Shri Arun Ramanathan, Part-time Chairman is a retired IAS Officer of Tamil Nadu Cadre (1973). In his stint of 36 years in the IAS, Shri Ramanathan has held assignments in diverse areas. His postings at the Centre at the level of Secretary were: Secretary Department of Chemicals, Petrochemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Secretary Financial Services and at superannuation in 2009, the Union Finance Secretary. Shri Ramanathan holds Masters Degrees in Nuclear Physics from Andhra University, Business Administration from Madras University and Development Economics from Cambridge University, all with distinction. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of the Cost and Works Accountants of India.
Shri Ramanathan has served on the Boards of over 35 Companies including State Bank of India, IDBI, LIC, ICICI, IIFCL, IDFC, ONGC, Shipping Corporation of India, National Textiles Corporation, ONGC Videsh, Titan Industries, Indian Clearing Corporation, Jenson and Nicholson, JCT Electronics and Religare Enterprises. He has served as Chairman of the Audit Committees of ONGC, ONGC Videsh, and SCI.
He is currently an Independent Director on the Boards of L&T Fincorp Ltd and Equitas Holdings Ltd. He is also an Independent Director and the Non Executive Chairman of L&T Infra Debt Fund Ltd. Shri Ramanathan is a serving Member on the India Advisory Council of Daimler Commercial Vehicles (India), the Investment Committee of the Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Management Company, the Advisory Committee of the Hindustan Latex Family Promotion Programme, and the Project Management Board of FINISH, a Netherlands promoted organisation involved in rural sanitation in India.