Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Mr. Gautam Adhikari has more than 3 decades of experience in the M&E industry. He along with Mr. Markhand Adhikari setup the group and his creative vision continues to guide us as SAB Group continues to set newer milestones. Mr. Adhikari has to his credit many films and serials that he has directed in his illustrious career. Mr. Gautam Adhikari is a diploma holder in Commercial Art from Government of Maharashtra, Higher Art Examinations
Mr. MarkandAdhikari is among the pioneers in the Indian broadcast landscape and is credited with introducing sponsorship based programming. Under his inspired leadership the group became the 1st publicly listed television production company in the country. His strategy has guided the SAB Group to become a leading player in the Indian M&E space. His foresight for the post C&S era led to the group’s successful entry into broadcast with path breaking ventures like SAB TV, Janmat, Mee Marathi &Mastiii. He also shaped the group’s foray into regional Hindi GEC space with focused channels like Dabangg, Dhamaal and Dillagi.
Mr. Prasanna Kumar Gawde, aged 45 years, is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and a qualified Chartered Accountant by profession and has an experience in the field of audit & taxation etc. He is associated with two practicing Chartered Accounting firms vizBhende, Gawde & Co, as one of the partners and Prasanna Kumar Gawde & Co. as proprietor. He is on our Board since May 14, 2011.
Mr. M Soundara Pandian aged 58 years, is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and a Graduate in ‘Business Management’ from Madurai Kamaraj University and has also obtained professional qualifications such as “Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking & Finance”, Mumbai, “Certified in ‘IT Security’ and ‘Customer Service & Banking Codes and Standards’ by IIBF”. He is a Banking Professional having 31 years of Banking Experience and has served in various capacities including ‘Head’ of Bank Branches. He is having a flair for ‘Corporate Governance’. The banking experience of Mr. M Soundara Pandian will enliven the Group’s exposure to the entire gamut of ‘Financial Activities’.
Dr. Ganesh P. Raut aged 60 years, is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and a Mechanical Engineer (1984) from B.I.T., Sindri. He has vast experience of 33 years in engineering, operation, maintenance, construction, commissioning, quality assurance and management. He possesses the unique skill set & qualifications of Science, Engineering, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Operation Management) and Ph.D (Business Administration). His Doctoral Thesis titled, "Corporate Governance Practices: A Comparative Study between India & UK” provides comparative insight into corporate governance practices across different dimensions, countries, time period & nature of companies. Dr. Ganesh P. Raut’s doctoral works on Corporate Governance analyzes difference in the corporate structure, functioning bodies, roles of Independent Directors & various officials, performance evaluation, accountability etc., which shall be beneficial to the Company.
Mr. Umakanth Bhyravajoshyulu aged 66 years, is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and a Science Graduate from Government College, Ananthapuram and also obtained Professional Qualifications such as MA (Economics), MBA (Finance), CAIIB & PGDIRPM. He has worked with Syndicate Bank as the Senior Management Grade-V - Assistant General Manager. He has more than three decades of experience in banking sector. Mr. Umakanth Bhyravajoshyulu is expert in charting out the Group’s financial growth strategy.