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The Board of Directors of UPL Limited, in view of dedication of Mr. Rajnikant Shroff (alias Mr. Rajju Shroff) in building UPL as the fifth largest crop protection company in the world and his work towards ensuring food security for India and other countries, designated him as the “Chairman Emeritus” of UPL Group of companies, upon his retirement from the Board effective 1st December, 2022.

Committed visionary

Mr. Rajju Shroff was Chairman and Managing Director of UPL Limited for over 50 years.

Born in a family of entrepreneurs in a small town in Kutch, India. Passionate about chemistry and chemicals right from the beginning, Mr. Rajnikant Shroff pioneered Red Phosphorus manufacturing in 1969, giving an impetus to the indigenous chemical industry. Eager to do something different, Mr. Rajju Shroff has always taken the road less traveled. A graduate of Chemistry from the Bombay University, he established a novel process of manufacturing mercury salts in a plant at U.K. and was paid royalty for it by the British Company; a big achievement for any Indian way back in 1957. Soon after, he mastered red phosphorous and quickly moved on to the production of other chemicals like Aluminium Phosphide (fumigant) and Zinc Phosphide (rodenticide) for agriculture. In 1980s, UPL started launching an avalanche of crop protection products and is one of the leading total crop solutions providers in the world now.

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He believes that the prosperity of his company must be shared with not just the stakeholders but the society at large too. His wholehearted support encourages one and all at UPL to contribute to various social activities and actively work towards betterment of the people.

Looked up to by the world

Mr. Rajju Shroff’s dedication to UPL and his causes is unwavering. His many awards are a mere testimony of his legend. Some of them are:

  • On the Eve of the 72nd Republic Day, Mr. Rajnikant Shroff was conferred one of India’s highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the field of trade and industry in 2021
  • Mr. Rajnikant Shroff is honored with the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle in 2018
  • Shri. Rajju Shroff, was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2015 by AGROW
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (manufacturing) in 2013
  • Indian Chemical Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the entrepreneur in 2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Chemexil in 2008


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