board of directors

Pradeep Vasant Dhobale

Chairman (Independent Director)

Mr Pradeep Dhobale has been a very well known figure in the paper industry for a long, long time. He spent most of his career with ITC Industries starting as a trainee and rising to the board level. He headed the paper division of ITC and took the same to new heights. He is a continuous learner and post his retirement spends time mentoring various startups to groom them and enable budding entrepreneurs to get results. We are fortunate to have his insight and guidance on the board.

Ved Krishna

Non-Executive Vice Chairman (Promoter)

Our Vice-Chairman is our eternal optimist. Nothing seems to bring him down. We have faced numerous hurdles during his stewardship and he just keeps going. He has a keen strategic mind and is always in search of innovative ways for building business. He has been with the organization for over 14 years and has grown the company over 4 times. We continue to have great plans for the future that are drawn with his guidance and he continuously enthuses the team to achieve more and more.

Jagdeep Hira

Managing Director

Jagdeep has lived and breathed paper most of his working life. He has run all kinds of machines and developed numerous grades of papers. He has worked in different kinds of companies and environments and has also had great international exposure. He loves to build organisations taking the team along with him. He is able to understand, grasp and resolve issues due to his deep involvement with the process.

Narendra Agrawal

Director Works

Yash Pakka is blessed to benefit from Narendra’s eighteen years of rich experience in projects. His skills have enabled Yash to minimize downtime, enhance production operations, and improve operational efficiencies. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from MNREC Allahabad in 1993. In his personal time he enjoys reading and organizing for the care of children and elderly.

Manjula Jhunjhunwala

Director (Promoter)

Ms Jhunjhunwala is our founder director. As our founder Mr KK Jhunjhunwala always said ‘the business is here because of her. She sold her jewellery to provide the seed capital to her husband to establish the business’. Ms Jhunjhunwala is a revered educationist and philanthropist. She has built a great name in the field of early education through Jingle Bells Nursery Schools Society. Her passion is to build a better nation for the future generations and works tirelessly towards the same.

Kimberly Ann McArthur

Director (Promoters’ Group)

Kim is the international perspective on the board. Kim is passionate about life. She earned a Masters in Communication and built her company Freerange Studios in the USA from a start up to a well known design firm that works on social causes. Kim knows how to communicate. She has a brain that can look at issues and guide as they need to be handled. From experience in running her own business for ten years, she gained business strategic experience combined with her great acumen for aesthetics and design. She also has a deep commitment to Yash Pakka’ CSR efforts.

Basant Kumar Khaitan

Independent Director

Mr Khaitan is an entrepreneur. He is one of the key suppliers to the paper industry and has built a thriving corporation called Wires and Fabrics Limited. Mr Khaitan is one of the sharpest minds we know and brings value to each discussion. He has a keen sense for business and directs our focus towards customers and effective business practices. He has a knack for numbers and is able to find information within data inadvertently.

Atul Kumar Gupta

Independent Director

Atul ji is one of the brightest minds we know. As an officer in the Indian Administrative Services, he spent many years of his life providing the state with good governance and rose to become the Chief Secretary of the largest state in the country. He left a legacy of being an impeccable officer and a gentleman. He now wishes to spend his time reading and writing books and we await the same. We are fortunate to have him mentor and guide our company.

Dr Indroneel Banerjee

Independent Director

Indroneel is the voice of empathy on the board. His father was one of the founder directors in the company and he has very ably taken up the mantle. Indroneel has a keen brain that provides us with a different perspective and guides us to be better people. He is a practicing Homeopath and loves to help people as much as he can. He remains a guiding force behind all our efforts with nation building.

Mr. Pradeep Vasant Dhobale

Mr Pradeep Vasant Dhobale

Chairman (Independent Dir.)

Mr Pradeep Dhobale has been a very well known figure in the paper industry for a long, long time. He spent most of his career with ITC Industries starting as a trainee and rising to the board level. He headed the paper division of ITC and took the same to new heights. He is a continuous learner and post his retirement spends time mentoring various startups to groom them and enable budding entrepreneurs to get results. We are fortunate to have his insight and guidance on the board.

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Ved Krishna

Executive Vice Chairman (Promoter)

Our Vice Chairman is our eternal optimist. Nothing seems to bring him down. We have faced numerous hurdles during his stewardship and he just keeps going. He has a keen strategic mind and is always in search for innovative ways for building business. He has been with the organization for over 14 years and has grown the company over 4 times. We continue to have great plans for the future that are drawn with his guidance and he continuously enthuses the team to achieve more and more.

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Jagdeep Hira

Managing Director & CEO

Jagdeep has lived and breathed paper most of his working life. He has run all kinds of machines and developed numerous grades of papers. He has worked in different kind of companies and environments and has also had great international exposure. He loves to build organisations taking the team along with him. He is able to understand, grasp resolve issues due to his deep involvement with the process.

OUR MENTORS

Marcus Pfeifle

ADVISOR

Marcus has built an amazing specialty chemical company CTP in Germany. He is one of the most affable and gregarious people we know and he brings in various insights from the global development perspective. His business brain and innovative ideas help us with understanding of developments in the specialty paper space and enable us to be more aware of the industry.

Rahul Dharmadhikary

ADVISOR

Rahul is a researcher turned business development person and now a global industry leader. He started his career in pulp and paper and then built himself in the non-woven and filtration space. He is our guide when it comes to channelisation of innovation systems and application based work. He brings insights from a wide variety of domains.

Varun Jain

ADVISOR

Varun has spent a lengthy period starting from running paper machines and production systems globally. He then moved and spent time in the consulting arena and now heads India for the largest global paper machinery provider. He understands technology and developments therein both from the perspective of a technology provider and also as a user and guide. His presence keeps us aware about the developments on the side of technology.

Meeghan Paul

ADVISOR

Meeghan has been a globetrotter and spent most of her time in the development space in India and South East Asia. Her focus towards impact assessment provides us with insights on measuring our work. Her connection and ground level understanding of the situation in India enables her to provide us with deep and practical insights.

Dr. Vishwajeet Kumar

ADVISOR

Vishwajeet is a global leader in the development domain. His work on neonatal care and reduction in infant mortality is globally recognised. He decided a couple of decades back to leave the cushy life in the US to spend most of his time building impact in rural hinterlands of India. He has felt strongly about the need for quality education and that has guided our work in the domain.

Jayant Krishna

ADVISOR

Jayant is an unstoppable force. He believes in a life of contribution and involvement and spends his time passionately pursuing various interests. He spent most of his corporate life building TCS to eventually be deputed to National Skills Development Council eventually joining that full time. He has eventually moved on to more international pastures to lead the UK India Economic Council. His presence guides us as we look to set up a global centre of skilling excellence for the compostable packaging domain.

K Rajshekhar

ADVISOR

Rajshekhar spent his life building NTTF, the premier entity for vocational studies in India. He has been guiding us with the nitty gritties of running a skilling institute and building towards excellence. He is a firm believer in global standards and we are blessed with his presence that ensures the direction towards being world class.

Susan Basterfield

ADVISOR

As a catalyst, a cultivator, and another pair of eyes, Susan helps individuals, teams, and organizations experiment with new ways of working and being, to actualize the workplace of the future. She has worked with startups and multinationals leading her own teams and also been an MD. At Yash Pakka we are honored to benefit from her expertise as a Teal Organization Coach, her wisdom in life relationships, and her smiling ruckus-making

DS Gandikota

Advisor

He completed his B.Tech (Chemical Engineering), Andhra University, 1980. He has over 35 years experience in Process Industries  like Oil and Gas, Refining, Petrochemical, Chemical, Power, Nuclear,  Steel, Pulp and Paper, Sugar, Glass, Non-ferrous metallurgy etc. He is an electronic hobbyist and is a versatile Coach, Mentor and Counselor.

KD Pudumjee

Past Chairman and Guide

Mr Pudumjee is one of the most inquisitive minds you will ever meet. He is our guiding light. Mr Pudumjee owned and built Pudumjee Pulp and Paper Mills in Pune, India. Pudumjee mills became the frontrunner for specialty paper in the country and brought in numerous path breaking technologies and developments. Mr Pudumjee was in the forefront of the growth. He is well known as a maverick and is extremely particular about details. We say on the board that nothing escapes KDP; he keeps us on track.

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KD Pudumjee

Past Chairman and Guide

Mr Pudumjee is one of the most inquisitive minds you will ever meet. He is our guiding light. Mr Pudumjee owned and built Pudumjee Pulp and Paper Mills in Pune, India. Pudumjee mills became the frontrunner for specialty paper in the country and brought in numerous path breaking technologies and developments. Mr Pudumjee was in the forefront of the growth. He is well known as a maverick and is extremely particular about details. We say on the board that nothing escapes KDP; he keeps us on track.

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DS Gandikota

Advisor

He completed his B.Tech (Chemical Engineering), Andhra University, 1980. He has over 35 years experience in Process Industries like Oil and Gas, Refining, Petrochemical, Chemical, Power, Nuclear, Steel, Pulp and Paper, Sugar, Glass, Non-ferrous metallurgy etc. He is an electronic hobbyist and is a versatile Coach, Mentor and Counselor.

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