AshwinChandran, chairman and managing director of Coimbatore-based PrecotMeridien Limited, has been elected as the new chairman of The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) for the year 2019-20. Ravi Sam and SK Sundararaman were elected as deputy chairman and vice chairman respectively at the 60th annual general meeting of SIMA held this week.

Chandran studied B.Sc. (Hons) in textile technology at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK. He also has an MBA from the University of Illinois in the US. He is currently a member of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil), Mumbai, and the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), New Delhi.

Sam, managing director of Adwaith Textiles Private Limited, Coimbatore, is a commerce graduate and holds post-graduate diploma in textile technology from UMIST. He is a founder trustee of Siruthuli, the movement of preservation of water bodies in Coimbatore.  He is involved in various social welfare activities. He was the chairman of CII Tamil Nadu and at present he severs as the chairman of CII SR sub-committee on Sustainability, CSR & Affirmative Action to bring inclusiveness to the marginalised sectors of the society covering all the six southern states.

Sundararaman, managing director of Shiva Texyarn Limited, Dindigul, holds an MBBS degree and master’s in business management from Cambridge University, UK. He is well-known in the field of technical textiles in India and also in the field of technical education. He is the managing trustee of the Firebird Institute of Research in Management. He has been a member in various business forums at a national level. He is the past chairman of CII, Coimbatore, and educational convenor CII, Tamil Nadu. Currently, he is the chairman of Indian Technical Textile Association.