Board of Directors and Key Officials

Mr. Kanubhai J. Thakkar

Chairman & Managing Director

Mr. Kanubhai Thakkar, a resident Indian national, is a Promoter-Director of our Company.

Mr. Kanubhai Thakkar is currently serving as a Managing Director and has been instrumental in the formation of the group. He started as a commodity trader and has about 3.5 decades of experience in edible oils. He is the recipient of the “Oil Man of the Year” award in the year 2005 from ‘Globoil India’.

He is actively involved in the business development activities and major expansion initiatives undertaken by the group. He plays a vital role in the hedging activities undertaken by the Company. He was instrumental in setting up & developing a subsidiary in Mauritius to establish a presence in global market. Under his able leadership our Company is expanding its Gandhidham plant.

Presently he is the Chairman of Western Zone Solvent Extractors’ Association of India and an office bearer of various committees like; SEA International Oil and Oil mill Trade Council, SEA Imports Vegetable Oil Processors Council, SEA Castors Seed and Oil Promotion Council.

Mr. Jayesh K. Thakkar

Managing Director

Mr. Jayesh K. Thakkar is Managing Director of the Company. He has done Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, UAE and Masters in Management and Strategy from The London School of Economics and Political Science, London. He was awarded Merit Scholarship for B.E. (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Science & Technology, UAE. During his studies at London, he had been a Member of Management & Strategy, Finance Society and Alternative Investment Society at LSE. He has overall experience of more than 7 years in Corporate Planning field with Gokul Group. He has been actively looking after the business of the Company and Future Planning and Strategies Formulation for the Company.

Mr. Ashutosh J. Bhambhani

Whole-time Director

Mr. Ashutosh J. Bhambhani is the Whole-time Director of the Company. He is an efficient Cost & Management Accountant by profession. He has about 20 years of Work Experience in the field of Industry, including multinational company, and about 18 years in the field of Professional Academics. He has his Special Interest in the field of Management Control Systems, Cost and Management Accountancy, Taxation and Project Finance. Besides attaining success in the Professional Field, he also undertakes Social Activities being associated with Bharat Vikas Parishad and other Local Social Organizations. He is also serving as a chairman of Kutch-Gandhidham Chapter of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. His association with Gokul Agro Resources Limited shall further enhance the Performance of the Company.

Mr. Dipak K Thakkar

Director

Mr. Dipak Thakkar is holding the post of Director. Having completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from BITS Pilani UAE, he moved to Singapore for masters in Business management. He is well versed with Export - Import Procedures, Documentations and Comprehensive Framework for Stock Market, Nifty, Currency, Gold, Silver. He has an impressive skill of Technical Analysis of the commodities and market trends. He has very deep understanding of Global Economies and its impacts on GARL Business. He understands Fundamentals of Market very well.

Mr. Keyoor M. Bakshi

Independent Director

Mr. Keyoor Bakshi is an Independent Director of our Company. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and LL.B. He is a Practicing Company Secretary by Profession. He has attained Expertise in the field of Corporate Governance, Corporate and Securities Compliance Management, Secretarial Audit, Due Diligence, Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers, Public offerings of Securities and appearances before the Company Law Board, SEBI and Securities Appellate Tribunal. He has served as a visiting Faculty for M.B.A. Programme and has contributed Articles in the areas of Professional Interest in Professional Journals and Business Newspapers. He is presently a Director in Infibeam Incorporation Ltd., Innovative Tyres and Tubes Ltd., Kiri Industries Ltd., Quant Capital Ltd., Saanvy Advisors Ltd. With more than 40 years of ingenious Experience in the area of Corporate Laws, Finance and Management his contribution to the Company will inevitably cross the boundaries of achieving Success.

Mr. Sujit Gulati

Independent Director
Mr. Sujit Gulati is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT, Delhi. He has served for 34 years in the IAS and superannuated as Additional Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Gujarat. 

He has experience of more than 30 years in various economic sub-sectors, both at the level of the Government of India and Government of Gujarat in Steel, Coal, Finance and Textiles, Industry, Energy & Petrochemicals, Labour, Geology & Mining, Information Technology and Transport.

He was actively involved in the financial restructuring of SAIL, IISCO and Rashtriya Isapt Nigam Limited; introduction of e-auction for land disposal in the NTC; revival of 3 Nationalised Jute Mills; introduction of Agro and Geo Technical Textiles in the North East; establishment of six Centres of Excellence for different Technical Textiles, Composites and Non-Wovens. In the Govt. of Gujarat he played key roles in establishment of Gujarat State Wide Area Network, Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2009, revival of Bhavnagar Electricity Company and GSPC LNG,  initiating Solarization of agriculture power consumption, Hybrid policy for wind-solar, Wind/Solar Mega Parks policy, Dholera Mega Solar Power project, establishing Power R&D Centre in IIT-Gandhinagar, Off-shore wind power and electric vehicles/infrastructure initiatives, etc.

Mr. Pankaj M. Kotak

Independent Director

Mr. Pankaj Kotak is graduated with Bachelor’s of Law (LL.B) from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. He also holds Master’s Degree in English Literature (M.A), Master’s Degree in Marketing (MBA – Marketing), Masters of Philosophy in English Literature (M.Phil) and PGP PMP (Post graduate Program in Public Management and Policy). He is currently holding the position of Head of Business Department, Gujarat with K. Raheja Corporation since 2008. He has also served Gujarat Government as a Deputy Collector G.A.S (Gujarat Administrative Service). He is also having versatility in the fields of teaching, music, drama, theatre etc. He is academically active in conducting study programs, preparation of various projects, research activities for students pursuing graduation and post graduation courses.

Ms. Pooja H. Khakhi

Independent Director

Ms. Pooja H. Khakhi is an Independent Director of Our Company. By profession, she is a Company Secretary. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and LL.B. She has also Pursuing Masters Degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University. She has also done Certified Courses like Diploma in Legal Studies, Fundamentals of Business Law, Laws and Judicial Systems, Adversary Trial System and Contract Laws. Her Art to handle Administrative activities will further contribute towards the development of the Company.

Mrs. Dhara Chhapia

Chief Finance Officer

Ms. Dhara Chhapia – Chief Financial Officer is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). She has a total experience of more than 13 years in banking sector which includes 10 years of work experience in State Bank of India and around 3 years of work experience in Private Sector Bank. In her banking career, she looked into Corporate Banking profile. She possesses good command over Corporate Lending, Project Finance, Financial Planning & Budgeting and Team Management.

Ms. Purvee Roy

Company Secretary & Compliance Officer
Ms. Purvee Roy is a Qualified Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (Mem. No. FCS 8978) and a law graduate.

She brings to the organization a rich experience of around 12 years in the areas of Listing Regulations, Corporate Secretarial Compliances, Corporate Governance and allied matters.

She was earlier associated with listed entities like Nandan Denim Limited, Deep Industries Limited and has also worked for Public Limited Companies and Consultancy Firms.

Mr. Hitesh Thakkar

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hitesh Thakkar, B.E.Chemical by Profession, has served in the field of Engineering with over 16 years of experience in setting up and operating Edible Oil Plants. He has vast experience in the areas of Project Management, Operations, developing relationship with institutional buyers and expanding distribution network. He has played a vital role in the growth story of Gokul Group by leading project teams to set‐up seed processing and extraction plants, refineries and power plants at Sidhpur, Gandhidham and Haldia. Currently he is heading Gandhidham Plant of the Company and is also actively engaged in the strategy planning, operational decisions and business development segments.