Leadership team


Key management

This is the team that manages the company and its operations on a daily basis


R Mukundan

R Mukundan

Managing Director and CEO

R Mukundan is the Managing Director and CEO of Tata Chemicals.

An engineer from IIT Roorkee, he joined the Tata Administrative Service in 1990, after completion of MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He is also an alumnus of the Havard Business School.

During his 26-year career with the Tata group, he has held various responsibilities across the chemical, automotive and hospitality sectors of the group. He serves on executive committees of various industry forums viz the Confederation of Indian Industry, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Employers' Federation of India, All India Management Association, etc.

Zarir Langrana

Zarir Langrana

Executive Director

Mr. Zarir Langrana currently heads the Global Chemicals Business of Tata Chemicals and is responsible for operations and growth of the inorganic chemicals business and the new ventures in Nutraceuticals and Silica.

In the past, Mr Langrana has headed the global marketing and strategy function overseeing and directing all sales and marketing plans, developments, growth and new product activities and processes in these two areas for its global chemicals business across the four continents where it operates. In addition, Mr Langrana has led the post-merger integration programmes within the chemical SBU. In the past, he headed the corporate strategy and business development function and has been a key player in the global inorganic growth of the SBU and in the M&A process. He has been with Tata Chemicals for over thirty years, having been inducted through the Tata Administrative Services.

Mr. Langrana is an economics graduate from the University of Madras and holds a post graduate qualification in business management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Mr Langrana has attended advanced executive development programmes at Harvard Business School and other institutions.

Mr. Langrana is an active participant in various industry bodies and trade associations in the country and abroad. He also serves on the board of the international subsidiaries of the Company.

John Mulhall

John Mulhall

Chief financial officer

John Mulhall is chief financial officer of Tata Chemicals.

He joined Tata Chemicals in 2007 as the European finance director of their recently acquired subsidiary, Brunner Mond (UK), followed by positions in Tata Chemicals North America Inc., (VP and CFO) and Tata Chemicals International Pte in Singapore (CFO) before relocating to Mumbai in 2015.

Prior to Tata Chemicals, Mr Mulhall worked in finance for various UK manufacturing companies.

He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Rackanchath Nanda

Rackanchath Nanda

Chief human resources officer

Rackanchath Nanda has completed his post graduation in human resources and has also done several professional certifications and executive development programmes.

Mr Nanda has over three decades of rich experience in human resources across varied sectors like manufacturing, trading, retail, consumer durables, FMCG, telecom and services. He started his career with the Murugappa Group in Chennai, where he spent nearly 15 years in a variety of roles – in human resources and also as the head of manufacturing and commercial for the foods business. He has also led the human resource function for Amara Raja Group and the Dubai based Landmark Group.

Mr Nanda joined the Tata group in 2006 with his first role being at Tata Communications (formerly known as VSNL). He moved to Tata Chemicals in May 2012 and currently oversees the global functions of human resources and administration, business ethics and communications. He is also a trustee on several of the company's social sector initiatives like TCSRD, Okhai and Uday. Nanda is a professional member of SHRM, NHRD and NIPM and also represents the company and industry in several forums within CII, BCCI and EFI.

Rajiv Chandan

Rajiv Chandan

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Rajiv Chandan is a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, and has a masters' degree in commerce and a law degree from the University of Mumbai.

Mr Chandan heads the legal, company secretarial and corporate governance functions at Tata Chemicals. He has 25 plus years of experience in the areas of legal, company secretarial, corporate laws, litigations, corporate governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions and divestments, including cross-border M&A transactions. His experience is spread across diverse industries, including the paper, automobiles, logistics, cement, chemicals, FMCG and fertiliser sectors.

Before joining Tata Chemicals, he was vice president – legal and company secretary, Lafarge Cement, India.

India Operations

Shohab Rais

Shohab Rais

Chief Operating Officer – Indian Chemicals Business

Shohab Rais is the Chief Operating Officer - Indian Chemicals Business at Tata Chemicals.

Before this, Mr Rais led the sales and marketing of chemicals business for Indian and African operations. His industry experience of over 30 years includes work in manufacturing unit, power plant operations and the appliances industry. Mr Rais has successfully created many brands out of commodity chemicals and is responsible for some pioneering work in the Indian market like development of franchised service model, branding of customer service, customer call centre and unique supply chain solutions.

Mr Rais graduated in Arts after studying Mechanical Engineering and holds a masters’ degree in Marketing Management from NMIMS, Mumbai. He also completed an advanced management programme at the University of Maryland, US, and the executive leadership programme of the Michigan University at TMTC, Pune. He is an active member of various industry bodies and associations.

International Operations

Dr Martin Ashcroft

Dr Martin Ashcroft

Managing director, Tata Chemicals Europe

Dr Martin Ashcroft is managing director of Tata Chemicals Europe. He was appointed on April 1, 2010, having been the operations director since January 1, 2007.

Holding a chemistry degree from Oxford University and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from Manchester University, he held several technical and operating roles in Brunner Mond between 1994 and 2007 including site director of the company's Netherlands site for two years.

During this time he led two business re-engineering programmes for Brunner Mond.

In January 2011, Martin led the company in completing the successful £93 million acquisition of British Salt and then followed up in April 2011 by heading the re-branding of the enlarged company as Tata Chemicals Europe at the same time as each of the Tata Chemicals overseas entities.

Between 2013 and 2015, he designed and led the fundamental restructuring of the management team and Northwich-based operations which included the acquisition and investment in the 400MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant, previously owned by EON.

He is an executive board member of Tata Chemicals Europe Holdings and several subsidiary companies. He is a member of the Tata Global Chemicals Board (GCB) where he leads on Tata Chemicals' interests in Europe.

He is a member of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board and board member of the Chemical Industries Association.

In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

He is qualified to Grade 8 standard on violin, piano and organ, and plays regularly at choral services and occasional recitals.

Scott Ellis

Scott Ellis

Managing Director, Tata Chemicals North America

H Scott Ellis is managing director of Tata Chemicals North America (TCNA) and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr Ellis has been with Tata Chemicals since 2011 as its Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary.

A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Ellis has been closely involved with the legal aspect of operations of the chemical industry since the late 90's. Prior to Tata Chemicals, he was Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of General Chemical Corporation since 1997. In 2004, he was promoted to the role of Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary with General Chemical Industrial Products Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Minerals Association/North America and, also, serves as Chairman of its Soda Ash section.

He holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Montclair State University and a J.D. degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law.

Subodh Srivastav

Subodh Srivastav

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Tata Chemicals Magadi

Mr Subodh Srivastav is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tata Chemicals Magadi.

Mr Srivastav is an engineer from IIT BHU with business management qualification from FMS Delhi. He has over 29 years of experience in sales, marketing and general management.

Mr Srivastav’s experience spans multinational and Indian companies having joined Tata Chemicals Limited in 2013 in the specialty chemicals business. He was assigned to the Consumer Products Business (CPB) in February 2014 where he handled salt as a category head and had the responsibility for the CPB sales function at the national level. Prior to Tata Chemicals he has worked in organisations such as ICI, Dupont, Pepsi and Idea Cellular Limited.