Mr. Maheshwari is a proven leader with expertise in strategy and finance, a passion for building outstanding teams and a disciplined focus on innovation and excellence in operations.
He is currently serving as Chairman, Business Review Council of Aditya Birla Group and Director of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited. He is also the Non-Executive Vice Chairman of UltraTech Cement Ltd.
In a distinguished career spanning four decades, of which 35 years have been with the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Maheshwari has held several key leadership roles, including that of steering the Group's Chemicals, International Trading, Pulp & Fiber, Textiles and Cement businesses. Mr. Maheshwari is credited with scripting the growth of each of the businesses towards a more competitive and sustainable model and has overseen various greenfield and brownfield expansions as well as strategic acquisitions globally. In his last role as Managing Director of UltraTech Cement Ltd he has overseen phenomenal growth, both organic as well as inorganic, catapulting UltraTech to the 3rd largest player in the cement industry worldwide, outside of China, with its capacity exceeding 100 MT.
Prior to UltraTech, Mr. Maheshwari was the Managing Director of Grasim Industries Ltd and headed the Group's Pulp, Fiber & Textile business. During his tenure the business made 2 acquisitions of pulp units in Canada and Sweden and set up the greenfield VSF plant at Vilayat. Setting up of world class R&D facilities helped the business launch premium products, improve the quality of its products and its environment profile. The launch of brand LIVA led to rapid growth in the consumption of VSF in India after having seen a stagnant demand for over 10 years.
In his role in Chemical business, the thrust on specialties and cost-effective expansion helped business improve its profitability and laid the foundation for its future growth.
During his tenure of 4 years in Trading business, the volume jumped two-fold and the profitability five fold.
He has been a Trustee and Member of the Board of New International School of Thailand in Bangkok. Mr. Maheshwari has also served as the President of the Man-Made Fiber Industry of India and as a member of the Ahluwalia Committee on Reforms for State Electricity Boards, constituted by the Ministry of Power.
Mr. Maheshwari holds a master's degree in commerce (business administration) and is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.