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The Visionary, who started it all back in 1980, with the setting up of the 1st Business of the Oneseed Group – Chhattisgarh Distilleries Limited (CDL). An eminent entrepreneur of the pre-liberalization era, his vision was to foster economic change and developing employment opportunities across the state of Chhattisgarh. His journey over the last 40 years of developing the Oneseed Group, has not only been focused on the growth of the diverse business verticals of the group, but also on boosting employment across the country. His vision and values of carefully nurturing and inclusive growth form an intrinsic part of the work ethos at CDL and across the multitude of business verticals of the Oneseed Group.
The illustrious force behind the success of the Oneseed Group, Naveen Kumar Kedia has ushered in remarkable milestones for the group. He has played a pivotal role in complementing the foundation of the group, to enhance his predecessor’s efforts and institutionalize a culture of excellence across each business vertical of the Oneseed Group. A Bachelor of Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology, his thought leadership, eclectic approach and proficient understanding of the industry, are the primary source of successful transformation of CDL and other group ventures. A “People’s Man”, under his aegis and in-line with the group’s focus of nurturing employment opportunities across the state, CDL today employs a workforce of over 2000 people, who take pride in contributing passionately in the vertical’s growth. He has also held the helm of other group ventures of Oneseed Group, such as Housing, Education, Power, Infrastructure, Hospitality and Manufacturing.
As the CEO of CDL, over the last 13 years, Sanjeev Fatehpuria’s role has been focused on strengthening CDL’s market position. Overseeing significant additions to the processing capabilities of CDL, the company has expanded its manufacturing capabilities to serve a broader customer base. As a thought leader in the beverage alcohol space, Sanjeev Fatehpuria is committed to providing a world-class product in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that focus on responsible marketing and consumption of beverage alcohol. His role focuses on creating and sustaining rigorous industry benchmarks for Indian brands.
Under the dynamic leadership of Shalabh Kumar Kedia, CDL has grown from strength-to-strength to emerge as the star venture of Oneseed Group. His astute approach and ultra-modern practices have been instrumental in the success of CDL. From adoption of global standards, to practicing environmentally conscious techniques, CDL today deploys the best-in-class manufacturing capabilities to develop some of the finest beverage alcohol brands in the state. With a Master’s Degree in Business Application, Shalabh Kedia has been the driving force for ingraining cutting-edge processes in the distillery premises, and has been actively pursuing (and leveraging) utilization of state-of-the-art technologies in CDL, to ensure zero liquid discharge and maintenance of optimal air emissions, in and around the distillery. Not only has he envisioned and orchestrated responsible growth of CDL, he has also been able to effectively carve new revenue streams by manufacturing/ production of hand sanitizer, carbon dioxide, cattle feed etc. from the existing product-line.
As the CFO of CDL, Shyam Murthy Raju’s experience of 25 years has helped strategically shape CDL’s growth. His extensive industry knowledge coupled with experience in working with tax, treasury, operations are an asset to the organization. In his role, Shyam Murthy Raju oversees all aspects of financial planning and analysis including investor relations and corporate development activities.
As the Director – Law and Taxation at CDL for over 15 years, Rama Shukla’s role in managing Indirect Taxation with the Chhattisgarh State Excise Department is key to ensure seamless sales and revenue collection for the company. His role is to ensure that the business is always in compliance with various local, state and Central tax regulations. He manages tax compliance, reporting and filing on behalf of CDL. His expertise in the area of Corporate Law, Banking and Taxation are invaluable to the smooth functioning of the business.
As the Director – Accounts, Baby Joseph holds the critical responsibility of Accounting, financial compliance and finalization of Financial statements for CDL. A Masters; Degree holder in Commerce with over 10 years of experience, Baby Joseph plays a key role in the financial function of the company.
As the Director - Technical Operations, Rajesh Gautam meticulously oversees multiple aspects of the business at CDL. This ranges from overall operations management, product quality, supplier management and selection, procurement and forecasting. His role is critical to ensure the smooth functioning of the end-to-end process of production. In his 18 years at CDL, Rajesh Gautam has seamlessly integrated new technologies into the production process with minimal downtime. His ability to work with people coupled with his hands-on approach has been key in the successful operations at CDL.