Mr. Buddhichand Maroo, the Chairman, is also the founder of Shemaroo Entertainment Limited and has been associated with it since 1962, he is the man behind the business empire that stands today as a leading content owner, aggregator and distributor in India. He started the business with a book library in 1962 and gradually transformed it into a well-diversified corporate in the Media and Entertainment Sector. Mr. Buddhichand Maroo has approximately 53 years of business experience, out of which, he has been associated with the media and entertainment industry for approximately 32 years. He has completed his Intermediate studies from Mumbai. Currently, he has retired from active business and has devoted his life to social work and has been involved in several non-profit and social activities, particularly in Kutchh (Gujarat). He has received several awards for the work done in the social field.
Mr. Raman Maroo, the Managing Director, has been associated with the Group since 1974. He has completed his higher secondary studies from Mumbai, post which he joined the Group. He has been instrumental in the Group‘s expansion into television rights syndication as well as transformation of Shemaroo into an established filmed entertainment content house. He has led the Company’s growth for many years. He started acquiring Film Rights, for Home Video, Cable and Satellite distribution. He has always remained the driving force in the Company, taking it into new directions. He has valuable relationships with various key players within the Indian entertainment industry, including film producers, television broadcasters, amongst others. He is a Director on the Board of several companies. Mr. Raman Maroo has approximately 41 years of business experience, out of which, he has been associated with the Media and Entertainment industry for approximately 32 years. He has received the ‘Girnar Award’ from Bruhad Mumbai Gujarati Samaj for outstanding contribution in the field of Entertainment in November 2000.
Mr. Atul Maru, the Joint Managing Director, has been associated with the Group since 1979. He has completed his higher secondary studies from Mumbai. Mr. Atul Maru has approximately 35 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. He has managed the transition of the Company from VHS days to today’s multi-platform operations. He has been actively involved in the operations of the Company and has spearheaded various initiatives including the home video division of our Company.
Mr. Hiren Gada, the Whole Time Director & CFO, has been associated with the Group since 2003 and the Company since 2008. He holds a Masters degree in Management (Finance) from Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai University. Mr. Hiren Gada has approximately 19 years of work experience, out of which, he has been associated with the Media and Entertainment Industry for the last 12 years. He handles the Strategy and Finance functions in our Company. He has played an active role in the transformation of Shemaroo from a family-run business to a professionally driven business in terms of systems and processes, best industry practices, etc. He has also led the Co.’s presence on the International front and has helped set up some of the newer business areas that the Company has entered into. He also represents the company in various industry associations such as ‘Indian Council of Impex For Films & TV Programmers’ and ‘The Film & Television Producer’s Guild of India Ltd’. Prior to joining the Company he had headed the Investment research activities with an equity brokerage house. He is a regular speaker at various industry forums and is regularly quoted in media on several issues pertaining to the industry and the Company. He has received the ‘Hall of Fame’ Award from Welingkar Institute of Management in 2006.
Mr. Jai Maroo, the Non-executive Director, has been associated with the Group since 2002 and the Company since 2008. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A and a Graduate Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai. Mr. Jai Maroo has many years of experience in the technology industry in USA and Singapore and approximately 12 years of experience in the Media and Entertainment industry. Over the last few years, he has been active on the technology side. Given his strong technical background, he is in charge of expanding Shemaroo’s reach on digital distribution platforms, such as Mobile, Internet, OTT and so on, as well as guiding several technology-driven and other strategic initiatives within the entertainment space. He has been a speaker on several national and international forums on technology and media-related topics.
Mr. Gnanesh Gala, an independent director on the board of our Company, has approximately 31 years of experience in the Educational Publishing Industry. He was the President (Finance) of Navneet Publications (India) Limited for more than 21 years and has now been appointed as the Managing Director of the said company.
Mr.Vasanji Mamania, an Independent Director on the Board of the Company. He holds a diploma in mechanical engineering from M.S. University, Baroda. He has over 53 years of experience in various industrial sectors including Film Processing, Civil Constructions, Heavy Engineering and Non-ferrous Metals. He was the Co-Founder of Adlabs. Mr. Mamania has handled responsibilities ranging from operations to financial planning and engineering inputs in design and processes.
Mr. Shashidhar Sinha, an Independent Director on the Board of the Company. He is a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and is a post graduate from IIM Bangalore, India. He has over 30 years of experience in media and advertising. He is presently the CEO of Lodestar UM India, a Top Three company in this market. Lodestar UM India has over the years bagged several prestigious accounts like Tata Nano, ET Now and Land Rover, amongst others. He is actively involved and drives key industry bodies like the Advertising Standards Council of India, AAAI’s – Indian Broadcasting Federation joint body on industry practices, Audit Bureau of Circulation and the Joint Industry Body set up to monitor TV measurement. Mr. Sinha has overseen his agency’s recognition as a national “Agency of the Year” twice and “Runner Up” twice in the past five years. At the same time he has driven Lodestar Universal’s expansion into the Digital, Retail and Film Entertainment areas which offer unique opportunities in this large and accelerating market.
Mr. Kirit Gala,an Independent Director on the Board of the Company. He has completed his Masters in Business Administration from Mumbai University in the year 1986 and his Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University in the year 1984.He completed his doctoral research in marketing at Tennessee, U.S.A. in the year 1987. Mr. Gala is the Managing Director of Gala Precision Engineering Private Limited. He is a man with a dynamic personality and possesses truly brilliant oration skills. As a true strategist he is better known as a “Marketing wizard” and has already been featured in various leading Business magazines for his expertise. Specialized in Industrial marketing, he has aggressive growth strategies & organization development plans for consistent and sustainable profits. He has approximately 25 years of business experience.
Dr. (CA) Reeta Bharat Shah, an Independent Women Director on the Board of our Company, has over 27 years of experience in the field of education and administration in various capacities. She is a Ph. D. from IIT Bombay (Thesis titled “EVA as a measure of Corporate Financial Performance, and its relationship with Corporate Governance), a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Masters in Philosophy from Madurai Kamraj University, Masters in Commerce from Pune University, Masters in Business Administration (HRM) from ITM & Southern New Hampshire University, Bachelors of Law (General) from University Of Mumbai and Bachelors of Commerce (Hons.) from University Of Mumbai. Dr. (CA) Reeta is presently a Head of Department (Accountancy) at SIES College of Commerce & Economics and is also the management faculty at various other renowned management colleges. With a strong expertise in technical matters she has written articles in various magazines/books and is a regular speaker, panel member and trainer at various conferences and seminars by ICAI, Cultural Committees and other Academic Institutions.