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Ramakrishnan Ramamurthy

Mr. Ramakrishnan Ramamurthy serves as the Principal Associate of GMR Group – Chairman’s Office for the last four years and is responsible for driving business strategy, policies, systems, and processes and integration of various businesses in the group. A well-known management professional with 48 years of rich experience with decisive leadership skills and quantifiable achievements in the area of Strategic Planning, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestment. Having worked in the manufacturing sector in Engineering, Agri and Infrastructure verticals, Mr. Ramamurthy developed processes from wing-to-wing both in India and abroad.

Mr. Ramamurthy earned his graduate degree in Commerce, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management. He is also a certified Mentor and Coach for various leaders and Family Business advisors. A large part of his career – about 20 years, has been with Murugappa group. He has served as a Managing Director for GMR Industries, Chief Executive in Sanmar Engineering, President of Mytrah Energy Ltd and was responsible for business building between 2011 to 2014.


Mr. Vikram brings more than 16 years of rich experience across business verticals. A Chartered Accountant, holding a Masters degree in Commerce, Vikram’s career started at GE Capital (A General Electric subsidiary), in their US and Bangalore office, with their financial planning and analysis team. He then moved on to MAPE Advisory Group, a leading Investment Bank, where he spent over 9 years, heading their Chennai Office. He has evaluated various businesses across sectors and closed M&A and Fund-Raising deals worth over $1.5bn.


Mr. G. K. Pillai is credited as one of the acclaimed management leaders who is a well-known name in both the public and private sector industries. In his current role, Mr. Pillai serves as a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Walchandnagar Industries Limited, Pune. Graduating from BITS Pilani in 1973, Mr. Pillai started his career in the field of Control Valves with Instrumentation Limited, Palakkad, Kerala as a Graduate Engineer Trainee and continued till 1994 and became a Dy. General Manager. Post that, he joined Fisher Sanmar Limited at Chennai – a U.S. Joint Venture and rose to become the Chief Executive. He also served as the Chief Executive of Tyco Sanmar at Chennai. Thereafter he was selected as the Chairman & MD of one of the large central PSU- Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd. at Ranchi and during his 5 -year tenure, Mr. Pillai turned around the company which was a perennially sick company. He was also given the additional charge as the Chairman & Managing Director of HMT Machine Tools Ltd. Bangalore.

Mr. Pillai has been bestowed upon with several national and international awards, including the “SCOPE Excellence Award” in October 2009, which was presented by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.


Possessing rich experience of over 20 years, R Thyagarajan is a Chartered and Management Accountant who has joined IMC’s Advisory Board recently. He has expertise in fund raising, M & A, investor relations, business partnering, corporate governance, legal and secretarial and corporate restructuring and team development. Thyagarajan brings multiple industry experience to the table – be it in Technology, Telecom or Shipping, he has successfully led various green field projects and has been involved in strategy formulation to execution.

Thyagarajan has been serving Servion Global Solutions in Chennai as a Chief Financial Officer since 2014. He was responsible for the Finance, Corporate Governance, Legal & Secretarial, Supply Chain, IT and ERP functions besides managing all compliance matters. He led the green field telecom project in Sri Lanka for Bharti Airtel Limited from 2006 to 2014 and as a CFO in Airtel, Lanka from, 2010 to 2013. There, he played a pivotal role in formulating country-specific strategy and also led a cross-functional project on cost optimization and revenue maximization. Prior to that, he set up a Revenue Assurance Shared Services (Global COE) at Gurgaon for Global RA Shared Services as a General Manager. He also gained experience in multiple verticals in Bharti Airtel Limited as a Financial Planning Controller, Maersk Global Services as an FR Controller, Sify Limited as a Management Accountant, and A F Ferguson & Co as an Audit Manager.

Based in Chennai, Thyagarajan is a certified ERP Financials Professional (Oracle ERP), an associate member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ACA), associate member of The Institute of Management Accountants of India (CMA), and has successfully completed the Future Leaders Program from Insead, Singapore.