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Director's Profile
Mr. Robin Aidan Farley, Chairman

Robin Aidan Farley born in 1983 is the elder son of Late Anuradha Farley, former Chairperson of the Company and grandson of the late Hemendra Prasad Barooah, founder and former Chairman of the Company. He joined the Board in 2018 and assumed the office of Chairman in December 2023 after passing of her mother. Robin is a Partner at Odgers Berndtson, a leading global executive search firm headquartered in the UK with offices in over 30 countries. He recruits and assesses senior risk, compliance and regulatory professionals across financial services markets. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Robin was a strategy consultant at Monitor Group in New York, where he worked on a number of engagements for Fortune 500 companies, governments and not-for-profit organizations. He began his career at JPMorgan Chase in their Corporate & Investment Bank. Robin has lived in a number of cities across the globe including Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Kolkata. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in French and Economics.

Mr. Amit Chowdhuri, Independent Director

Born in 1949, Mr. Chowdhuri is a Hons. Graduate from St. Edmunds College, Shillong. In his 39 years of career he has served J.Thomas & Co. Pvt. Ltd, a Calcutta based reputed tea auction house, in several capacity, including Chairman & Managing Director. He joined the Directorate in 2010. He is also a Director in B & A Packaging India Ltd.

Mr. Anjan Ghosh, Director

Mr. Anjan Ghosh, a fellow member of Institute of Chartered accountants of India, was associated with J. Thomas group of companies, a reputed tea broking house in Kolkata for 34 years where he was elevated to Managing Director and Vice Chairman. Currently he works as a corporate consultant. He joined the Directorate in 2012. He is serves in the board of B&A Packaging India ltd, subsidiary to the company.

Mr. Basant Kumar Goswami, Independent Director

Mr. Goswami is a retired I.A.S. officer, held very senior positions during his career viz. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir, Secretary, Tourism, Government of India etc. He is also Director in the Boards of several reputed companies like, Jaiprakash Associates Ltd, New Kenilworth Hotels Ltd etc. He joined our Directorate in 2002. He was also the past Chairman of Tea Board of India.

Mr. Rajkamal Bhuyan, Director

Mr. Bhuyan is a Post Graduate in Economics and Chartered Accountant. He is a reputed businessman and has promoted several companies which deals construction projects. Mr. Bhuyan is a Director in Premier Cryogenics Ltd and is a Member of Assam State Construction Workers' Welfare Board. Mr. Bhuyan has been in the directorate of the company since 2010.

Mr. Himangshu Sekhar Das, Independent Director

Mr. Das is a Post Graduate in Economics and a retired IAS Officer. He has held various positions in Government of India and State Government of Assam He was a member of several high level expert committees constituted by the Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Finance and Planning Commission of India. Mr. Das has contributed several papers on Economic and Administrative reforms and has large number of published articles on environment, social issues, finance and economics. He joined our Directorate in 2020.

Mr. Amit Kiran Deb, Independent Director

Mr. Deb is a Post Graduate in Political Science and a retired IAS Officer. He has held various positions in Government of India and State Government of West Bengal including Chief Secretary. Mr. Deb is currently serving the board of several reputed companies like India Power Corporation, Emami Ltd and Skipper Ltd as an Independent Director. He joined our Directorate in 2020.

Mrs. Mou Mukherjee, Independent Woman Director

Mrs. Mukherjee is a Chartered Accountant and MBA from IIFT, New Delhi. Mrs. Mukherjee has wide experience in the field of Finance, Accounts, Taxation, system development, strategic business development and foreign trade. She has travelled widely in India and abroad. Mrs. Mukherjee is currently employed in Tai Industries Ltd, a reputed FMCG company based at Kolkata, as Chief financial officer. She serves the board of several reputed companies like Hindustan Motors Ltd as an Independent Director. Mrs. Mukherjee joined our Directorate in 2020.

Ms. Simeen Hossain, Independent Director

Simeen Hossain is a leading Bangladeshi businesswoman and is the Group CEO of Transcom Ltd and Board Director of its subsidiaries. She presides over all Transcom Ltd companies with operational and management control of the group. She also holds the position of Managing Director & CEO of select subsidiaries. She serves as the Managing Director & CEO of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Eskayef has a presence across 47 countries.

She is also the Managing Director & CEO of PepsiCo’s first snacks franchise in the world, Transcom Consumer Products Ltd, and of Bangladesh’s largest distribution company, Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd.

In addition, she is an elected Member of the Executive Committee of the leading trade body of Bangladesh, the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka. Ms. Hossain also serves as the Chairperson of the Faraaz Hossain Foundation.

Mr. Somnath Chatterjee, Managing Director

Born in 1962, Mr. Somnath Chatterjee is a commerce graduate. He was trained in UK in the area of manufacturing of packaging products. He has more than twenty five years of extensive experience in the area of finance, production, human resource and commercial matters, in tea plantation and packaging business. Currently he holds the position of Managing Director of B & A Ltd and Managing Director in B&A Packaging India Ltd.

Mr. Dhruba Jyoti Dowerah, Whole-time Director (Deputy Managing Director Designate)

Born in 1968, Mr Dhruba Jyoti Dowerah, graduated from Assam Agricultural University with a B.Sc. Degree securing First Class Honours in Agriculture. He completed a Field Management Programme from Tocklai and a short term Managerial Development Programme from IIPM, Bangalore in 1998. He joined B & A Limited in the year 1993 as a Management Trainee. Over the last 30 years with the Company, Mr Dowerah has risen through the ranks to become Manager, General Manager, Visiting Agent, President – Tea Division and is currently holding the post of Whole-time Director. Mr Dowerah is a skilled team builder and under his guidance and direction, B&A’s Gardens are ranked at the topmost level, with Gatoonga Tea Estate at No.1 and Mokrung at No.3, and our Teas have fetched prices that have crossed the Rs.700/- plus mark and even secured ‘Auction Highest’ on several occasions. Mr Dowerah joined our Directorate in August 2023.