Optare adds Ashok Leyland CFO

As Jorma Halonen steps down from the Optare Board of Directors, Ashok Leyland Ltd CFO, Gopal Mahadevan, has been appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director with immediate effect. Gopal is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary with 25 years’ experience in finance function across a variety of industries. He started his career with the TTK Group and then moved to Sanmar Group. He later joined Sify Ltd to head Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal and Nasdaq Compliances, following which he joined Amara Raja Batteries as Group CFO. Prior to his appointment to Ashok Leyland, Gopal was CFO of engineering company Thermax Ltd.

Chairman, John Fickling, said, ‘We are grateful to Jorma for his contributions to the Company, thank him for all his advice and efforts and wish him well for the future.  We are delighted to welcome Gopal to the Board, who brings a wealth of financial experience and will be a great asset to the Company.’

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