MP Birla Corporation has decided to elevate Sandip Ghose to the position of MD & CEO. He will take over from Arvind Pathak who has decided to step down as the MD and CEO for personal reasons, with effect from 31 December, 2022. With this resignation, he will also cease to be a key managerial personnel at the MP Birla Corporation.
Based on the recommendations from the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the board of directors has appointed Ghose as an additional director and simultaneously as a whole-time director in the Company with effect from 1 to 31 December, 2022.
Ghose will begin his new assignment starting 1 January, 2023 for a period of three years.
With close to four decades of professional experience, this is Ghose’s second stint with MP Birla Cement. In the year 2020, Ghose had resigned from MP Birla Corporation as the COO and was on a break for two years.
“Having observed from the sidelines as a current affairs commentator, the developments of the country in the last few years – I am convinced about the India Growth story and believe India’s time has really come. Therefore, it was difficult for me to stay away from action in these exciting times. And, Birla Corporation – where I have been a part of the company’s transformation journey – came as a challenge I couldn’t turn down”
Sandip Ghose, MD & CEO, MP Birla Group
While on the break, Ghose closely followed the happenings around the country across all facets. He wrote a lot and voiced his opinions on various topics from politics and business, to economy. “Having observed from the sidelines as a current affairs commentator, the developments of the country in the last few years – I am convinced about the India Growth story and believe India’s time has really come,” states Ghose, while speaking to HRKatha.
“Therefore, it was difficult for me to stay away from action in these exciting times. And, Birla Corporation – where I have been a part of the company’s transformation journey – came as a challenge I couldn’t turn down,” adds Ghose citing one of the reasons for his comeback.
During Ghose’s time as COO, MP Birla, he had driven multiple transformation processes and he wished to restart those processes again after rejoining. He is aware of the challenges existing in the cement industry.
Since the Company has forayed into a new geographical region of Maharashtra, Ghose wants to strengthen the position of the brand in that region, given the competitiveness of the market.
Ghose further states that he wants to make MP Birla Cement a high-performing organisation, bringing in a transformational change in the Company, which will further add value to the business and its people. “A key area of focus would be to bring down costs by use of technology such as AI and Machine learning in manufacturing and supplying-chain. Bringing in innovation in building materials and construction practices,” Ghose mentions. This will also pave the way for innovations in how the Company can make a difference to low-cost housing projects and construction of highways in the country.
Lastly, making the Company more attractive for outside talent will be another major focus for Ghose. “Digitisation of route to market provide massive opportunities that will attract talent from other industries like FMCG, like myself,” points out Ghose.
In his four decade-long career, Ghose holds the experience of working in different industries such as FMCG, media and cements.
In his career, Ghose has not only worked in multiple industries, but also taken on multiple roles in cross-cultural environments. He has been exposed to the areas of finance and accounts, supply chain, sales as well as general management. In his 19-year long stint with Hindustan Unilever, he progressed on the fast track gaining exposure across functions and businesses such as detergents, personal care, foods and beverages.
At Unilever, Ghose went on to become the MD of the Company’s Nepal unit and played a crucial role in the domestic business growth of the firm in Nepal.
He has also had an exciting time in the media, first with the ABP Group as SBU head of The Telegraph newspaper and Businessworld Magazine, and subsequently with HT Media, where he was part of the senior leadership team responsible for the launch of Hindustan Times and Mint newspapers in Mumbai.
He entered the cement industry with his appointment as SVP, Lafarge India in 2007, for a tenure that lasted eight years.