Board of Directors

Chairman, Nexcharge

Subir Chakraborty

Mr. Subir Chakraborty did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1980. He worked for two years with Indian Aluminium Company Limited as an engineer, before joining IIM Calcutta to complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Subsequently he worked in a few companies like Berger Paints, Balmer Lawrie and MSA India Ltd before joining Exide Industries Ltd in 1996 at the level of General Manager. Thereafter he went on to hold a series of senior level positions within Exide before being appointed as the Managing Director and CEO in 2021. Additionally, he is also the Chairman of the Board of various other companies such as Chloride International Ltd, Chloride Metals Ltd, Chloride Batteries Battery S E Asia Pte Ltd – Singapore and Espex Batteries Ltd – UK.
He is deeply involved in business bodies / associations and is the present Senior Vice- President of Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He remains interested in academic pursuits and has been a guest faculty at several management institutions of repute.

Director, Nexcharge

Arun Mittal

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.

Director, Nexcharge

Hubert Angleys

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

Director, Nexcharge

Ashish Kumar Mukherjee

Mr. A. K. Mukherjee is a Chartered Accountant and also a Cost Accountant and has a wide range of experience in financial and accounting matters. He joined the Exide Industries Limited in 1998 and has been on the Exide's Board since October 2005 in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer and since1st May, 2007 in the capacity of Whole Time Director. He was nominated as the best performing CFO Auto and Auto Ancillaries Sector by CNBC – TV 18 in 2008-09. He was also nominated as the Best Transformation Agent (Large Companies) by Business Today in association with Yes Bank in 2013-14.

Independent Director, Nexcharge

Surin Kapadia

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.

Independent Director, Nexcharge

Mona N. Desai

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.

Executive Management

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer

Stefan Louis

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. ”

Chief Financial Officer

Rakesh Poddar

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.

Head - Transportation Business Unit

Mehul Shah

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.

Head - Industry & Utility Business Unit

Ketan Chitnis

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.

Head - Manufacturing

Sandeep Garg

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.

Head - Quality

Raj Mohammed Yadawad

Raj has more than 18 plus years of rich experience in quality department with a demonstrated history of working in the Automotive, Aerospace, Power Electronics & Lithium-Ion Energy Storage industries. Skilled in Process Re-engineering, Process Standardisation, Corporate Quality, Strategy Formulation, Management Information System (MIS), and Team Management. He has worked with diverse companies such as Exicom Ltd, Honeywell International Inc, Volvo India Pvt Ltd & Wipro Infrastructure Ltd to name few. Strong quality assurance professional with Technical and Management background.

Company Secretary

Divya Agarwal

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.

Head - HR

Poonam Mishra

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.