Dr. Ramachandra N. Galla is the Patriarch of an illustrious business family of Andhra Pradesh, Gallas, who have established a name for themselves by successfully setting up Amara Raja Batteries. Born in 1938, Dr. Ramachandra Galla is an Electrical Engineer from S.V. University, Tirupati and has to his credit Masters degrees in Applied Electronics, Roorkee, India and Systems Sciences, Michigan State University, USA.

Dr. Galla started his career as an Electrical Engineer in US Steel Corporation, USA moved on to Sargent & Lundy, USA as a Consulting Engineer for the Designing of Nuclear & Coal Fired Power Plant. He initiated various projects in these corporations & mastered the ropes of this competitive business in a very short time. However, he soon discovered that his natural inclination was serving his country and as a logical sequel he gravitated towards Chittoor his native place in India. Dr. Galla laid the foundation of Amara Raja batteries in 1985 in Chittoor. With his intense zeal and highly focused approach, he propelled Amara Raja Batteries in the top league of battery companies in India.

In his capacity as the Chairman, Dr. Ramachandra Galla has promoted and established the following companies from the conceptual stage which are now well established and profit making:

 Amara Raja Batteries Ltd
 Amara Raja Power Systems Ltd
 Mangal Industries Ltd
 Amara Raja Electronics Ltd
 Amara Raja Infra (P) Ltd
 Amaron Batteries (P) Ltd
 Amara Raja Industrial Services (P) Ltd

Dr Galla's finest hour as a businessman came in 1998 when he was presented BEST ENTERPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 1998 ” – by Hyderabad Management Association, Hyderabad. He has been bestowed with honorary doctorate degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University in 2008 at Hyderabad & Sri Venkateswara University in 2007 at Tirupati. He has also been conferred with “THE SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE” award by Academy of Fine Arts, Tirupati, and various other prestigious awards.

He is passionate about a corporate’s responsibility to society as well as championing eco-friendly business practices. Dr. Galla has established various charitable trusts like Krishna Devaraya Educational & cultural association (KECA), Rajanna Trust, Mangamma & Gangul Naidu Memorial Trust. He is dedicated to rural development and improving the economic conditions of the farmers in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India. KECA which was established in 1975 provides scholarship to the poor and needy students to pursue their higher education. While Rajanna Trust that was established in 1999 to construct check dams and deepening the tanks to improve the ground water levels. MANGAL TRUST was established in 2003 to provide drinking water facilities, constructing check dams & providing infrastructure facilities to Petamitta and surrounding villages.

A committed family man with wife, two children & grand children, he loves spending time with his family and participating in society development project.

Vice Chairman and Managing Director

Jayadev Galla (Jay) is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL), a leading manufacturer of Advanced Lead Acid batteries for Industrial and Automotive applications. ARBL is a joint venture between Amara Raja group and US based Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI). JCI is a USD 35 billion conglomerate and the global leader in building efficiency, automotive interior experience and automotive power solutions. The company owns the brand name “Amaron” which is the second largest selling automotive battery brand in India today. ARBL is a widely held public limited company listed on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited and the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited. The gross revenue for the year ending March 31, 2012 is more than USD 450 mn.

  • Spearheading ARBL’s automotive batteries (Amaron) venture
  • Striking a partnership with JCI, U.S.A. for the automotive battery business
  • Winning the prestigious Ford World Excellence Award in 2004 achieved by meeting global delivery standards. ARBL is the 3rd supplier from India to be given this award.
Posts and Responsibilities
  • Confederation of Indian Industry
    • Young Indians National Branding Chair
    • Young Indian’s National Immediate Past Chairman
    • Young Indians Immediate Past Chairman - District Chapter Initiatives
  • Amara Raja Group of Companies
    • Vice Chairman, Amara Raja Power Systems Limited
    • Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Amara Raja Electronics Limited
    • Vice Chairman, Mangal Industries Limited
    • Director, Amara Raja Infra Private Limited
    • Director, Amaron Batteries (P) Ltd.
    • Director, Amara Raja Industrial Services (P) Ltd.
  • Permanent Trustee of the Rajanna Trust
    • The Trust was established in 1999 and is dedicated to rural development and to improve the economic conditions of the farmers in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. Among other things, Rajanna Trust has executed micro irrigation projects valued to a tune of 1 million US dollars which has benefited over 2000 agricultural families
  • Advisory Member
    • Wockhardt Foundation

Jay holds a bachelors’ degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA. As an avid sports lover, he has played chess and tennis at a competitive level. He also enjoys golf, motor sports, diving, travel and pop culture in general. Married with two children; in his leisure time he loves spending time with his family and participating in community development initiatives.