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Management Team

Management Team

  • Mr. Dheeraj G. Hinduja
  • Dr. Andrew C Palmer
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas H Biagosch
  • Dr. C.Bhaktavatsala Rao
  • Mr. Jean Brunol
  • Mr. Jose Maria Alapont
  • Mrs. Manisha Girotra
  • Mr. Sanjay K. Asher
  • Mr. Saugata Gupta
  • Mr. Vipin Sondhi
  • Mr. Gopal Mahadevan
  • Mr. Dheeraj G Hinduja
  • Mr. Vipin Sondhi
  • Mr. Gopal Mahadevan
  • Mr. N V Balachandar
  • Mr. Anuj Kathuria
  • Mr. Nitin Seth
  • Dr. N Saravanan
  • Mr. Harihar P
  • Mr. R Sivanesan
  • Mr. Sanjay Saraswat
  • Mr. Venkatesh Natarajan
  • Dr. Vikram Batra
  • Mr. Amandeep Singh
  • Mr. T V Venkataraman
  • Mr. N Ramanathan
  • Mr. Rajesh R
  • Mr. Sanjeev Kumar

Mr. Dheeraj G Hinduja


Mr. Dheeraj Gopichand Hinduja holds a B.Sc.  (Hons)  degree  in  Economics &  History  from  the  University College,  London,  1993.  He has completed his Master’s in Business Administration  with specialization in Project Management from the Imperial College, London University, 1994.
Dheeraj is a third  generation  member  of  the  Hinduja Family,  which owns and controls the Hinduja Group,  with  diversified  business interests all over the world. Employing over 100,000 people, the Hinduja Group’s portfolio includes businesses in Automotive, Energy, Infrastructure, Finance & Banking, IT & ITES, Media, Healthcare etc. Dheeraj has over 20 years of experience at strategic  and  leadership  levels across the spectrum of businesses.

Mr. Vipin Sondhi

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Vipin Sondhi is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ashok Leyland, one of the largest Commercial Vehicles, Trucks and Bus manufacturers in the World. Vipin Sondhi has over three decades of experience in Manufacturing and Engineering based companies such as JCB, Honda, Tata Steel and Tecumseh.

Prior to Ashok Leyland, he was heading JCB lndia, where he spent over 13 years, and was a member of JCB's global executive team. He led the $1.7 billion JCB business, with five manufacturing plants situated in three locations, and established market leadership in the Construction Equipment Industry. JCB’s Made-in-India products were also exported to over 100 countries, cumulatively, during his time. Vipin has a strong and proven track record as a leader, and is a passionate hands-on professional.

He is an alumnus of The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, The Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and did his schooling at The Lawrence School, Sanawar.  These institutions helped him constantly expand the boundaries in academics, as well as extra-curricular activities that laid the foundation for holistic development.

He was appointed by the Government of India as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal in December 2015. An elected member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) National Council, he has been the Chairman of Excon, South Asia’s largest exhibition for Construction Equipment from 2006 to 2019.

He was also conferred with an Honorary Fellowship by the Centre for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) in December 2017. He has been awarded The CEO of the Year Award at CEO India Awards in 2014; the Udyog Rattan Award by the Institute of Economic Studies in 2011 and the Young Manager’s Trophy by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the year 2000.

Mr. Gopal Mahadevan

Whole-time Director and Chief Financial Officer

Gopal Mahadevan is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary with over 28 years’ experience in the Finance function across a spectrum of industries.

Gopal has had extensive experience in manufacturing, internet services, financial services and project companies. During his career, he has also been involved in restructuring and M&A. He has worked with renowned organizations like the Thermax Ltd, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, Sify, Sanmar Group and TTK Pharma.

Gopal is the President - Finance & CFO of Ashok Leyland since July 2013. He is a member of the board of several companies in the Group and he recently became the Whole-time Director of Ashok Leyland. Gopal also heads the Customer Solutions Business, Information Technology (IT), Legal, Corporate Strategy & Business Analytics. 

He has several accolades to his credit including those of the Best CFO (Capital Goods & Engineering Industry) by CNBC TV18 in the year 2012, Best CFO (Capital Goods & Engineering Industry) by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2011 and Best CFO by YES Bank Business Today in 2010 for CSR / Green Initiatives.

Mr. N V Balachandar

President-HR, Communication and CSR

Mr. N V Balachandar, is currently President-HR, Communication and CSR at Ashok Leyland, one of India’s largest Commercial Vehicle industries. He is a member of the key leadership team providing functional leadership to all manufacturing plants and divisions across all geographies. He is a collaborative HR leader with proven capability in delivering people objectives in line with the business strategy. An HR Professional with versatile experience in the Services / FMCG and the Manufacturing sectors, he has held senior positions in organizations such as Aditya Birla group where he was Chief People officer, India Today, Seagram India and the Taj Group of Hotels.

In addition to the above, he holds various portfolios in different industry bodies-Chairman-Human Capital Group, SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), New Delhi-Elected Member of CII Southern Region, Chennai and Executive Committee member of EFSI (Employers’ Federation of Southern India), Chennai.

An alumnus of Loyola college Chennai, he holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce and a Masters degree in Social work.

In his free time, you can find him keenly observing the heritage architecture of ancient temples, tee-ing off at a golf course or immersed in a biography.

Mr. Anuj Kathuria

Chief Operating Officer

Anuj Kathuria is a graduate in engineering from BITS, Sindri and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He also has an advanced management program (AMP) certification from the prestigious, Harvard Business School.

His illustrious career spanning over 28 years, is studded with diverse experience in the automotive industry covering sales & marketing, manufacturing, sourcing and supply chain, mergers & acquisitions and program management. Before joining Ashok Leyland, Anuj worked at Tata Motors, and Tata Daewoo, Korea. During his stint at Tata Motors he was the head of the World Truck factory. 

Anuj joined the Ashok Leyland leadership team in the year 2010 as Head of the Strategic Sourcing function, responsible for the entire supply chain activities of the company. Between the year 2013 and 2016, he was the Head of Operations, heading all the manufacturing plants, including project planning. Later, he was responsible for the trucks business and aftermarket (Network and Service).  Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for all Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicle (MHCV) Business. 

Anuj believes to lead by example in every walk of life. He is a sports enthusiast. He has represented his college at cricket, volleyball, basketball and Table Tennis. He also played the Officers league of the Ranji Trophy in the early 90’s.

Mr. Nitin Seth

Chief Operating Officer

Nitin Seth completed his Bachelors in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and his Post Graduation in Business Management from University of Mumbai. He is a recipient of Full bright - CII fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg (USA) and has also undergone leadership Training at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (USA).

Nitin has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry in the realms of sales and marketing in Domestic and International Markets & Product Development. Prior to joining Ashok Leyland, he was the Head (Sales and Marketing) for Cars (Indica, Indigo & Nano) at Tata Motors and has additionally held various key leadership positions. He was one of the key members in launching the passenger car business at Tata Motors in 1999.  Nitin has held several top positions in Ashok Leyland and is now the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for LCV, Defence, International Operations (IO) & Power Solutions Business (PSB).

Dr. N Saravanan

Chief Technology Officer

Saravanan is a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and he earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Saravanan joined Ashok Leyland in 2005 in the Product Development function, after working for over a decade in the USA at Ford Motor Company and Intel Corporation. He brings with him rich experience in Vehicle Engineering, Verification and Validation. After a 2-year assignment in 2011, as CEO of Nissan Ashok Leyland Technologies Ltd., where he oversaw the development of LCV of the JV, he took over as Head of Engineering at Ashok Leyland in 2013. He later became the Head of Product Development and is currently the Chief Technology Officer and is also responsible for the Electric Vehicles (EV) Business.

He has over 20 publications to his credit and he serves on the board of many industry bodies in the areas of Safety, Regulations and Emissions

Mr. Harihar P

Head - Operations

Harihar is a Mechanical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

Harihar began his career with Eicher group in 1984 and was with them for nearly two decades before moving to General Electric Company in Bengaluru in 2003. In 2005, he joined Ashok Leyland as Plant Head of the Hosur-II plant. He later grew to manage all the 3 plants in Hosur before moving to lead the Sourcing and Supply Chain function in 2013. Since 2016, Harihar has been leading the Manufacturing and Project Planning function at Ashok Leyland, responsible for all facilities in India and overseas. He has played a key role in the organization’s coveted “Deming Prize”, world’s most admired and recognized quality award, for the plants in Pantnagar and Hosur-II consecutively in 2016 and 2017 thus making Ashok Leyland the only company in the world to have won this award twice. He is currently the Head of Operations for all plants and is responsible for Manufacturing, Sourcing & Supply Chain (SSC) and PP 

Harihar brings with him 34 years of in-depth and rich industry knowledge in leading manufacturing, sourcing & supply chain and marketing in automotive and engineering sectors. He was awarded the Best Production Head in 2017 in Commercial Vehicle category by the World Auto Forum.

Harihar is passionate about enhancing the environment and has a dream to create ‘factory inside a forest’. The ultra-green environment in all our plants are a testimony to his dedication.

Mr. R Sivanesan

Senior Vice President, Quality, Sourcing and Supply Chain

Sivanesan is B Tech graduate from the Madras Institute of Technology and has been trained in Global Leadership at IIM Lucknow. He has over 32 years of diverse experience in the automotive industry. He is proficient in Japanese TQM concepts and has undergone training at AOTS, Japan under Dr. Kano.

He joined Ashok Leyland in August 2011 and since then has set in place transformational strategies that have brought about significant Quality Improvements across the organization. He received the ‘Quality Leadership Award’ from the World Quality Congress in 2012. He has served as the National President of National Institution for Quality & Reliability (NIQR) during 2014-16.

It is under his leadership that Ashok Leyland is implementing TQM practices across the organization. Ashok Leyland won the prestigious Deming prize in consecutive years for its Pantnagar (2016) and Hosur II (2017) plants thus becoming the first commercial vehicle manufacturer across the globe to win such an honour.

In April 2016, he took over the additional responsibility of the Sourcing and Supply Chain function. He was awarded the Best Procurement Head in CV category at World Auto Forum 2017.  The American Society for Quality (ASQ) which is a Global Leader in Quality Improvement & Standards presented him with the ASQ South Asia Quality Professionals Award in 2017. Besides heading the quality function, he is currently also responsible for Field Service and Parts.

Sivanesan is a proud father with two daughters, Divya and Ramya and is interested in travelling, music and gardening.

Mr. Sanjay Saraswat

Head - MHCV

Sanjay holds a B. Tech degree from IIT Delhi with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering.
Prior to joining Ashok Leyland, he worked with Bajaj Auto Ltd, Pune where he had joined as a Graduate Trainee Engineer in 1988. He has had extensive exposure, significant learning, and leadership experience across functions ranging from Manufacturing to Marketing in Bajaj Auto.

He is highly appreciated for his strong fundamentals and logical, in depth, yet simple work orientation. Also commands a great respect for insightful strategic thinking coupled with strong operations management skills.

He believes in ‘profitable growth’ and has been able to amply demonstrate this in the Bus Business that he led earlier. Currently, Sanjay heads the MHCV business of Ashok Leyland.

Mr. Venkatesh Natarajan

Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President – IT

Venkatesh Natarajan is a Mechanical Engineer and a Post Graduate in Maintenance Engineering. He also holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management and a PG in Computer applications.

Venkatesh Natarajan or ‘VN’ as he is popularly called within Ashok Leyland and in the Industry, has 33 years of multifaceted experience in the Manufacturing industry and 25 years in the field of Information Technology. He has worked in various capacities in the areas of Plant Maintenance, Production, Sales & Marketing before pursuing a career in Information technology.

VN has been with Ashok Leyland for 18 years and in his capacity as the Chief Digital Officer has been responsible for driving major business transformation in Ashok Leyland leveraging Digital and spearheading the organization’s thrust towards deploying Digital for new business models and new revenue streams apart from Digital for Business Optimization.  He also heads the Connected Vehicles Program in Ashok Leyland.

He serves on the Board of Companies that includes MNCs both in the capacity of a Director and as Advisor. He is passionate about teaching /sharing his knowledge with the student community and is a visiting faculty in premier business schools.

Dr. Vikram Batra

Head, Corporate Strategy and Planning

Dr. Vikram Batra is the Head of Corporate Strategy and Planning for Ashok Leyland. He joined the company in 2015, after a career spanning 20 years in the area of Corporate Finance, Strategic Planning, Talent Management, and M&A across India and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Ashok Leyland he was part of the business transformation team at Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (previously Hero Honda Ltd) and charted the strategy for the company to become a self-reliant enterprise with a global footprint. He has held leadership roles in finance in multi-national corporations like Procter & Gamble, BAT plc, and Meraas Capital.

He holds a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, where he was the recipient of the Institute certificate of merit. He completed his PGDM from IIM Bangalore, and also received the Dean’s academic merit certificate for the PGPX program at IIM Ahmadabad.  

He was awarded an Executive Fellowship in Management from IIM Lucknow in 2018, for his thesis in the area of Decision Sciences and Operations Research.

Mr. Amandeep Singh

Head, Defence

Amandeep earned his MBA from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, post his Masters in Operations. As a trained business professional from IIM Ahmedabad and Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, he has won several accolades to his credit.

He commenced his career with Ashok Leyland in 1992 as a management trainee directly from campus. Since then, Amandeep has worked with the company in various capacities across the country and currently heads the Defence business with an overall responsibility of the Company’s Defence business in India and globally.

  Amandeep is married to Jaspal, a HR professional. They are blessed with two daughters. He loves travelling, outdoor activities and adventure sports.

Mr. T V Venkataraman

Head, Internal Audit and Risk Management

Venkataraman is a Commerce Graduate from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, and has certifications from the Institute of Internal Auditors, USA (The IIA) and from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, USA (ISACA).

Venkat, as he is fondly known as, brings with him over 20 years of experience spanning manufacturing and service sectors across diverse geographies, in the domains of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. Prior to joining Ashok Leyland, he was the Head of Assurance at the Flipkart group. He has also served the Aditya Birla Group, Deloitte and Jindal.

Venkat was the recipient of the Group Chairman’s award for functional excellence (year 2011) during his stint with the Aditya Birla Group, post which he attended an Executive education programme on Leadership at Kellogg School of Management, USA. In his role at Ashok Leyland, Venkat heads Internal Audit, Risk Management and Information Security functions.

Besides work, he has interests in teaching, speaking at professional forums, nature photography, Carnatic classical music and reading.


Mr. N Ramanathan

 Company Secretary and Compliance Officer

Ramanathan is a Commerce Graduate and a qualified Company Secretary and Compliance Officer.

He has over 23 years of work experience across industries and has played strategic roles in organizations like Sathyam Infoway, EID Parry and Amara Raja Batteries Limited to name a few.

Ramanathan was trained at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore in General Management Leadership (GMLD Programme).

He presently heads the Secretarial and Insurance functions of Ashok Leyland Limited.


Mr. Rajesh R

Head, Power Solutions Business

Rajesh is a Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in Foreign Trade & International Business.

He has over two decades of varied experience in the automotive industry in the realms of sales and marketing. He has played strategic roles and held management positions at Bharat Forge, Amalgamations and TVS group and has worked closely with leading global OEMs on automotive business in his earlier profiles. During his stint at TVS, he has undergone training under Prof. Tsuda San, AOTS–Japan and was a core team member in implementing the TQM & Deming awards.  

Rajesh joined Ashok Leyland in 2010 in the Power Solutions Business. Currently, he heads the organization’s Power Solutions porfolio for various applications including Power Generation, Industrial & Marine engine business development with global automotive and off-road OEMs.

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar 

Head – After Market

Sanjeev is a Physics graduate from the University of Delhi and earned his MBA from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. He has completed his management development certification from IIM, Ahmedabad and an advanced management certification from Kellogg School of Management, Chicago.

His experience in the Auto Component and Auto OEM industry spans over 26 years and he has worked extensively across regions in the country handling Trucks, Buses and Aftermarket businesses.  

Sanjeev is spearheading the After Market business overseeing both Field Service and Parts.

He is passionate about leading business transformations and enjoys grooming youngsters for middle management roles.

'Board Committee Members

Board Committee Members

Audit Committee
Mr. Sanjay K. Asher (Chairman)
Dr. C. Bhaktavatsala Rao
Mr. Jean Brunol
Mr. Jose Maria Alapont
Stakeholders relationship Committee
Mr. Sanjay K. Asher (Chairman)
Mr. Dheeraj G. Hinduja
Ms. Manisha Girotra
Nomination and Renumeration Committee
Ms. Manisha Girotra (Chairperson)
Mr. Dheeraj G. Hinduja
Mr. Jose Maria Alapont
Mr. Saugata Gupta
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Mr. Dheeraj G. Hinduja (Chairman)
Ms. Manisha Girotra
Mr. Sanjay K. Asher
Technology Committee
Dr. Andrew C Palmer (Chairman)
Prof. Dr. Andreas H Biagosch
Mr. Jean Brunol
Mr. Jose Maria Alapont
Investment Committee
Mr. Dheeraj G Hinduja (Chairman)
Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Biagosch
Mr. Jean Brunol
Mr. Jose Maria Alapont
Risk Management Committee
Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Biagosch (Chairman)
Mr. Gopal Mahadevan
Mr. Sanjay K Asher
Mr. Saugata Gupta
Secretary for all the Committees.
Mr. N Ramanathan