29 March 2020

Executive Connect

Designer engineer


He is a unique combo in the world of construction - Structural Designer, Material Scientist and Conservation Expert rolled into one. Chetan R. Raikar, Chairman and Managing Director, Structwel consultants has lent his design imprimatur to residential buildings, industrial structures and even bridges. A civil engineering graduate, and postgraduate in Conservation of Heritage Monuments, he has two patents to his credit in the field of Material Science. Raikar is also lead auditor of ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 17025-2005 apart from also being lead and technical auditor of Material Testing Laboratories with more than 100 audits for the Central Government. To add to the 46 year old engineer’s activity quotient are more than 150 papers and lectures he has presented at national and international technical forums.  He was the sole contributor to the architectural and structural conservation of the Taj Mahal Hotel building following the 26/11 terrorist attack.  Raikar, a recipient of several international awards, has been instrumental in setting up and nurturing four Research and Design laboratories for his company, is responsible for its Dubai operations and for creating an EPC company for small and medium size projects. Raikar’s avowed objective for his firm: ‘All disciplines of engineering under one roof’.

Golf Guru


Anit Mehrotra has over 17 years of experience in the golfing industry. Prior to joining Silverglades Golf Development Company Pvt. Ltd (SGDC) as Chief Executive Officer, Mehrotra was Executive Director at Ransomes & Jacobsen + E-Z-GO representative company in India, responsible for the marketing and sales of world leading brands in turf care and electric carts. He has also served as Financial Controller for The ITC group ( Landbase India Ltd) and was involved in projects like the first high end condominiums in Gurgaon, The Laburnum and the first international standard 27 hole Jack Nicklaus golf course till 2006. He has a golf management background, having been involved in the construction and setting up golf operations of Classic Golf Resort during his tenure at ITC. He is a regular attendee and  guest speaker at all major international golf events and conferences.

Cementing specialist


A mechanical engineer with a Masters in management. Rakesh Sharma is Executive Director at Hindusthan National Glass & Industries Limited and AMCL Machinery Limited. Sharma is an accomplished professional with over 38 years of comprehensive large-scale management and engineering experience in the cement, mineral and power sectors. He has a strong background of managing projects from initial conception stage through development and leading to its implementation and delivery. He has been previously associated with the country’s largest companies like like Tata Steel Limited, ACC Limited. Larsen & Toubro Limited and Hindusthan National Glass & Industries Limited. Sharma has been associated with cement plants for a long time, achieving his expertise in areas such as operations, process design, system engineering, project implementation and commissioning. He is also credited with putting up many cement plants; prominent among them being a turnkey project for Lafarge in Bangladesh.  Apart from cement, Sharma has been associated with various mineral plants like Dolomite Klins, alumina refineries and glass plants.  He has presented papers at national and international events.


Auto Acharya


Sameer Malhotra, Director & Chief Executive Officer, Shriram Automall India Limited (SAMIL), is a name to reckon with in the infrastructure/ construction equipment and commercial vehicle industry. With an experience of over 24 years in the business Malhotra has demonstrated his expertise at Shriram Automall ever since its establishment in 2011. His strategic analysis and efficient management skills have spurred the growth of the company. Shriram Automall India Limited, a unique initiative undertaken by Shriram Group, aims to bring greater transparency and value-added services in the commercial vehicles and equipment trading industry in India. Under his sage leadership the company is extending its outreach to different parts of India: Automalls are expected to open in as many as 60 locations by the end of 2014. Malhotra previously headed several divisions of SREI India’s largest finance and rental group focused on infrastructure equipment. His last stint was with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, a Canadian company and the world’s largest industrial auctioneer. 44-year old Malhotra has traveled extensively throughout the world to derive an understanding of the market dynamics of the vehicle/equipment auction industry. During his career has worked in different organisations and handled client relationships, sales, marketing, vendor relationships, people development, team building, geographical expansion, new products development etc. He has special skill sets in areas such as man management, goals achievement, risk evaluation, training, market dynamics and communication. Malhotra is a graduate from Delhi University and a postgraduate in financial management from the Sardar Patel College of Communication and Management.

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