Gati Leadership Team
Founder & CEO
Mahendra Agarwal is the Founder & CEO of Gati Ltd. – leader and pioneer in Express Distribution and Supply Chain Solutions. He established Gati in 1989 with an aim to redefine the logistics industry. Mr. Agarwal is the driving force behind Gati’s journey to leadership position. His foresight has been instrumental in the company’s exponential growth by venturing into global markets and diversifying into varied domains. He combines his entrepreneurial skills with business acumen to enable a sustainable business model. Under his visionary leadership, Gati has evolved into a major ILSP (Integrated Logistics Service Provider).
The Indian Express Cargo industry barely existed in the late 1980s. The concept of Door Pick up and Door Delivery, Express Cargo, Retail Express Cargo, Multimodal Express Delivery, Integrated Logistics and many such innovative ideas were conceptualised and pioneered by him successfully in India. In 1996, he decided to tie up with Indian Airlines to facilitate speedy delivery of shipments. Today Gati Limited has offices in , Singapore, China, Hong Kong, and Thailand apart from SAARC countries that concentrate on India-centric distribution solutions.
Mr. Agarwal is an avid speaker and has been invited to many symposia and forums like the Global Logistics Summit 2006 held at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and the Logistics 2005 conference. He was also invited by IIM (Ahmedabad) to interact with the students. In June 2008, he was awarded “Best Entrepreneur of the Year” by Hyderabad Management Association. In Sep 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th Express Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave held at Mumbai. In the same year he was also conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASBM. In 2012, he was honoured with two more awards – ‘Executive of the Year’ Award (Logistics) by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for his contribution to the Indian Supply Chain & Logistics Industry and “Logistics Promoter Award” at the Logistics Talent Hunt 2012 International Conference.
An astute professional, he has implemented the “Domino discipline” in his organisation and seeks to make it a way of life at Gati. A leader, thinker and philosopher, Mr. Agarwal is an institution by himself. Apart from being on the Board of several Indian companies, Mr. Agarwal is also the founder member of SCLG India (in addition to being a member of the international board of advisors for SCLG Global), member of CII Southern Region Council, member of CII Institute of Logistics Advisory Council & FICCI’s Civil Aviation Committee
He holds an Engineering Degree from Bangalore University and a Masters in Business Administration from Austin, USA. He loves travelling, golf and swimming. Mr. Agarwal continues to guide Gati towards the future with characteristic passion and a commitment to excel in everything he does.
President & Whole-Time Director, GATI-KWE
Bala Aghoramurthy is the President & Director of GATI-KWE. In this role he is responsible for establishing the company’s goals and strategies and providing directional guidance to the workforce. Additionally, Bala will also provide leadership direction to the Gati businesses (ICE). He is also responsible for overseeing budgets; ensuring resources are properly allocated and providing high level supervision to departmental goals and achievements. Bala will also be inducted into the Gati-KWE board.
Bala comes with close to 17 years of experience in supply chain management, product development and operational efficiency. Prior to joining Gati, Bala was the General Manager, Supply Chain, Refreshment with Unilever, South Asia. Bala started with Unilever as a Management Trainee in 1998 and has held various leadership positions in the organisation that ranges from technology, product development, manufacturing operations, quality assurance and customer relationships for a wide array of products/divisions of Unilever. In his last role he was a key partner at Unilever Foods & Refreshment Business where he was instrumental in planning long-term growth strategies and focus on both the top-line and bottom-line results.
Bala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology (Chemical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and a Master’s degree in Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.
G.S. Ravi Kumar
Chief Information Officer
“G.S. Ravi Kumar has 25 plus years experience in the field of Information Technology. Has worked extensively in service & manufacturing industries in various organisations in senior roles. Prior to joining Gati Limited he worked as General Manager’ Information Technology, heading the Indian IT operation for a Multinational, SHV Energy India Ltd., the world largest LPG Company. He is associated with Gati Limited in the capacity of Chief Information Officer for the last 14 plus years. During his tenure he has played a major role in transforming the entire IT system of Gati Limited to be at par with best in the industry. He was involved in developing a Software Product called “Gati Enterprise Management System”‘ GEMS a custom developed ERP for the Express Cargo industry and also an unique and innovative mobile based solution.
- Has been awarded the “Champion CIO” in the Year 2005 for less than Rs.1000 Crore companies in India across industries by CIOL & Dataquest
- He has also figured in the 50 Power CIO’s list (50 Indian Tech Gurus) of Dataquest of Nov’08 issue.
- He has figured in the 100 CIO Powerlist – 2008 in India in Jan-Feb issue of CIO Decision an IT magazine of Indian Express Group.
- Has been awarded the “Champion CIO” in the Year 2009 for less than Rs.1000 Crore companies in India across industries by CIOL & Dataquest.
- Was awarded “CIO – Ingenious 100” in 2009 organised by CIO Magazine (IDG Media Group).
- Won the NASSCOM – CNBC “IT User Award – 2009” for the logistics vertical.
- Was awarded “CTO of the Year 2010 – Second Runner Up” by CTO Forum.
- Was awarded “CIO – Agile 100” in 2010 organised by CIO Magazine (IDG Media Group).
- Was awarded “EDGE – 2010” for Enterprise Mobility by Information Week
- Was awarded “EDGE – 2011” Video Conferencing by Information Week.
- Was awarded “India’s 100 Most Respected CIO Award” for 2011 by CIO Association of India
- Was awarded “CI0 -100″ for the year 2012 organised by CIO Magazine (IDG Media Group).”
- Was awarded “Dataquest Business Technology Excellence Awards 2012 & Business Technology Innovation Awards 2012 – Category – Mobility”
- Was awarded “CI0 -100″ for the year 2013 organised by CIO Magazine (IDG Media Group).” & CIO HALL OF FAME – 2013
- Was awarded – Dataquest Business Technology Awards 2015 ” Category -” MOBILITY” for the year 2015
- Was awarded CIO POWER LIST 2015 – ” LOGISTICS ICON” for the year 2015.
Whole-Time Director, Gati Kausar
Mr. Manish Agarwal is the Whole-Time Director, Gati Kausar, Gati’s cold chain subsidiary. Mr.Manish Agarwal has been responsible for giving the business direction, creating integrated supply chain capability and enhancing synergy with the rest of Gati’s capabilities and products. He has also been responsible for the strategic partnership with Mandala Capital in October 2014.
Mr. Manish Agarwal holds 2 bachelor degrees in Computer Science and in Economics from the School of Engineering and the Wharton School respectively, at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated as part of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management in Technology at the University. He has also done a summer program in international relations and public policy at the London School of Economics.
Mr. Manish Agarwal is passionate about the food industry and about creating a sustainable and efficient express network for food and pharmaceuticals in India. He is largely responsible for improving the efficiency of operations. He has a hands on person and works closely with the team at large both at office and outside office. He has developed a special rapport with all customers having visited them regularly. He has knowledge about best practices related to the cold chain business and brings in international experience which is relevant for development of this industry in India.
As part of Gati’s leadership team, he is also involved in other key strategic initiatives of the group, including sales and solution selling.
Chief Strategy Officer
Mr.Dhruv Agarwal is the Chief Strategy Officer, GKEPL. In his role he leads the long term strategy of Gati Group (Gati) which involves corporate capability development, setting up new lines of services and business, to help Gati to set the benchmarks and be the leader in the Indian Logistics landscape.
Since joining Gati in 2012, he has been instrumental in shaping Gati’s future vision and strategy. He led the successful closure of Gati’s Shipping business as part of the group’s strategy to focus on its core – Logistics and Supply Chain Solutions. He championed Gati’s entry into ecommerce logistics, fulfillment centre operations and expanded the end to end supply chain solutions capabilities and industry specific expertise.
Prior to joining Gati, Mr.Dhruv Agarwal was the founder of SunVolt Energy- a Renewable Energy development company. Sunvolt has implemented one of India’s first grid connected MW size solar power plants. He has previously worked as a Project Development Consultant in Capital Fortunes Pvt. Ltd., as a Business Analyst in JP Morgan Chase, USA, as a Summer Consultant in Deloitte Haskins & Sells and as a Project Manager in Illinois Business Consulting USA.
Mr.Dhruv Agarwal holds a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts & Science in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. He is currently a CII Telangana State Council Member and leads the Logistics and Industrial Corridor Panel.
Chief Group Human Resource Officer
Pavel Chopra is our Chief Group Human Resource Officer and is responsible for leading HR priorities and developing HR initiatives across all of Gati’s businesses. In this role, his focus includes aligning Gati’s People strategy with business objectives, building a culturally aligned and diverse organization, talent development & management and implementing effective and contemporary HR policies & systems.
With more than 16 years of experience in HR, Pavel has contributed to various aspects of people management in both business and corporate roles, including Employee Relations, Compensation & Benefits, Organization Capability Building and M&A integration.
Pavel started his career with GE Capital India and later moved to GE Capital International Services (later renamed as Genpact). He worked with Genpact for over a decade and handled multiple responsibilities across many business and corporate roles. His last role in Genpact was Compensation & Benefits Leader for Genpact India. He then moved to Birla Sun Life Insurance to set up its Compensation & Benefit function and later moved to Sony Entertainment Television Network as the Senior HR Business Partner.
Pavel earned a PGCHRM from XLRI, Jamshedpur, Masters in Computer Science from IGNOU and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University.
Pavel is an avid non-fiction reader, loves traveling and enjoys watching unconventional movies and documentaries.
Chief Business Development Officer
Balaram Pal is the Chief Business Development Officer. In this role, he is responsible for driving revenue for the organisation in a steadfast manner and embark on new ventures. Balaram brings with him perspicacious approach to foster exponential growth in Business Development including Profit Centre Operations.
Prior to joining Gati, Balaram was with Continental Air Express Pvt. Ltd. as General Manager heading entire region of North India and comes with more than 20 years of experience. Balaram is an MBA in Marketing Management. He loves travelling, rock climbing and trekking.
Chief Supply Chain Operations Officer
Shridhar Upadhyay is a seasoned leader with 30 years of rich experience in Operational Efficiency, Supply Chain Management, planning, long term growth strategies, and focus on both the top-line and bottom-line results.
He joined Gati in 1995 and has grown up through the ranks, successfully handling various portfolios during his long tenure within Gati by displaying strong leadership, interpersonal communications, strategic thinking, business acumen and analytical skills. In his present role as Chief Supply Chain Operations Officer of Gati-KWE, he is a key member of the executive team, contributing to strategic decision making and operational execution of the company initiatives all across the organization to enhance and support the Vision & Mission.
Shridhar holds a Graduate degree from Gorakhpur University – UP, and is an ardent music lover.