Saroj Poddar will be conferred with the honour in recognition of his services in strengthening the economic ties between two countries
Chairman of Adventz Group of companies, Saroj Kumar Poddar, also member of the Indo-French CEO forum, was conferred the Commandeur de l’ Ordre National du Merite (commander in the national order of merit) honour by visiting Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler for his efforts to strengthen bilateral ties between India and France in 2010 in the capacity of then Chairman, Alstom India Ltd and Areva T&D.
Saroj Poddar, currently serving as Chairman of the India-Saudi Arabia Joint Business Council had served as President of FICCI and International Chamber of Commerce in India and has been appointed by Govt of India on the Board of Trade (the highest body on trade) as well as on the board of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is also the Chairman of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, Zuari Global Limited, Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited, Chambal Infrastructure Ventures Limited, Simon India Limited, Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Limited, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd., and Zuari Cement Limited (a unit of Ciments Francais). In addition he is also on the Advisory Board of the Indian arm of Messrs. N M Rothschild & Sons, one of the world’s leading independent investment banking organizations providing financial services to governments, companies and individuals worldwide.
Some of the notable joint ventures with leading corporations under his guidance include Gillette India Ltd – a joint venture with The Gillette Company of U.S.A and Hettich India Private Ltd – a joint venture with the Hettich Group of Germany.