Shree Bharathi Devarajan
Founder cum CEO
Bharathi received her master’s in international business from the Grenoble Graduate School for Business (GGSB France) located in Singapore. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. Recently, Bharathi completed a research project that aims to study the model of skills development as an effective corporate social responsibility practice in the Indian construction industry. Since Bharathi has grown up in the URC family, she is firmly committed to building a business that gives back to the community, and she is eager to apply her formal academic training to this new dynamic venture.
C. “CD” Devarajan
Founder cum CMD
CD is a civil and structural engineer with 30 years of experience in construction and infrastructure development. He joined his family’s business, URC, immediately after graduation. He worked with vision and zeal and turned the 56-year-old organization into a highly diversified group with significant interests in housing, information technology, and project management. URC, with impeccable standards in social, environmental, and corporate governance, now supports over 10,000 families through both direct and indirect employment. CD is a philanthropist par excellence and is involved in a number of projects aimed at increasing the knowledge standards of the region through quality education. Despite these achievements, CD remains a down-to-earth person, committed to implementing projects that are socially relevant and beneficial while sharing his dream with people of similar mindsets and life goals. CD believes that inherent ethics and values, given the right support and environment, result in a better society.
Sampath is the managing director of Hydra Consulting Services Private Limited, which implements the Five P project on a turnkey basis. Sam holds a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in strategic management, supply chain management, IT enablement, business process re-engineering, and logistics. He did substantial research in collaborative business with one of his early efforts in seamless transactions, which was recognized by the National Science Technology Board, Singapore as one of the top 20 innovations of the year 2000. Sam was also one of the first few consultants to be invited by National Australia Bank to study and present a business case on emerging trends and opportunities in the IT space for banking services. He also runs a number of programs to help students connect with the industry. One such program in 2007 was conducted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, which linked students with one of the handloom sectors in India. He has delivered key lectures both in India and overseas in collaborative technologies, global sourcing models, business integration, and de-risking strategies. Currently, Sam is involved with helping small-to-medium enterprises of the textile sector to regain their space and help them fight on an equal footing with their larger counterparts through three key groundbreaking initiatives, namely: The Hydra Confedera, The Green Vertical, and The Five P. His involvement in Five P comes as a natural extension of the vision he has for the MSME sector. He was also on the board of Erode Textile Mall Ltd as vice president of marketing and sales, where he played a key role spelling out the marketing strategy for TexValley, India’s iconic, 1.4-million-square-foot trade centre, which is poised to support over 400 traders within the daily and weekly markets in Erode.
Carrie Clark-Kenny, PhD
CSO, USA Office
Carrie holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Archetypal Theory and Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Women’s Studies. Carrie is a social entrepreneur interested in the transformational space between heritage skills, international commerce, and the textile industry. Environmental health, social justice, and responsible business are topics that help her lead the strategic planning for Five P Venture’s vision and implementation in the US market. Carrie facilitates complimentary partnerships and product development for western aesthetics and business practices.
Ponnusami holds a license from the Textile Institute in Manchester, England—a professional textile qualification approved throughout the world—and a Textile and Ready-Made Garment Technology Diploma. With over three decades of experience in plant operations, production, maintenance, set-up and expansion, process enhancement, and sourcing, Ponnusami has become a leading go-to name in the textile manufacturing industry. He has extensive experience in the production of apparel and textiles, particularly related to luxury and high-end products for home and exported mainly to the USA, Canada, and the Middle East, and has a vast, hands-on knowledge of the complete manufacturing process. He has also overseen and been an exceptional leader in new product development, planning, monitoring and execution, time delivery, quality control, sample management and development, liaising with contractors and sub-contractors, implementing cost saving measures, budget planning/costing products, vendor development, and labour management. Ponnusami also has in-depth knowledge of retail sectors, textiles for the hospitality industry and private institutions, and luxury private members clubs and houses. Having travelled to Kuwait, China, and Europe and participated in countless trade textile fairs, Ponnusami is well-versed in dealing with the needs of international clients and businesses.
ManoRanjan received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science from Amrita University, Coimbatore and received his MBA in sales and marketing from Narsee Monjee, Mumbai. After working in various industries like Honeywell, Pidilite, and Infosys, he joined his family business, an apparel and accessories manufacturing company based in Tirupur and Karur, India. Because of ManoRanjan’s strong inclination to work in a social enterprise, he has recently gotten involved in the strategic planning initiatives of Five P Venture. With some prudent strategic moves, he believes Five P’s skills and resources can be optimized to achieve greater levels in the industry.
Merchandisers - 2 | Supervisors - 2 | Accounts and Finance - 1 | Pattern master - 1 | Tailors - 10 | Weavers - 20 | Winders - 1 | Driver - 1 | Quality checking personals - 3 | Ironing - 1 | Packaging - 1