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P. N. Devarajan, a chemical engineer from I.I.T., Kharagpur comes with an experience of approx 40 years and has worked in senior management positions in Merck, Sharp & Dhome of India, Bombay Chemical & Plastics India Limited, Mettur, Shriram Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd., Rajasthan. Devarajan was Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd (June 1977-June 1981) and Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited (June 1981 - June 1982)

He was President of the Project Development Organization - PDO, Bombay, a Shapoorji Pallonji Co., Bombay (June 1982 - Oct 1984).

Devarajan has held the position of

  • Group President in Reliance Industries Ltd., Bombay (Nov 1984 - Feb 1990)
  • President- Essar Group of Companies, Bombay (Mar 1990 to Dec 1991)
  • President-Reliance Industries Ltd., Bombay (Jan 1992 to Jul 1996)
  • He has been a Director with Reserve Bank of India for a period of 11 years
Devarajan has served as a member of Sub committee (Petrochemicals & Chemicals) of Planning Commission, Sub-Committee (Rajdyaksha Committee) of Ordnance (Defence), New Delhi; Chemicals Export Promotion Council, Bombay; Governing Council of Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi; Indo US Trade Business Council and National Aerospace Laboratory Restructuring Committee, Bangalore.

He is a founder of Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM) and trustee of Manava Seva Dharma Samvardhani Trust, Chennai and Confederation of Indian Organizations for Service and Advocacy (CIOSA).

Presently, Devarajan is associated with Research Council of National Environmental Engg Research Institute, (NEERI) as a chairman and is a member of Planning Board of Madhya Pradesh, Assessment Committee Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Research Council of the National Chemical Laboratory.

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