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He founded the Shriram Group in the chit fund and transport finance (Shriram Transport) in 1974 and today the group boasts of a strong presence in all segments of NBFC sector catering to the individuals and small and medium enterprises. Mr. Thyagrajan has been instrumental in providing investment opportunities for global Private Equity Investors and Strategic Investors in the Shriram Group companies and who have been well rewarded over time. He has also seeded many entrepreneurial ventures and acts as catalyst for their success. He continues to provide strategic advise and oversight to the groups finance and non-finance segments.
Mr. R. Kannan, a veteran Investment Banker and a Post Graduate in Mathematics from Madras University, PGDMS from Bombay University and Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers with Industrial Finance. He had been the Chairman of Canbank Financial Services in Investment Banking and has to his credit completed more than 300 IPOs in the Capital Markets and worked with most of the big business houses in India . He was also the President of Investment Banking at Standard Chartered. He continues his role as an Advisor to family owned companies looking at the change to the next generation and is the Chairman of Shasun and Bharat Re Insurance Brokers Limited.
Gautam Ashra has created a successful practice over the last 4 decades in Forex Advisory, Money Changing and Broking viz. Kanji Pitamber & Co that has attained a leadership position as an inter-dealer broker for spot foreign exchange in India and has been the first company in India to launch foreign exchange options for broking.
He had identified and partnered with a successful entrepreneur Mr. S.N. Kamath to take over Bliss GVS Pharmaceuticals Limited in 2004 which is a BSE listed entity & which has a market capitalization of US $ 265 MM. Under their takeover the company has reported consistent profitability over time and growth in revenues. Bliss GVS is a leading exporter to African Markets for Anti-Malarial and other branded products and it also runs a successful diagnostic practice through various centers in Kenya. Mr. Gautam Ashra has provided strategic vision for its banking, finance and operational strategies.
Mr. Ashra has forayed in partnering a lot of first time entrepreneurs over the last several years and this has given me tremendous deal making and entrepreneurial insights into various businesses across segments. He manages the affairs of a school in Gujarat and has been a state level badminton champion, continues to play badminton and represents the country at Veterans levels with interests in hobby flying and vintage cars.
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