Nexcharge is an exclusive joint venture in India between two iconic organisations: Exide, India and Leclanché, Switzerland. Incorporated in September 2018, Nexcharge aims to become a leading provider of customised energy storage solutions.
Our Vision & Mission:
We fast-track the world’s transformation towards sustainable energy solutions.
Know our story
Our leaders relive the eventful journey of how Exide and Leclanché came together and launched Nexcharge.
Board of Directors
Gautam ChatterjeeChairman, Nexcharge
Gautam Chatterjee holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Regional Engineering College, Durgapur and also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Mr. Gautam has been a member of the Board as an Executive Director of Exide Industries since 13th May 1996. He was appointed as MD & CEO of Exide Industries for a period of three years with effect from 15th May 2016. Prior to 2016, he served the Company as Joint Managing Director for three years and was heading the Automotive SBU of the Company.
“India is passing through a transition, a transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy; a transition from gas engines to electric vehicles. This is very much in the priority of the government and a high priority for our company.”
Subir ChakrabortyDirector, Nexcharge
Subir Chakraborty did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1980. He worked for two years with Indian Aluminium Company Ltd. as an engineer, before joining IIM Calcutta to complete his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. Initially, he worked with Berger Paints for a brief period before joining Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd., starting in the Marketing function and gradually rising to the position of a Profit Centre Head. After working for eight years with Balmer Lawrie, Mr. Chakraborty joined Exide Industries Ltd., initially to head a joint venture operation for two and a half years. Subsequently, he occupied a host of senior management positions within the parent company, leading up to his elevation to the Board of Directors in 2013. He is presently designated as Deputy Managing Director, responsible for the Automotive, Industrial and Submarine SBUs. He is also a member of the Board of various Exide subsidiaries, such as Chloride Power Systems & Solutions Ltd., Chloride International Ltd., Chloride Metals Ltd. and Exide Leclanché Energy Pvt. Ltd.
Arun MittalDirector, Nexcharge
Arun Mittal has served as Director - Automotive, Exide Industries Ltd. since 2019 and has been a whole-time Director since 10th May 2016. He had been Director - Industrial, Exide Industries Ltd. since 1st May 2016 until 2019. Mr. Mittal serves as a Director of Exide Leclanché Energy Pvt. Ltd., Chloride Power Systems and Solutions Ltd., Chloride Metals Ltd. and ABML Ceylon. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an Associate Member of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Before holding the position of whole-time Director, he had been Executive Vice President-FMIB and Telecom Divisions of the Company. Mr. Mittal has been with the Company since 1st November 1993 and has rich experience across various functions of the Company, with in-depth knowledge of best practices. A veteran of the industry for more than two decades, he has a distinguished track record of formulating and implementing successful strategies to effect high business growth.
Hubert AngleysDirector, Nexcharge
Hubert Angleys joined Leclanché in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, he had held several positions as Finance Director with country, regional and global responsibilities. His career spans a diverse range of business sectors, sizes and functions. Until August 2014, Mr. Angleys served as CEO of the METALOR Group, a multibillion global leading corporation specialized in precious metal refining headquartered in Neuchâtel (Switzerland). His vast and rich experience includes working as CFO in companies like METALOR, ALCOA Europe and SICPA Group.
Surin KapadiaIndependent Director, Nexcharge
Surin Kapadia is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Partner of M/s G. M. Kapadia & Co., Chartered Accountants. He is Head of the firm's transaction advisory and valuation practices. He is also an integral part of the consultancy and corporate law practices of the firm and is actively involved in rendering value-added professional services. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of taxation, exchange control laws, mergers & acquisitions and valuation.
Mona N. DesaiIndependent Director, Nexcharge
Ms. Desai is a Graduate in Psychology and holds a Law Degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai. She is a solicitor and legal practitioner and a Member of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society.
Stefan LouisChief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Stefan Louis holds an M.Sc in Electronics and has devoted his career to help customers with the best available energy storage, conversion and management solutions in a B2B environment. He has joined as the CEO and CTO of the Joint Venture between Europe’s leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer Leclanché and India’s largest battery manufacturer Exide Industries. In his previous executive positions, he has built an international experience in the Transport, Utility and Industrial battery markets.
“Lithium-ion technology allows transportation to go electric. That opens up the ability for Indian and global citizens to breathe cleaner air. ”
Rakesh PoddarChief Financial Officer
Rakesh Poddar (B.Com, A.C.A, A.C.S, M.B.A) has diversified experience of over 19 years in Strategy & Financial Planning, Audits and Taxation across engineering, real estate, textile and manufacturing industries. In his previous assignments, Rakesh has worked in Senior Leadership roles with Indian and MNC Companies Birla Corporation Ltd, ABB Ltd, Alstom Ltd, GE, Arvind Ltd, Anup Eng Ltd and worked in multiple domains of project and fund management. He has been on the Board of Directors of Arvind JV Company and having worked in major engineering industries, he comes with on hand experience in project execution.
Mehul ShahHead - Transportation Business Unit
Mehul Shah looks after the Transportation Business Unit of Nexcharge. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Diploma in Management and Diploma in Finance. In last 28 years he was associated with electrical industry and Tier1, Tier2 Automotive industry serving with Molex, Delphi Connection Systems, ABB and Raychem in various capacities as Business Development, Plant Operations and P & L responsibility.
Ketan ChitnisHead - Industry & Utility Business Unit
Ketan Chitnis heads the Industry & Utility Business Unit of Nexcharge. He is a Bachelor of Engineering from Mumbai University and a Fellow member of the Institution of Valuers for Data Centers, IT and Telecom. He carries a rich experience of 22 years in the field of ESS and has worked with brands like Waaree, Base and Amara Raja. He has handled a wide range of areas from Technical Designing to Business Development during his career.
Sandeep GargHead - Manufacturing
Sandeep brings with him 18+ years of rich experience in various companies including Hanon Automotive Systems India Pvt. Ltd., Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. and Warm Forging Pvt. Ltd. He holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Operations. His areas of expertise are Capacity Planning & Production (New and Existing Business), Process Engineering and Continuous Improvement.
Raj Mohammed YadawadHead - Quality
Raj has more than 16 years of rich experience in diverse organisations including Exicom Ltd., Kirloskar Electric Company Ltd., Honeywell International Inc., Volvo India Pvt. Ltd., Wipro Infrastructure Ltd. and Sansara Engineering Pvt. Ltd. A B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, he has comprehensive exposure in Quality Assurance related to Incoming & Assembly Line, Aerospace, Electrical & Automation, Electric Vehicle Chargers, Lithium-Ion Battery Packs, Electric Rectifiers and Energy Storage.
Divya AgarwalCompany Secretary
Divya Agarwal is an Associate member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ACS), law graduate (LLB) and certified Patent officer. Her significant experience of over 9 years lies in the field of corporate laws, governance, risk management, joint ventures, contract(s), policies, corporate re-structuring, intellectual property laws, FEMA matters and RBI related compliance. She has an extensive working experience within diversified industries such as printing & technology, media, fintech solutions, packaging & labelling, fragrance, hospitality, software & IT etc. She is a voracious reader and with her explorative and creative mind she applies a creative approach in problem resolution.
Poonam MishraHead - HR
Poonam Mishra devoted her career in supporting the organizations as a strategic Business Partner in achievement of its business goals by channeling valuable resource - people. Currently she is The Head- HR of Nexcharge. She brings with her 26 years of rich experience in various MNCs including Japanese, French, German, Danish and US MNC. She holds MSW, LLB (Labour Laws), Special LLB and is a seasoned HR professional having a very wide experience in handling Human Resources dept. of medium to large scale organizations.