Chairman & Board of Directors

Mr. Ajit Thomas (Chairman)

Mr. Ajit Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics. He is an Industrialist and the Promoter Chairman of the Company. He has expertise in business and management with AVT Group of Companies for about three decades.

Mr. M. A. Alagappan (Director)

Mr. M. A. Alagappan holds a Degree in Commerce from University of Madras and he is a Management graduate from the University of Aston U. K. He is an Industrialist and was the Executive Chairman of the well-known Murugappa Group of Companies with a turnover of Rs. 13617 Crores.

Equipped with vast experience and knowledge in managing diverse businesses, Alagappan has been actively involved with several leading industry associations. He is a Past President of The United Planters’ Association of Southern India and AIEO. He is a Committee Member of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and the Southern India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SICCI). He is the Honorary Consul of Hungary in India for the southern region.

Alagappan takes keen interest in social welfare and is a trustee of the AMM Arunachalam Trust and AMM Foundation that run schools and hospitals.

Mr. P. Shankar (Director)

Mr. P. Shankar had retired as Central Vigilance Commissioner of India in September 2006. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1966 after acquiring a post graduate degree in Economics from Vivekananda College of the Madras University. In the course of a distinguished career he served as the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu (2001-02) and as Secretary to Government of India in the Department / Ministries of Heavy Industry, Sugar, Food & Public Distribution and Petroleum.

He has had rich experience in the field of industrial management and administration. His tenure as Chairman and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (1992-94) saw the setting up of the Perundurai and Gangaikonda Industrial Areas and the Tirupur Infrastructure Development initiative. He was also Secretary to Government in the Industries Department in Government of Tamil Nadu (1987-89). He was Chief Executive of the Salem Cooperative Sugar Mills (1969-71) and Joint Director of Industries and Commerce (1972-73) in charge of small-scale industries and Industrial co-operatives.

A significant part of his service years were spent in the Textiles sector. Among the various assignments held by him were Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Textile Corporation ( 1971-72) , Director of Handlooms and Textiles Tamil Nadu ( 1974-78), Additional Development Commissioner of Handlooms, Govt. of India ( 1979-80) General Manager, Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation of India ( 1982-86) and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India ( 1989-91). In his last assignment he was also the Textiles Negotiator in the Uruguay Round of GATT.

Mr. Habib Hussain (Director)

Mr. HabibHussain holds a degree in Electronics Engineering and has a vast experience. He has joined AVT group in 1974 and rose to become the Director of this company in 1995. He is the Chief Executive of A.V. Thomas Leather & Allied Products Limited and has expertise in business administration. He is the Chairman of the Council for Leather Exports, National Chairman – Leather, Confederation of Indian Industry and Director of National Skill Development Corporation. He is also the member of the Governing Council of Footwear Design & Development Institute, Managing Committee of Federation of Indian Exports Organisation, National Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry and Research Council of Central Leather Research Institute.