Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman of the US $ 41 billion multinational Aditya Birla Group, operating in 36 countries across 6 continents.
Mr. Birla chairs the Boards of all of the Group’s major companies in India and globally. Among its clutch of companies globally feature Novelis, Columbian Chemicals, Aditya Birla Minerals, Aditya Birla Chemicals, Thai Carbon Black, Alexandria Carbon Black, Domsjö Fabriker and Terrace Bay Pulp Mill, among others. In India, he chairs the Boards of Hindalco, Grasim, UltraTech, Aditya Birla Capital and Idea. Under his stewardship, the Aditya Birla Group enjoys a position of leadership in all the major sectors in which it operates.
Mr. Birla is deeply engaged with Educational Institutions. He is the Chancellor, of the renowned Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), with campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai. He is the Chairman of IIT, Delhi and IIM, Ahmedabad and a Director of the G. D. Birla Medical Research & Education Foundation.
He serves on the London Business School’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School. He is the Chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee.
Mr. Birla has won recognition globally and in India for his exemplary contribution to leadership processes and institution/systems building.
A firm practitioner of the trusteeship concept, Mr. Birla has institutionalized the concept of caring and giving at the Aditya Birla Group. With his mandate, the Group is involved in meaningful welfare driven activities that distinctively impact the quality of life of the weaker sections of society, surrounding hundreds of villages that are among the poorest in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Egypt.
A Commerce Graduate from the Bombay University, Mr. Birla is a Chartered Accountant. He earned an MBA from the London Business School.