Honorary Life President
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.
Non-Executive Independent Director
Mr. Naresh Chandra is our Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director. He graduated with 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 Industrialisation and Policy in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Advisor to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, and successively Secretary to the Ministries of Water Resources, Defence, Home and Justice in the GOI. 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. He has also chaired the Committee on Corporate Audit and Governance, the Committee on Private Companies and Limited Companies Partnerships and the Committee on Civil Aviation Policy, for the GoI. He has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, a high civilian award, by the Government of India in 2007. Mr. Chandra serves as director for several companies which includes Eros Plc and Vedanta Resources Plc. He is serving as a Director in the Company since September 28, 2009.
Executive Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Mr. Sunil Lulla, received a bachelors’ degree in commerce from University of Mumbai. He has over 25 years of experience in the Media & Entertainment 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 is associated with Eros Group since formation of the Company and led our growth within India for many years before being appointed Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Eros India on September 28, 2009.
During his stint as the Managing Director, he has contributed his mite to develop and expand the business of the Company in India. Under his leadership, the Company continued to achieve its milestone. He has been instrumental in developing and expanding Eros Group in India and also establishing the Company’s existence in Distribution in India and Home entertainment & music sector.
Mr. Sunil Lulla is the brother of Kishore Lulla.
Mr. Kishore Lulla is our Executive Director and Executive Chairman and Director of Eros International Plc, our parent company. Mr. Lulla received a bachelor’s degree in Arts from Mumbai University. He has over 30 years of experience in the filmed entertainment and media 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. In 2010, Mr. Lulla was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year at the GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards. In 2014, Forbes Asia featured Mr. Kishore Lulla on the list of Best under a Billion. He was also honored with the 2014 Global Citizenship Award by the American Jewish Committee, a leading global Jewish advocacy organization. Mr. Lulla also received the Entertainment Visionary award at the 2015 Annual Gala Dinner from the Asia Society of Southern California. In 2015, he was further invited to attend the “billionaires’ summer camp” in Sun Valley, an annual gathering of the world’s most powerful entrepreneurs and business executives like Warren Buffett, DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenbergand Softbank’s Masayoshi Son, Tim Cook, etc.
Mr. Kishore Lulla has been instrumental in expanding the Company’s presence in the United Kingdom, the U.S., Dubai, Australia, Fiji and other international markets. He is responsible for taking the Indian film industry to the global level.
Mr. Kishore Lulla is the brother of Mr. Sunil Lulla.
Non Executive Independent Director
Mr. Dhirendra Swarup is a government-certified accountant and a member of the Institute of Public Auditors of India, and has a post-graduate degree in humanities. He was a member of the Board of the SEBI, and a member of the Permanent High-level Committee on Financial Markets between July 2005 and December 2009. A former civil servant, he retired as secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2005. He has approximately 45 years of experience in finance, budgeting, audit, public policy, public investments, project appraisal and evaluation of schemes and programmes of the Government of India. Mr. Swarup has also served as chairman of the Pension Funds Regulatory Authority from 2005 to 2009 and Chief of the Budget Bureau of the Government of India from 2000 to 2005. Besides, he was member secretary of the Financial Sector Reforms Commission (2011-13); chairman of Public Debt Management Authority Task Force and currently, chairman of Financial Sector Redress Agency set up by the Government of India.
Mr. Swarup was involved in the drafting of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003, and the fiscal rule made thereunder. He has been associated with the International Monetary Fund between 1993 and 2007, and has been Vice-Chairman of the International Network on Financial Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development between 2007 and 2009. He has a rich experience in finance sector and has worked in the UK, Turkey and Georgia. He is on the Board of several listed companies, and also acts as chairman and member of several committees.
Non Executive Independent Director
Mr. Rakesh Sood joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1976 after completing his M Sc in Physics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Before joining the IFS, he had worked briefly with DCM and SBI. He subsequently pursued post-graduate studies in Economics and Defence Studies.
During his 36 year long diplomatic career, Ambassador Sood served in Brussels, Dakar, Geneva and Islamabad in different capacities and also as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington. In Delhi, Ambassador Sood set up the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division and headed it for eight years till the end of 2000. During this period, he was responsible for multilateral disarmament negotiations relating to chemical and biological weapons, nuclear tests etc, bilateral dialogues with USA, Pakistan, France etc and also the ASEAN Regional Forum. Thereafter, he served as Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Afghanistan, Nepal and France. After retiring from the diplomatic service in 2013, Ambassador Sood was appointed special Envoy of the Prime Minister (SEPM) for disarmament and non-proliferation issues; he held this position till May 2014.
After leaving government, Ambassador Sood has been active in both print and audio visual media, commenting on foreign policy and international security issues, and is frequently invited to speak by think tanks, in India and abroad.
Ms. Jyoti Deshpande is our Executive Director and our Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Eros International Plc, our ultimate parent company. With a degree in Commerce and Economics and an MBA from Mumbai University, Ms. Deshpande has over 23 years of experience in Indian media and entertainment across advertising, media consulting, television and film. Ms. Deshpande has been a key member of the Eros leadership team since 2001 and was instrumental in initial public offering of Eros International Plc on AIM in 2006, Eros India’s listing on the Indian Stock Exchanges in 2010 and Eros International Plc initial public offering on the NYSE in November 2013. Ms. Deshpande was featured in the list of Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune India and Business Today in 2015.