Mr. Ashok Kumar Barat was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes & Company Limited, a BSE listed company (established in 1767), till June 2016. During his long and distinguished career, he has held leadership positions in various Indian and multinational organizations, both in India and overseas, namely Hindustan Lever Limited, RPG Group, Pepsi, Electrolux, Telstra and Kraft-Heinz.
Ashok is a member of the Managing Committee of ASSOCHAM. He has been a Trustee of the Mumbai Port Trust for some years and a past President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition, he is a Certified Mediator empaneled with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.
Ashok is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, mentors budding entrepreneurs and advises companies on 'Strategy', 'Performance Improvement' and Governance initiatives.
He is on the Board of Wacker Metroark Chemicals Private Limited (subsidiary of Wacker Chemie AG), Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Limited, DCB Bank Limited, Mahindra Intertrade Limited and Council of EU Chamber of Commerce in India.