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Dr. P. Mahalingam - Founder

Dr P Mahalingam is a designer by profession. He is the founder of Door Sabha Nigam Limited and Telekonnectors Limited. He has a Degree in Engineering, Masters in Business and a Doctorate in Management. He has taught design (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad) and management (Illinois State University). His designs include the award winning modular jack, the first headset for Air Traffic Control (ATC) in India, Qmulus-a NGEN Commercial Cloud for C3 (Command, Control, Conferencing) and projects of social relevance. He holds patents in India and USA. His other interests include flying, horse riding and pistol and rifle shooting.


S. M. Datta - Director

Mr Susim Datta is non-executive Chairman of Castrol India Ltd, Philips Electronics India Ltd, IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd, Tata Trustee Company Private Ltd, Transport Corporation of India Ltd, Reach [Cargo Movers] Private Ltd and Speciality Restaurants Limited. Mr. Datta was the Chairman of Hindustan Lever as well as of the Unilever Group of Companies in India and Nepal from 1990 to 1996.

He is also an Independent Director on the Boards of Kansai Nerolac Paints, Rabo India Finance, Atul Limited, Bhoruka Power Corporation, Peerless Hotels, Peerless Gen Fin & Inv Co. Ltd, Zodiac Clothing, Peerless Developers Ltd, and Chandra’s Chemicals Enterprises Ltd.


N. Vittal - Director

Mr N Vittal was conferred the title Padma Bhushan by The President of India in 2012 for his distinguished service as a civil servant. He was the Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board. Mr Vittal occupied key policy making positions in government, as Secretary to Government of India in the department of Electronics (now renamed as the Ministry of Information Technology) from 1990-1996 and was the Chairman of the Telecom Commission and Secretary to the Department of Telecommunication from 1993-94.

He headed the Committee on people Empowerment, Government of Andhra Pradesh [COPE] from December 2002 to April 2004. He was a member of the Advisory committee of Microsoft [India] [2006 to2008] and a member of the governing council of Mudra institute of Communication, Ahmedabad [MICA] from 2003 to2010. He is the chairman of the Vittal Centre of Governance Informatics at the EMPI Business, School, New Delhi.


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