Head, A.T.E. group
G V Aras
Anuj Bhagwaticompleted his B.S. (Engineering Physics) with distinction (1991) and M.S. (Applied Physics) (1994) – both from Cornell University, USA. Mr Bhagwati, who now heads the A.T.E. Group, joined the Group in 1994. He has been actively involved in a wide range of activities in the group: he introduced IT to the group, managed several companies, put together joint ventures, and has been a part of divestments, turnarounds, start-ups and scale-ups. In the process he has transformed A.T.E. into a modern and technology oriented group.Under the leadership of Mr Bhagwati, the group has diversified into machine-to-machine solutions and clean technology. The group’s foray into clean technology reflects Mr Bhagwati’s personal commitment to the environment.Mr Bhagwati has been involved over the last decade with the Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (TMMA), India and was the Chairman for the years 2009-2011. He is deeply involved with various non-profit bodies as well, such as the Urban Design Research Institute (Trustee), and the Kala Ghoda Association (Committee member); and he is a co-founder and Trustee of the Praja Foundation. Since 2012, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the College of Architecture Art and Planning of Cornell University, USA. He is a Trustee of the K J Somaiya Trust, and a member of the Governing Council, K J Somaiya College of Engineering and member of Academic Council, Somaiya Vidyavihar.
G V Aras is M.Text and B.Text. from Mumbai University, Mumbai, India. He has also completed a Post graduate Diploma in Marketing Management and has been conferred membership of the Institution of Engineers, India. Mr Aras has more than 30 years of experience in the textile and textile engineering industry. He has been with A.T.E. for more than 30 years. He joined A.T.E. in 1981 as a Junior Sales and Service Engineer and rose to attain the position of Director – Textile Engineering Group (TEG) of A.T.E. Enterprises Private Limited. As the head of TEG, Mr Aras is responsible for the total functioning of the TEG, its profitability, customer/principal relationship, business strategy and growth. Mr Aras is presently on the committees of Indo-Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and the Textile Association of India (Mumbai chapter), and is a member on the Board of Studies of VJTI as well as its Technical Advisory Group.
Nikesh Jain is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has over 25 years of experience, beginning in the lifestyle and retail industry, spanning across functions such as corporate accounts, business planning, investor relations, IPR, legal and commercial, administration, and HR. Mr Jain joined A.T.E. in July 2007 and is responsible for group finances, projects, joint ventures, and general management of the group.
Navin Agarwal completed his Diploma in Textile Manufacturing (DTM) in 1990 from the Government Polytechnic at Solapur, with 1st rank in the state. In 1992, he got the 3rd rank in Mumbai University when he passed his B Text from VJTI. Mr Agarwal began his career as a trainee erection engineer in 1992 in Voltas Limited, Textile Machinery Division, where he worked for almost 14 years, in both service and sales fields. He moved to Benninger AG in 2005 where he handled their Warp Preparation Division. In 2009, after the merger of Benninger’s warp preparation business with Karl Mayer, Mr Agarwal joined A.T.E. and is currently the Business Head of the Fabric Forming division at A.T.E.
Zonal Head, ATETBPL