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Board of Directors

  • achal bakery Achal Bakeri
  • nrupesh shah Nrupesh Shah
  • jonaki bakeri Jonaki Bakeri
  • ashish deshpande Ashish Deshpande
  • naisadh parikh Naishadh Parikh
  • Reena Pravin Bhagwati Reena Pravin Bhagwati
  • santosh nema Santosh Nema
  • achal bakeri
    Achal Bakeri Founder, Chairman & Managing Director

    Mr. Achal Bakeri, a game-changer in the industry of environment-friendly products is the founder of the World’s largest air coolers company. In 1988 he founded Symphony Limited with an aim to provide economically viable cooling accessible to all. Driven by a design thinking approach, Achal has lead Symphony to be a pioneer in the industry dominating the maximum market share over the years.

    The company under Mr. Bakeri’s leadership has remained close to the idea of its conception – design and efficacy. His entrepreneurial advancements have created infrastructural presence in over 60 countries all over the world thus making Symphony a true indigenous Multi-National Company. Driven by innovation and technology, Mr. Bakeri has led Symphony to create significant value assets with 8 patents, 49 registered designs, 108 trademarks and 7 copyrights.

    Mr. Bakeri has been the advocate for green and environment friendly cooling solutions and popularised the aesthetically and ergonomically designed evaporative coolers in the residential, commercial and industrial segments. The immense adoption of the products in a formerly unorganised sector has made Symphony synonymous to ‘cooling’.

    Mr. Bakeri has received several awards in entrepreneurship and leadership. He has been associated with various professional bodies, academic institutions and public charitable institutions. He is an architect and a graduate in Master of Business Administration (University of Southern California).

    Mr. Bakeri’s interests include collecting contemporary art, fitness, philanthropy, travel and reading. He is himself the architect and designer of the artistically created Symphony House the company’s headquarter in Ahmedabad.

    Qualification: Architect, Master of Business Administration (University of Southern California)

  • nrupesh shah
    Nrupesh Shah Executive Director, Corporate Affairs

    Nrupesh Shah heads the company’s financial & commercial functions and is responsible for corporate affairs, growth and performance strategies, merger & acquisitions, finance, M.I.S., treasury etc. He also serves as a member of the Stakeholders Relationship Committee, Corporate Relationship Committee and Management Committee of the Board.

    Mr. Shah joined Symphony in 1993 as Finance Controller and became Executive Director in 2002. With more than 30 years of experience in finance and accounts, Mr. Shah is a key architect of the company’s growth and turnaround. He is being regularly invited to speak at various public forums including workshops and seminars of Chartered Accountants of India, various Economic and banking forums, panel discussions on varied topics of economy, finance, corporate performance etc. He regularly appears on electronic media and shares his views on corporate performance and varied topics.

    Qualification: Bachelor of Commerce, Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Company Secretary (CS).

  • jonaki bakeri
    Jonaki Bakeri Non-Executive Director

    She has an experience spanning 13 years in various business functions namely marketing, service, accounts, finance, legal and product development.

    Qualification: Bachelor of Arts

  • ashish deshpande
    Ashish Deshpande Independent Director

    An Industrial Designer from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, Mr. Ashish Deshpande has started his design entrepreneurship journey, 29 years ago, by co-founding India’s pioneering design practice, Elephant Designs Private Limited (Elephant). Mr. Deshpande leads Product & Retail Experience Innovation group and has led projects ranging from consumer appliances related to air, water & energy, medical equipment, wearable electronics, automotive and retail.

    Mr. Deshpande conducts workshops on Growth by Design, Design Thinking & Product Innovation. Mr. Deshpande is President, Association of Designers of India, an active member of the Design Alliance Asia and has been on the jury of India Design Mark.

  • naishadh parikh
    Naishadh Parikh Independent Director

    He has rich experience of more than 33 years in performing various roles at a corporate level of diverse sectors and expertise in strategy formulation & implementation for new businesses and market entries.

  • Reena Pravin Bhagwati
    Reena Pravin Bhagwati Independent Director

    Ms. Reena Bhagwati, aged 53 Years, is a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA and having more than 28 years of experience in providing Fiscal, Strategic and Operations leadership in various Engineering businesses.

    Ms. Bhagwati is a Joint Managing Director of Bhagwati Autocast Limited, Director of Bhagwati Spherocast Private Limited and Managing Director of Bhagwati Filters Private Limited. She plays an active role in the day to day management of these family group companies. Ms. Bhagwati leads operations and strategic directions with full responsibility for top and bottom line including strategy formulation, long term planning, cross functional management, legal and financial obligations.

    She has held leadership positions in several public institutions including as the President of the Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF) in 2013-14, as Chairperson of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Gujarat State Council in 2016-17, among others. She is a member of the Governing Body of Ahmedabad Management Association, a part of the All India Management Association. Ms. Bhagwati also serves as an Independent Director on Board of Eimco Elecon (India) Limited.

  • santosh-nema
    Santosh Nema Independent Director

    Mr. Santosh Nema, aged 60 years, is a B.E. (Mechanical) and MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has more than 35 years of extensive experience in leadership roles across consumer facing industries like Asian Paints Ltd, Shalimar Paints Ltd, CERA Sanitaryware Ltd and Hindustan Sanitaryware & Industries Ltd among others. He has expertise in sales, marketing, operations and business development, strategic planning, dealer network, leading and developing teams, P&L management, customer centricity, brand building, JV and strategic alliances, change management and building high performance cultures.

    Mr. Nema is the founder and director of Nmbrlogic Internet Private Limited.

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