Mr. V. Neethimohan is dynamic visionary whose dreams fire the group’s imagination and fuels its growth. A civil engineer from Anna University, Chennai, he foresees change and constantly plans for expansions and diversifications. His drive to excel in all activities inspires the company and is the epitome of the Company’s motto. Ex-president of the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, he is currently the Chairman of Young Entrepreneur School, India and Senior President of Temple City Badminton Club, Madurai.
Mr. P. Dhanasekaran, who served as Chairman of Vaighai from _____ to ______, is an experienced professional who guides the group with his wide expertise and varied skills. Having grown this company through thick and thin, he has seen it all and is the group’s ‘go-to’ guy during times of crisis.
Gunasekar spearheads the entire gamut of commercial and branding activities of Vaighai Agro. A mechanical engineer from the famed PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, he also underwent a rigorous Executive Management Programme in the venerated precincts of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
He joined the the Vaighai group in 1995 as a production executive and worked his way up the ranks to become its Director in 2010. His abundant analytical and plentiful project management skills was in full display when he helped modernize Vaighai's textile unit and helped place it on a growth path. A dynamic team man, he led an army of 400 employees of the 12,000 spindles capacity mill and handled the company’s production and marketing functions with aplomb.
He now fronts Vaighai Agro's new business development – from product conception to consummation – across the company’s core areas viz., foods, feeds, fertilizers and farms. He also set up the company’s International operations in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Gunasekar is also an active member of various industry associations. Young Entrepreneurs School (a unit of TN Chamber of Commerce), CII, INTACH, Young Indians (Yi) are some prestigious bodies where Gunasekar can be seen contributing in varying capacities and with vigorous dynamism.
On the personal facade, Guna, as he is known to his friends, loves traveling – both professional tours and personal escapades – and has traveled extensively across Asia. His penchant for people is only matched by his philanthropy. He is an energetic member of the Rotary International and Round Table International and spends his free time to free the needy of their troubles.
Vaighai Worldwide is literally Mr. Pounraj’s baby. He was instrumental in conceiving Vaighai’s global foray and he has been constantly caressing it and conjuring up its many conquests across global markets.
An IT savvy Electronics and Communications Engineer, he finished his Management Development Program at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Post his graduation he headed Business Development of Altech Star (P) Ltd., and was instrumental in establishing medical imaging software solutions across India.
He joined Vaighai in 1998 as an Executive and has risen to be its Director today. He heads Vaighai Worldwide and the group's Information Communication Technology. His passion for automation helped him successfully implement ERP system across Vaighai’s five manufacturing facilities and its offices in India and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Pounraj brings to the Vaighai table, years of his experience in sourcing, marketing, and his extensive knowledge of agro-commodity trading – something he has painstakingly built over the last 15 years.
He is a passionate and an energetic business leader and is known for his people leadership, strategic marketing and general management abilities. He has ambitious plans for Vaighai and himself and stays focused at opening a world of opportunities – literally!
Pounraj, is the Executive Committee member of Young Entrepreneurs School (Young Entrepreneur Development Forum of TN Chamber Foundation, India) and member of the Rotary International
Mr. V. Neethiraj is a Mechanical Engineer with a PGDGM from NMIMS Mumbai. He joined Vaighai in 2003 as a Manager and has grown to become the Director of Finance & Projects. He also heads the chemical division of the group. Prior to joining Vaighai, he held key positions in prominent companies viz., ILAF National Air Conditioning (Dubai), Allied Investments & Housing Pvt. Ltd and Blue Star Ltd.
Mr. Srinivasagam is Vaighai’s advisor and mentor. A retired professor of botany and a keen researcher in the field, he counsels the company on agro-related matters of importance. He is an agriculturist as well and is an active cardamom planter. A treasure trove of knowledge related to agro, his advice is constantly sought by everyone at Vaighai. He is also the current Vice-Chairman of the South Indian Green Cardamom Company Ltd.
Varshini Neethi Mohan has been on the Vaighai board since 2013. She has worked both in the manufacturing and service sectors in a number of industries such as industrial tools, construction, apparel, entertainment, education and healthcare. Varshini has an engineering degree from the College of Engineering, Guindy and an MBA in finance from MDI, Gurgaon. She specialises in process development and new business incubation.
Mr. Saran Kanakaraj is the group’s advisor, mentor and its non-executive director. A BE of the University of Madras and a holder of the Master’s Certificate in Board Development and Non-Executive Directorship from Pearson, London, he is an entrepreneur with over 27 years of rich and result-oriented experience in leading change in the global financial services markets. He served HSBC for 20 years in Hong Kong, India, Saudi Arabia, UK and USA in a number of leadership roles in the technology and operations arenas. In 2005 Saran founded Variman, a technology-based financial services firm providing end-to-end post-trade processing services to hedge funds. Currently he leads Capital Markets Consultants, a boutique consulting firm and serves on the boards of several privately held companies.