Board of Directors | Wonderla Amusement Park in Bangalore and Kochi

Mr. Kochouseph Chittilappilly

Kochouseph Chittilappilly Vice Chairman of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort
Mr. Kochouseph Chittilappilly, Non-Executive Director of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort, was born in 1950 in Thrissur District, Kerala, and holds a Master's Degree in Physics. At the age of 27, the industrialist in him took shape with a borrowed capital of Rs. 1,00,000 from his father to set up a small manufacturing facility for stabilisers. He set about manufacturing the V-Guard brand of stabilisers.

In the year 2000, he started an amusement park in the name 'Veega Land', (now Wonderla - Kochi) which went on to become one of the most attractive destinations in Kerala. The success story of 'Veega Land' made him to venture another amusement park, 'Wonderla', in Bangalore, which is the biggest amusement park in India. The success of the parks has resulted in two more new parks getting formalized near Hyderabad and Chennai.
He then founded 'The Thomas Chittilappilly Trust' in memory of his late father, C.O. Thomas. It is an extension of the philanthropic and responsible values espoused at V-Guard. It is dedicated to extending its reach to areas of health, education and care. The trust provides health insurance cover for over 2,300 families from financially backward classes, across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The trust has also made substantial contributions to NGO's working for various social welfare causes.

Mr. Kochouseph used to jot down inspirational thoughts over the years. This was then authored into a book called Practical Wisdom -1, a practical management guide that would come in handy to entrepreneurs, managers and management students alike. Due to popular demand it was also translated into Malayalam. The second edition Practical Wisdom -2 was also launched recently. He has also compiled a collection of his childhood memories in a book called 'Ormakillivathil'. The experience of donating a kidney is also taking shape in the form of another book, 'The Gift'.

He was also been bestowed with 'Samman Pathra Award' by Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Finance for being a top income tax payer. The theme park in Kerala has also been the recipient of Kerala State Pollution Control Award, Kerala State Tourism Award (The most eco-friendly tourism project), Kerala State Energy Conservation Award, apart from others.
 

Mr. George Joseph

George Joseph Chairman of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort
Mr. George Joseph is the Chairman and Non-Executive Independent Director of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort. He was the Chairman & Managing Director of Syndicate Bank.

Before joining Syndicate Bank he had worked with Canara Bank for 36 years. He joined Canara Bank as a Probationary Officer in 1969 and had worked in its different centers viz, Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Srinagar, Mumbai, Delhi etc., Also while with Canara Bank, he was the Chief Executive of the Exchange Company at Bahrain under Canara Bank management.

He is a first rank commerce graduate from Kerala University. He also ranked 1st among the Indian candidates and 11th in the AIB Examination (London) of the Institute of Bankers, London. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking & Finance.

Mr. Arun K. Chittilappilly

Arun K Chittilappilly Managing Director of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort
Mr. Arun K. Chittilappilly, Managing Director of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort, is armed with Masters in Industrial Engineering from Industrial Research Institute of Swinburne University (IRIS), Melbourne, Australia. He has been a key architect of Wonderla Holidays and has been actively involved in strategizing and conceptualizing the Wonderla Parks and Resort. At Wonderla, his responsibilities include engineering and design, marketing, communication and finance.

Soon after his Masters, Mr. Arun got involved in the operations of Wonderla Cochin- [earlier known as Veega Land]. Being well versed in industrial engineering and driven by his keen interest in the functioning of the amusement park, Mr. Arun set out to start his own venture. Believing that an amusement park in the same lines as the popular Veega Land [Cochin] would see great acceptance in Bangalore, he initiated the project in 2003 which was completed by 2005.
The Bangalore Wonderla Park was designed as a grander version of the Kochi Park, using the latest technology to compliment its umpteen attractions and facilities. Having been a part of the project right from its conceptual phase, Mr. Arun has witnessed and experienced the phenomenal growth of the amusement park. He holds a vision of rapid expansion across South India.

Apart from being passionate about theme parks, his other interests include music, cars, reading, traveling, adventure sports and swimming.
 

Ms. Priya Sarah Cheeran Joseph

Priya Sarah Cheeran Joseph Director of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort
Priya Sarah Cheeran Joseph is Executive Director of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort. She holds a Post Graduate degree in public health from University of Melbourne, Australia. She is involved in the operations pertaining to food and beverages and human resource departments of the Company since 2005. She is also actively involved with the Corporate Social Responsibility related initiatives of the Company. She has over 11 years of experience in the amusement park industry.

Mr. Gopal Srinivasan

Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort  Gopal Srinivasan

Mr. Gopal Srinivasan is a third generation family member of the TVS Group, a $4 billion (revenue) family-owned set up of automotive businesses. Mr. Srinivasan is the founder of TVS Capital Funds Limited, which supports and nurtures India's mid-cap businesses into world-class companies and manages assets of over Rs 1,100 crore of domestic capital, making it among the largest rupee funds in India.

Over a career spanning 25 years, he has founded several companies operating in diverse sectors including TVS Capital Funds Limited and TVS Electronics Limited, whose boards he chairs. He is also a Director in TVS & Sons Ltd, the holding Company, and on the Board of several Group Companies.

Mr. R. Lakshminarayanan

Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort  Lakshminarayanan

Mr. Lakshminarayanan has about 10 years of experience in Retail Sales, Brand Management and New Product Development with Hindustan Unilever, International Best Foods and Smithkline Beecham. He has worked in Direct Response and Advertising for almost 20 years with Ogilvy Direct, Ogilvy & Mather and Mudra Communications. His areas of interest include Strategic Brand Management, Account Planning and Marketing Services with emphasis on Media Plural Communications.