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Rajmohan Pillai

Dr. J. Rajmohan Pillai (born 12 May 1964)[1] is an Indian businessman, currently the Chairman of Beta Group.[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Beta Group 2
    • Pillai's management 2.1
  • Social Foundations 3
  • Legal case 4
  • Thesis and publications 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Rajmohan Pillai was born in Kollam, Kerala, South India, and educated in the state capital Trivandrum.[3] He gained management experience within the family business from 1981.[1]

Beta Group

Beta Group is a diversified transnational business group with $2 billion turnover.[4] The group’s vertical subsidiaries include packaged processed foods manufacturing, marketing and distribution. The Group also claims interests in entertainment, logistics and business consulting.[5]

The group began in the early 1900s as Beta Industries, an exporter of cashew nuts. The company is based in the Netherlands.[2] It is one of the world's largest cashew nut companies.[6]

Rajmohan Pillai formed the Beta Group as a conglomerate of nine companies in memory of his brother, Kerala businessman Rajan Pillai,[7] former chairman of Britannia Industries, whose death in 1995 closed what The Economic Times referred to as one of India's most dramatic corporate sagas.[2]

Today, while still essentially a cashew products company, the Beta Group has diversified into fruit drinks, almonds, dates and pistachios.[8] The group owns the dry fruit and nut brands Nut King and Ole.[9]

Pillai's management

Pillai's previous declared intentions for the group have included:

Social Foundations

He was instrumental in establishing the KJP Research Foundation, named in honor of his late father, K. J. Pillai. The Foundation conducts research and development in the fields of cashew and other horticultural crops. He also established the Rajan Pillai Foundation in memory of his brother, to promote excellence in arts, sports, social sciences, and medicine, serving the cause of humanity. The Rajan Pillai Foundation institutes and presents awards to accomplished individuals in international relations, social welfare services and industry development.[14]

Legal case

Rajmohan Pillai, as MD of Pace International Ltd, was one of four men convicted of fraud over a letter of credit in 2008.[15] He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment and fined Rs 200,000, but appealed the conviction[16] and the sentences have been suspended until the appeal is resolved.

Thesis and publications

In 2006 he was awarded a Doctorate in Business Management by the


External links

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  5. ^ About us: Beta Groups Background at the Wayback Machine (archived May 14, 2008),
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  11. ^ Italy's Lavazza to buy Barista, Rediff India Abroad, 9 March 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
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  15. ^ The case was determined on 10 December 2008 by a special court set up by the CBI in Kochi, India. The accused were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Kollam Branch of the state bank of Travancore of Rs 62 million using letters of credit. All four were sentenced to two years' imprisonment and fined Rs 200,000 each, and Pace International Ltd (of which Pillai was the Managing Director) was fined Rs 100,000. Sources: Court report of preliminary hearing in 2001. 3 including former bank official get jail, 18 December 2008, Reports in Malayala Manorama, 11 Dec 2008; Mathrubhumi, 11 Dec 2008.
  16. ^ See Criminal appeal case 2951 of 2008, Kerala High Court case status. Status: Pending. Case updated 17 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
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  • The World Cashew Industry - A book detailing all aspects of the production, processing and trading of cashews. Co-authored with Mrs. P. Santha, a relative and former principal scientist with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Rajan Pillai Foundation, Kollam, 2008).[17] The book incorporates several chapters of Pillai's thesis.[18]
  • K. Janardhanan Pillaiyude Jeevitham Daivathinte Nadakom - A Malayalam book about the life of Pillai's father. Co-authored with V. S. Nair (Current Books, 2002).
  • A Wasted Death - A book on the rise and fall of Rajan Pillai, co-authored with K. Govindan Kutty (Penguin Books, 2001, ISBN 978-0-14-100601-7; subsequently translated and published in five Indian languages).

His other published works are:

) for a thesis that chronicled the history of the global cashew industry. Kolkata (an offshoot of the Institute of Education, Research & Development, [8]

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