Dilip Dandekar

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Dilip Dandekar
President of Indian Merchants' Chamber
Personal details
  • Anjali Gogte (till 1993; her death)
  • Smita Karandikar (m. 1998)
Children3; 1 stepdaughter
ParentsDigambar P Dandekar (father)
RelativesDnyaneshwar Agashe (cousin-in-law)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationChairman, managing director

Dilip Dandekar was the chairman and managing director of Kokuyo Camlin Ltd.,[1] taking office from June 1, 2002.[2][3] He joined Camlin Ltd. as a management trainee[1] under his father, D. P. Dandekar and uncle, G. P. Dandekar,[4] who were the founders of the company (initially known as Dandekar and Co.).[5]

He currently serves as the President of Indian Merchants' Chambers.[1] He is presently the chairman of Kokuyo Camlin Ltd., and Camlin Fine Sciences.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dilip Dandekar was born the son of Digambar Dandekar,[1] co-founder of Camlin Ltd. and member of the entrepreneurial and aristocratic, Chitpavan brahmin[6] Dandekar family.[4] Dandekar's uncle, G. P. Dandekar was the other co-founder of the company.[4] Dandekar has one older brother, Subhash[2] who served as executive chairman of Camlin until his retirement in 2002.[2]

He was married to Anjali Dandekar (née Gogte; niece of Balkrishna "Raosaheb" Gogte),[7] and they had 3 children together; before her death in 1993.[4]

He later remarried Smita Dandekar (née Soman) in 1998. She has one daughter from her previous marriage.[4]


Dilip Dandekar joined Camlin Ltd. as management trainee[1][8] and became executive director of the company in 1979.[1] He took charge as chairman and managing director from June 1, 2002.[2] This was following the retirement of his brother, Subhash Dandekar, from the post of Executive Chairman after a period of 43 years.[2][9] Dandekar served as a Vice President of Indian Merchants' Chambers[1] and now serves as the Non Executive Chairman of Camlin Fine Sciences Ltd. (formerly, Camlin Fine Chemicals Ltd)[10] and has been its Director since June 2006.[1] Dandekar served as a Joint Managing Director of Kokuyo Camlin Limited. from June 1, 2002 to February 1, 2013.[1]

He has served as the chairman of Camlin Limited since June 1, 2002.[1][11] Under him, in May 2011, Kokuyo S&T Company Ltd,[12] a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan's Kokuyo Company Ltd acquired a controlling stake in Camlin Ltd from the Dandekar family.[13][14] The name of the company was changed to Kokuyo Camlin Ltd.[12][15]

Dilip Dandekar also serves as director to companies Indo Schottle Auto Parts Pvt. Ltd., Nilmac Packaging Industries Ltd.[16] and Camlin International Ltd.[2] He is a member of the executive committee of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the President of Indian Merchants’ Chamber[17] and on the governing board of Bombay First and the ICFAI Business School.[2][18]

He is also on the Board of Datamatics Global Services as an Independent Director.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Stocks". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h indiainfoline.com. "Mr. Dilip Dandekar, Chairman & Managing Director, Camlin Ltd". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  3. ^ CNBC TV18. "Camlin Growth - Mr. Dilip Dandekar" – via YouTube.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Camlin prepares to induct next generation - Livemint". www.livemint.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. ^ ET Now. "Interview of Mr. Dilip Dandekar - ET Now" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Businessmen". kokanastha.com.
  7. ^ Kamath, M. V.; Gogaṭe, Bāḷakr̥shṇa Mahādeva (1 January 1991). The Makings of a Millionaire: A Tribute to a Living Legend, Raosaheb B.M. Gogte, Industrialist, Philanthropist & Educationist. Jaico Publishing House. p. 10 – via Google Books. He married Nalini (nee Lele) and they have a daughter, Anjali, who is married to Dilip Dandekar of Camlin India
  8. ^ Jain, Gautam Raj; Ansari, M. Akbar; India, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of (1 January 1988). Self-made impact making entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. p. 32 – via Google Books. Mr. Dilip D. Dandekar, Subhash's younger brother, joined Camlin on 1 January 1970 and ably assisted him in production and marketing functions of the Art material division.
  9. ^ Business India. A. H. Advani. 11 March 2017. p. 80.
  10. ^ "Board and Committees". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  11. ^ Business India. A. H. Advani. 11 March 2017. p. 10.
  12. ^ a b "Japan's Kokuyo to buy Camlin in Rs366cr deal - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Japan's Kokuyo to buy majority stake in Camlin". Rediff. 2 May 2011.
  14. ^ Business India. A. H. Advani. 11 March 2017. p. 97.
  15. ^ "Japan's Kokuyo to buy Camlin in Rs366cr deal". Times of India. 31 May 2011.
  16. ^ Indian Food Industry. The Association. 1 January 1991. p. 21 – via Google Books. Nilmac Packaging Industries Ltd, promoted by Mr Dilip Dandekar, Director of Camlin Ltd, recently went on stream for the manufacture of aluminium collapsible tubes.
  17. ^ "Niraj Bajaj, Dilip Dandekar elected to IMC Managing Committee". Zee News. 10 March 2003.
  18. ^ "Kokuyo Camlin Ltd (KOCL.BO)". Reuters.

External links[edit]

Kokuyo Camlin