A Vellayan is the Executive Chairman of the Murugappa Group. He is also the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd and Coromandel International Ltd. In addition to these, he is also a Director on the Boards of AMM Educational Foundation and Kanoria Chemicals and Industries Ltd.
A Vellayan has been associated in senior capacities in various industry bodies like the Chairman of Fertilizer Association of India, Director of Exim Bank and Indian Overseas Bank, President of ICC India and All India Cycle Manufacturers’ Association, and Vice President of the Federation of Indian Export Organisation, in addition to serving on the Board of Governors of his alma mater Doon School.
His academic background includes stints in Doon School, Dehra Dun, Sriram College of Commerce, Aston University, Birmingham, UK and University of Warwick Business School, UK. Among other recognitions, he has also received the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) conferred by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.