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Leadership

Board of Directors

Nishant Kanodia

Nishant Kanodia

Promoter and Chairman
 

Manoj Mishra

Managing Director (MD)
 

Kapil Khandelwal

Whole Time Director, President – Fertilisers

Firdosh M Debara

Firdosh M Debara

Non-Executive,
Independent Director

Sudha Bhushan

Non-Executive,
Independent Director

Management Team

Strong management team with over 100 years of combined fertiliser industry specific experience.

Manoj Mishra

Managing Director (MD)
 

Kapil Khandelwal

Whole Time Director, President – Fertilisers

Vishnu Singhal

Chief Financial Officer
 

Karthik Menon

Karthik Menon

Joint President--Strategy and
Corporate Development

Rajan Thapar

Chief Operating Officer
 

Dinesh Singh

Dinesh P Singh

Executive Vice President-
Marketing

Brijesh Singh

Brijesh Singh

Executive Vice President-
Corporate Affairs
 

Major Prashant Das

Major Prashant Das

Chief Human Resource
Officer

Madan Agrawal

Madan Agrawal

Executive Vice President (Commercial)

Nishant Kanodia

Nishant Kanodia

Promoter and Chairman

Mr Kanodia provides strategic direction to Matix. His focus on capital raising, growth, and diversification is the force behind its current position as one of India’s fastest-growing fertiliser companies. Mr Kanodia has been driving Matix’s turnaround, including the induction of professional and experienced leadership with successful track records in the fertiliser industry.

An MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Mr Kanodia is a member of the Mumbai Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) and Young President Organisation (YPO).

Manoj Mishra

Managing Director (MD)

Managing Director with Matix since September 2021, Mr Mishra has a professional experience of more than three decades in Public Sector Undertakings, and the co-operative and private sectors.

Before Matix Fertilisers, between 2015 and 2020, Mr Mishra was Chairman and Managing Director of National Fertilizers Ltd, India’s second largest Urea producer and the Indian government’s largest fertiliser undertaking. Under his leadership, NFL transformed from a single product company to one with multiple product lines in fertilisers, seeds, agro-chemicals, and industrial products. Also, from a predominantly Northern and Central Indian marketing set-up, NFL emerged as a pan-Indian marketing entity.

While at NFL, Mr Mishra also held additional charge of C&MD of Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd and another fertilizers CPSE: FACT, Cochin; He was ex-officio Chairman of Talchar Fertilizers Ltd (TFL), a joint venture of RCF, GAIL, Coal India Ltd, and Fertilizer Corporation of India; and Chairman of Ramagundam Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd. (RFCL).

Mr Mishra has been Co-Chairman of the Fertiliser Association of India (FAI), a Director on the Board of International Fertilizer Association (IFA), a Paris-based organization that represents the global fertilizer industry–the first-ever executive from the Indian fertilizer public sector to be so.

Mr Mishra is Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Kapil Khandelwal

Whole Time Director & President – Fertiliser Business

Mr. Khandelwal is currently the Whole Time Director at Matix since Sep 2021.

In his first stint at Matix, in 2011, Kapil was instrumental in assisting the fast-tracking of the Matix Ammonia and Urea Project and then lead the takeover of the plant from the EPC Contractor for operations. He, along with his team is credited for completing key infrastructure such as gas pipeline connectivity to the National Grid, railway siding, access roads, support infrastructure and managing the local operating environmental.

A qualified Chartered Accountant with over three decades of multi-sector experience, Kapil started his career as a management trainee in Essar Group in 1990 and quickly rose to the rank of General Manager – Finance & Commercial within a decade.

Subsequently, from 2003 to 2011, Kapil worked as Vice President – Commercial at Torrent Power, a power generation, transmission and distribution major.

Kapil’s forte is in project and commercial management, plant operations, corporate governance, corporate finance, high value contracts, corporate affairs and statutory as well as regulatory matters.

Firdosh M Debara

Firdosh M Debara

Independent Director

Mr Debara is a Chartered Accountant with 50 years of post-qualification experience in F&A, taxation, legal, secretarial, and HR across various sectors of the manufacturing and service industries. He has held top management positions as CFO and Director-Finance in leading companies. During his years as a practicing CA, Mr Debara has managed statutory and internal audits, company law, and income tax for banks, hotels, IT, FMCG, and telecom, and others.

Sudha Bhushan​

Sudha Bhushan

Non-Executive Director, Independent Director

Entrepreneur, author, conference speaker, Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, Insolvency Resolution Professional, Registered Valuer, and Independent Woman Director registered with the MCA, Ms Bhushan has two decades of experience in Audit and Assurance, International transaction advisory, structuring and regulatory affairs.

She is Co chairman of the Business Next Committee at Indian Merchant Chamber – LW; Member of Indo French Chamber of Commerce and Industry; has been/is Member of Committee of International Taxation of WIRC, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Member of Editorial Committee of WIRC of ICAI and Committee of women empowerment of ICAI.

Besides being an advisor to many MNCs, Ms Bhushan is Co-Founder of Taxpert Professionals; Advisor to Bank of Baroda – NRI and international Operations; and Independent Director with Aurionpro Solutions Ltd, a global technology solutions company.

Vishnu Singhal

Chief Financial Officer

Associated with Matix since its inception as an idea in the year 2009, Vishnu had been responsible in bringing in the initial project finance for the Project and instrumental in the subsequent re-finance of the project term loans at competitive costs.

Vishnu believes in the details and has been a key part in setting up the MIS systems including the SAP FI function at Matix. Besides financing, Vishnu’s role includes accounts, taxation, commercial and compliance.

In his three-decade professional career, which he started at IFFCO – India’s largest fertiliser manufacturer, he has worked successfully across sectors like steel, heavy engineering and automotive. He brings with him a global work experience having worked in the ASEAN region and the Caribbean region in large manufacturing sectors. Vishnu believes in continuous learning and enjoys understanding business models across regions.

Team spirit, self-motivation, and knowledge sharing are Vishnu’s key axioms of leadership.

A rank holder from University of Allahabad and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from ICAI, New Delhi.

He is an avid reader of autobiographies, an avid movie buff and lover of the golden oldies of Hindi music, the lyrics of most which he knows by heart.

Karthik Menon

Karthik Menon

Joint President–Strategy and Corporate Development

Responsible for developing and initiating the growth strategy at Matix, Mr Menon comes with more than two decades of transnational experience building global businesses and brands in petrochemicals, fertilisers, Technical Ammonium Nitrate, SCM, and infrastructure.

Rajan Thapar

Chief Operating Officer

At Matix since December 2021, Mr. Thapar is singularly responsible for stabilizing of plant operations and sustaining production at over 100% in a short period putting to good use his urea manufacturing expertise of over four decades.

After finishing his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Punjab University, Mr. Thapar joined National Fertilisers Limited in 1982 and was based at the Bhatinda plant of NFL till 1996.

He was then deputed to work with Toyo Engineering of Japan for two years and commissioned two ammonia plants in Jiujiang and Lounzo provinces in China. From 1998 onwards, he worked at various levels in plant operations, projects and technical services at NFL, Bhatinda.

In 2013, he moved to NFL, Vijaipur where he was Head of Production and Maintenance for two ammonia streams having a capacity of 3614 MTPD and 6261 MTPD of Urea.

Subsequently in 2016, he was appointed Executive Director of Ramagundam Fertilizer and Chemical Limited over-seeing the build of a Haldor Tapsoe 2200 MTPD ammonia plant and the commissioning of a Saipem 3850 MTPD urea plant.

Dinesh P Singh

Dinesh P Singh

Executive Vice President — Marketing

Mr. Singh has a deep professional experience of more than 36 years in some of India’s largest fertiliser and agribusiness companies.

With Matix since April 2010, Mr. Singh has contributed extensively to establishing and setting up the robust distribution network, professional marketing manpower, systems & procedures, statutory compliances and successfully implemented SAP SD Module at Matix. Dinesh was actively involved in the setup process of the greenfield Ammonia Urea plant in a cross functional capacity.

Dinesh started his professional journey in 1987 at the K.K. Birla Group’s fertiliser companies namely Zuari Agro Chemicals and subsequently moved onto Chambal Fertilisers where he served till March 2006. During his tenure at Chambal, he was instrumental in initiating and establishing the company’s seeds program and played a key role in Chambal Public Issue in 1993.

Before joining Matix, Dinesh was the Marketing Head of Indo Gulf Fertilisers from 2006 to 2010. Dinesh pioneered its transformation from a single product company to developing a product portfolio of 100+ products across the fertilisers, agro-chemicals, seeds segments as well as industrial products such as Argon and Ammonia.

Mr. Singh believes in commitment, compassion, speed, and integrity.

Brijesh Singh

Brijesh Singh

Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs

Brijesh started his journey at Matix in 2014 and currently serves as Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs.

Brijesh started his career at Essar Group in 1988 by managing retail and institutional investors for their IPOs which were the largest ever at that time.

Subsequently, in 1995, as Project Head for Hutchinson Telecom, Mr Singh was responsible for commissioning India’s first mobile telephone networks in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, and Uttar Pradesh.

Another prominent career milestone came in 2006 when he was involved in arranging statutory union government approvals for one of India’s largest call centre and telecom projects.

Brijesh thrives in the policy advocacy and corporate affairs role at Matix and engages actively with various ministries in the Government of India for tracking policy and approvals.

An avid golfer, Brijesh can be seen at the greens whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Major Prashant Das

Major Prashant Das

Chief Human Resource Officer

Major Prashant Das joined Matix in April 2022 and is a well-respected HR professional with over three decades of experience in HR strategy, employee relations, talent management, organizational development, and employee engagement.

Prior to Matix, He was the HR Head at JSW Steel Coated. Major Das conceptualised, rationalised potential and implemented a “lean” team plan during his tenure at JSW. His efforts in talent retention and employee engagement were rewarded with the world acclaimed “GPTW” recognition for JSW COATED, emerging as the company having highest positive perception in the Group in 2019.

Major Das was the Head of HR at UltraTech RMC & Building Products Division of Aditya Birla Group over 7 years from 2007 to 2015. He set up the HR function and crafted the organisation structure for the business while driving the manpower rationalisation process and ensuring a high performance and people positive culture.

From 2000 to 2006, Major Das was instrumental in developing the organisational design for Reliance Infocomm for Odisha and initiated its digital recruitment process of much acclaim.

Over the years, Major Das has developed and implemented various talent diagnostic studies to build high performance human capital with successful employee relations and capability building through leadership hiring. He is associated with various management schools and a professional invitee as a motivational speaker in the corporate and academic Institutions on “Human Dimension in Managerial Excellence”.

Madan Agrawal

Madan Agrawal

Executive Vice President (Commercial)

Mr. Madan Agrawal is Executive Vice President (Commercial), based at Matix Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited’s corporate office in Mumbai.

One of Matix’s earliest employees, from November 2010, Madan is a Chartered Accountant (ICAI), Cost Accountant (ICWAI) and fellow member
of Insurance Institute of India. He used to teach indirect taxation to the students of ICWAI at their centre in Surat, Gujarat.

He started his professional journey in 1989 with Essar Steel working across the functions of indirect taxation, government incentives,
and commercial contracts.

During his tenure at Essar Group, he worked on projects in South America (Brazil) and West Indies (Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana)
which included all activities for setting up of steel plant and managing a mining company.

Since 2010, Madan has played an active role in commercial activities related to EPC, commissioning, finalisation, and
management of technology. He manages gas supply contracts and project and operation insurance as well.

A believer in “zero” waste living, his hobbies are yoga and yogic activities. He is a fluent practitioner of the
ancient Indian language of Sanskrit language and aspires to see the language regain its past glory.

Nikhil Naik

Nikhil Manohar Naik

Nominee Director of International Lender

Mr Kanodia provides strategic direction to Matix. His focus on capital raising, growth, and diversification is the force behind its current position as one of India’s fastest-growing fertiliser companies. Mr Kanodia has been driving Matix’s turnaround, including the induction of professional and experienced leadership with successful track records in the fertiliser industry.

An MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Mr Kanodia is a member of the Mumbai Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) and Young President Organisation (YPO).