V Ravi Kumar
Post Graduate Chemical Engineer with 34 years industrial experience. Started as Project Engineer at Grindwell Norton (now Saint Gobain) leader in Abrasives. Spent 26 years of career with AVT. Was part of the AVT senior management team responsible for the growth of the company from Plantations to the Diversified Group it is today. Established AVT Natural’s R&D and contributed to new business development for the company. Spearheaded technology development in the AVT Group for more than two decades .
President & Chief Operating officer
After completing his Engineering from BITS, Pilani & PGDBA, Satheesh Started his Career as Management Trainee with Chemical construction International in 1978 , became a project manager in 1982 and rise to the position of Sr.Manager – Technical in 1986 . During the 10 year period in Projects, Satheesh was involved in 20 medium scale projects & completed 10 projects independently on Turn Key Basis.
Later, he joined TANCOF (Tamil Nadu Oil seeds Growers Federation), under the aegis of National Diary Development Board & became a part of the Prime Ministers’ Technology Mission on Oil seeds. He was the Plant Manager of two of their projects in Tamil Nadu covering almost 300 oil seeds grower’s Society .The responsibility included forming the coop societies.
Leaving TANCOF, in 1993, he had a short stint of 3 years as business Center Head with Goetze (India) Ltd, Vegetable oil division of ESCORTS group of companies. The unit was built under the guidance of Satheesh & brought it to profitability in 2 years time.
He took over the current assignment in July 1996 as Vice president (operations) & became Sr. Vice president & COO in June 2005. During this time, he has been a major resource in developing Quality as a signature in AVT Natural including ISO 9000:2000 certification for quality, AIBI certification for GMP & food safety. He was instrumental in bagging many export awards, Best productivity awards (twice), Pollution control Board awards (3 times ) in the past 12 years. Led the company in participating in Rahul Bajaj National quality award, CNBC TV 18 “Emerging India Award “etc. He is also instrumental in many of the expansion programmes in AVT Natural Including expanding the operations to China.
Vice President - Finance
B Com,MBA.23 years of experience in AVT group.Started the career with AVT Plantations in 1987 and held positions of Accounting,Finance,Taxation and Internal Audit till 1985.Joined AVT Natural Products Ltd as Senior Manager –Finance and Systems.Has performed the role of Management Representative in ISO 9000 registration.Plays an active role in Labour Management negotiations apart from heading the core areas of Finance,Accounts,Taxation,Stores and Systems.Appointed as a Supervisor and looks after the Funding and Finance function of Heliongjiang AVT Bio Products Ltd,People Republic of China which is a step down subsidiary of AVT Natural Products Lts,India.
Dr. Alex K. Abraham
Sr. Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Veterinary Graduate and PGDMM from LIBA. 14 years of sales experience in Pharma sector with companies like Ranbaxy and Alembic Pharma and already spent 13 years with AVT NPL. Looks after Sales & Marketing of Spice Oleoresins, Essential Oils and Value added Teas.
Vice President-Agro Operations
Agriculture graduate from TNAU and PGDMM from Annamalai University. Total 30 Years of working experience in various Companies & Fields in States like TamilNadu, Kerala and Andhra. From 1980 to 1996 (16years) worked in Pesticides Marketing /Product Promotion for reputed companies like Paushak (Alembic Chemicals), Bayer and Wockhardt .Worked in various crops like Cotton, Paddy, Tea, Cardamom, Vegetables etc. Achieved significant market shares & Received Awards like TOP 5 & BEST REGIONAL MANAGER etc.
Joined AVT Natural Products Ltd in 1996 and since then working with Marigold Contract farming Project which covers states like TamilNadu, Karnataka and Andhra. Managing a team of 17 Field Managers, Executives and Extension organizers and overall responsible for promoting Contract farming of Marigold Flower crop in 15000 Acres annually, doing GAPs , providing inputs and technical advice to farmers and procuring around 65000 Mt. of quality flowers every year with Pesticides Residue Control. Involved in various field trials through R&D.
Dr. K. Gopinathan
Vice President-Agro Projects and R&D
M.Sc., Ph.D. 27 Years of experience in various agri-horticultural crop projects for Food Industry. Career started with working in SPIC Biotechnology Project at Chennai in 1984, and subsequently in Central Silk Board, Govt. of India at Mysore till 1986. In 1987 joined AVT group in Biotechnology Division, working on different Spice & Horticulture crops. 1995 onwards started working combinedly for AVT Natural Products Ltd & AVT McCormick on R&D and Backward Integration of different Agro Projects right from the inception of both the companies. At present working for AVT Natural Products alone, on Customer Specific applied R&D , Technology transfer , Breeding and development of New Hybrids, Commercial Hybrid Seed Production for In-house requirements within India and abroad, New Crop development,Crop production & Extension activities,and advises , Organic Crop production, New Geographical area development, Development of Medicinal Crops, Integrated Pest & Disease Management, and Controlled Ornamental Crop Production in Green houses and Export of cuttings. Handled Marigold crop trials and developmental activities in China,Thailand, Sri Lanka and East Africa.
General Manager-HR & Administration
B Com, MA (SW) with 28 years of experience .Started career with ALIND, positions of Personnel Manager with Toshiba Anand, Manager (Personnel & Administration)-Excel Glasses Ltd. Joined AVT in 2001.Heading the HR & Administration as General Manager of AVT McCormick Ingredients Private Ltd and AVT Natural Products Ltd. Plays an active role in Human Resource Development, Industrial Relations, Administration, Public Relations and CSR Projects.