Son of the legendary Aditya Birla, this dynamic youngster shares most of the qualities of his father. He is polite and soft spoken and commands the same awe and respect as his father did. Born on June 14, 1967, he is a Chartered Accountant and did his MBA from the London Business School.
He took over as Chairman in 1995, at the age of 28, after the sudden demise of his father, noted industrialist Aditya Birla, after whom the group is named. An iconic figure, he holds several key positions on various regulatory and professional boards. He is a director of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India and chairman of the Staff Sub-Committee of the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India. He serves on the Prime Minister of India’s Advisory Council on Trade and Industry. He is the chairman of the Board of Trade constituted by the Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, also chairman of the Ministry of Company Affairs’ Advisory Committee.
Additionally, he is on the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); the Apex Advisory Council of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, New Delhi and the Advisory Council for the Centre for Corporate Governance.
He served as the chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India’s Committee on Corporate Governance, and as chairman of SEBI’s committee on insider trading. He has authored the nation’s first report on corporate governance.