Born in Rajasthan in 1959, Mr. Rajesh Somani passed his Bachelor of Commerce Examination from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He has passed his all Schools and College Examinations with First Class. He is a fellow Chartered Accountant Member (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi and passed his C.A. Examination in 1985. He has completed his Company Secretary Examination from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi in 1989. He has also completed Advance Management Program (AMP-177) of Harvard Business School, Boston (USA) in 2009 and is an Alumni of Harvard Business School, Boston (USA). He is a native of Pali, Rajasthan (India) and presently resident of Dubai, UAE, since 1993. He is married with Mrs. Varsha Somani, B.A., LLB and has two children; one daughter and one son. Daughter, Garveeta Somani is B.Com from Lady Shree Ram College, Delhi & passed C.A. Exam in 2015 and completed Articleship from Deloitte, Mumbai. Presently she is working with Deloitte (Strategy & Operation), Bangalore as Sr. Consultant. Son, Vikram Somani has done his MGB from SP Jain Institute of Management after doing B.Com from Poddar College, Mumbai and presently working with Cedar Management Consulting, Mumbai as Research Consultant.
He has rich experience of more than 31 years in professional firm, composite Textile Mill, Chemical & Viscose Filament Plant and International Commodity Trading.
He had completed C.A. Articleship from M/s. B.R. Maheshwari and Company, a leading practicing firm in New Delhi. Both the senior partners of M/s. B.R. Maheshwari & Co., Mr. B.R. Maheshwari and Mr. K.G. Somani have served as President of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi. After completion of C.A., he worked with M/s. B.R. Maheshwari & Co., New Delhi as Audit Officer in 1986.
He had worked in M.S.U. Mills Ltd., Pali, Rajasthan (India) for 3 years during 1987 – 1989. M.S.U. Mills is one of the oldest but modern composite Textile Mills belongs to Bangur Group having modern process house, about 600 power looms, more than 100,000 spindles and employing about 3000 employees.
He had Joined M/s. Indian Rayon and Industries Limited, Veraval (Gujarat) (Now Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.), a multi-product, multi-dimensional well known Public Listed Company in India and part of Aditya Vikram Birla Group, in 1990 and was working as General Manager – Finance & Accounts till May 1993.
In 1993, he was transferred to Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd., Dubai (UAE) as Vice President. This is an International Trading Company, registered in Singapore since 1978. He had been working as President and looking after Middle East, Vietnam, Indonesia, East Africa and India and responsible for Sulphur, Fertilizers, Petroleum products, Coal, Fluorspar, Bitumen, HBI, Scrap and IOP products. After his joining, a phenomenal business growth has been registered by the Company from USD 50 Millions in 1993 to USD 5,000 Million plus revenue in 2018. He has developed strong team of Traders, Finance and Shipping with due internal controls and delivered positive growth oriented top line and bottom line continuously in last 24 years, with all the years positive P&L. He has managed highly volatile commodity market in 2007 to 2011 very well with record top and bottom line during up & down cycles of world economy.
He was appointed Director of Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd. in 2011 and promoted as Managing Director & CEO of Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd in 2012 with expanded portfolio of Iron-ore, Agri, Tea & Steel in addition to Sulphur, Coal, Fertilizer & Petro products. Have also added 2 Supramax vessels in the business.
Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd. (SSOE), part of the Aditya Birla Group, is a leading bulk Commodity Trading Company, dealing in a wide spectrum of commodities including Coal, Sulphur, Fertilizer, Petroleum products, Metals and Minerals, Agri products etc. Incorporated in Singapore in 1978, the Company has grown to achieve an annual turnover of USD 5.0 Billion and trading volumes in excess of 33 Million Metric Tons per annum in FY2018. Powered by a strong and dedicated professional team of 300 + employees – spread across 18 Geographies and doing business across 70 plus countries – SSOE has the reach and the scale to service its clients across the Globe. Driving growth is SSOE’s emphasis on ethical business practices without compromising on quality & service.
He has widely travelled in various parts of the world and visited Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing & Shanghai (China), Bangkok (Thailand), Tokyo (Japan), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (Australia), Yangon (Myanmar), Jakarta & Bali (Indonesia), Kuwait, Bahrain, Riyadh & Dammam (Saudi Arabia), Amman (Jordan), Tehran, Bandar Abbas & BIK (Iran), Doha (Qatar), Muscat (Oman), Nairobi (Kenya), Dar-es-salaam (Tanzania), Johannesburg (South Africa), Paris (France), Rome (Italy), London (U.K), Austria, Geneva (Switzerland), Amsterdam (Netherland), Moscow & St. Peter’s Burg (CIS), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Brussels (Belgium), Germany, Banff, Vancouver & Calgary (Canada), Washington, Florida, New York & Houston (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil). etc.
Extra Activities: Participated in inter College Debate Competition, Essay Competition, General Knowledge Competition at State level and was active Sportsman in the College. He was Cultural Secretary in the College Students Union.
He is a member of following:
He was also a member of Committee for members in Industry of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), New Delhi in the year 2005-06, during the tenure of President, Mr.Kamlesh Vikamsey. He was the first Chartered Accountant from outside India to be a member of this Standing Committee of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi.
In the year 2009, he was conferred “OUTSTANDING LEADER” Award in the Aditya Birla Awards for Outstanding Achievement by the Chairman, Mr. K.M. Birla for sustained delivery of revenue and profitability growth, for his outstanding commitment to innovation and cost efficiency, for his insightful knowledge of the sector and for his dedication to nurture young professionals.