A great honour for the Chennai Super ‘King’

Mr. Ranjit Pratap has taken over as the 90th President of the Rotary Club of Madras, which is the third oldest club in India. Born in 1953, Mr. Ranjit is a B.Com. graduate from the Madras Christian College and graduated in Management from Indiana State University. 

Since 1988, he is the Managing Director of Rayala Corporation Pvt. Ltd., a company well known for the autombile dealerships during 1947. Later on, Rayala branched off into manufacturing typewriters with the brand name “Halda”, a joint venture with Facit AB, Sweden.

Subsequently, he promoted Facit Asia Ltd. (1962), another Indo-Swedish joint venture for manufacturing calculators and adding machines, and currently dealing in auto components & light engineering products, supplying to the auto industry and the Defence sector.

In 1995, Mr. Ranjit promoted yet another successful joint venture with Braun AG of Germany, now part of P & G of the US, to manufacture personal care and domestic appliances for the Indian market. This company was set up with the technical expertise of Braun, AG. Today, this joint venture is turning out high quality oral care products, and Braun gets substantial parts of the production from the Indian plant for its new emerging markets in developing countries.

Besides being Chairman of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (Southern Region) and the German Business Group, Chennai, Mr. Ranjit is also a well-known real estate businessman. An active sportsman, he devotes more time for playing tennis and horse back riding. He is also a great swimmer and a ardent follower of yoga. His hobbies include record collection of vintage and classic cars in south India.