M. S. Unnikrishnan took over as Managing Director on July 1, 2007. Earlier, as Executive Vice President, he had been the company's project business – captive power, boilers & heaters and air pollution control.
Mr. Unnikrishnan began his career with Thermax after graduating from the VNIT, Nagpur in 1982 in Mechanical engineering. He has also completed his Advanced Management Programme from the Harvard Business School, USA.
Joining Thermax as a graduate trainee, he went on to establish the marketing set up for the Energy division of Thermax in the Western Region. From 1987 and 1997, Mr. Unnikrishnan worked with EID Parry as the Head of Engineering Division and with Terrazzo Inc, U.A.E. as AGM heading the manufacturing, marketing and commercial operations.
After rejoining Thermax as General Manager in 1997, he headed the waste management and absorption cooling divisions of the company, turning around both these businesses and making them profitable. After an organizational restructuring in 2000, he became a member of the newly formed Executive Council in 2000. He led the human resource function of Thermax during its critical turnaround period and later established the Project Management Office, to spearhead the transformation initiative of the company.
Mr. Unnikrishnan is a passionate advocate of a sustaining ecosystem of innovation and technology for national resurgence. He co-chairs the National Committee for Capital goods of FICCI. He is Member of the Development Council constituted by the Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, to create strategies for the industrial development of the country.
Mr. Unnikrishnan is actively involved in initiatives for the improvement of technical education in India. He is a member of the AICT Jury Committee for annual ranking of technical and management institutes of the country.
Mr. Unnikrishnan has been honoured with the ‘Asia Innovator Award' at the 11th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards, held in Bangkok in November 2012. Earlier in 2010, he was also awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumni' of VNIT, Nagpur.
Mr. Unnikrishnan is known for his strategic and human relations skills and is a champion of green technologies.
Ravinder Advani has been with Thermax since early 1980s. After a stint with Crompton, he joined Thermax and was responsible for the sales and marketing of the erstwhile Large Boiler division. In 1995 he took over as General Manager - Sales and Marketing, of the joint venture company Thermax Babcock & Wilcox.
Ravindra became Business Head in 2000. With the integration of the Boilers & Heaters businessses, he took over as Vice President - Boilers & Heaters Projects, to head the sales & marketing and proposal engineering functions. He was inducted into the Executive Council in January 2003. He also heads the Boilers for Power Utilities, a new business division set up by the company.
Ravindra is a Mechanical Engineer from BITS, Pilani and has a degree in Business Administration from Pune University, obtained in 1978.
Sharad Gangal took over as Executive Vice President (HR/IR/Admn) and Member of the Executive Council in June 2010. He also heads the Quality group for Thermax.
Sharad joined Thermax from HDFC Standard Life Insurance where he headed Human Resources with focus on employee engagement, talent retention, career planning and structured communication across the organization. He brings in 26 years of rich experience in the areas of human resources and industrial relations from a career spanning Cadbury India, Asian Paints and Boehringer Mannheim.
A Master of Labour Studies from Mumbai University, Sharad also holds a graduation degree in law and commerce.
Executive Vice President - Boiler and Heater Group
Pravin Karve became a member of the Executive Council in August 2010, and heads the Boiler and Heater group. He also supervises the Corporate Sourcing group and the Corporate Materials forum. He joined Thermax as a Graduate Trainee Engineer in 1984 and has worked in various functions like sales, proposals, field sales, international marketing, sourcing, operations, etc. He was part of the core team leading the company's transformation initiatives. Before taking over the current role as Business Unit Head for B&H, he was the head of the Air Pollution Control (Enviro) business.
Pravin completed his Mechanical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli in 1984.
B.C. Mahesh became a member of the Executive Council in August 2013, and is in charge of the Engineering group. He joined Thermax as a graduate trainee in 1988 and handled the Materials function for various businesses including global sourcing till 1996. He moved to Power Division and grew to the position of Sales Head and subsequently Head of Projects. He took over as the Head of the SBU for Medium Power Plants in 2009 and finally as Head of Power Business in 2012. Mahesh has been involved in shaping the strategy and growth of Power in the EPC and O&M businesses.
Mahesh completed his Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering , Nagpur in 1988.
Hemant joined as the Executive Vice President & Group Business Head for the
Cooling & Heating business in 2010. He also heads the Manufacturing group.
In a career spanning 21 years, Hemant worked with Knorr Bremse India, Tata
Toyo Radiators Ltd., FAG Precision Bearings Ltd., Indian Seamless Metal
Tubes and Bharat Forge. His vast experience encompasses strategic planning,
marketing, sales, engineering and technology development.
Hemant joined Thermax from Tata Auto Comp Systems (TACO) where he was
President and Head-Business Group II, overseeing Interiors and Plastic
Division, Automotive Composite business and Tata GS Yuasa battery business.
Earlier, as head of engineering service business of TACO, he was
responsible for setting up engineering centres in Japan and China.
A BE Mechanical from Nagpur University, Hemant is also an MBA from
Symbiosis, Pune and has completed a Diploma in General Management from
Netherland's Maastricht School of Management.
Amitabha Mukhopadhyay took over as Group Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Council in October 2013. He is in charge of the Commercial group at Thermax. He joined Thermax from Tata Autocomp Systems where as President and CFO, he handled the restructure of the company.
This is Amitabha's second innings at Thermax. Earlier, from 2001 to 2005 he played a pivotal role in the post turnaround phase, streamlining Thermax's operations as CFO and subsequently as Head of the Chemical and Water business. His 24 years of experience spans various industries including Tata Steel, Dunlop and IFB Industries.
Amitabha was a topper in Chartered Accounting from ICAI in 1989 and completed his B.Sc. from Kolkatta University.
Dr. Sonde joined the Thermax Management Council as Executive Vice President - Innovation & Technology in 2007.
A Ph. D. from IIT, Mumbai, Dr. Sonde comes to Thermax after an illustrious 25-year career with the Department of Atomic Energy.
He was awarded the Dr. Homi Bhabha Gold Medal by the Prime Minister in 2006, for his outstanding contributions in the field of nuclear energy. A Member of the Department of Science & Technology's Scientific Advisory committee, Dr. Sonde continues to serve as member on the IIT Senate Committee. Since 2004, he had been heading the R&D and Energy Technologies Centre of NTPC.
At Thermax, Dr. Sonde is currently developing and nurturing the Research, Technology & Innovation Center (RTIC).