Honorary Life President
Since founding Eros in 1977 in India, Mr. Lulla has played an integral role in developing the business into one of the largest content owners and international distributors of Bollywood media.
Mr. Lulla received a bachelors’ degree in Arts from Mumbai University. He has over 30 years of experience in the media and film industry. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Young Presidents’ Organization and also a board member for the School of Film at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been honored at the Asian Business Awards 2007 and the Indian Film Academy Awards 2007 for his contribution in taking Indian cinema global. As our Executive Chairman , he has been instrumental in spearheading our growth and expanding our presence in the United Kingdom, the U.S., Dubai, Australia, Fiji and other international markets. He has served as a director since 2005. Mr. Kishore Lulla is the brother of Mr. Sunil Lulla and a cousin of Mr. Ahuja and Mr. Sadhwani.
Director and Executive Vice Chairman
Mr. Ahuja received a bachelors’ degree in commerce from Mumbai University. Mr. Ahuja co-founded our United Kingdom business in 1988 and has since played an important role in implementing our key international strategies, helping expand our business to its present scale by making a significant contribution to our development in the South East Asian markets, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Mr. Ahuja has served as a director since April 2006. Mr. Ahuja is a cousin of Mr. Kishore Lulla and Mr. Sunil Lulla.
Director and Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Eros India
He received a bachelors’ degree in commerce from Mumbai University. Mr. Lulla has over 20 years of experience in the media industry. Mr. Lulla has valuable relationships with talent in the Indian film industry and has been instrumental in our expansion into distribution in India as well as home entertainment and music. He has served as a director since 2005 and led our growth within India for many years before being appointed Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Eros India in February 2010. Mr. Sunil Lulla is the brother of Kishore Lulla and cousin of Mr. Ahuja and Mr. Sadhwani
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
With a degree in Commerce and Economics and an MBA, Ms Deshpande has over 19 years of experience in media and entertainment across advertising, media consulting, television and film. Ms Deshpande has spearheaded Eros’s growth for over a decade since 2001 and was instrumental in the Company’s floatation on AIM in 2006 as well as Eros India’s listing on the Bombay Stock Exchange in 2010
Mr. Chandra received a masters’ degree in Science from Allahabad University. A former civil servant, he joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1956 and has served as Chief Secretary in the State of Rajasthan, Commonwealth Secretariat Advisor on Export Industrialization and Policy in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Advisor to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Secretary to the Ministries of Water Resources, Defense, Home and Justice in the Government of India. In December 1990, he became Cabinet Secretary, the highest post in the Indian civil service. In 1992, he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. He served as the Governor of the state of Gujarat in 1995- 1996 and Ambassador of India to the United States of America in 1996-2001. In 2007, he chaired the Government of India’s Committee on Corporate Audit and Governance, the Committee on Private Companies and Limited Companies Partnerships and the Committee on Civil Aviation Policy, and he was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, a high civilian award. Mr. Chandra serves as director of 14 other Indian companies and two foreign companies. He has served as a director since July 2007.Mr. Chandra is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees
Mr. Thakkar received a degree in Commerce and Law from Mumbai University. A practicing chartered accountant since 1961, Mr. Thakkar has significant financial experience. He is a senior partner of Jayantilal Thakkar & Co. Chartered Accountants and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India. In 1986 he was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India as a member of the Indian Advisory Board for HSBC Bank and the British Bank of the Middle East for a period of eight years. He is the former President of the Bombay Chartered Accountants’ Society and was then Chairman of its International Taxation Committee. Mr. Thakkar serves as a non-executive director of 14 other listed public limited companies in India and two foreign companies. He has served as a director since April 2006.Mr. Thakkar is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees
Michael J. Kirkwood
Mr. Kirkwood received a degree in Economics at Stanford University. Mr. Kirkwood retired from a 31-year career with Citigroup at the end of 2008 where he was most recently UK Country Head and Chairman of the Corporate Bank. He previously served with Citicorp in the USA, Scandinavia and Switzerland. From 2001-2005 he served as a Non-Executive Director of engineering group Kidde plc and Audit Committee chairman. From 2008-2011 he was Deputy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Advisory Board. During his career in London, Mr. Kirkwood has served as Deputy Chairman of the British Bankers Association, Chairman of British-American Business, Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks, President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a member of the CBI Financial Services Council and Master of the International Bankers Livery Company. He also served as HM Lieutenant for the City of London in 2004. Mr. Kirkwood is currently a Board Member of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. and UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI), the British government company established to manage the public stakes in UK banks, a member of the Advisory Board at Ondra Partners, as well as Chairman of UK healthcare group Circle Holdings plc. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He joined the board of directors on February 1, 2012. Mr. Kirkwood is a member of the Audit & Remuneration Committees.