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 acquired the rights of operations of Edward Keventer Ltd. in the year 1986, and this led to a huge change in the direction of the organisation.
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 and 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. Jalan’s knowledge, efficiency, and experience have enabled Keventer to emerge as an iconic brand.
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.
Mr. Mayank Jalan, Chairman and Managing Director, Keventer Agro Ltd (KAL) joined the company in April 2004. Within a span of one year, Mayank was handed over the baton to run the company as the Managing Director. His core strength area is managing strategic growth while ensuring a level of profitability essential for generation of internal funds that fuel rapid growth.
A first-class degree holder in Mechanical Engineering from University College of London, Mayank also has a degree in Business Finance from the prestigious London School of Economics. During his University days, Mayank gained significant knowledge as a Research Analysis Expert in Credit Agricole Indisuez in London. He had also worked with Smifs Financing Ltd. in the mutual fund department, marketing the product in Kolkata.
Over these years, he has strived to raise standards of customer expectations and has passionately encouraged the team to focus on the ‘customer first’ approach towards their every deliverable. His proficiency in managing a complex supply chain has been the driving force that delivered steady top-line increments as well as bottom-line accruals. Under his stewardship Keventer Agro Ltd. has diversified into multiple sectors like Hospitality, Exports, Realty while consolidating itself in the food business through introduction of Frozen Foods and Bananas.
Mayank aims to build Keventer Agro as one of the largest food companies in Eastern India. His vision is to make KAL a USD 500mn company from a USD 150mn organization by 2022 through aggressive marketing plans, stakeholder relationship, customer focus and adapting new technology.
Mayank holds important offices across a number of industry forums – he was associated with National Food Processing Committee of CII till April 2017 as the Co-Chairman, he is the Chairman of North East Council of CII, Chairman of FICCI West Bengal State Council, member of the National Council of CII and Committee Member for the year 2018-19 of Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata.
In acknowledgement of his business vision, Mayank had been inducted into national special task forums like the Expert Group for Agriculture and Allied Activities by NITI Aayog in September 2017 and has been conferred the Management Excellence Award in the category of Emerging Leader for 2018 by Calcutta Management Association (CMA), an affiliate of All India Management Association (AIMA) the national apex body of the management profession in India.
Mayank Jalan is a member of the Executive Committee of Calcutta Management Association for the year 2018-2019 and is also the Honorary Consul of Ireland in Kolkata.
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.
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.
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
Praneet Chawla is a Post Graduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a Graduate in Electronics and Communications from Punjab Engineering College. He worked at KPMG Transaction Services in Mumbai as a Consultant for four years, where he executed over 25 commercial due diligence and strategy consulting engagements across various sectors including Food and Agriculture, Seeds, Beverages and Telecom. Mr. Chawla has held additional roles as a Software Engineer at Computer Science Corporation, as well as served as an Associate at Perot Systems, an information technology services provider. Presently he is associated with Mandala Capital as Vice President of Investment Team.
Sumit Deb is a Post Graduate in Economics from the Calcutta University and an alumni of Presidency College and St. Xavier’s School. He is a founder Director of Metro Dairy Limited and has been the Managing Director, for 22 years since inception. He has nearly 44 years of work experience, in companies like Metal Box, Keventer Agro and Metro Dairy. During his career, he has been involved with marketing, brand management, corporate planning and general management.
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.