M A Alagappan retired as the Executive Chairman of the Murugappa Corporate Board. A scion of the Murugappa family – one of the oldest and most distinguished business families in India – Alagappan has from an early age been a dynamic business manager with strong entrepreneurial traits.
He serves on the Board of Directors of AVT Natural Products Ltd. and Vasan Helathcare Pvt. Ltd. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Group for Diageo India Pvt. Ltd. (“Diageo India”)
Equipped with vast experience and knowledge in managing diverse businesses, Alagappan has been actively involved with several leading industry associations. He is the Honorary Consul of Hungary in India for the Southern Region. He is a Past President of The United Planters’ Association of Southern India and AIEO and the Southern India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SICCI).
Being a tennis enthusiast, he plays a key role in the development of the game in the country. He is the President of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) and Vice President of All India Tennis Association (AITA)
M A Alagappan takes keen interest in social welfare and is a trustee of the AMM Arunachalam Trust and AMM Foundation that run schools and hospitals across India.
M A Alagappan is the Chairman of the Board of United Way of Chennai, that work to advance the common good of communities by focusing on education, income and health. He also serves as a member of the Governing Body of the Cancer Institute, a public charitable voluntary institution dedicated to cancer treatment, care, control and research.
A Commerce Graduate from the University of Madras, Alagappan has also undergone a course in management studies from the University of Aston in Birmingham.
In January 2009, M A Alagappan was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the Birmingham City University in recognition of his outstanding business achievements.