G M Rao

Executive Chairman

GM Rao, a Mechanical Engineer, is the Founder Chairman of the GMR Group, the global infrastructure developer.

Born in Rajam in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in India, GM Rao ventured into business starting with a single jute mill in 1978. Since then, till before India's economic liberalization, circumstances compelled him for opportunity driven business building.

He entered 28 businesses as a serial entrepreneur and exited most of them with the opportunities thrown up by the opening up of the Indian economy in the early 1990s. As a part of the post-liberalization generation of entrepreneurs, his moves became entirely strategy driven and focused on long term objectives. Eventually, his single-minded focus on the core infrastructure sector resulted in GMR Group exiting some of the highly attractive businesses of banking, insurance, software, breweries, jute and sugar.

In his long journey, GM Rao evolved from a student leader, to a trader, to a manufacturer, to a banker, to an infrastructure developer.

Over the last 4 decades he has successfully established GMR Group, as one of the most recognized brands in the country, creating national infrastructure assets of global scale and world-class quality, creating new benchmarks. The Group is now well diversified and professionally managed infrastructure developer with focus on Airports, Energy, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure including SEZs.

While business grew rapidly, GM Rao laid special emphasis on long term prosperity by focusing on institution building as well. The GMR Group Vision states " GMR Group will be an institution in perpetuity that will build entrepreneurial organizations making a difference to society through creation of value. " A set of seven core Values & Beliefs was arrived at, to define the GMR Group's distinct organization culture. This was further strengthened by a Code of Conduct for all employees, emphasizing on ethical and professional behaviour.

Rao believes that "Family must be run like Business and Business must be run like Family". He made the pioneering effort in formulating a Family Constitution taking expert opinion from world renowned consultants. This is now formalized into a legal document, with all immediate family members including spouses as signatories.

He says "Strong family governance ensures strong corporate governance ". He believes that this will ensure a smooth transition of business from generation to generation, and at the same time, enable professionals to discharge their rightful roles in the growth and development of the Group.

GM Rao's vision in 3 dimensions of business building, institution building and family governance had a 4th dimension built into it, that of giving back to society. This, he started very early on, in his career. Eventually, he set up an independent, professionally run, company, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, to channelize funds for social causes for the benefit of the under-served in society. Today, the Foundation is active in 25 locations in India and Nepal and its 4 areas of activity are education, healthcare, livelihood and community development and it has received wide national recognition for its impact in the sections of society it serves.

To ensure that his legacy lives on beyond his lifetime, he made an endowment of the entire portion of his personal wealth to the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation in March 2011.

He was conferred with the honorary Doctor of Laws by York University, Toronto, Canada in 2011, the honorary Doctor of Letters by the Andhra University, India in 2010 and honorary Doctor of Letters by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India in 2005. He received the award for the 'First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year'from CNBC TV18 in 2009. In the same year, he received the Infrastructure Person of the Year award at the Infrastructure Journal Award Ceremony held in London. He was also chosen as the 'Entrepreneur of the year' at the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2006 - 07, apart from numerous other awards and public recognition throughout his career. He has served on the very prestigious Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from year 2011 to 2015.

For his considerable achievements, he insists "All the credit goes to my GMR colleagues and my family for their understanding, shared vision, hard work and dedication"

G B S Raju

Managing Director

Mr. G. B. S. Raju has taken over as the Chairman-irports, GMR Group from 1st April 2018.

He joined the family business, the GMR Group, in 1996 at the age of 22, and was the Business Chairman of the Energy Sector for over the last six years. During his stint in the Energy Sector, multiple power generation plants including transmission projects were implemented / at various development phases, with an aggregate capacity of about 7500 MW. The sector has a diversified portfolio of coal, gas, hydro, solar and wind based power projects. Raju had held multiple positions in key areas of business, such as energy, airports and highways that are vital for India to fulfil its tremendous potential and economic development. He has been instrumental in establishing GMR as a key Infrastructure player with footprints in Indian and International markets.

He is also one of the Group Directors of GMR Infrastructure Ltd, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, the CSR arm of the Group and a member of the Group Holding Board, the apex decision making body of the Group. His proactive and personalised approach to the business combined with competitive spirit has helped towards the growth of the Group and its various businesses.

Initially, he played a crucial role in shaping the overall strategy and positioning of the organisation. He then took on the development and implementation of various projects of the Group. He pioneered the development of Power projects by setting up India's first and the World's largest floating barge mounted power plant – GMR Energy Ltd. He effectively steered the Group's foray into the Roads Business by revolutionising the road development projects. Today, GMR has a balanced Highways portfolio across the length and breadth of the country and is now one of the leading road developers in the country. He, as Group CFO, also successfully led the Group through GMR Infrastructure's maiden IPO in 2006 and certain largest QIPs & Private Equity in the years 2007, 2010 & 2011 amounting to approx USD 3 billion in the Energy and Airport sectors of the Group.

With his far sightedness and entrepreneurial skills, Raju was a key player in leading GMR's foray into the Airport Sector and in developing the Hyderabad, Delhi and Istanbul Airports and in winning the Cebu Airport (Philippines) and recently the Mopa Greenfield Airport in Goa (India). The Group was guided by his strategic vision in developing international business and building projects like, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul and a power project in Jurong Island in Singapore.

Srinivas Bommidala

Director

Mr. Srinivas Bommidala hails from a business family with over seven decades of experience in tobacco exports. After graduating, he joined the family business in 1982 and diversified into aerated water bottling plants, while growing the tobacco business further.

In 1995, as a founder Director of GMR Group, he established India's first PPP power project in Chennai. Together with the founder Chairman Mr.GM Rao, Mr. Srinivas Bommidala spearheaded the GMR group's energy business.

When the GMR group expanded its infrastructure play, as the first Managing Director of Delhi Airport in 2006, he led the transition of Delhi Airport from a public owned entity to a public private partnership enterprise. Under his leadership, the concept of Aerotropolis was conceived and took shape in Delhi and Hyderabad Aerocities. Since then, these have become a global destination for business, commerce and leisure.

In 2007 he took over as the Chairman of Urban Infra & Highways sector consisting of Highways, Construction, SEZ and Airport Property Development Businesses. During this period, GMR Highways emerged as one of the largest National Highway Developer in the country. He led the Group's maiden sports foray by building the Delhi franchise of IPL from inception. Delhi Daredevils today is one of the most valuable sports properties in India.

From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Bommidala served as the Chairman of Airports business. During this period, GMR has emerged as amongst the top five airport developers in the world and expanded its portfolio comprising of Delhi, Hyderabad, Goa, Cebu (Philippines) & Crete (Greece). In addition to the airport assets, GMR Airports also has strengthened its EPC capabilities winning its first 3rd party bid to construct Clark airport in Philippines.

In early 2018, Mr Bommidala has taken charge of GMR Group's Energy portfolio along with GMR's international airports in Philippines and Greece. In addition, he heads the Technology Productivity & Innovation Council (TPIC) and provides thought and strategic leadership to Digitalization efforts across GMR Group.

Grandhi Kiran Kumar

Director

Mr. Grandhi Kiran Kumar has significant experience in leading projects and businesses in the infrastructure space across sectors such as Airports, Transportation and in Corporate Functions.

As Corporate Chairman, his responsibilities include Group Finance, Corporate Strategy and GMR Sports. Currently, Mr. Grandhi Kiran Kumar is the Managing Director of GMR Infrastructure Ltd.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Grandhi Kiran Kumar served as the Business Chairman -Transportation & Highways.

Mr. Grandhi Kiran Kumar led the Group to become one of the top five private airport developers in the world and the largest in India. He was also instrumental in bagging two very critical international projects for the Group - Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SGIA), Istanbul, Turkey and Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), Maldives.

In India, Kiran led the development (from bid to commissioning) of India's first PPP based Greenfield Airport project at Hyderabad.

Kiran also spearheaded the development of the landmark, T3 project at Delhi International Airport. The project is one of the fastest built terminals in the world when compared to projects of similar scale - Heathrow (T5), Madrid, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. The modernization of Delhi Airport is one of the most critical milestones for the Indian aviation in the past decade, the benefits of which are being reaped by passenger, airlines and economy at large.

Kiran's association with GMR Group goes back to 1996, when entered the family business. During his early days as the Group's Director, Kiran spearheaded many strategic projects and forged partnerships that became vital in transforming GMR Group into a leading infrastructure power-house in India.

Venkatramana Hegde

Director

Mr. Venkatramana Hegde is holding the post of Director, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. He is looking after the policy related work of all Airports including Airports Authority of India, PPP Airports and other private Airports. He is also having the charge of Director, Vigilance in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. He joined the Ministry of Civil Aviation in July 2013.

Hegde holds a Post Graduate Degree in Statistics (MSc.) and also did his Master of Philosophy in Statistics (M. Phill).

On joining Government of India, he worked in the erstwhile Planning Commission of India and dealt with the policy related issues of Housing and Urban Development, Town and Country Planning, Delhi Metro Rail Project etc. Besides this, he also has the exposure in the areas of National Income and was involved in GDP estimates, etc.

Presently, Hegde is also serving as the Government nominee on the Boards of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited, Bangalore International Airport Limited and Chandigarh International Airport Limited. Also he is on the Board of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). He is also a Member of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) representing aviation sector.

Indrakanti Narasimha Murthy

Director

Mr. Indrakanti Narasimha Murthy has been nominated by Airports Authority of India as Director on the Board of the Company.

Currently, Mr. IN Murthy is acting as the Member Board (Operations) of Airports Authority of India (AAI). He has taken over the charge of Member (Operations) and Board Member of AAI on 23rd November, 2016. He is a Post Graduate in Physics (Electronics) and joined as Aerodrome Officer in August, 1985 in Civil Aviation Department, Government of India which subsequently became Airports Authority of India.

Mr. IN Murthy has 32 years of long experience in aviation sector by serving different positions in Directorate of Air Traffic Management, Directorate of Aerodrome Planning, Airport Management & Operations of AAI. Prior to taking over the charge of Member (Operations), he served as Regional Executive Director (Southern Region) at Chennai and Executive Director (Air Traffic Management) in Air Space Management Directorate at Corporate Headquarter of Airports Authority of India.

RSSLN Bhaskarudu

Independent Director

Mr. RSSLN Bhaskarudu is an independent Director of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL). He is also the Chairman of Audit Committee, Nomination & Remuneration Committee, CSR Committee and Share Allotment & Transfer Committee of GHIAL

Bhaskarudu holds engineering degree in Electrical (First class with Honours) and has a history of remarkable accomplishments and effective management and leadership skills spanning 45 years in the industry and Government.

He had served over 22 years at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). During his tenure in BHEL, he was involved in the development and manufacturing of small and large power generating equipment viz., turbines, generators, power house auxiliaries, etc., and supplied all over the country, for the various power plants.

He had served for 16 years at Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL). He held the post of Managing Director of MUL. His involvement with MUL had been since its inception and he had played a key role in the organisation's good performance, good work culture, high productivity, vendor development, supply management, achievement of best results, etc., from 1983 to 1999 in all the fields of MUL.

He was a member of the second Pay Revision Committee for the public sector companies.

He has been an Independent Director and member of the Board Committees of GHIAL and also few other Companies.

He was an independent external monitor for Indian Oil Corporation and Power Grid Corporation of India and was also a director on the Board of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.

N C Sarabeswaran

Independent Director

Mr. N.C. Sarabeswaran is a Chartered Accountant and is the Founding Partner of M/s. Jagannathan & Sarabeswaran, an Audit Firm with 49 years standing in Chennai.

He is currently an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of GMR Infrastructure Limited and some of its subsidiary Companies. He is also an independent Director and Chairman of the Audit committee of Madura Micro Finance Limited, a very large Micro Finance Company in Tamil Nadu.

Formerly, he has also served as:

Nominee Director of Reserve Bank of India and in that capacity served on the Boards of Indian Private Sector Banks viz Tamilnad Mercantile Bank and The Vysya Bank and its successor, ING Vysya Ltd for 13 years. He has been the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Bank and a member of joint venture committee when Vysya entered into joint venture with bank Brussels Lambert which was taken over by ING, Netherlands.

President of Indo-Australian Chamber Of Commerce - A bi-national Chamber in India for a period of three years.

H J Dora

Director

H J Dora, former Director General of Police of Andhra Pradesh, is a Director on Board of the GHIAL.

He served the Police department in various districts till the year 1984. Thereafter, for over 5 years, he served the Police Intelligence. From early 1989 to late 1992, he headed the APSRTC as its Vice Chairman and Managing Director. He later served as Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad from April 93 to November 95 and as Director General & I G of Police, Andhra Pradesh, between 1996 to 2002.

He also worked as Director General, CISF, New Delhi and as Vigilance Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission. He is the recipient of awards such as the "Police Medal of Gallantry", "Police Medal for Meritorious Service" and "President Police Medal for Distinguished Service".

C Prasanna

Director

Mr. C. Prasanna has been associated with the GMR Group for about 20 years with cross functional contribution. A Post Graduate in Management, Prasanna has over 29 years of rich and varied corporate experience. Before joining GHIAL, he was the Director (Finance) of GMR Industries Limited (GIDL) responsible for the Ferro Alloys, Breweries and Sugar divisions of GIDL. Prior to GMR Group, he was associated with the Nagarjuna Group for over 9 years .

Prasanna presently is the CEO of Kakinada SEZ Limited (GMR Group Company) and also he heads Corporate Affairs function wherein he is responsible for government interface for the Group’s business verticals in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh, such as Energy and Urban Infrastructure besides Hyderabad Airport.

From the very initial days, Prasanna was associated with the Hyderabad Airport project and played a crucial role in land acquisition, facilitating critical approvals as well as ensuring connectivity to the airport.

Siva Kameswari Vissa

Independent Director

Mrs. Siva Kameswari Vissa is a Chartered Accountant having nearly 3 decades of experience comprising of management consultancy and industry experience. Her sector experience includes automotive, light & heavy engineering, process industries such as chemicals, petrochemicals, life sciences, FMCG, financial services, infrastructure, IT/ ITES and retail. She has significant experience in the areas of Business Strategy, Corporate Planning, Performance Improvement, Activity Based Costing, Supply Chain, Strategic Cost reduction, IT strategy and Implementation.

Kameswari has worked with organisations such as Mastek, RPG Enterprises, KPMG, A F Ferguson and Ashok Leyland. At present, she is an independent management consultant and CEO and Executive Coach.

Jayesh Ranjan , IAS

Director

Mr. Jayesh Ranjan is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and presently, he is the Principal Secretary of the Information Technology (IT) Department, Government Telangana and also the Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Government Telangana (Full Additional Charge).

He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham (on Environmental Policy Analysis), JICA training Institute, Tokyo (on lake remediation), London School of Economics (on Globalization and Leadership), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (in Public Policy), and Swedish Institute, Stockholm (on Sustainability and CSR).

He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992. He was awarded World Bank’s Social Capital Visiting Scholarship in 2002 and the British Government’s Gurukul Chevening Scholarship in 2005.

He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank, UN-ESCAP, Sedatu project of Mexico, and for international NGOs working for Youth Issues like YES, Inc of the USA and NMC from Italy.

He is a part of the National Pool of Trainers in Leadership constituted by the Government of India, and is involved in training and mentoring newly recruited Civil Servants.

As the Secretary of the Information Technology (IT) Department of the Telangana government, his assignment involves identifying opportunities of utilizing IT in various government processes, attracting new investments, and promoting digital empowerment of the citizens. His last few assignments have been in the Industrial Promotion sector as Commissioner and MD of the Industries Department, Secretary in the Tourism Promotion Department, and Vice-Chairman of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA), all for 2-3 years each, and various rural assignments in different parts of the state for over 12 years, working in diverse sectors like Tribal Development, Natural Resources Management, Poverty Alleviation and other related Social Development Sectors.

Jayesh Ranjan supports many social, cultural and charitable causes, and is on the Boards / Advisory committees of United Way (Hyderabad), Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) Foundation, Young Lives India, Save the Children, Sparsh Hospice, APMAS, ML Jaisimha Sports Foundation, Hyderabad 10 K Foundation, Vijaya Foundation Trust, Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, LSN Foundation, Tejas Foundation, Magic Bus Hyderabad, Hockey Hyderabad, World Wildlife Fund (Hyderabad chapter), Hyderabad Literary Festival and Spic-Macay.

K Ramakrishna Rao, IAS

Director

Mr. K. Ramakrishna Rao IAS has been nominated by the Government of Telangana as Director on the Board of the Company.

Mr. Rao holds Graduate and Master Degrees in Engineering from IIT at Kanpur and Delhi respectively, and also a MBA in Investments.

Mr. Ramakrishna Rao Kudligi is from the 1991 batch of the Indian Administrative Service. He is at present the Principal Secretary to Government of Telangana, Finance Department. The prudent and sustainable management of the State Finances is his responsibility. He has presented all the three budgets of the new State made so far and has mobilised resources required for the flagship schemes of the State. He has successfully introduced the comprehensive financial management system in the State leading to enhanced financial control and transparency.

In his long journey, GM Rao evolved from a student leader, to a trader, to a manufacturer, to a banker, to an infrastructure developer.

Mr. Rao holds the charge of States Reorganization Department dealing with all matters related to the formation of the new State of Telangana and also the charge of the Director General of Centre for Good Governance and he is involved with a number of reform programs mainly based on IT in several States of the Country.

Mr. Rao has also held leadership positions in the fields of education, health care and was the Collector and District Magistrate of Adilabad and Guntur District.

Madhu Ramachandra Rao

Independent Director

Mr. Madhu Ramachandra Rao is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He was a partner with M/s. N. M. Raiji & Co., Chartered Accountants, for about 12 years during 1976 to 1988.

Thereafter, Mr. Madhu Rao was associated with M/s. Shangri- La Hotels & Resorts, Hong Kong for about 30 years from 1988 to 2017 in various capacities as Group Financial Controller, CFO, Executive Director and Vice Chairman. He has worked with three generations of Shangri-La Group in Hong Kong and he was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board and also participated in the growth of the company and its business from 9 hotels in 1988 to 101 hotels. He was actively involved in all core aspects of business including, framing corporate and accounting policies & procedures, talent acquisition, investment analysis, marketing strategies, liaison with the auditors, maintain cordial investor relations, negotiating investment incentives with Government, Corporate bond and rights issues, etc.

Mohd Shukrie bin Mohd Salleh

Director

Dato' Mohd Shukrie bin Mohd Salleh (Mr.) is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
Dato' Mohd. Shukrie, aged about 46 years, is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and holds a Degree in Business Studies from the University of North London.
He started his career with Public Bank Securities Sdn. Bhd. and thereafter served with United Overseas Bank Berhad. He has amassed a diverse experience throughout his career covering the consumer and corporate banking, corporate finance and advisory, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, risk management, human resources, and procurement.
In 2005, he joined DRB-HICOM Berhad and began an illustrated journey where he assumed several leadership roles including that of a Principal Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer in various entities within the DRB-HICOM Group including being entrusted as the Chief Executive Officer of KL Airport Services Sdn. Bhd., the aircraft ground handling, cargo, and logistics arm of DRB-HICOM Group. On 1 July 2011, he was appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer of Pos Malaysia Berhad and later joined Konsortium Logistik Berhad in 2013 as Group Chief Executive Officer before moving back to helm Pos Malaysia Berhad as its Group Chief Executive Officer on November 2015.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Airports in May 2019, and subsequently, as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Dato' Shukrie was entrusted to lead AirAsia's Redbox Logistics as its Chief Executive Officer and later on as the Chief Operating Officer for AirAsia Malaysia. With his vast experience and knowledge, it is Malaysia Airports' privileged to have Dato' Shukrie on Board.

G M Rao

Group Chairman - GMR Group

G B S Raju

Chairman

Srinivas Bommidala

Director

Grandhi Kiran Kumar

Director

Venkatramana Hegde

Director

Indrakanti Narasimha Murthy

Director

RSSLN Bhaskarudu

Independent Director

N C Sarabeswaran

Independent Director

H J Dora

Director

C Prasanna

Director

Siva Kameswari Vissa

Independent Director

Jayesh Ranjan, IAS

Director

K Ramakrishna Rao, IAS

Director

Madhu Ramachandran Rao

Independent Director

Mohd Shukrie bin Mohd Salleh

Director