Mr. K. K. Maheshwari is the Sector Head - Fibres & Textiles, at the Aditya Birla Group. He is also the Managing Director of Grasim Industries Ltd., and serves as a Director of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Ltd.
As Sector Head, Mr. Maheshwari manages the Fibre and Textile Business across the value chain – from plantations to pulp, fibre to yarn, and fabrics. His key responsibilities include leading the Pulp and Fibre Business where the Group enjoys a dominant 21 per cent global market share in Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF), and steering the growth of the Textiles Business in India, the Overseas Spinning Business in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, and the Acrylic Fibre Business across Thailand and Egypt.
Mr. Maheshwari is credited with scripting the growth of the VSF Business towards a more competitive and sustainable model, guiding the greenfield and brownfield expansions of the business in India and Indonesia and overseeing the strategic acquisition of two pulp units in Terrace Bay, Canada and Sweden. He is a proven leader with deep expertise in strategy and finance, with a passion for building outstanding teams and a disciplined focus on innovation and excellence in operations.
In a distinguished career spanning over 29 years with the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Maheshwari has held key leadership roles, including that of steering the Group’s Chemicals and Trading Business globally, and as a Whole Time Director of the diversified conglomerate Aditya Birla Nuvo.
Before joining the Aditya Birla Group, he headed the Finance, Accounts, MIS, Legal and Secretarial function of one of the fastest growing consumer product companies in India.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce (Business Administration) and is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, having topped the CA exam in 1976. He started his career with a leading industrial product company where he gained significant experience in strategy formulation and implementation.
An erudite and inspirational speaker, Mr. Maheshwari has been invited to speak at the University of Michigan Business School, the Global Chemical Leaders Summit and the Global Trader Summit - both in Singapore, the S.P. Jain Institute of Management in Mumbai, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, among others.
Mr. Maheshwari has served as the President of the Man-made Fibre Industry of India. He has also served as a member of the Ahluwalia Committee on Reforms for State Electricity Boards, constituted by the Ministry of Power. He has also been a Trustee and Member of the Board of New International School of Thailand at Bangkok for four years.
A US $40 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500. It is anchored by an extraordinary force of over 120,000 employees, belonging to 42 different nationalities.
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