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.
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. M. Ramachandran
Mr. M. Ramachandran is the Chairman of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort.
He is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and an Associate Member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
Throughout his career since 1974, he had worked in professional field except for initial 4 years in manufacturing industry (Tata Steel, Jamshedpur). He had retired as a partner of S.B. Billimoria & Company, Deloitte Haskins and Sells and Deloitte Haskins and Sells LLP in March 2017 after serving for nearly 29 years, of which 20 years was as Partner.
Mr. Ramachandran had the opportunity to audit some of the leading listed entities such as Federal Bank Limited, South Indian Bank Limited, NCC Limited, L.G. Balakrishnan and Brothers Limited, K.P.R. Mills Limited, etc., He had also undertaken consulting assignments for several reputed entities in private and public sectors.
Mr. George Joseph
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
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.
Apart from being passionate about theme parks, his other interests include music, cars, reading, traveling, adventure sports and swimming.
Ms. Priya Sarah Cheeran Joseph
Mr. 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
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.