Arun Bharat Ram
Mr. Arun Bharat Ram is the Chairman of SRF Limited, which he established in 1970. He is credited with turning his family-owned business into a leading, diversified chemical conglomerate with market leading brands, sparked by his innate ability to sense and exploit early opportunities. He is a third-generation entrepreneur who started his career with the textile division of DCM Ltd. in the year 1966. He is an Industrial Engineering graduate from the University of Michigan and an alumnus of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
Valued at approximately INR 19,100 crores, the company is a market leader in many business segments in India and commands a significant global presence in some segments such as Nylon 6 Tyre Cord (global no. 2) and Belting Fabrics (global no. 2). Anchored by a strong workforce of more than 7000 employees, SRF operates 11 manufacturing plants in India, one each in Thailand and South Africa and is setting up a facility in Hungary. The company also has two research and development (R&D) centres in India where around 400 people are involved in R&D, engineering and scale-ups. SRF has been granted several patents globally and operates through its six wholly-owned subsidiaries across India, Thailand, the Netherlands, South Africa and Hungary.
A past President of CII, Mr. Arun Bharat Ram also presided over the chamber’s Family Business Council in the past. Under his direction, SRF was adjudged the Family Business of the Year – Large Companies category by The Economic Times in 2019. He was also awarded the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit presented by the Federal Government of Germany in 2008. He also won the Jamsetji Tata award presented by the Indian Society of Quality in 2006.
Mr. Arun Bharat Ram serves as the Chairman of Lady Shri Ram College for Women in Delhi and The Shri Ram Schools in Delhi-NCR. He is also the Chairman of SRF Foundation that invests extensively on its commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth in India. SRF Foundation’s flagship ‘Rural Education Program’ covers 269 schools with over 78,714 students across 21 locations in nine Indian states. Apart from providing quality education to all, SRF Foundation also works in the areas of creating awareness on issues related to health and hygiene, natural resource management and affirmative action on a sustainable basis.
A mid-handicap golfer and a keen musician, he and his family are well-known for their contribution in the fields of education, art, culture and sports.