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JOHN K PAUL

Son of the legendary Shri K. P. Paul, the visionary entrepreneur from Kerala who built India’s most famous automobile spare parts trade in the name “POPULAR AUTOMOBILES”, John K. Paul completed his Primary Education at The Lawrence School, Lovedale, Ooty and is currently the President of its Alumni Association. A Mechanical Engineering Graduate from the Regional Engineering College, Kozhikode and Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur, he is the Managing Director / Director of various companies under the family business “Kuttukaran Group”. The companies are mainly into vehicle dealerships – Maruti Suzuki Cars, Jaguar Land Rover Cars, Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles & Daimler Benz Truck. He is the Managing Trustee of Kuttukaran Institute for Human Resources Development, engaged in professional skill development, mainly engineering related and Trustee of K. P. Paul Foundation, promoting ‘Women Entrepreneurship’ under the CSR activities of Kuttukaran Group.

He was an Independent Director of Muthoot Finance Ltd. and the Immediate Past President of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), the apex body of automobile dealers in the country. He was the first President from Kerala in FADA’s 56 year history. Mr. John K. Paul was a Member of the Board of Trustees of TiE Global, the world’s largest organization fostering Entrepreneurship. He is also the Past President of TIE Kerala, having conducted the 1st edition of TiEcon in Kerala during his tenure. He has also served as President of the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

A voracious reader who tries to keep up with the latest developments in technology, especially in the auto sector, and an avid traveller trotting the globe, he is passionate in implementing new ideas and technology in all his realms of activity. He has also been recognized as a knowledge speaker on a host of subjects, having delivered talks at some of the leading business / management venues in India.

FRANCIS K PAUL
Francis K. Paul is the eldest son of the legendary Shri K. P. Paul, the visionary entrepreneur from Kerala and the man behind India’s most famous automobile spare parts trade in the name “POPULAR AUTOMOBILES”. He has been at the helm of the Kuttukaran Group for more than four decades now and is on the Board of several Group Companies.
He had his schooling at the Mont Fort School, Yercaud, Salem and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Calicut.
A technical person to the core he laid the foundation for the Group’s technical expertise in automotive service industry. His contribution was remarkable when the Group forayed into the manufacturing of automotive service machinery and equipments in the 1980s. He remains the prime source and reference for all service related and technically pertinent questions.
He is the Whole Time Director / Director of various companies under the family business “Kuttukaran Group”. The companies are mainly into vehicle dealerships – Maruti Suzuki Cars, Jaguar Land Rover Cars, Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles & Daimler Benz Truck.
Presently he serves as President of the RECCAA Charitable Society (Alumini Body of REC, Calicut) which owns the prestigious RECCAA Club in Kochi. He is also the Managing Trustee of K. P. Paul Foundation, promoting ‘Women Entrepreneurship’ under the CSR activities of Kuttukaran Group; and Trustee of Kuttukaran Institute for Human Resources Development, engaged in professional skill development, mainly engineering related.

NAVEEN PHILIP
Naveen Philip is the grandson of the doyen of automobile spare parts business in India, Late K. P. Paul.
He had his early education at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kochi and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Thrissur. He did his post graduation in Business Management at XIM Bhubaneswar.
He started his career as Marketing Manager at Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Ltd. He joined the Kuttukaran Group in 1997 and has put in more than 20 years, guiding the business of the Group. He takes care of the day to day operations of the companies and is on the Board of several Group Companies.

His forte is finance. He has a penchant for figures and this coupled with his astute memory, form a solid plank for the Group’s performance.
He is the Director of YPO, Kerala and also the past Chapter Chair of YI and National Youth Affairs Chair of YI.

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