exports and real estate.
A keen sportsman, Mr. Mayank Jalan's sports interests include golf, squash, cricket, rugby, badminton, and swimming, alongside reading and music.
Debanjan Mandal - Independent Director
Debanjan Mandal is a LLB and is enrolled with the Bar Council of West Bengal in 1999 (a statutory body under the Advocates’ Act). He became the youngest partner of Fox & Mandal at the age of 30 in 2004. He presently heads a team of more than 15 advocates, both in litigation and non-litigation practice. He has rich and global experience in corporate and commercial law. He has advised and led several large infrastructure and real estate projects. His expertise cover full gamut of services including due diligences, drawing up and negotiating concession agreements, mergers and amalgamations and property documentations. He is a member of Incorporated Law Society, High Court at Calcutta, Supreme Court Bar Association, International Bar Association, U.K., Asian Development Bank.
Probir Roy - Director
Mr. Probir Roy is an ex-policeman and has held a responsible position in the Kolkata Police Force. He now heads the Heritage School and Institute of Technology.
- Nominee Director
Uday Garg is the founder of Mandala Capital and has since 2008 been exclusively focused on the Indian Food and Agribusiness sector. Prior to Mandala Capital, he worked at Altima Partners focusing on private investments in global Emerging Markets across sectors (including agribusiness). Uday began his career in the Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank (New York), followed by Portfolio Manager roles at Amaranth Advisors and Duet Group. Uday graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics
Rajeev Varma- Director
Mr. Rajeev Varma is a B. Tech from IIT Delhi with a professional experience of over 40 years. He has served as an MD, CEO and Director of several prestigious organizations over a period of more than 18 years.
Mr. Varma's professional career includes his appointment as the General Manager and Managing Director of Hindustan Packaging Co. Ltd. and CEO of Vallabh Infotech Pvt. Ltd., in addition to several others. He has also been associated with a group setup by NDDB to study commodity trading system introduced by commodity exchange in India.
Besides, Mr. Rajeev Varma has experience in design and execution of dairy plants, cattle feed and chilling centres. He was the Project Director and Chief Executive Officer of Safal Fruit and Vegetable Auction Market, Bangalore.
Sumit Krishna Deb - Director
Mr. Sumit Krishna Deb is the Managing Director of Metro Dairy Ltd. - a joint venture company between Milk Federation of West Bengal and Keventer Agro Ltd.
A Gold Medallist in MA (Economics) from Presidency College, Kolkata, Mr. Deb has vast experience in the Dairy industry. He has also been associated with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
Parvana Mayank Jalan - Director
Ms. Parvana Mayank Jalan is a B.Sc. and an MBA, and has pursued an Advance Course in Image Consultancy from Singapore. She has undergone special training in Teacher's Training Assistance for American Psychological Association and Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Training.
Ms. Jalan has worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers Pvt. Ltd. and Optimum Image Institute. She has a sound knowledge in areas of Human Resource Management, International Trade, and Project Management.