K Ravi, Managing Director, NCL Industries, forayed into industry and business in his late teens while he was still a student in the mid-1970s. That was the time when his father was making a transition from being an employee to entrepreneur. Ravi was an able lieutenant to Ramachandra Raju, who established Deccan Nitrates, for manufacture of Sodium Nitrate and Ammonium Nitrate from Nuclear Waste generated by Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad.
He pursued his studies in Electrical Engineering at Hyderabad with specialisation in Power Stations network and systems. As a part of the requirements for the Diploma, he underwent practical training at Kothagudem Thermal Power Station and BHEL for six months, and got his four-year diploma in 1975.
With an urge to foray into coveted power sector, Ravi started NCL Energy in 1998 and completed two mini hydel projects. These two projects were completed in record time and are generating over 50 million units of power every year. While few more projects were in pipeline for execution, Ravi has come back to NCL Industries as Managing Director in 2003 upon the retirement of Rama Chandra Raju.
While steering the fortunes of the flagship company, Ravi has also been actively associated with the other ventures established by the Group. The early penchant for establishing new ventures remained with Ravi, immersed as he is in running the flagship.
Ravi has a reputation for being a manager with exacting standards. He demands, recognises and rewards high performance from his executives. At the same time, he takes keen interest in the welfare activities for his employees, and pays particular attention to the housing, education, medical and recreation facilities provided to the employees and their families.