Who We Are

We are a farming solutions provider that strives to reach-out to every farmer, across the globe, so that he sows quality seeds, nurtures them well and reaps the benefits - year after year.


Executive Directors

Mr. Chetan Shah, Managing Director

Mr. Chetan Shah was a promoter of New Chemi Industries Limited which was acquired by Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, Japan (SCCL) in 2010 and integrated with Sumitomo Chemical India Pvt. Ltd. (SCIPL). Mr. Chetan Shah served as Joint Managing Director of SCIPL from 2010 till recently.

Mr. Shah is a commerce graduate from Mumbai University and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from North Rope University in the United States of America.

Mr. Shah is an agrochemicals industry veteran. He has been associated with the Industry for over 40 years in various leadership and Senior Management roles.

Mr. Ninad D. Gupte, Joint Managing Director

Mr. Ninad D. Gupte has long and rich experience of 41 years in the management of companies operating in the field of fine chemicals, Performance chemicals, industrial chemicals and agrochemicals. He is a chemical industry veteran.

Mr. Gupte has worked with Indian as well as Multinational Companies such as Excel Industries Ltd., BASF India Ltd., Herdillia Chemicals Ltd. (now SI International) in various senior positions. He has earlier worked as Managing Director with Cheminova India Ltd - Danish Multinational and in the same capacity with Agrocel Industries Ltd.

Mr. Gupte was Joint Managing Director of Excel Crop Care Limited between 2012 to 2015 and prior to that, since 2008 he was a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Kiyoshi Takayama, Executive Director

Mr. Kiyoshi Takayama holds a bachelor’s degree in analytical chemistry from Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto prefecture, Japan.

Mr. Kiyoshi Takayama has a rich experience of 30 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the areas of research and development, domestic and international sales, supply chain and planning. Mr. Takayama has held several important positions in Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, Japan (SCC) and its subsidiaries.

Non-Executive Directors

Mr. Tadashi Katayama

Mr. Tadashi Katayama holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from U.S. University and also a Master’s degree from Kyoto University in Japan.

He has been working with Sumitomo, Japan since 1992 in the Health and Crop Science business unit in various positions. He has also been associated with Sumitomo’s Indian businesses and subsidiary in supervisory role.

Mr. Dipesh K. Shroff

Mr. Dipesh K. Shroff holds Harvard degree in Owners/President Management Programme USA and Diploma in Civil Engineering, MEP - IIM, Ahmedabad

He was Managing Director of Excel Crop Care Limited since 1st September, 2003 till 6th October, 2016. Mr. Shroff served as Joint Managing Director of Excel Industries Ltd., until August 2003. He has the wide experience in various areas of operations, Manufacturing, Project Implementation, Finance, Marketing and Innovative Rural Management. He serves as Chairman of International Resources for Fairer Trade Mumbai. He is a Director of Transmetal Limited, Excel Industries Limited and Transpek Industry Ltd. He serves as a Trustee of Vivekananda Research & Training Institute and "Shrujan".

Independent Director

Dr. Mukul G. Asher

Dr. Asher, a Professor of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, was educated in India and USA. His research focuses on public financial management, social security issues in Asia and geo-economic issues. His works have been published extensively in national and international journals, and he has authored or edited more than ten books. He is an Associate Editor of IIMB – Management Review. He also serves either on the Editorial Board or on Advisory Board of several other journals including international Social Security Review. He has been a consultant to several Governments in Asia on tax policy and pension reforms, and to multilateral institutions including Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, International Social Security Organisation, and the World Health Organisation.

Mr. B. V. Bhargava

Mr. B. V. Bhargava has brought an illuminating experience of Banking and Project Financing. In his career of over 40 years, he has been associated with corporate brands such as ICICI, Raymond etc., and is amongst the Board of Directors for CRISIL. He has also been on the advisory board of an independent regulatory body, set up by the Government of India to work on reforms influencing the telecommunications sector. With his keen perspective on the Indian Economic Development, he has furthered Excel’s advancements.

Mrs. Preeti Mehta

Mrs. Preeti Mehta, an arts and law graduate from Mumbai University, is an advocate and solicitor by profession.

She is a Partner of Kanga & Co., a leading firm of Advocates and Solicitors. She has over 27 years of experience in practising in corporate laws, foreign investment and collaborations, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments, banking, franchising and hospitality.

Currently, she is an Independent Director of JCB India Ltd., Pudumjee Pulp & Papers Mills Ltd. and Bagalkot Cement & Industries Ltd.

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