|Brief Biographies of our Directors:
Mr. A. B. M. Good
Mr. Good, 76 years, is the promoter of our Company. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow member of Chartered Institute of Public Relations. After a short stint as management trainee with Distillers Group, a spell in journalism spent five years, first as a Public Relationship Officer and later in due course elevated to a Group marketing role with the then largest independent airline group in U.K. In this capacity, he was involved in setting up a tour operating subsidiary. After forming what later became the London Stock Exchange listed Good Relations Group Plc., he acted as a consultant to Laker and the parent company of British Caledonian Airways for a few years reporting directly to the Chief Executive. In 1971, he was appointed on the Board of Cox & Kings Limited, U.K. and subsequently became the Chairman in 1975. He was also a Director of Grindlays Commercial Holdings Ltd during the period that Cox & Kings remained a wholly owned subsidiary of the bank wherein he was given a consultancy assignment to turn the company into a long haul tour operator specializing in India.
He was appointed on the Board of Cox and Kings (India) Limited, the first time on January 12, 1976. He was again appointed as the director on October 28, 1987 and since then he continues to be on the Board. He is currently the Chairman of our Company, its U.K. subsidiaries and Promoter Group Entity, Good Relations (India) Private Limited. Under his management and guidance we have imbibed quality standards and practices. He has been last re-appointed as a director on our Board in the Annual General Meeting of our Company held on August 10, 2009.
Mr. Ajay Ajit Peter Kerkar
Mr. Ajay Ajit Peter Kerkar, 46 years, is the promoter of our Company. He is a graduate in arts (B.A.) with distinction in Anthropology from Stanford University, USA. He joined Cox & Kings Travel Limited in October of 1986 in the capacity of General Manager. It was under his tenure wherein Cox & Kings Travel Limited, expanded its product geographies from India to sell Latin America, Environmental Journeys, Special Interest Tours, Middle East, Africa, Egypt, China and the Far East.
He has been intimately involved in the growth of our Company and was responsible for the transformation from being a business travel and shipping and forwarding agency to being one of the leading leisure players. He is the driving force behind the Company's initiatives in the geographies in which it operates today. He is based in UK and responsible in the Company for overall leadership, strategy, global centralized buying and international growth, as part of which he has been actively involved in the identification of newer opportunities. Under his leadership, the Company is now positioned as the premier travel company in India as well as a brand leader in the premium market segment in UK, USA and Japan.
He was appointed on the Board of Cox and Kings (India) Limited, the first time on November 30, 1993 and since then he continues to be on the Board. He has been last re-appointed as a director on our Board in the annual general meeting of our Company held on September 29, 2008.
Ms. Urrshila Kerkar
Ms. Urrshila Kerkar, 51 years, is the promoter of our Company. She is a graduate in art (B.A.) with distinction in Economics and Psychology from Bombay University and holds an associate degree from Pratt University, NY, USA in Graphic Design.
Prior to joining our Company in 1990, Ms. Kerkar was running her own enterprise, a graphic design and production house which won many international awards for design. Ms. Kerkar initially worked with our Company in an advisory role on marketing and brochures design from 1985 and her role was extended when she joined the Company in 1999 and was made in-charge of Indian Operations.
She has been at the forefront of Company's growth playing a vital role in the development of the Outbound Leisure and Domestic Leisure business and is the driving force behind the Company's IT vision. As an acknowledgement of her valuable contribution to our Company, Ms. Kerkar was invited to be on the Board as an Executive Director in the year 2004 and since then she continues to be on the Board. She has been directly involved and responsible for the day-to-day management of our Company in India and for all the marketing and design initiatives for the Group. She has been last re-appointed as a whole time director on our Board in the annual general meeting of our Company held on September 19, 2007 for a period of five years with effect from September 1, 2007.
Mr. Pesi Patel
Mr. Pesi Patel, 57 years, is a non-executive, independent director on our Board. He is a graduate in commerce (B.com) from University of Mumbai.
His experience in the industry spans over three decades. He was first appointed as a director on our Board in the annual general meeting of our Company held on December 22, 1998. He has been director in-charge of business development of the Company since 1999 and is a key member in determining future strategies. He has been last re-appointed as a director on our Board in the annual general meeting of our Company held on September 29, 2008.
Mr. Mahalinga Narayanan
Mr. M. Narayanan, 64 years, is a non-executive, independent director on our Board. He is a post graduate in commerce (M.com) and holds a Degree in Law. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).
He has over 40 years of experience and knowledge in the field of Banking and Finance. He has served as Chairman and Managing Director with Tourism Finance Corporation of India Limited between July 2004 and September 2006. Prior to his tenure as CMD, he did serve as a Managing Director from October 1997 till June 2004. He had also occupied the position of General Manager, Industrial Finance Corporation of India and held senior management positions in IFCI and Bank of Baroda. Mr. Narayanan started his professional career with Reserve Bank of India in June 1964. The Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi, conferred him with UDYOG Rattan Award in the year 2005 for excellence in performance. He has been first appointed as a director on our Board in the annual general meeting of our Company held on September 19, 2007. He has been last re-appointed as a director on our Board in the annual general meeting of our Company held on August 10, 2009.
Mr. Subhash Chandra Bhargava
Mr. Subhash Chandra Bhargava, 64 years, is a non-executive, independent director on our Board. He is a graduate in commerce (B.com) from Delhi University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
He has over 40 years of experience and knowledge in the field of Banking and Finance. He had held number of leadership roles within Life Insurance Corporation of India. He has served as Executive Director (Investment) with the Life Insurance Corporation of India wherein he was responsible for looking after investment functions like debt, equity, monitoring corporate sector, investment in infrastructure as well as social sector which involved dealing with State Government bodies and Central Government Undertakings etc. He was with Life Insurance Corporation of India from December 12, 1967 till he retired in July 31, 2005. Presently he is practising as an independent Financial Consultant over a reputable clientele including Banks and Financial Institutions. He has been appointed as a director on our Board in the annual general meeting of our Company held on September 29, 2008.