board of directors

Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Limited, commonly known as Talwalkars, is one of India's largest chain of health centres. It has over 150 ultramodern branches across 80 cities in the country, with over 1,25,000 members.

Talwalkars growth can be attributed directly to the trust customers have in us, and the benefits they derive from expert advice, personalized supervision, result-oriented approach, and Talwalkars know-how and experience in this field since the first gym being set up in Mumbai in 1932 and now offering a diverse set of services including gyms, spas, aerobics and health counselling.

Talwalkars not only offers you the latest technology in fitness but also the fabulous services, expertise and flexibility of Talwalkars which made us brand name in the fitness industry.

Mr. Madhukar Vishnu Talwalkar
Director
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Our driving force, Mr. Madhukar Talwalkar has over 5 decades of experience in the health and fitness industry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering from Veer Jijamata Technical Institute, Mumbai, and was the Founder President of Greater Bombay Body Builders Association. He currently serves as the President of Maharashtra State Body Builders Federation. He is our mmotivation behind many of our fitness events and competitions including Talwalkars Classique. His guidance has been an indispensable asset, and he has significantly contributed towards our expansion and positioning as a leader in health and fitness.

Mr. Prashant Sudhakar Talwalkar
Director
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With a Bachelor’s degree in Science from University of Mumbai and over 25 years of experience in health club marketing, Mr. Prashant Talwalkar has spearheaded the Talwalkars brand evolution as our Managing Director & CEO. He spearheads gym expansions across India and Sri Lanka. Handling corporate tie ups and other promotional activities, he has brought recognition to Talwalkars at events such as the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 and the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2008 and 2009 & Pinkathon 2012. He has been honoured as one of the Top 30 Most Innovative CEOs of the country by Inc Magazine, 2015. Under his leadership Talwalkars has also been awarded as the “Best Under A Billion” by Forbes Asia, 2013. .

Mr. Vinayak Ratnakar Gawande
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With a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mumbai University, our Whole-time Director, Mr. Vinayak Gawande is backed by over 30 years of experience in the taxation, law and finance industry. Currently the head of tax and legal matters at Talwalkars, he also manages hospitality for a 3 star hotel at Khandala. Mr. Gawande is also on the board of Governing Council of Beauty & Wellness Skill Sector Council, Ministry of Skill Development, Govt of India.

Mr. Girish Madhukar Talwalkar
Director
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Mr. Girish Talwalkar holds a Masters degree in Physiotherapy from Mumbai University and has over 2 decades of experience in establishing and operating health clubs. Handling strategic planning, Human Resources function, corporate tie ups and other promotional activities, his expertise in project management and execution has taken Talwalkars a step ahead.

Mr. Harsha Ramdas Bhatkal
Director
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Mr. Harsha Bhatkal holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and has over 25 years of experience in publishing and marketing. He worked as a business journalist for Update Magazine, a sales manager for Popular Prakashan Private Limited, and went on to create Vans Information, a pioneer in electronic information services in India. He received the Paul Hamlyn scholarship and the Award for Excellence in Publishing from the Federation of Indian Publishers. Today, he handles brand strategy, marketing & international tie-ups for Talwalkars.

Mr. Anant Ratnakar Gawande
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Mr. Anant Gawande is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since 1989. He specializes in leasing and hire purchase finance, investment banking, portfolio advisory and general banking services, with over 20 years’ experience. He has promoted Anfin Investments Private Limited and has been associated with Better Value Leasing and Finance Limited, Vans Information Limited, Brainworks Learning Systems Private Limited and Popular Institute of Art Private Limited. He is currently head of finance operations at Talwalkars.

Mr. Manohar Gopal Bhide
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Mr. Manohar Bhide holds a Master’s in Economics from Mumbai University and has over 5 decades of experience in banking and finance. He has served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of India, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Credit Officer, Managing Director and Group Executive (National Banking Division) of State Bank of India. He has also worked as Chief Executive Officer of State Bank of India (London), Chairman of National Institute of Banking Management, Pune, Chairman of Bank of India Shareholding Limited, Chairman of Bank of India Asset Management Company Limited and Chairman Bank of India (Africa) Limited. He was a member of the committee that investigates the activities of the Unit Trust of India and the Government-appointed committee that reviews the system of administered interest rates and tackles other related issues.

Mr. Raman Hirji Maroo
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With a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Mumbai University, Mr. Raman Maroo has garnered over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He currently works as the Managing Director of Shemaroo Entertainment Private Limited. He was responsible for acquiring Hindi Film Video Rights for home video, cable and satellite distribution, and spearheaded Shemaroo’s joint venture partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment (LS, USA) to set up Sony Entertainment Television in India.

Mr. Mohan Motiram Jayakar
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Mr. Mohan Jayakar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Government Law College, Mumbai and obtained his solicitors degree in 1975. He was a partner with M/s. Gagrat & Co. for over 20 years, where he attended to all the aspects of law and specialized in customs, central excise and foreign exchange matters including writs and criminal procedure. He is a member of the shipping committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and on panel of Arbitrators of Bombay Incorporated Law Society. He is presently a senior partner with M/s. Khaitan, Jayakar, Sud and Vohra and heads operations of the Mumbai branch of the firm.

Dr. Avinash Achuyt Phadke
Director
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Dr. Avinash Phadke was awarded the Dr. Salaskar Gold Medal when he passed D.P.B. in 1980. He completed his M. D. (Path) from Mumbai University with special merit in 1981, and has over 3 decades of experience in pathologic practice. He is Honorary Secretary to prince Aly Khan Hospital and Executive Committee President and Advisor to Prince Aly khan Hospital and Aga Khan Health Foundation. He is also a faculty member at Tata Institute of Social Science and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, advisor to Family Planning Association of India, Dhanwantari Hospital, and a Professor of M.D. Pathology at Mumbai University. He received the 2008 Professional of the year award by Maharashtra Times, the 2008 Healthcare express award, the 2009 Healthcare Express Best Laboratory award, and the 2009 Indian Medical Association Distinguished Doctor award.

Mr. Abhijeet Rajaram Patil
Director
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With a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mumbai University, Mr. Abhijeet Patil has over 25 years of experience in the tourism industry. He has been involved in his family travel business since the age of 12, and worked with Eli Lily’s global marketing team, USA soon after graduating. At present, he serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Raja Rani Travels Private Limited.

Mr. Dinesh Afzulpurkar
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Mr. Dinesh Afzulpurkar has served the Government of Maharashtra as Chief Secretary, and has over 4 decades of experience in administrative services. He has also served as the Collector of Pune and the Chairman of Bombay Port Trust. Currently, he is the Chairman of Heritage Committee, Mumbai.

Mrs. Mrunalini Deshmukh
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Mrs. Mrunalini Deshmukh is an alumnus of the St. Xavier’s College and the Government Law College, Mumbai, and holds an LLM from the University of Mumbai in Commercial Law and Matrimonial Law. She is a renowned lawyer with over 15 years of experience and a special expertise in Family Law. A dedicated advocate of gender equality, Mrs. Mrunalini often participates and addresses domestic and international conferences on issues relating to family law, structuring of wealth and alimony issues, and the laws governing women. She recently addressed an International Conference on Wealth Planning for Global Indian Families in Dubai, U.A.E.