Kolkata, Jul 10: One of the leading lights of the Indian industry, Ashok C Burman, chairman Emeritus of Dabur India today passed away in London. Aged 82, Burman is the father of Anand Burman who is the current chairman of the company. "Burman has contributed to the growth of the company and helped it in attaining the status of a major player in the FMCG industry," Dabur India said.
Born in Kolkata on June 19, 1930, Burman steered the company, which makes Vatika shampoo and Real juices, to become India's fourth largest in the consumer goods space. He joined Dabur in 1948, and in 1950 he became its director - a post he held till 1985.
He took over as chairman of Dabur from 1985 till 1998. Burman has been credited for starting in-house packaging division in 1952, introduction of computerisation in 1956 and setting up of export division of the company in 1982.
He was on the board of companies such as engineering firm Gannon Dunkerley & Company and Polyplex Corp, among others.