M.S. Unnikrishnan is the Managing Director & CEO of Thermax Group since July 1, 2007.
Mr. Unnikrishnan began his career with Thermax after graduating in Mechanical engineering from VNIT, Nagpur in 1982. He is a graduate in Advanced Management Programme from the Harvard Business School, USA.
He worked with the EID-Parry group for five years as the Head of its Engineering business and with Terrazzo Inc, U.A.E from 1992 to 1997 as its Assistant General Manager.
He re-joined Thermax as General Manager in 1997. Since then, he has headed the Waste Management and Absorption Cooling divisions of Thermax. In 2000, he became a member of the newly formed Executive Council. He has also led the human resources function and spearheaded the transformation initiative of the company.
Under Mr. Unnikrishnan’s leadership, Thermax grew to be a billion-dollar company in 2010-11. During the period, Thermax expanded its global footprint through acquisitions in Europe, establishing a greenfield manufacturing facility in Indonesia and setting up sales & service network across countries.
He chairs the CII National Committee of Industrial Relations. He has chaired the Capital Goods Skill Council Committee under the National Skill Development Corporation. He also chaired the Skills Working Group of BRICS Business Council in 2016. He is a 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 AICTE Jury Committee for annual ranking of technical and management institutes of the country. He Co-Chairs the Apex Council to implement the ‘Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research’, a joint initiative from the government and industry to encourage industrial research and nurture talent.
Dr. Valentin von Massow is an Independent Director on the Board and also chairs the Strategic Business Development Committee.
Dr. Valentin von Massow received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Georgia Augusta University, Göttingen (Germany) in 1983. After initial work experience in Africa, he worked for almost 20 years as a Management Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Europe, US and India; in 1993 he was promoted to be Vice President and Director of BCG Inc. During his tenure with BCG he held a number of senior positions, including that of Managing Director for BCG, India. He brings with him a rich global experience of business models, governance, strategy and operations.
Since 2006, Dr. Valentin von Massow has been working as an Independent Non-Executive Director. His board mandates include companies and organizations in the (renewable) energy, environment and agriculture sectors in India, Germany and UK. He serves, among others, on the Board of Crompton Greaves Ltd. (India) and Chairman of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-D) in Germany and UK for many years.
Dr. Valentin von Massow is also on the Board of Ritterschaftliches Kreditinstitut Stade.
Ravi Pandit is an independent director of the company, He is the co-founder, chairman and group CEO of KPIT Technologies Ltd. His vision has steered the company from product engineering, IT consulting and services, to three industries namely automotive & transportation, manufacturing and energy & utilities.
He is a gold medalist and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, an associate member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, and holds a master from Sloan School of Management, MIT, Cambridge, USA. In 2014, Tilak Maharashtra University decorated him with an honorary D.Litt.
Having run a Chartered Accountancy firm for close to a decade after finishing his master's studies, Mr. Pandit decided to venture into information technology consulting and services, thus setting up KPIT with his co-founder in 1990.
For his commitment to conducting business in an ethical manner and for the value KPIT partnership has brought to Cummins, Mr. Pandit was honoured with the J Irwin Miller Award of Excellence by Cummins. He has also been conferred the Rotary Excellence Award, Maharashtra Corporate Excellence (MAXELL) Award and the Samata Award.
Ravi is a founder trustee of NGO Janwani which focuses on improvements in urban India. He is a founder trustee of the Pune International Centre, a national level think tank working on policy issues. Mr. Pandit was a member of the Government of India’s Automotive Research Program Committee and on DST’s Technology Development Board. He has served as the president of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture and has been on the NASSCOM executive council twice.