R Seshasayee, presently the Chairman of the Governing Body of the Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai; Chairman of the Executive Committee of Krea University; Chairman of Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) and Vice President of the Music Academy, Chennai, has won many honours and recognition, including the ‘Star of Italian Solidarity’ award by the Italian Government, Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace by XLRI, Jamshedpur, and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
R Seshasayee, a Chartered Accountant, started his career with Hindustan Lever Ltd in 1971. He joined Ashok Leyland in 1976, rose to become the Executive Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland in 2011, and was Non-Executive Vice Chairman, until July 2016. He led Ashok Leyland’s transformation into a self-reliant, globally competitive technology leader seeking growth through globalization and diversification, via acquisitions and joint ventures.
Seshasayee has served on several government and professional committees. As a member of Government of India delegations, Seshasayee was an active participant at the Doha Ministerial Round of WTO in 2001 and the Hong Kong Ministerial at Hong Kong in 2005. Seshasayee was also the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Middle East during 2007. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli (NIIT) and as the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IITD & M), Kancheepuram.