Board of Directors
Mr. Suresh Gupta - Chairman
Mr. Suresh Gupta did his Masters in Management (MMS) from The Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He has diverse management experience of over 41 years, including 27 years in HPPL. He also served as the EVP – Flexible Packaging for 5.5 years till early last year. Mr Gupta is the Chairman of the Company and also The Chairman of the subsidiary companies of HPPL viz, Positive Packaging Industries Limited and Webtech Ltd. He also serves as President of IFCA – Indian Flexible Packaging & Folding Carton Manufacturers Association.
Mr. Jukka Moisio - Director
Mr. Moisio holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Dartmouth, USA. He joined Huhtamaki as the CEO and Chairman of Group Executive Team of Huhtamaki Oyj in 2008. He is a Board member of HPPL, since April 2008.
Prior to joining Huhtamaki he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Ahlstrom Oyj from July 2004 to February 2008, after serving in various positions since 1991.
Mr. Arunkumar Gandhi - Director
Mr. Gandhi is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, London. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Mr. Gandhi was a Senior Partner of M/s N. M. Raiji & Company, a renowmed Chartered Accountants Firm, from July 1969 to July 2003. During his tenure at M/s N. M. Raiji & Company, he handled a variety of client engagements, including advisory services relating to Mergers and Acquisitions, National and International Tax issues, structuring efficient investment routes and designing employee stock option plans. He also served on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Indian Merchants' Chamber.
Mr Gandhi has served as an Independent Director of a number of prestigious Companies like-
• Wireless TT Info Services Ltd.
• Viom Networks Ltd.,
• Bayer Diagnostics India Ltd.,
• Benares Hotels Ltd., E2E Serwizsol Ltd.,
• Indo Maroc Phosphore S.A
• Raychem RPG Private Limited
• Ultratech Cement Limited
• Indo Gulf Fertilisers Limited.
He has also been closely associated with the TATA Group, a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies having combined Revenue of $109 billion in Financial Year 2015.
As a Member of the Group Corporate Centre of Tata Companies he has acted in various capacities like Consultant, Executive Director and Director of the following TATA entities -
• Tata Sons Ltd.,
• Corus Group Ltd.,
• Tata Communications Ltd.,
• Tata Asset Management Ltd.,.
• Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd.,
• Tata Infotech Ltd.
• TATA Housing Development Company Limited,
• Tata Global Beverages Ltd., (formerly, Tata Tea Ltd)
• Tata Tea (GB) Ltd.,
• Tata Tea Inc.,
• VSNL Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Apart from being on the Board of Huhtamaki PPL Limited and Positive Packaging Industries Limited, he is also an Independent Director of ACC Limited and Walchandnagar Industries Ltd.
Mr. Ramesh Kumar Dhir - Director
Mr. Ramesh Kumar Dhir is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales and also a Fellow of the Institute of Management (U.K.). He has wide corporate management experience of over 42 years working with Peat Marwick, London and a US Multinational with operations in India and overseas. He has bee a past President and is presently a member of the Board Council for Fair Business Practices. He is also a member of Maharashtra State General Committee of the Indian Red Cross Society.
Mr. S. K. Palekar - Director
Mr. S. K. Palekar did his M.Sc. (Physics) from Mumbai University & Master of Management Studies (Marketing) from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and secured 1st Rank, both in M.Sc & MMS (Marketing). He is currently the Chairperson of Executive Education Centre of S P Jain Institute of Management & Research at Mumbai, which is one of India’s leading Business Schools.
He brings with him over 40 years of experience in all aspects of marketing including sales, advertising, market research, brand management, and also general management. He has hands on experience in FMCG, durables & service Industries. He retired as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Knowledge Management from Eureka Forbes Limited; after serving there for over a decade. He has an inclination towards community welfare and helped found two NGOs working in the area of vocational education and environment. He serves as a Member of The Board of Governors at Advertising Standards Council of India. He had been a key note speaker at various forums and written articles for various publications as well as columns for the “Strategist” of Business Standard newspaper.
Presently, he is an Independent Director of Huhtamaki PPL Limited, Positive Packaging Industries Limited and Nilkamal Ltd.
MR. Nripjit Singh Chawla - Director
Mr. Nripjit Singh Chawla did his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He has wide corporate management experience of over 45 years with ITC Ltd., Korn/Ferry International, Max India Ltd. He is currently acting as Independent Management Consultant to Commercial organizations and NGO’s in the areas of Marketing, Business strategy and Business Processes, Education, Tourism and Hospitality, Healthcare etc. He serves on the teaching faculty in many Business Schools and Management Institutes. He was a member of the National Tourism Advisory Council, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India. He was awarded the International Award for Tourism – “The Golden Helm” in 1988. He is a frequent speaker at academic and industry forums on management issues. He has been an Independent Director of the Company since March, 2013.
Ms. Sukanya Kripalu - Director
Ms Sukanya Kripalu is a Mathematics graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and did her MBA at the Indian Institute of Management. She has over 28 years of rich experience in marketing and management. She has been directly involved in the launch and marketing successes of several leading consumer brands at FMCG majors such as Nestle, Cadbury and Kellogg’s. She was behind the launches of Maggi, Everyday, Perk and Frosties, amongst others. As one of India’s first independent Marketing Consultants, Ms Kripalu was the CEO of Quadra Advisory, a WPP group company.
Today, she runs an independent Marketing Consultancy, Sukanya Consulting, which handles marketing strategy, brand and advertising development, as well as marketing training. Her assignments cover industries such as insurance, white goods jewellery, textiles, branded staples, FMCG and media.
Presently, Mrs Kripalu is on the board of UltraTech Cement Ltd., Pantaloons Fashion & Retail Ltd, both Aditya Birla group companies, HPPL and Positive Packaging Industries Limited, as an Independent Director.
Dr. Arup Basu - Managing Director
Dr. Arup Basu holds a Ph.D in Technology, Composite Materials from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK, and a Bachelors Degree in Material Science and Engineering from Imperial College, London, UK. He also has an International Baccalaureate Diploma from United World College (UWC) of Atlantic, Wales, UK.
He brings with him almost two decades of senior level industry experience. Dr. Arup Basu joins us from Tata Chemicals Ltd (TCL) where he was holding the position of President and Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for new business, technology and innovation. At TCL, Arup also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Chemicals – Indian Operations and also served as its Vice President of Manufacturing and Head of the Haldia Works, West Bengal. During this tenure, he was Member of Board for the Magadi Soda Company, Kenya and member of the Global Chemicals Council with manufacturing operations spread across Kenya, UK and USA. Prior to this Arup worked for Accenture, where he was responsible for business development and managing large-scale projects for clients in the industrial space. Before his tenure with Accenture, he worked in a variety of roles at the Indian Aluminium Company and at Tata Motors.
He was appointed as Managing Director of the Company w.e.f. 1st November 2017.
Mr. Olli Koponen- Director
Mr. Olli Koponen holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Automation and Information Technology. He has worked previously with Systecon Oy before joining Huhtamaki in 1990. Presently he is the Executive Vice President, Flexible Packaging. Based on the nomination by the key shareholder, he was appointed as an Additional Director to the Board of Huhtamaki PPL w.e.f 17th December, 2015.