Head Corporate Legal
Godrej Industries Ltd
Chakradhar Varadarajan is currently Head-Corporate Legal at Godrej Industries Limited (GIL) and officiates as the General Counsel for Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) and Nature’s Basket Limited (NBL). Chakradhar joined the Godrej Group in March 2013 as Executive Vice President – Corporate Legal.
Chakradhar’s role is to add value to the businesses as a trusted advisor, shape up, and maintain a client-focused in-house legal team capable of managing the diverse needs of the GIL and its Associated Companies’ businesses housed in corporate entities mentioned above. Chakradhar manages strategic advisory work on risk analysis and mitigation including M&A, indirect taxation, brand protection enforcement, business advisory, compliance, and regulatory aspects.
Prior to joining the Godrej Group’s headquarters in Mumbai, Chakradhar was Senior In-House Counsel at Hindustan Unilever Ltd and Country Counsel for Cargill India Pvt. Ltd., NCR of Delhi (Gurugram). His in-house counsel roles were also at ITC Limited (Kolkata, Hyderabad/Secunderabad, Guntur); Tata Cellular Ltd (now Idea Cellular, Hyderabad); Nagarjuna Investment Trust Ltd; & Nagarjuna Hire Purchase Limited.
The Indian Corporate Counsel Association & the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, bestowed a recognition on Chakradhar as one amongst “India’s finest in-house counsel” in 2016.