TVS Motor Co inducts Vijay Sankar and Shailesh Haribhakti as independent directors

Vijay Sankar, chairman of the Chennai-based Sanmar Group, and Shailesh Haribhakti, chairman of Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates join the TVS Board of Directors as new independent directors.

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TVS Motor Co inducts Vijay Sankar and Shailesh Haribhakti as independent directors

The Chennai-based TVS Motor Company today announced changes to its Board with the appointment of two new independent directors, subject to approval of the shareholders. The two new members, who will join the Board as independent directors, are Vijay Sankar, chairman of the Chennai-based Sanmar Group, and Shailesh Haribhakti, chairman of Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates.

Vijay Sankar, whose appointment becomes effective on March 20, 2024, holds several independent directorships and trustee positions, including at Oriental Hotels and the Transport Corporation of India. He is also the Honorary Consul General of Denmark in Chennai.

Shailesh Haribhakti, who joins the board on April 1, 2024, is a certified internal auditor, financial planner and fraud examiner with over five decades of experience. He holds independent directorships with many companies including Blue Star, Bajaj Electrical and L&T Finance Holdings. A champion of sustainability, he has been credited with establishing the concept of ‘Innovate to Zero’.

Kuok Meng Xiong, independent director of TVS Motor Co, is to step down as independent director effective close of business hours of the ensuing Annual General Meeting 2024, owing to his increased business commitments and personal reasons. According to TVS Motor Co, “His insights over his three-year stint were invaluable and instrumental in helping script the TVSM growth story. The appointment of the two new independent directors will add valuable experience to the board and raise the company’s already rigorous corporate governance standard.”

Sir Ralf Speth, Chairman, TVS Motor Company said, “I warmly welcome Mr. Sankar, and Mr. Haribhakti to the TVS Board of Directors. I am confident that our two new independent directors have the credentials to guide TVS Motor to new heights. Their insight and experience will prove invaluable as we script a new chapter of success for TVS Motor. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Kuok Meng Xiong for all his invaluable work. Our Board and team have truly benefitted from his presence.”

Sudarshan Venu, Managing Director, TVS Motor Company said, “Mr. Sankar and Mr. Haribhakti are stalwarts in their respective fields and bring immense experience and expertise with them. The TVS Motor Board will be greatly enriched by their joining and the company will benefit from their guidance in the next phase of our growth. I would also like to thank Mr. Kuok Meng Xiong for all his contributions to the Board over the last three years.” 

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