Mr. K. K. Maheshwari is the Sector Head - Fibres & Textiles at the Aditya Birla Group, a USD 40 billion conglomerate. He is also the Managing Director of Grasim Industries Ltd., and serves as a Director of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Ltd., the Group’s apex decision-making body that provides strategic direction to the companies in its fold. He is a member of various other boards including:
- AV Terrace Bay Inc., Canada
- Domsjo Fabriker AB, Sweden
- AV Cell Inc., Canada
- AV Nackawic Inc., Canada
- Birla Jingwei Fibers Co. Ltd., China
- Thai Rayon Public Co. Ltd., Thailand
- Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd., Thailand
- Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Ltd.
- Thai Polyphosphate & Chemicals Co. Ltd.
- Aditya Birla Science & Technology Co. Ltd.
In a distinguished career spanning over 28 years with the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Maheshwari has held key leadership roles, including that of steering the Group’s Chemicals and Trading Business globally, and as a whole-time Director of the diversified conglomerate, Aditya Birla Nuvo. Under his leadership, these businesses have set global industry performance benchmarks.
As Sector Head of the Group’s Fibre and Textiles business today, Mr. Maheshwari’s key responsibilities include leading the Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) business where the Group enjoys a dominant 21 per cent global market share.
Mr. Maheshwari is credited with scripting the growth of the VSF business towards a more competitive and sustainable model. The business has embarked on an ambitious growth plan in line with his focus on significantly ramping up pulp and fibre capacities from the current 770 KTPA to 1.1 million TPA in the next three years. Besides greenfield and brownfield expansions of the business in India and Indonesia, he oversaw the strategic acquisition of two pulp units in Terrace Bay, Canada, and DomsjöFabriker, Sweden, a move that assures a reliable supply of pulp — a key raw material in viscose production. The VSF operations are spread across India, China, Thailand and Indonesia, and include an upcoming greenfieldfibre plant in Turkey.
Mr. Maheshwari’s expanded role today includes the responsibility of providing robust oversight and steering the growth of the Group’s textiles business in India; overseas spinning business in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines; and the Acrylic Fibre Business across Thailand and Egypt. With this, Mr. Maheshwari now manages the Group’s textile business across the value chain – from plantations to pulp, fibre to yarn, and fabrics.
Mr. Maheshwari was elevated to the position of Managing Director of Grasim Industries Ltd. in March 2012, a post created for the first time in the company’s 65-year old history. Grasim, the flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group has operations straddling pulp and fibre, cement and chemicals. In this role, Mr. Maheshwari is responsible for guiding the growth plans of the company.
Mr. Maheshwari is a proven leader with deep expertise in strategy and finance, with a passion for building outstanding teams and a disciplined focus on innovation and excellence in operations.
Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Maheshwari headed the finance, accounts, MIS, legal and secretarial functions of one of the fastest growing consumer product companies in India.
With a master’s degree in Commerce (business administration) and as a fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, having topped the CA exam in 1976, Mr. Maheshwari began his career with a leading industrial product company where he gained significant experience in strategy formulation and implementation.
An erudite and inspirational speaker, Mr. Maheshwari has been invited to speak at the University of Michigan Business School, the Global Chemical Leaders Summit and the Global Trader Summit — both in Singapore, the SP Jain Institute of Management in Mumbai, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, among others.
He has been a trustee and member of the board of New International School of Thailand at Bangkok for four years.