Mr. S. Ramakrishnan is the driving force behind the Transworld Group of Companies. He is a graduate in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and has over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience including hands on experience in ship owning, chartering & ship management. His extensive experience in all facets of running Container Feeder Services in the Indian Sub-continent is brought to bear on operations of the Company. He directly oversees the day-to-day activities of the Company.
Mr. L. B. Culas - Director
Mr. L. B. Culas, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Shipbroker, has a cumulative maritime experience of over 25 years. He has served abroad for many years on various types of cargo vessels as an Engineer, including four years as Chief Engineer. He also possesses extensive shore experience which includes various aspects of Container Feeder Business, right from sourcing the right kind of vessel to the actual running of the service.
Mr. Ritesh S. Ramakrishnan - Joint Managing Director
Experienced in all aspects of business formation, operation and management, Ritesh S. Ramakrishnan, Joint Managing Director, joined the Group in the year 2010. He has since been instrumental in leading the strategy, planning, implementation and business development activities of the Transworld Group. He directly oversees the international operations of the Group companies and currently spearheads Avana Logistek.
A graduate from Purdue University, USA with a B.Sc in Logistics and a double minor in communication and finance in 2009, to further hone his leadership skills, he successfully graduated from the Programme for Leadership Development at Harvard business school in 2017 and have received a certificate for Galbraith’s Shipping Course from Galbraith’s Limited . He is also serving as a member of YPO Dubai Downtown Chapter. At such an early stage in his entrepreneurial journey he was named as one of the ‘Top Indian Leaders: The Next Generation 2018’ and ‘Top Indian Leaders 2017: The Next Generation’, respectively, by Forbes, Middle East. He was also recognised as a ‘Global Next Generation Business Leader’ in the Lloyds List in 2015. He has been a Director in the Board since May 30, 2012.
Capt Vivek Kumar Singh - Managing Director
Capt V K Singh, Master Mariner by profession has sailing experience of 20 years, worked in various capacities as deck officer including six years of command experience and served on various types of merchant vessels sailing across the seas calling Indian and Foreign ports. He has over 21 years of experience of working in various capacities in the Transworld Group of Companies mainly Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Ltd, overseeing vessel owning division, commercial and operations. He has played a significant role in the development of coastal feeder services as well as coastal domestic trade in India.
Capt Manmohan Saggi - Director
Capt Manmohan Saggi is a Master (FG) and holds highest maritime qualification as an Extra Master. He is also an M.B.A. He has 40 years experience in maritime sector. He retired as Nautical Advisor to Government of India, Chief Examiner of Masters and Mates and Additional Director General of Shipping (Technical) in November 2012. He is an ex trustee of JNPT, Mumbai and Kandla port. He was also the Chairman of Navigational Safety in Ports Committee (NSPC) responsible for approval of Navigational Safety of Non-major Ports. His areas of expertise include maritime training, registration, survey and certification, port and flag state control, casualty investigation, oil pollution response, antipiracy measures, salvage and wreck removal etc. He led the Indian Delegation to Maritime Safety Committee of International Maritime Organisation on numerous occasions. Since February 2013, he is functioning as the Director of prestigious Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping established in 1969, which enrolls about 700 students annually from all over the country for Post Graduate Diploma and Fellowship in commercial shipping. At present, he is also consulting on Maritime reforms undertaken by Govt. of Zanzibar, Republic of Tanzania.
Mr. S. Ragothaman - Director
Mr. S. Ragothaman is around 59 years of age. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He was working with ICICI Ltd. during the period 1970 to 1997. Currently, he offers consultancy services in the areas of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Setting up new businesses, Building strategic alliances, etc. He also offers advice to start up companies in IT enabled services, logistics and Supply chain management, etc. He is on the Board of various companies and also holds various Committee positions. During his career span of 27 years at ICICI, he had exposure to work on different Industrial projects. He was involved in setting up new ventures such as Merchant Banking, Leasing, Bill discounting, Structured finance, Rehabilitation, etc. He worked as the Team leader for various initiatives proposed by ICICI like setting up ICICI Bank, empowerment initiatives to delegate powers to Zonal offices, etc.
Mr. D.T. Joseph - Director
Mr. D.T. Joseph is IAS (Retd) by profession. He took over as Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping in the year 2003 and retired in 2005. Earlier, he was Secretary (Co-ordination) in the Cabinet Secretariat. As Secretary Shipping, he helped in getting the tonnage tax option implemented for shipowners. He also served as Director General of Shipping where he streamlined chartering guidelines for ships in March 2000 and simplified Articles of Agreement for sailors. He was instrumental in the liberalization of maritime training and education, setting up standards for private institutions and building maritime constituencies. He played an important role in preparation of the comprehensive draft Maritime Policy, and also the National Maritime Development Programme.
Mr. Mannil Venugopalan - Director
Mr. Mannil Venugopalan is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Bank (May 2005 till July, 2010). He was also been the Chairman & Managing Director of Bank of India since August, 2003 till April, 2005. He started his career as a Probationary Officer with Bank of India in 1966 and within a stint for 3 years in between with Union Bank of India as Executive Director rose to the position of the Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of India. His tenure at Federal Bank for half decade is memorable for the transformational initiatives that he launched in the Bank and today it is one of the best banks in the country in efficiency parameters and in coping with the inevitable process of adapting to the rapidly changing business environment.
Ms. Maya Swaminathan Sinha - Director
Ms. Maya Swaminathan Sinha is Masters from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University where she has specialized in Econometrics, Monetary finance, Public Economics form 1978-1980 and further from 1975-1978, she has done BA (Honours) in Economics and Mathematics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. From 1981-2003, she was a member of Indian Revenue Services (IRS-Income Tax) and has worked in various capacities such as Assistant Commissioner, deputy Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and Commissioner in metro cities of New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai as well as non-metros like Nagpur. She had the opportunity to function in New Delhi as well as Mumbai in prestigious Investigation Directorate of Income Tax Department, involving conducting searches and in depth investigation in large tax evasion. From 2003-2006, she was a Financial Advisor and Commissioner of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). From 2006-2010, she was Deputy Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the largest container Port of India. Presently from 2010 she is an Executive Director of Core Education and Technologies Ltd. (CETL).
Mr. Satish Pillania - Director
Mr. Satish Pillania started his sea career in 1986 and sailed in various foreign flag ships. He served as Chief Engineer and joined Shreyas Shipping Limited as an Engineer Superintendent in March 1997 and continued with newly formed TWSM in May 1998. In June 2003 he was promoted to Head of the Technical Department, and was elevated to Vice President in March 2006. He now leads TWSM as Chief Executive Officer which speaks of his talent and hard work. Mr. Pillania is extremely resourceful and good at troubleshooting, ensuring that vessels operate with minimum delays. He has a skill of managing ships economically and has contributed immensely to the organisation during the economic crisis in the shipping industry. He is very friendly with all staff in TWSM and participates actively in annual get together. He is also well known in the Industry; D.G. Shipping, Classification Societies, Shipping companies in India and abroad.
Mr. Deepak Shetty - Director
He is a direct recruit member of the 1980 batch of the Indian Revenue Service-Customs & Central Excise. He was a career civil servant who had served the Govt. of India for 36 1/4 years, until his retirement on 30-NOV-2016. He was empaneled and promoted, in-situ, to the highest civil service rank of Secretary to the Govt. of India (at par in grade with the position of Permanent Secretary in civil services elsewhere in the world), in his last official assignment as the Director General of Shipping, Govt. of India, at Mumbai. He is, reportedly, only the second officer of this service to not merely have been empaneled as a full Secretary to the Govt. of India, but also actually get posted in that rank in the Govt. of India. He had held multiple civil service assignments in his career, in the Govt. of India. He has officially represented India and very actively participated in & contributed to the various Sessions of the Council and Assembly of the International Maritime Organization [IMO], London, as a member of the official Indian delegations thereto between 2011-2015. He is currently doing a project for the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). He has been selected by the UNODC to co-evaluate the IOFMC (Indian Ocean Forum on Maritime Crime), under the GMCP (Global Maritime Crime Program) of the UNODC.
Mr. Ramesh S Ramakrishnan
Mr. L. B. Culas
Mr. Ritesh S. Ramakrishnan
Joint Managing Director