Mridula completed her Bachelors with distinction in Cornell University with majors in Chemistry
and Microbiology and research experience in microbial genetics. She then spent 3 years heading
operations at Southern Roadways Ltd, a leading parcel service provider and one of the oldest
companies in the TVS group. She also learned how to strip and rebuild a truck.
Mridula pursued an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, the #1 rated business school in the
world at that time with majors in Strategy, Finance, Marketing and Organizational behaviour. After a
summer internship with Bain and Co., she worked with McKinsey & Co., a leading management
consultancy firm, in their prestigious Silicon Valley Office, providing strategic advice in the biotech
and hi-tech spaces. Client profiles ranged from Startups to Fortune 500 companies and client
assignments ranged from portfolio optimization to growth strategy development.
She returned to India with McKinsey and subsequently re-joined the TVS group as Executive Director
in Sundaram Textiles. While there, she led the company (and its sister concern, Dattatreya Textiles) in
operational improvements to win the coveted TPM Excellence Award from the Japanese Institute of
Plant Maintenance. They were the first textile companies in the world to receive this award. She was
elected as a member of the committee of administration of Texprocil, the national council for
promotion of cotton textile exports and elected as a member of the committee of administration of
association of south Indian mills (SIMA), the single largest employer’s organization in India.
She has completed coursework with distinction on climate change from leading universities of the
world, including the University of Chicago & Columbia University. She has taught a course on
climate change and writes a popular biweekly column on climate change in The Hindu, one of India’s
leading newspapers. She is the JMD at Southern Roadways Ltd.
She is a member of the Indian Angel Network, the Chennai Angels and the Native lead Foundation
and is actively involved in mentoring, evaluating and investing in deals primarily in the Cleantech
Mridula is married to K. Bharathram, a Chennai aficionado and has two children.