Mr. A. D. Padmasingh Isaac
Founder Trustee & Chairman
(Chairman & Managing Director, Aachi Group of Companies, Chennai)
An accomplished entrepreneur, Mr. A. D. Padmasingh Isaac founded the Aachi Group of Companies and he has steered every company in the Group towards growth and success. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration - BBA. He has won many awards for his success as an entrepreneur and businessman and the most significant among them are the Extreme Entrepreneur Award for his outstanding contribution to the food industry by the Silicon Valley The Indus Entrepreneurs USA known as TiE, the Trailblazer Award from the Times of India and the Outstanding Food Industry Award (given away by the Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu) by The National Institution for Quality & Reliability. He was also honoured with the CSR Excellence Award by FICCI, Chennai. Mr. Isaac was also elected to the prestigious Southern Regional Council of CII, representing Tamil Nadu as the Chairman of MSME Panel of CII Chennai Zone in the past. Mr. Isaac is a member of the Academic & Governing Councils at National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship & management (NIFTEM), Haryana and the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Thanjavur run by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.
Mrs. Thelma Isaac
(Managing Director, Nazareth Foods Pvt. Ltd., Chennai)
Mrs. Thelma Isaac, wife of Mr. A. D. Padmasingh Isaac is a BA graduate from Madras University is a highly successful first generation woman entrepreneur. Working hand-in-hand with Mr. Isaac, she holds the responsibility of managing Nazareth Foods Pvt. Ltd., which is an Aachi Group Company. She has been awarded the prestigious ‘Magalir Virudhu’ on the occasion of Centenary of Women’s Day. Mrs. Isaac enjoys working for the cause of empowering women towards employability.
(Director, Aachi Masala Foods Pvt. Ltd. Chennai)
Mr. Ashwin Pandian is the elder of the two sons of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac. Mr. Ashwin Pandian holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA degree from the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. He is an Executive Director on the Board of Aachi Masala Foods Pvt. Ltd. He takes care of the various key functions of the organization such as Technical Operations, Logistics, Information Technology & Projects. Mr. Ashwin Pandian is a process efficiency enthusiast and he always strives to achieve efficiencies in technical operations along with his team. He works closely with many technical service providers across the world in order to co-create efficient technical support for the processing of food products.
(Director, Aachi Masala Foods Pvt. Ltd. Chennai)
Mr. Abishek Abraham is the younger son of the Isaac family and he is an Execuive Director on the Board of Aachi Masala Foods Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Abishek Abraham holds a B.Tech in Food Technology and an MBA from S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai. He has specialized in Entrepreneurship and Management of Family Managed Businesses in his MBA. He is responsible for Marketing, R&D and Quality Assurance, New Product Development, Online Business, HR & Finance. He is market savvy and he strives to gain a good deal of understanding of practical consumer behaviour. He handles the tough grind of day-to-day business functions of the company. He has a creative bent of mind as well, taking an active part in the making and televising of many creative commercials for the various brands he is responsible for. He is also a speaker who enjoys delivering Marketing lectures and sharing his thoughts and experiences with students of Business Administration and Management.
Dr. Gibson G. Vedamani
Trustee & Director
(Director, Aachi Institute of Management and Entrepreneurial Development, Chennai)
Dr. Gibson G. Vedamani is an MA in English, MBA in Marketing (Department of Management Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University) and a PhD in Retail Management (Symbiosis international University, Pune). He played a key role in establishing Retailers Association of India (RAI) in Mumbai being its founding CEO. With an industry experience of over 25 years he served in leadership positions organizations like Piramyd Retail (Vice President), Reliance Webstore (Director, Retail Operations), Shoppers’ Stop (Head, Retail Operations) and Bata India (Brand Head – Power Apparel) and in FMCG organizations - Aurofood Ltd. (Sales Manager) & Godrej Soaps Ltd. Dr. Gibson currently serves on the Boards of Retailers’ Association of India and Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (A Nominee of NSDC, Ministry of HRD, Government of India).
Dr. Gibson G. Vedamani authored the first textbook in Retail Management written in an Indian perspective, published by Jaico Books, Mumbai. He has also published a book on retailing translated into in Tamil, “Sillarai Vanigam Sirakka 7 Vazhigal”, published by Sixthsense Publications, Chennai. A writer on topical retailing, he has also published many articles in reputed newspapers, journals and magazines. Dr. Gibson has been a guest faculty at the Welingkar Institute of Management & Research and at the Jamnalal Bajaj institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is a recipient of the Dewang Mehta Award for the Best Teacher in Retail Management, FICCI’s Retailers’ Retailer Award and IBS Award for Best Contribution to the Retail Sector in India.