K.R. Sekar leads the Deloitte Private practice for Deloitte India. Sekar has a strong experience of advising companies throughout their business life cycle. His experience lies in working with clients in the high growth sectors and emerging markets on their business strategy and tax advisory.
In his previous role, Sekar led the Global Business Tax practice for Deloitte India. Over the last 30 years, Sekar has worked with a niche portfolio of clients on corporate and international taxation, inbound structuring, and controversy management. He is associated with many landmark litigation cases for global companies..
In addition to advising clients, Sekar is active in representing before the Government on various tax issues impacting industry through his positions in Chambers of Commerce. He is also a prolific writer, contributing regularly to tax journals and main line papers. He has authored many books including Transfer Pricing Law & Practice, Taxation of Merger, De- merger & Foreign Collaboration and Landmark Judgements of Supreme Court on Direct Tax Laws: An Analysis.
Sekar is a Member of the India Board of International Fiscal Association and also works closely with other chambers including NASSCOM. He is the founder director of International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF) a dedicated research body in the field of International Tax and has contributed in in the following papers.
COVID 19 impact on economy: How India can lead the way
International Taxation in the Digital Era
Challenges in Domestic and International Taxation: Emerging India Experience
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): The Global Taxation Agenda
Insights into Evolving Issues of Taxation: Existing and Continuing Challenges
Recognized as one of the leading tax advisers from India in the Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers published by Legal Media Group, Euromoney.
Recognized as one of the leading tax controversy leaders by International Tax Review.
Dr. L. Ravindran, B.Com(Hons), PGDIM, Ph.D; CFP CM; with over 3 decades of work experience has employment spanning in Senior management roles in manufacturing and financial services companies of repute in India and abroad. In his career, he has donned diverse management roles in strategic sales and marketing, customer centric initiatives, compliance and management reporting, etc . Prior to his entrepreneurial role, he was employed with Zurich financial services group, 20th Century Finance Corporation Ltd, GE Alstom, etc to name a few.
In his current role as MD & CEO of Wealthmax Enterprises Management Private Limited, based in Bengaluru, he with his team spread over 6 cities of India over the last 17 years are involved in handling customers across the world in the businesses of financial services and energy management.
His company is the past winner of the Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award and winner for few years of CNBC TV 18 best performing financial advisor.
He is an alumnus of St.Xaviers College, Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad. His Doctorate (Ph.D) in Finance is on Management of Pension Funds in select sectors with analysis on Issues and Strategies.
He is a committee member of the IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Assn, Bangalore chapter and was a mentor at IIMA-CIIE Incubation center.
At BCIC, besides being a member for 16 years he has chaired the Start up and Economic Affairs committee and carried out important events with the help of his team members and represented to the Government in few strategic matters and also formulated the BCIC Emerging Stars Award.
He was also a Board member of MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table)-India and the FPSB (Financial Planning Standards Board) India.
He writes various columns in economics and finances in leading newspapers, bulletins, journals, etc and also participates as a lead speaker in various issues of importance.
He has travelled extensively around the world. He was short listed to be within the Top 1000 persons in the world and as one among 61 Indians out of 161000 applicants to be travelling to Mars when selected in the year 2013.
His hobbies include playing golf and wildlife photography.
More recently, he has self-published and co-authored a book titled 'ACBC- After Corona Before Corona' a topical subject of interest. The e-book is made available online in amazon.com and the paperback edition is made available since last week in Indian stores.
Overall work experience of over 30+ years.
Volvo Group India Country Management Team Member and Board Director, Volvo CE India Pvt Ltd.
Worked in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Fabrication Shop, Productivity Projects, Sales & Marketing, Complete Operations, Including Finance/IT and HR.
Worked as a Manufacturing Engineer in Shippensburg, USA.
Certified Six Sigma Black belt from CII; Certified Lean Leader (TPS/GPS) from Gifu, Japan.
Convener for Confederation of India Industry Manufacturing Panel, Karnataka; Executive committee member for Karnataka Employer Association, Bangalore; Executive committee Member, Academic Council, BMS Institute of Technology; Member, ICEMA, Strategic Partnership Panel.
A strong believer and practitioner of Level 5 Leadership.
Graduate in Industrial and Production Engineering discipline; Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing.
Devarajan has been associated with TVS Motor Company for 38 years. In the past, he has led new product development for the company.
He has also spearheaded the set-up facilities such as press shop, welding shop, painting plants and heat treatment plant.
Devarajan has overseen machining of steel and aluminium engine parts and assembly lines.
In his current role, he is facilitating the implementation of new process technology, lean manufacturing systems, digital manufacturing, TPM and JIT across the company.
He has been awarded the prestigious Rolls Royce Award for “Excellence in Manufacturing concepts and implementation in UK” and the “Thought Leadership Award” by Automotive Manufacturing Solutions UK.
He is an active member of NITIE, IMTMA, CII and in Board of studies in Engineering & Management Institutes and Vice President of BCIC (June 23, 2022 onwards).
Devarajan pursued his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from_Bangalore University followed by an MBA_ University of Missouri and Manufacturing Systems MS and Engineering Doctorate in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Warwick, UK.
He has represented State of Karnataka and Bangalore University in Table Tennis.
Immediate Past President-BCIC and President and Whole Time Director, Toyota Industries Engine India Pvt Ltd.
Professional Qualifications:BE (Mech) from Madras University
Work Experience:Over 33 years of experience in Manufacturing and Production Engineering, HR and Administration. Worked for TVS Brakes India and Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan (1999 – 2000)
Involvement with Industry Bodies:BCIC:
Chairman HR Expert Committee 2014-15
Chairman Infrastructure and Urban Development Expert Committee, 2013-14Management Committee - 2009-10; 2010-11; 2013-14; 2015-16; 2016-17; 2017-18; 2018-19
Chairman Industrial Committee for 3 successive terms 2008 – 2011
Mentor – Human Capital Services 2016-17CII:
Member National IR Council, 2011-12 and 2013-14
Member Karnataka State Council, 2012-13
Convenor Manufacturing Panel, 2012-13
Co-Convenor of HR and IR Panel, Karnataka State council, 2011-12
Member Karnataka Manufacturing Task Force, 2011-12
Co-Convenor of Manufacturing council, Karnataka, 2010-11
Executive Council Member, CII 2017-18
Chief Convenor – Operations and People Excellence Panel, CII 2017-18Others:
Advisor: National Prototyping Society of India
Life Member and Past Chairman: Quality Circle Forum of India, Bangalore.
Frequently invited speaker at National / International workshops to talk on Global Manufacturing / Best Practices
Closely interacts with senior Government officials and trade bodies such as BCIC, ACMA, CII, QCFI
Participated in the Global Science and Technology for Society Forum at Kyoto, Japan
Panellist in creating high performance organization at IIM, Bangalore