Arunachalam Vellayan is the Chairman of the Murugappa Corporate Board. He also serves as Chairman in the Boards of Coromandel International Limited and E.I.D Parry (India) Limited, both listed companies of the Murugappa Group.
Vellayan has been serving in leadership positions in leading National Industry Associations and Institutions. In the past, he was the President of Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), was the Chairman - Fertilizer Association of India, Delhi; Vice President - Federation of Indian Export Organisation; President - International Chamber of Commerce, India; President - All India Cycle Manufacturers’ Association and Director - EXIM Bank & Indian Overseas Bank.
He was conferred with two Honorary Doctorates, Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 2010 and by Aston University, UK in 2014. Vellayan did his schooling at Doon School and graduated with a B.Com degree from the prestigious Sriram College of Commerce. He also holds a Management Degree from the University of Warwick Business School, UK.
Vellayan is a keen sportsman and has represented School and University in Tennis and Squash. He was the Vice President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Committee Member of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association.