1 MMS-India

Management Team


1. President

Mr. Masatsugu Takahashi

Nationality: Japanese

Qualifications: Chemical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology

Working with MMSI since: Year 2012

Professional Experience: After Graduating from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mr. Takahashi joined a trading House & was engaged in the marketing of oil, other petroleum products, and the oil exploration and business development for over two decades before joining MMS Co. Ltd, Tokyo as Deputy General Manager of Business & Administration Group in November 2010. After serving at various positions in the Business & Administration group of MMS, on 20th March, he was appointed as President of the company in April 2012. Furthermore in March 2014, he has been appointed as the President of MMS Co. Ltd, Tokyo.

2. Director & Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Sanjay Bhavnani

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: Class I Engineer, Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law, Ph.D. in Business Management (with specialization in Human Resources Management)

Working with MMSI since: Inception

Professional Experience: After having sailed out at sea, last as a Chief Engineer, on Oil Tankers for several years, Sanjay Bhavnani came ashore in the year 1998. After two stints on shore, one at a marine training institute as in charge of all tanker related training and the other at the head office of the Japanese Shipping Company in Tokyo, he moved to the then newly formed MMS Maritime (India) Pvt Ltd in April 2002.The company has been since then involved in the crewing and the training operations pertaining to the seafarers deployed on the tanker fleet vessels chartered to various oil majors. His present perspective on the crewing aspects is based on his close interactions had with the seafarers as well as with the shore staff with an attempt to align all expectations within an overall and an integrated framework based on all industry demands.

He serves on the board of FOSMA (Foreign Owners and Ship Managers Association),an association involved in representing the views of the industry, and working along with the administration and the Government on matters relating to Merchant Shipping, Maritime Labour Convention, Seafarers Identity Document, Criminalization of Seafarers, Piracy and Hijacking, STCW matters at International Maritime Organization, Education and Training Matters, besides other contemporary issues related to the industry.

He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management as well as a one year Senior Management programme from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta besides having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law from London. He has also been awarded a doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in the Human Resource domain.

3. Director

Mr. Anand Thakoor

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: Class I Engineer,

Working with MMSI since: Year 2009

Professional Experience: More than 40 years of Marine experience on Foreign Going Vessel. Graduated from D.M.E.T. in 1974 and sailed as Marine Engineer in Indian and Foreign companies. Became a Chief Engineer in 1985, thereafter Joined MMS Group in 1997. He has been involved in the takeover of new deliveries of various ships including VLCCs. Joined MMS Tokyo as Manager-Tech. Group in 2006, rising to General Manager of Systems Group in 2008. In 2009, he joined MMSI as a Director.

4. Joint Director (Fleet Personnel)

Capt.Heckter Engineer

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: Master Mariner - FG

Working with MMSI since: Year 2007

Professional Experience: Having sailed for more than 30 years on Foreign Going Vessels and possessing more than 12 years of vast experience in command, Capt. Engineer came ashore in 2007 & joined MMSI gradually handling the entire crewing operations in India. With his vast sea-experience as well as shore stints, he has come a long way to reach the position of a Joint Director with the company. He is known for his strong inter-personal skills & under his able leadership the crewing management is able to meet the ever increasing challenges imposed on to it.

5. Deputy Director(Fleet Personnel)

Mr. Ramesh Punwani

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: Merchant Marine Radio Officer

Working with MMSI since: Inception

Professional Experience: Mr. Ramesh Punwani has been associated with the marine industry since 1974. He set sailed as a Radio Officer at Scindia Steam Navigation, Mumbai till 1984. After sailing with various reputed companies, he came ashore in 1986. Presently holding more than 40yrs of experience with this industry, he has been through various shipping companies & with his expertise in the field has reached the position of a Deputy Director with MMSI. & still holding good for the years to come.

6. General Manager (Training)

Capt.Anurudha Dayal

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: Master Mariner - FG

Professional Experience:From being a school cricket team Captain to becoming a Captain of the ship- the intervening 30 years has been a long and successful journey for Capt. Dayal. Having worked in many companies, Capt. Dayal currently executes his expertise at MMSI as the General Manager, Training & is also heading the regional office of the company in New Delhi in good

7. General Manager (Finance and Corporate Affairs)

Mr. C. Gurunathan

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: B.COM, CA

Working with MMSI since: Inception

Professional Experience:Mr. Gurunathan has more than 35 years of experience in theAccounts, Finance & Corporate Law. After having worked for 23 years in the Financial & Corporate sector, he joined MMSI in 2001 as a General Manager (Finance & Corporate Affairs) & since then has been supporting this extremely important function in the company with due diligence. & his professional expertise.

8. Senior Manager (Training)

Charudutt Kulkarni

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: B.E Instrumentation

Working with MMSI since: Year 2007

Professional Experience: Mr. Kulkarni started his career in the marine industry ashore as a Service Engineer in the year 1991 with Marine Electronics & Navigation Pvt. Ltd, after which he contributed significantly too many other shipping companies as an Automation Engineer. He started sailing in the year 2002 in the capacity of an Electrical Officer & for about 5 years had been at sea. After joining MMSI in the year 2007 as a Manager, Mr. Kulkarni has been involved in onboard training as well as software installation onboard MMS ships. He has been wholeheartly contributing to the training function since then.

9. Senior Manager (Training& Technical Services)

Sidhartha Mohanrao

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: Class I Engineer,

Working with MMSI since: Year 2014

Professional Experience:Mr. Mohanrao started his career in the marine industry in the year 1999. He joined MMS in the year 2008 as a 1st Assistant Engineer & due to his hard work &dedication; there was no looking back for him. In a matter of 2 years, he achieved the position of a Chief Engineer. Thereafter, he gained sailing experience for more than 3 years & came ashore and joined MMSI as a Senior Manager and is now managing the training &technical services function. His positive attitude & ‘never say die’ spirit has helped him gain recognition ashore &will surely go a long way in his career ashore.

10. Senior Manager (Human Resources)

Seema Alagh

Nationality: Indian

Qualifications: BMS Graduate. Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with specialization in HR), Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations.

Working with MMSI since: Year 2011

Professional Experience:After completion of her graduation in management Ms. Seema entered the shipping industry in the year 2007. Going through various reputed shipping set-up’s, & with her professional expertise, she obtained the position of a HR Manger with MMSI in the year 2011. Since then her aim has been to enable the organization to achieve its strategic goals by creating a synergy between MMSI & its most valuable assets—the seafarers.

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