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Management

Mr. Nand Kishore Aggarwal - Chairman, Crystal Group

Mr. Nand Kishore Aggarwal is the Founder Chairman of the Rs. 1250 Crore Crystal Group. His business acumen and innovative thinking combined with an avid passion for subject of chemistry and agriculture is behind Crystal’s meteoric growth, making it among the fastest growing agrochemical companies in India. After successfully taking Crystal to the path of success, Mr. Aggarwal today spearheads the group’s strategic areas of Research and development and New Product Development, along with constantly guiding the team on new strategic initiatives

In a career spanning four decades, Mr. Aggarwal has a versatile experience in all facets of the agrochemical industry, ranging from Manufacturing, Formulation, R&D and Marketing .Mr. Aggarwal has an unmatched track record in empowering farmers through prudent field practices. Being one of the pioneers in extending Agri-extension services in India,  Mr. Aggarwal’ s vision has made Crystal one of the largest Agri-extension service providers with a large network of  professionals working directly with farmers at field level across India through, field trainings and yield demonstrations workshops.

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Mr. Aggarwal has many introductions of latest chemical technologies at affordable prices in the Indian agrochemical Industry to his credit. Under his encouraging and strategic guidance, the company has shown all round development in R&D, Product development, and Extension services.

A strong advocate of using PPP model for sustainable development of Indian Agriculture, Mr. Aggarwal is one of the pioneers to promote and develop Public Private Partnership models with key agricultural bodies, especially in the areas of farmer training and development.

Apart from being a successful and a passionate professional, he is also a philanthropist. Mr. Aggarwal has been the Director of CCFI, President of HPMA and active member of CAPMA. He is also associated with various social activities for the benefit of the farmers and the economically weaker sections of the society.

Mr. Aggarwal, strongly believes that Indian Agriculture has unmatched potential to take the lead globally in terms of yield per acre. Widely travelled and an avid thinker and with a strong belief in agriculture, Mr Aggarwal is guiding Crystal group through times of changing economic and climatic challenges, with his strong leadership skills and belief and insight in the future of agriculture.

Mr. Ankur Aggarwal - Managing Director, Crystal Group

Ankur Aggarwal has been the Managing Director of the Crystal Group since 2004. Under his dynamic stewardship, the Crystal Group has experienced remarkable growth, making Crystal the fastest growing agrochemical company in India.

He looks after the key functions of the group including revenue planning, corporate strategy, business development, human resources and corporate affairs. With a Masters’ degrees in Marketing from De Montfort University, UK, Mr Aggarwal has the academic insight for sound business decisions.

Mr Aggarwal has to his credit of clinching a private equity deal of Rs 150 crore. He has also been instrumental in upgrading the group’s IT & Marketing services, as well as automating Crystal factories. This transformation has put Crystal Group on the global radar for excellence in the industry.

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Known for his simplicity, charisma and clarity in thinking, Mr Aggarwal has already earned the respect from various stakeholders, including the farming community, government and advocacy groups.

Continuing on the footsteps of a rich legacy, Mr Aggarwal’s vision is to empower farmers to make full use of research and technology to increase yield for every field. His long term plans include inorganic growth in India and overseas for agro chemicals, seeds and farm equipment and he looks to organic growth to make each business sustainable and profitable.

Mr Aggarwal’s intricate knowledge of the agrochemical industry has made him a sought after speaker at various trade and industry engagements.

As a result of Mr Aggarwal’s visionary thinking, the Crystal Group has grown from ‘one of them’ to ‘one of the best’ with a global footprint exceeding 50 countries.

 

Core Team introduction

Anil Jain, Director (Strategic Business)

Mr. Jain is an IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus (1978 batch) with an exemplary career record of close to four decades in the crop protection industry. He has managed key portfolios such as Strategic Alliances, Business Development, Regulatory, Marketing and Sales, having worked extensively in India and overseas, with leading agri-input companies such as Hoechst Schering Agrevo, Aventis and Bayer. He has also served as the Chairman of CropLife India for three years. Post his tenure as Chief Marketing Officer at Bayer, Mr. Jain has been working as an independent consultant in the agri-sector and also serves on the Supervisory Board of Access to Seeds Foundation, Netherlands.

At Crystal, Mr. Jain is Head- Business Operations & is solely responsible for driving the entire business strategy for the brand.

N. K. Arora, Business Advisor

Mr. Narinder Kumar Arora brings to Crystal close to four decades of rich experience across diverse functions in crop protection & seeds businesses. Business networking and building strategic partnerships with multinationals, Indian companies as well government bodies, for both seeds and pesticides is his forte. A graduate from GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Mr. Arora holds a Master’s degree in Agriculture from Hissar Agriculture University.

At Crystal, Mr. Arora would provide his deep expertise to help enhance institutional and retail businesses to scale new heights, across the group product portfolio including agro-chemicals and seeds. This would include increasing our revenue share with existing customers, identifying new opportunities and building strategic partnerships.

Anil Nirwal, Director (Institutional Business)

Mr Anil Nirwal hold a post graduate degree in Horticulture and a Certification in Agri Business Management from IIM-A, He bring with himself a vast experience of 26 years in sales and marketing in CRYSTAL. He is very meticulous with leadership skills aimed at exceeding sales goals. Driving institutional sales for Crystal and marketing initiatives to boost and meet objectives. Mr. Nirwal exhibits strong customer insight targeted at delivering profitable solutions.

C.S Shukla, Senior Vice President (Marketing)

Mr. C S Shukla brings to Crystal, extensive and versatile experience in the agri-input industry; his experience ranges from sales management and product portfolio management to international business development and profit centre management; he has worked with leading firms such as Bayer, BASF, DCM Shriram, IOCL and Cynamid; his experiences include overseas stints at Thailand and East Africa.

He hold an MMS (Marketing) degree from Pune University, PGDIB (IIFT) and a Certification in Agri Business Management from IIM-A. In his role at Crystal, Mr. Shukla would lead the marketing function and shape Crystal’s marketing and branding strategies for the entire portfolio of products including Seeds and Agri-Equipment, and facilitate their growth to the next level.

Jagat Sharma, Senior Vice President (Manufacturing Operations)

An IIT Kanpur graduate (Mechanical Engineering) with Project Management degree from IIM (Kolkata), and over 2 decades of experience in manufacturing operations, Mr. Jagat has earlier provided his expertise to Jubilant Industries Limited and ICI India Limited, in Explosives, Paints and Adhesives businesses. Experience in Production, Engineering, Projects, SHE (Safety, Health & Environment), Quality and managing the entire manufacturing operations at production facilities makes him the backbone of the production vertical at Crystal.

Sumeet Sood, Chief Finance Officer

Finance professional with 30 year experience in streamlining processes, funding through banks, private equity and public markets. Past associations include DHL worldwide, Arthur Andersen, Hindustan times, Amar Ujala, and Jubilant Bhartia Group.

Harish Sharma, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Harish has completed his PGDPM in Personnel Management from NIPM Kolkata in 2002 and also holds Masters in Sociology from Meerut University. He brings with him 25 years of rich experience across industries including Manufacturing, Retail, Engineering, IT and Agrochemicals in entire gamut of HR functions ranging from Strategic HR through Talent Management, HR Operations, Employee Engagement, Industrial Relations to HR Policies & Processes.

He has been in HR leadership roles involving HR strategy and close working with Senior Management. Prior to Crystal, he was associated with UPL as Head of HR for India, Asia and AME based at Mumbai. He had worked with Organizations like Bayer Crop Science, Siemens, Reliance and Tata Chemicals.

Dr. Jayanta Majumdar, Senior Vice President (R&D)

Dr. Jayanta Narayan Majumdar, holds a PhD in Entomology with specialization in Toxicology. Associated with Sandoz, Novartis, Syngenta and Makteshim Agan as part of his professional assignments. At Crystal, he is providing his expertise by spearheading establishment of the R&D facilities. A class R&D centre (Key Research & Development Centre) has also been established which is engaged in New Molecule Synthesis and Process Development of new molecules. Crystal R&D has now several patent applied products from this centre.

Ashiq Mohammed, Chief Information & Supply Chain Officer

Ashiq holds Master’s degree in Information Systems from University of Wales (UK). He brings with him 20+ years of diversified experience across industries including Manufacturing, Bio Technology, Power and Telecom in entire gamut of IT functions. He has been in IT leadership roles involving IT strategy, Transformation Programs, Business Automation and enablement. Prior to Crystal, he had worked with Organizations like Vodafone, Suzlon Energy and Apollo Tyres.

K.Ravinder Reddy, Chief Operating Officer (Crystal Seeds)

With over 3 decades of experience in Seed operations portfolio – consisting Parent seed, Hybrid seed productions, QA operations both in house and field, plant operations including cob, Seed drying, conditioning and treating, seed packaging and warehousing roles successfully in various brands like Pioneer international , Caegill Seeds , Monsanto and Advanta seeds. Mr. Ravi has also performed regional role in Monsanto based out of Singapore for 4 years, covering 6 countries of Asia pacific –such as Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Ajit Shankhdhar, Vice President Sales (North & East)

Mr. Ajit Shankhdhar holds a degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry from GB Pant University Pantnagar. With almost 2 decades of agro industry experience, Mr. Ajit leads agrochemical sales for North & East India at Crystal. As Vice President – Domestic sales, he is responsible for brand sales of crop protection, seeds and farm machinery products.

Prior to Crystal, he has been associated with Coromandel International & Tata Chemicals Ltd. He began his career with Rallis India Ltd in 1991 as Sales Trainee and had completed more than 2 decades with Rallis & Tata Chemicals. He was part of Tata Chemicals Business excellence audit team in 2010.

An avid reader & keen traveller, he has attended the Tata group senior leadership seminar in year 2008 and Agribusiness Management Program from Cornell University, New York in Year 2005-06.

Sonti Venkatapathi, Vice President Sales (South & West)

Mr. Sonti began his career with M/S Bayer India Ltd as Agri Representative and graduated to General Manager for Eastern Zone including Nepal. Having spent 17 fruitful years at Bayer, he was earlier associated with Ankur Seeds, UPL Limited. Currently he heads South India sales for Agro Chemicals. Sales, marketing, channel management, Key account management are his strong focus areas.

 

The Board of Directors

Mr. Nand Kishore Aggarwal

Mr. Ankur Aggarwal

Mr. Joginder Singh

Mr. Arvind Kumar Tyagi

Mr. Dhanpal Jhaveri

Mr. Sharad Kumar Venkta