An eclectic blend of finance, technical and business skills; is the apt descriptor for our talented management team.
A graduate in Civil Engineering (BTech) from the IIT Mumbai (1982), Ganesh earned a Masters (MTech) in Concrete Technology from the same prestigious institute in 1984. His Project Management Skills took him across the globe to Algiers, Jeddah and Iran. These were interspersed with projects in Mumbai.
This vast experience made Ganesh a natural choice as the first employee of RMC Readymix (India) Pvt. Ltd. This joint venture between the RMC Group plc, UK and Hathway Investments Pvt. Ltd (a Rajan Raheja Group Company) was a pioneer in the field. From Sr. General Manager (Operations) in 1996 to Executive Director and CEO in 2004, he helmed the organisation and the fledgling industry. He was appointed to the Board of Prism Cement Ltd. and went on to head the Tile Bath and Kitchen (TBK) Division of H&R Johnson India as Executive Director.
It was during his tenure as President of the Readymix Concrete Manufacturers Association, that the Quality Scheme for RMC was developed and rolled out.
A sports enthusiast, Ganesh Kaskar is involved in diverse social activities to help enrich society
After completing his Company Secretary qualifier, he moved to Hitech Drilling Services India Ltd. This is where he understood the workings of a corporate organisation and the complexities involved in compliances, investment and finance.
Then came along a great new opportunity at RMC Readymix India. As General Manager Finance, Venugopal had to guide the fledgling unit from being a start-up to a market leader. As CEO and Executive Director, he was involved in every area of the company’s business. Almost an entrepreneurial role, the company grew to reach a turnover of Rs. 1250 crores, spread over 88 locations with 1500 employees.
From acquiring land for new units to staffing and human resource management, he was compelled to immerse himself into every area of management. Acquisitions, mergers, and legal issues were bread and butter assignments. Then again, the issues related to funding through NCDs, banks and other sources also demanded attention. But, this rich experience was precisely what polished his managerial talent and helped generate an appetite for new challenges.
From government to private enterprise, he switched smoothly to ACC Ltd. where he immersed himself into design and development for two decades. From fly ash based grouts to High-Performance Concrete, his contribution is too vast to be enumerated. His expertise was tapped to undertake a quality audit of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India’s first concrete expressway.
But Vijay is more than just a ‘concrete geek’ ! He has authored several books, edited journals, revised standards and contributed concretely to the industry and its development in the country.
Vijay Kulkarni has been a Technical Adviser to the Ready Mixed Concrete Manufacturers Association (RMCMA), Quality Council of India (QCI) and Technical Committee Member of the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organisation (ERMCO).
Today, Vijay Kulkarni is a respected faculty at the Institute of Concrete Technology, UK. He has recently developed the ‘Concrete Technologist India’ Training and Certification Program jointly with National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, USA.
Vijay Kulkarni was recently conferred with the ‘Outstanding Concrete Technologist’ award by the Indian Concrete Insititute (ICI). This is another addition to his shelf of awards received in the past.