People: Idea Cellular Ltd (IDEA.NS)
12 Dec 2013
Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of IDEA Cellular Ltd. He is Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, was appointed as the Chairman of the company in June 2006. Dr. Birla also serves as a director on the Board of the Aditya Birla Group’s international companies spanning Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Egypt. Dr. Birla holds several key positions on various regulatory and professional boards. He is a director of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India, Chairman of the Advisory Committee constituted by the Ministry of Company Affairs, Member of the Prime Minister of India’s Advisory Council on Trade and Industry, Chairman of the Board of Trade reconstituted by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, member of the Government of Uttar Pradesh’s High Powered Investment Task Force, member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and member of the Apex Advisory Council of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. Additionally, he is on the board of the G.D. Birla Medical Research and Education Foundation, and is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, and the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad as well. He is a member of the London Business School’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board, which provides counsel on the School’s strategy and curriculum. He is an “Honorary Fellow” of the London Business School (LBS), a title conferred upon him by the Governing Board of the LBS. In recognition of his contribution to Indian business, the Banaras Hindu University awarded the D.Litt (Honoris Causa) Degree to him. Dr. Birla is a Chartered Accountant and obtained an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from the London Business School, London.
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