Honorary Life President
Since founding Eros in 1977 in India, Mr. Lulla has played an integral role in developing the business into one of the largest content owners and international distributors of Bollywood media.
Executive Vice Chairman & Managing Director
He received a bachelors’ degree in commerce from Mumbai University. Mr. Lulla has over 20 years of experience in the media industry. Mr. Lulla has valuable relationships with talent in the Indian film industry and has been instrumental in our expansion into distribution in India as well as home entertainment and music. He has served as a director since 2005 and led our growth within India for many years before being appointed Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Eros India in February 2010. Mr. Sunil Lulla is the brother of Kishore Lulla and cousin of Mr. Ahuja and Mr. Sadhwani.
Mr. Lulla received a bachelors’ degree in Arts from Mumbai University. He has over 30 years of experience in the media and film industry. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Young Presidents’ Organization and also a board member for the School of Film at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been honored at the Asian Business Awards 2007 and the Indian Film Academy Awards 2007 for his contribution in taking Indian cinema global. As our Executive Chairman, he has been instrumental in spearheading our growth and expanding our presence in the United Kingdom, the U.S., Dubai, Australia, Fiji and other international markets. He has served as a director since 2005. Mr. Kishore Lulla is the brother of Mr. Sunil Lulla and a cousin of Mr. Ahuja and Mr. Sadhwani.
Mr. Ahuja received a bachelors’ degree in commerce from Mumbai University. Mr. Ahuja co-founded our United Kingdom business in 1988 and has since played an important role in implementing our key international strategies, helping expand our business to its present scale by making a significant contribution to our development in the South East Asian markets, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Mr. Ahuja has served as a director since April 2006. Mr. Ahuja is a cousin of Mr. Kishore Lulla and Mr. Sunil Lulla.
Jyoti Deshpande received a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Economics and a Masters in Business Administration from Mumbai University. She has over 18 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. She has previously worked in advertising with J. Walter Thompson, India before moving to the UK in 1997 where she was a senior consultant with MindShare, U.K. She has been a part of the core team that founded B4U Television Network in the UK in 1998-99 and managed its expansion to other parts of the world in a span of two years. She had been with the Eros International Group since 2001 to November 2011 and on Board of Eros International Media Limited from 28th September, 2009 to 27th May, 2011. She was instrumental in helping Eros plc list on the AIM in July 2006 and Eros International Media Limited on Indian Stock Exchanges in October 2010.
Non-Executive Chairman & Independent Director
Mr. Chandra received a masters’ degree in Science from Allahabad University. A former civil servant, he joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1956 and has served as Chief Secretary in the State of Rajasthan, Commonwealth Secretariat Advisor on Export Industrialization and Policy in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Advisor to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Secretary to the Ministries of Water Resources, Defense, Home and Justice in the Government of India. In December 1990, he became Cabinet Secretary, the highest post in the Indian civil service. In 1992, he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. He served as the Governor of the state of Gujarat in 1995- 1996 and Ambassador of India to the United States of America in 1996-2001. In 2007, he chaired the Government of India’s Committee on Corporate Audit and Governance, the Committee on Private Companies and Limited Companies Partnerships and the Committee on Civil Aviation Policy, and he was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, a high civilian award. Mr. Chandra serves as director of 14 other Indian companies and two foreign companies. He has served as a director since July 2007.
Dr. Shankar Nath Acharya
Non-Executive Chairman & Independent Director
Dr. Shankar Nath Acharya, is our Non-Executive and Independent Director. He graduated with a bachelors' degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in 1967 and earned a doctorate in Economics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked in the World Bank, Washington D.C. from 1971 - 1982, where he led the World Development Report team for 1979 and was Research Advisor to the bank in 1979 - 1982. After returning to India, he served as Economic Advisor to the Union Finance Ministry from 1985 - 1990. From 1993 to 2000 he was chief economic advisor to the Government of India and was deeply involved in the economic reforms of that period. He also served as member, SEBI during 1997 - 2000. He was a member of the Prime Ministers' Economic Advisory Council (2001 - 2003) and member, Twelfth Finance Commission (2004). He has authored several books and numerous scholarly articles on Economics and serves on the governing bodies of several national research organizations.
Dhirendra Swarup, is our Non-Executive Director. Mr. Swarup is a Government certified Public Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Auditors of India, and has a post graduate degree in Humanities. He was a member of the Board of the SEBI, and a member of the Permanent High - Level Committee on Financial Markets between July 2005 and December 2009. A former civil servant, he retired as Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2005, and has approximately 42 years' experience in finance, budgeting, audit, public policy, public investments, project appraisal, evaluation of schemes and programmes of the Government of India. He has also served as Chairman of the Pension Funds Regulatory Authority between 2005 and 2009, Chief of the Budget Bureau of the Government of India between 2000 and 2005. Mr. Swarup was involved in the drafting of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003, and the fiscal rule made thereunder, and has been associated with the International Monetary Fund between 1993 and 2007, and has been Vice-Chairman of the International Network on Financial Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development between 2007 and 2009.