Key Personnel


HIMATLAL SHAH (1915~2002) – (Our Inspiration)

Born in 1915, coming from a family of businessmen for over 3 generations, Mr. Himatlal Shah decided to embark upon his own business immediately after completing his undergraduate education. Trading skills were in his blood. He launched in 1943 a trading company doing business in paper and pulp. Being an outgoing and an affable personality, he decided to explore strategic tie-ups for agencies / representations from international sources. His exposure to the international business allowed him to develop long term relationships with European countries when very few traders from India ventured into the international arena. This gave him a head start while charting the un-explored business potential of India. He could achieve up to 40% market share in trading of certain varieties of paper / pulp on a pan India basis, mainly through imports. Later, the trading also included the distributorship of products from Indian mills. As India progressed, Himatlal Shah maintained market share in the paper / pulp business for the coming decades by adding more and more varieties of papers, including specialized paper for the Electrical industry and going on to diversifying into manmade fiber & yarn (nylon / polyester) which went into the textile industry.

 

CHETAN SHAH (Director)

After completing his Commerce graduation, Mr.Chetan Shah joined the paper / pulp business of Himatlal & Company in 1968 / 69, after equipping himself with the necessary technical training in Europe for marketing of insulating papers to the fast developing Indian Electrical industry. He was able to pioneer the marketing of this specialised paper to the manufacturers of transformers, cables, capacitors, electric motors and winding wires, followed by other insulating materials from several European suppliers. Even at that early time, he was a stickler for giving the best of customer service and his persevering efforts helped the company to also become a prominent player in other grades of specialty papers like, baryta coated base paper for photo industry, abrasive base paper, transfer paper, and other kinds of coated papers used by various industries. This was in addition to the on-going paper / pulp business which basically started with newsprint / writing – printing paper. The diversified business included all kinds of paper / pulp, fiber / yarn & insulating materials wherein Himatlal & Company was representing many leading east as well as west European companies and trading organizations. He decided to form “Himatlal Group of Companies” where each company was not only to handle different products for different industries, but responsible as a profit centre.

 

GAUTAM SHAH (Director)

A post graduate in Electrical Engineering with Electronics as his major from USA, Gautam Shah joined Himatlal group in 1975. He created a new division- raw materials for Electronics & Electrical industries. His first target was the “PCB” industry. He simultaneously trained himself on managementcontrols by completing a Diploma in Business Management. He was able to further the group’s goals by diversifying into fast growing Electronics field, & increasing the sales turnover rapidly. He introduced professionalism in the group with his strong techno commercial background. Through a systematic & professional approach to management, he has launched a restructuring process in the group, seeing that the group is exposed internationally to the modern facilities, infrastructure and quick to adapt.

 

CHIRAG SHAH (Director)

Prior to founding Bee Interactive Systems (www.gototest.com), Chirag co-founded a Mobile VAS company – CornerShop Entertainment (short code: 7575) that was successfully spun off to Zee TV (Essel Group) and which continues to be their platform for all wireless interactivity. Preceding that, he founded TollfreeIndia Technologies (www.tollfreeIndia.com) in the telecoms infrastructure space on whose board he still serves. Chirag brings over 11 years of entrepreneurial experience with a strong emphasis on strategy and marketing and is responsible for driving new initiatives in the Group. Chirag schooled at Mayo College, Ajmer, H. R. College of Commerce, Mumbai and the University of Denver, USA.

 

WORK FORCE

Today Himatlal Group has a team of  dynamic young professionals and staff workforce of 32 personnel.