Board of Directors
Chairman & Managing Director
APPARAO V MALLAVARAPU
Apparao (Rao) V Mallavarapu founded Centum Electronics in the year 1993. Under his able leadership Centum has grown to become one of the largest electronics companies in India. He has initiated and successfully managed joint ventures with several MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES. Prior to founding Centum, he served at Wipro and Rao Insulating Company (RIC). Mr. Mallavarapu received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Daltech University in Canada. He was a recipient of the Ford foundation scholarship and Engineering research Scholarship toward his academic pursuits in Canada.
Whole time Director
Mr. Nikhil has been associated with the Centum Company since August 2012. He is currently serving as President Corporate Development and Strategy. Prior to this he has served in different leadership positions including Manager- New Projects at SEBU, Vice President – Corporate Development at Centum Adetel and most recently as President- EMS BU. Prior to joining Centum, Mr. Nikhil worked at the multinational semiconductor company- Analog Devices, as product engineer in the MEMS sensors division. Further, Mr. Nikhil completed his Masters and Bachelor’s Degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He also holds a MBA from the INSEAD Business School in France. Mr. Nikhil is the son of Mr. Apparao V Mallavarapu and Dr. Swarnalatha Mallavarapu.
Manoj Nagrath is the Managing Partner of the firm S.P. Nagrath & Co., Chartered Accountants having its offices in New Delhi and Bangalore, and was enrolled as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 1983.
S. Krishnan has 33 years of rich experience in the areas of Design, Manufacturing Process Technology and Quality Assurance. He served as the head of Design and Engineering at Centum since its inception till his retirement in 2004. Mr. Krishnan served in the microelectronics group of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) prior to joining Centum. He received his B. Tech from IIT, Madras and M.E. from IISC, Bangalore.
Pranav Patel is responsible for leading product management and business development activities for the GE’s Healthcare Services business covering full portfolio of GE Healthcare products in North America. Prior to his current role, he was the Global Chief Marketing Officer for GE’s Aviation Systems business where he was responsible for leading strategic planning, product and customer marketing and portfolio strategies to allow profitable growth for the business. He led launch of a new airline operations optimization software service business in partnership with Accenture; he also led divesture of some non-core product lines.
Mr. Pranav held a strategic marketing leader role in Aviation business from ’06 to ’07 where he was instrumental in developing “beyond the engine” strategy and led acquisitions of Smiths Aerospace and Walter Engines. Mr. Pranav holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois @ Urbana – Champaign, a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a second master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and also finished his MBA degree from the Georgia State University. Pranav has co-authored five patents in fields of Microwave integrated circuits, multi-chip module, packaging and energy storage systems.
DR. SWARNALATHA MALLAVARAPU
Dr. Swarnalatha Mallavarapu (Latha) is the Managing Director of Centum Industries Private Limited which provides niche high quality Components and Products to the global OEMs in the Industrial and Space industries. Dr. Latha received her Ph. D in Physics and worked in some of the premier research institutes in India and the US. The major research Labs she worked at are, The US Air Force Weapons Labs in Albuquerque, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and the R&D division of Bharat Electronics Limited. She is an Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science. Her research in thin films and devices for applications such as optical coatings, super conducting coatings, magnetic memory devices, have been well recognized. Her work has been published in several reputed international and national scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Latha also spent time as a Consultant to Industries in the US such as Coretek in Boston and X-Media Corporation and Wyrnet in California, before she established Centum Industries in the year 2004.
Dr. Latha was also a government nominated member of the Syndicate of Bangalore University (2001 to 2004), which is the executive body of the University administration. She has actively contributed in the execution of reforms and policies, having taken on various leadership roles, to evolve proper systems and processes in the University administration. Furthermore, she was on the board of directors for the Bangalore stock exchange. She has also held many positions in FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) and is currently serving as the senior vice chair of the Karnataka Chapter.
RAJIV C MODY
Rajiv C Mody is the Chairman and Managing Director and founder of Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd. (Sasken). Over the last two decades, Sasken has grown into a major technology and solution provider to Tier 1 customers across the telecom value chain. Mr. Mody, a seasoned technocrat and an industry veteran has worked with corporations like AMD, Seattle Tech Inc., and VLSI Technology Inc., prior to founding Sasken. He was awarded the “Technovator of the Year 2007” by VOICE & DATA, a leading technology publication. He also served as an Executive Council Member of NASSCOM (2001 – 2008). Mr. Mody holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from M.S. University of Baroda and Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic Institute of New York.
Thiruvengadam was a National Director of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd (DTTIPL) providing leadership to the HR transformation practice and has retired from the position recently. He has over 40 years of experience in management consultancy with a breadth of experience in India, the Middle and Far East Asia. Prior to his association with DTTIPL, he served as a Director at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Bangalore, India during 1999 – 2007 and as a Director at S.B. Billimoria & Co (now known as Deloitte Consulting) during 1980 to 1999. His main areas of expertise include Management Consulting, Business Process Improvement, Team Leadership, Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Business Analysis, IT Strategy, HR Strategy, Talent Management, Account Management, Change Management, Quality Audit, Financial Audits, HR Audit, HR Transformation and Business Process Outsourcing Advisory Services; improving HR Service Delivery, Performance and Effectiveness; Systems Design and Organizational Structuring. Mr.P. Thiruvengadam is a Cost Accountant from The Institute of Cost Accountants of India and a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras with a B. Tech. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering from T.I.P.I.E, NPC. His activities and social interests are in Debating, Quizzing, Dramatics, Bridge and Shuttle Badminton.
Kavitha Dutt Chitturi
Kavitha Dutt is a Business Management Graduate from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA and hails from a well-known industrial house in South India – The KCP Limited. She is currently the Joint Managing Director. KCP is involved in the manufacture of Cement, Heavy Industrial Machinery for Sugar plants, steel and sophisticated high tech equipment for Defence, Space & Nuclear Projects. KCP has presence in Power Generation. KCP also has a Joint Venture with Fives Cail of France, Fives Cail KCP Ltd., for design, procurement, project management, delivery and servicing of process plants for production of sugar including erection and commissioning. KCP operates a Sugar Plant in Vietnam for manufacture of Refined Sugar. KCP has now ventured into hospitality industry with a prestigious star hotel project at Hyderabad which was executed under Kavitha’s stewardship. As Joint Managing Director of The KCP Limited, Kavitha, among other responsibilities, also holds full charge of Human Resource functions of the Group.
She is Chairperson FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), Tamil Nadu State Council.
Kavitha, was Vice Chairperson of SCWEC, India. SCWEC is a Sub Sector Council of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry established with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region.
She was President of the prestigious Madras Management Association (MMA) and a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Tamilnadu Chapter.
She is a member of the General Council of National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Hyderabad.
She is the Vice President of World Telugu Federation (WTF) was established with the chief objective of promoting and perpetuating not only the language, culture, art, heritage, traditions but also business of the Telugu people.
Earlier Kavitha was National President of FICCI-FLO, the ladies wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi during 2009-10.
Kavitha, as the Joint Managing Director of The KCP Limited is in the forefront in administering all the educational institutions setup and being run by the group at all the regions that they operate.
Kavitha is a Director on the boards of various prestigious corporations.
An organizer par excellence, she has successfully incorporated and implemented a wide variety of programs and objectives for FLO, MMA, YPO, WTF and other institutions she has been associated with.