Mr. Ravi Rajagopal, aged about 67 years, has been Chairman of Fortis Healthcare since 2018. Mr. Rajagopal led the newly nominated Board in overhauling the governance processes and strengthening the controls.
Mr. Rajagopal is Vice Chairman and Independent Director of The Peabody Group, the UK’s largest affordable housing company. He is a Director and Audit Chair of Airtel Africa Plc, A FTSE 100 company in the UK. He is a Trustee of the Science Museum Foundation UK, the most iconic Museum of its kind in the world. Earlier board experience includes serving as Director and Audit Chair of globally diversified natural resources company, Vedanta plc ( FTSE 250 ) and a Diageo nominee Director of United Spirits, India from 2013 to 2016.
With an extensive career spanning 35 years working in large consumer goods companies, spending the last 20 years with Diageo plc in a variety of senior leadership roles including group controller for the plc and latterly as global head of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that Mr. Rajagopal was with ITC India across different businesses in India and overseas where he held a number of progressively senior roles. His overall experience includes working in many markets across the world in both a strategic and operational capacity.
Mr. Rajagopal is involved with a number of charitable activities. He is Chair of an Advisory Board for a project responsible for building and operating over 8000 childcare centres across northern India; and he is a Trustee of a group of four schools in Chennai that educates over 1,100 underprivileged children at no cost.
Mr. Rajagopal is a Chartered and Cost Accountant, he has lived in London since 1998. He has lectured on Behavioural Economics at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University and Imperial College, London.