Hemas Holdings Plc yesterday announced the appointment of R. Gopalakrishnan, an Executive Director of Tata Sons Ltd., to its Board as an independent non-executive director.Gopalakrishnan is the Chairman of four Tata companies – Tata Autocomponent Systems Ltd., Rallis India Ltd., Metahelix Life Sciences Ltd and Advinus Therapeutics Ltd.
He also serves as the Vice Chairman of Tata Chemicals, a director of Tata Power and Tata Technologies and as an independent director on the boards of Indian subsidiaries of Akzo Nobel and Castrol India.
Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Calcutta University and engineering at IIT Kharagpur.
Thereafter he joined Hindustan Unilever as a trainee. He has served Unilever as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as Managing Director Brooke Bond Lipton India and finally as Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever Ltd. He has over 44 years of professional managerial experience.
Gopalakrishnan fills the vacancy on the Hemas Holdings board of directors following the resignation of D. Bhatnagar from 31 March, 2012.
With new addition the Hemas Holdings Plc Board of Directors comprises Lalith De Mel (Chairman), Husein Esufally (CEO), Abbas Esufally, Imtiaz Esufally, Murtaza Esufally, Maithri Wickremesinghe, P.K. Mahapatra and R. Gopalakrishnan.