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Board of Directors

Subhash Chandra

Mr. Subhash Chandra, is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and promoter of Essel Group of Companies. His bouquet of businesses include television networks (ZEE & ANL), a newspaper chain (DNA), cable systems (Siti Cable), Direct-to-Home (Dish TV), satellite communications (Agrani and Procall), theme parks (Essel World and Water Kingdom), Infrastructure Development (Essel Infraprojects), and Family Entertainment Centers (Fun Cinemas).

Mr. Chandra has been recipient of numerous Industry awards and civic honors including (a) Entrepreneur of the year (Ernst & Young) in 1998; (b) Businessman of the Year (Business Standard) (1999); (c) Entrepreneur CEO of the Year (International Brand Summit) (1999); (d) Global Indian Entertainment Personality of the Year (FICCI) (2004); (e) Lifetime Achievement Award at the CASBAA Convention (2009); (f) Hall of Fame for continuing contribution to Industry in Entrepreneurs category at the INBA (2010); and (g) International Emmy Directorate Award (2011).

Mr. Chandra has made his mark as an influential philanthropist in India. He set up TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia), an organisation which seeks to provide access to quality education through distance and open learning. He is also the Chairman of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India ? a movement to eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India. The Foundation provides free education to nearly 1 million tribal children across 36,783 villages through one-teacher schools. He is also the moving force behind the Global Vipassana Foundation ? a trust set up to help people raise their spiritual quotient.

Apart from the Company, Mr. Chandra holds directorship in five (5) other Indian Public Limited Companies viz., Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Zee News Limited, Essel Propack Limited, Essel Infraprojects Limited and Siti Cable Network Limited.

Mr. Chandra does not hold any shares of the Company.


 

Jawahar Lal Goel

 

Mr. Jawahar Lal Goel, is the Managing Director of the Company. Mr. Goel is actively involved in creation and expansion of Essel Group of Industries. A prophet in pioneering the Direct-to-Home (DTH) services in India he has been instrumental in establishing Dish TV as a prominent brand with India?s most modern and advanced technological infrastructure.

Mr. Goel led the initiatives of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) as its president for four consecutive years from September ?06 to September ?10 and continues to be its active Board member. He is also on the Board of various committees and task forces set up by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), Government of India, and continues to address several critical matters related to the Industry. He is a prime architect in establishing India?s most modern and advanced technological infrastructure for the implementation of Conditional Access System (CAS) and Direct-to-Home (DTH) services through Head-end in the Sky (HITS) which is poised to bring about a revolution in the distribution of various entertainment and electronic media products in India in the ensuing months and years and would enormously benefit consumers (TV viewers).

Apart from the Company, Mr. Goel holds directorship in Four (4) other Indian Public Limited Companies viz., Chiripal Industries Ltd., Essel Infraprojects Ltd., Rankay Investment and Trading Company Ltd. and Zee-Turner Limited.

Mr. Goel holds 176,800 equity shares in the Company.

 
Bhagwan Dass Narang

 

Mr. Bhagwan Dass Narang, is an Independent Non-Executive Member of the Board. Mr. Narang is a Post Graduate in Agricultural Economics and brings with him 32 years of Banking experience. During this period, he also held the coveted position of the Chairman and Managing Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce. Mr. Narang has handled special assignments viz. alternate Chairman of the Committee on Banking procedures set up by Indian Banks Association for the year 1997-98, Chaired a panel on serious financial frauds appointed by RBI, Chaired a Panel on financial construction industry appointed by Indian Banks Association(IBA), appointed as Chairman of Governing Council of National Institute of Banking Studies & Corporate Management, elected member of Management Committee of IBA, Member of the Advisory Council of Bankers Training College(RBI) Mumbai, Chairman of IBA?s Advisory Committee on NPA Management, CDR Mechanism, DRT, ARC etc., elected as a Fellow and Member of Governing Council of the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Mumbai, elected as Deputy Chairman of Indian Banks Association, Mumbai and recipient of Business Standard ?Banker of the year? Award for 2004.

Apart from the Company, Mr. Narang holds directorship in Eight (8) other Indian Public Limited Companies viz., Shivam Autotech Ltd., Afcon Infrastructure Ltd., VA Tech Wabag Ltd., Revathi Equipments Ltd., Karvy Stock Broking Ltd., Lakshmi Precision Screws Ltd., Mayar Health Resorts Limited and Karvy Financial Services Limited.

Mr. Narang holds 6,000 equity shares in the Company.

 
Ashok Kurien

 

Mr. Ashok Kurien, is a Non-Executive member of the Board. Mr. Kurien has been in the business
of building brands for over 35 years, particularly in the fields of media and communications. An early bird, Ashok Kurien has the keen eye of driving start-ups in emerging businesses and guiding them to size and scale, such as TV, DTH, PR (Public Relations) and dot coms, where he invested and mentored, which have been resounding success stories. Mr. Ashok Kurien, a well known personality in the Advertising world, founded Ambience Advertising, one of the most formidable creative powerhouse in its first decade. Ambience has come a long way, and was later sold to the Publicis Groupe. As a special advisor to the US$ 7 billion Publicis Groupe, he leads their mergers and acquisitions for India. He is founder and promoter of various business ventures including Hanmer & Partners, one of India?s top three Public Relations agencies, Livinguard Technologies Pvt. Ltd., the world?s first self-disinfecting textiles technology, as well as a few other internet ventures.

Apart from the Company, Mr. Kurien holds directorship in one (1) other Indian Public Limited Company viz., Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

Mr. Kurien holds 1,174,150 equity shares in the Company.

 
Arun Duggal

 

Mr. Arun Duggal, is an Independent Non-Executive member of the Board. Mr. Duggal is a Mechanical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Mr. Duggal is a visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he teaches a course on Venture Capital & Private Equity. He is an experienced international Banker and has advised companies and financial institutions on Financial Strategy, M&A and Capital Raising. He is a US National and Overseas Citizen of India. He was erstwhile Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, India. He was also on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Bank Management.

Mr. Duggal had a 26 years career with Bank of America, mostly in the U.S., Hong Kong and Japan. His last assignment was as Chief Executive of Bank of America in India from 1998 to 2001. He is an expert in international finance and from 1981-1990 he was head of Bank of America?s (oil & gas) practice handling relationships with companies like Exxon, Mobil, etc. From 1991-94 as Chief Executive of BA Asia Limited, Hong Kong he looked after Investment Banking activities for the Bank in Asia. In 1995, he moved to Tokyo as the Regional Executive, managing Bank of America?s business in Japan, Australia and Korea. From 2001 to 2003 he was Chief Financial Officer of HCL Technologies, India.

Apart from the Company, Mr. Duggal holds directorship in Six (6) other Indian Public Limited Companies viz. Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Shriram City Union Finance Ltd., Shriram Transport Finance Co. Ltd., Shriram Capital Ltd., Info Edge (India) Ltd. and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited.

Mr. Duggal holds 6,000 equity shares in the Company.

 
 
Eric Louis Zinterhofer

 

Mr. Eric Louis Zinterhofer, is an Independent Non-Executive member of the Board. Prior to co-founding Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. in 2010, Mr. Eric was a senior partner at Apollo Management, L.P. (?Apollo?) which he joined in 1998. In the last five years, Mr. Zinterhofer served on the Board of Directors of Affinion Group, Inc., IPCS Inc. and Unity Media GmbH. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Charter Communications, Inc. and is also a member of the Board of Directors at Central European Media Enterprises Ltd., Hunter Boot Limited, Integra Telecom Inc., and Leo Cable LLC. From 1994-1996, Mr. Zinterhofer was a member of the Corporate Finance Department at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. From 1993-1994, he was a member of the Structured Equity Group at J.P. Morgan Investment Management. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with BA degrees in Honors Economics and European History and received his MBA Degree from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Zinterhofer does not hold directorship in any other Indian Public Limited Companies.

Mr. Zinterhofer does not hold any shares in the Company.

 
Lakshmi Chand

 

Mr. Lakshmi Chand, is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company. Mr. Lakshmi Chand is a Post Graduate in M.A (Economics) from Punjab University and is a Law Graduate from Delhi University. He joined I.A.S. in 1969 in UP cadre. He joined Indian Administrative Service, the country?s Premier Civil Service, in 1969 and was assigned Uttar Pradesh Cadre. Mr. Lakshmi Chand held various important positions in the Government of Uttar Pradesh and in Government of India.

During his 36 years of service he served both the Union Government and the State Government whereby he handled a variety of assignments both at the policy formulation level and at the implementation level. While at the State level, in addition to the usual assignments of SDM/DM/DIV Commissioner, he worked on the posts of Secretary/Principal Tourism, Sugar Industry, CMD, UPSRTC and Chairman, Noida, Greater Noida, UPSIDC, UPFC, UP Nirman Nigam, UP Bridge Corporation, UP Textile Corporation etc. While at the Center he worked as Dy. Director (Admin) AIIMS, and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Development of Industrial Policy & Promotion. He retired as Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region on July 31, 2005. He has widely travelled both in India & abroad. After retirement he joined the National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic & Semi-Nomadic Tribes as Member Secretary for 2? years. He holds Directorship in Echelon Institute of Technology, Faridabad (Haryana).

Mr. Lakshmi Chand does not hold directorship in any other Indian Public Limited Companies.

Mr. Lakshmi Chand does not hold any shares in the Company.

 
Mintoo Bhandari

 

Mr. Mintoo Bhandari, is a Non ? Executive Nominee Director of Apollo India Private Equity II (Mauritius) Limited on the Board of the Company with effect from October 27, 2010. Prior to that he was on the Board of the Company as an Alternate Director to Mr. Eric Zinterhofer. Mr. Bhandari graduated with an SB in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and with an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Mintoo Bhandari is the Managing Director of AGM India Advisors Private Ltd., the Indian Advisor to Apollo Management. Prior to AGM India Advisors Private Ltd., Mr. Bhandari was Managing Director of The View Group, an India-focused Private Equity Firm. He was an early participant in the sourcing, execution and development of transactions and enterprises which leveraged operating resources in India and has been integrally involved with approximately twenty such transactions, several of which were pioneering in their structure, strategy and timing. Mr. Bhandari was also previously a member of the private equity team, and later a manager of hedge fund capital at the Harvard Management Company which manages the endowment of Harvard University.

Mr. Bhandari holds directorship as Nominee Director in two (2) other Indian Public Limited Company viz., Welspun Corp Limited and Welspun Maxsteel Limited.

Mr. Bhandari does not hold any shares in the Company.

 
 
Mr. Utsav Baijal

 

Mr. Utsav Baijal, is an Alternate Director to Mr. Mintoo Bhandari on the Board of the Company with effect from October 18, 2012. He is a Principal at Apollo Management International, having joined the firm in 2008. Mr. Baijal joined Apollo in its New York office and worked actively on distressed investments before moving to India in 2009. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Baijal was with the private equity group at Bain Capital in Boston, where he was focused on investments in the consumer and retail segments. Mr. Baijal spent five years with McKinsey & Company and was the founding member of that firm?s corporate finance practice in India. He worked extensively on corporate M&A assignments in India, Hong Kong and China. Mr. Baijal graduated summa cum laude from St. Stephen?s College, University of Delhi with a BA in economics. He also completed his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he was an Industry Scholar.

Mr. Baijal holds directorship in five (5) other Indian Public Limited Companies viz., Welspun Corp Limited, Welspun Maxsteel Limited, Welspun Infratech Limited, Welspun Energy Limited and Welspun Tradings Limited.

Mr. Utsav Baijal does not hold any shares in the Company.