Dr. Ramachandra N Galla
Dr Ramachandra N Galla is the Chairman of Amara Raja Group of Companies and has built this group from grassroots levels over the last 30 years. He is an electrical engineer by profession and has acquired Masters degree in System Sciences at Michigan State University USA in 1968. He has worked briefly for US Steel Corporation, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA and later joined Sargent & Lundy in 1971. He has worked in various capacities until 1985 before he turned a full-time entrepreneur and founder of the Amara Raja group of companies.
Born in a modest farmer family in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, Dr Galla has experimented in a brave approach of establishing advanced manufacturing facilities in rural villages thus creating non- migratory job opportunities for local youth while improving the rural infrastructure.
He has promoted and established many business ventures spanning across automotive components, industrial batteries, power electronics, engineering precision products, food and infrastructure. The group has established state-of-the-art manufacturing infrastructure in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and has employed more than 14,000 people directly with many more indirect employment opportunities being created in rural society. Amara Raja Batteries Limited is the flag ship company of the group with a turnover of Rs. 6800 Crores.
Dr.Galla's mission statement has always been to transform our increasing spheres of influence and to improve the quality of life by building institutions that provide better access to better opportunities to more people... all the time. True to his mission statement and his interest in social uplift of people, Dr Galla has initiated various CSR activities in the area of education, water conservation and irrigation schemes, social forestry etc.
He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati in 2007 and later by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad in 2008 and has also received many awards for his entrepreneurial efforts and contribution to the social cause.