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LifeSpring Hospitals’ Board of Directors provides critical leadership, advice, and support for our work. The board plays a pivotal role in helping LifeSpring expand and scale.


Dr. M Ayyappan, Founder Chairman

Dr. M. Ayyappan was the Chairman & Managing Director of HLL Lifecare Limited. He is also the Founder Chairman of LifeSpring Hospitals Pvt .Ltd., and Founder Chairman of Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust – one of the largest Social Marketing Organizations in India today. He has retired from Chairmanship in 2016.

Additionally he is also the Director, Rehabilitation Plantations Ltd., a joint venture of Govt. of India and Govt. of Kerala, Vice-Chairman of Centre for Management Development, Trivandrum, an autonomous body formed by Govt. of Kerala for the promotion of management studies, A Fellow member of All India Management Association, Member of the Board of Studies, Future Studies, and also of the Quality Advisory Committee of the University of Kerala and Member of the Board of Studies, TKM Institute of Management and Noorul Islam University.

A Mechanical Engineering Graduate from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, Dr. Ayyappan obtained MBA degree from Cochin University of Science & Technology. In his career, spanning over three decades, he has been associated with several organizations.

Dr. Ayyappan started off his career in Hindustan Motors, Madras. In 1991, he joined HLL as the Head of Marketing. As Head of Marketing, he was instrumental in setting up and developing a strong marketing team and premium brands, which set the stage of HLL’s rapid growth as a marketing organization par excellence of a wide range of contraceptives and healthcare products. He was also instrumental in setting up a vibrant International Business Division that has spearheaded the presence of HLL’s contraceptives and healthcare aids in over 115 countries world over.

After steering the marketing functions of the company for over 12 years, Dr. Ayyappan became the Chief Executive of HLL in the year 2003. In the course of last ten years he has been leading the company; it witnessed rapid unprecedented business growth with a CAGR of 36%.

Dr. Ayyappan has a penchant for innovation and technology development and this has evidenced itself in the sound R&D base of the company. His clear vision had placed the company on an audacious goal Rs.10000 million turnover and propelled it to embark on newer business opportunities in Bio-sciences, Heath care service delivery, infrastructure management and pharmaceuticals. With long years of industry experience and a deep passion for the academic aspect of Management Science, he is a mentor and teacher to the budding managers, academics and corporate.


Mr. Mahesh Yagnaraman, Director

Mahesh is currently India Director, Acumen India.

Before joining Acumen, he founded First Energy Private, Ltd., an alternative energy company, which he led as the CEO and Managing Director from 2009. Prior to that, Mahesh ran BP Energy BP's biomass energy venture which sold cook-stoves and biomass fuel pellets to low-income consumers. When BP decided to spin off the company, Mahesh took over the business, pivoting the business several times and ultimately succeeded in building one of the most successful alternative energy companies in India, specializing in commercial biomass cooking solutions. In 2017, First Energy was acquired by Thermax Limited and Mahesh continues to serve on the company's Board. Earlier, Mahesh spent six years with BP as the Head of Strategy for Asia and the Middle East, as well as the Director of Global Trends, based out of London. Mahesh also spent three years working for BP & Castrol India in Mumbai as Customer Marketing Manager and ten years with Unilever in roles that spanned multiple functions across continents.

Mahesh's experience of how a product could change the lives of the poor translated to a deep commitment to the social impact sector. He has followed the development of the sector closely, been an advisor to various social entrepreneurs and firms.

Mahesh studied Economics at Delhi University and holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. For his entrepreneurship and work, Mahesh was conferred the honor of Distinguished Alumnus by XLRI in 2015.


Dr. Geeta Sharma, Director

Dr. Geeta Sharma is currently Director (Finance) in HLL Lifecare Ltd. She is a Cost & Management Accountant and has a Ph.D from Rajasthan University. She has wide experience in steel industry. In particular, she has vast experience in Corporate Finance, Management Reports, Projects & Budgeting, etc.


Mr. Arun Kumar Singhal, I.A.S, Chairman

Mr. Arun Kumar Singhal, IAS, is Additional Secretary in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of HLL Lifecare Limited, and is the Chairman of HITES. He has earlier served as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas & Ministry of Heavy Industries.


Dr. M.D. Nair, Director

Dr.M.D. Nair, has a Ph.D. Degree from University of Illinois, USA. He has worked extensively on new drug development, patents, documentation, information systems and planning, control of production, marketing and clinical trials. Dr. Nair was instrumental in setting up largest antibiotic complexes in India for SPIC. Besides Authoring over 80 publications in various national and international journals, he is the holder of several patents on new therapeutic agents and has co-authored three books. He has been consultant to WHO for setting up pharmaceuticals projects in Middle East and on traditional machines in New Delhi, Bangkok and Jakarta. He has been an advisor to government and private organisations on science and Technology and Director of the board of many pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Nair has developed conceptual and novel approaches for the Indian Industry to become a global player in R&D, Technology Development, production and marketing of healthcare products and services

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