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Meet the Directors

Mr. Chen Zhiguo


Chen Zhiguo is the Chairman of ARPL and the group’s chief representative in China. He enjoys excellent relationships with the Chinese metallurgical industry and at the same time, has a good understanding of the Indian steel industry, which makes his knowledge unique and invaluable to the business. With almost four decades of hands-on experience in the steel and allied industry, he is an asset to the team of ARPL. He is the head of the Beijing office.

Mr. Sandeep Bhargava


Sandeep Bhargava is one of the founder directors of the group. He has a sharp business acumen, and believes in a hands-on approach while dealing with the day-to-day trading activities of the company. What makes him stand out though, is his pure passion for his employees and the community at large. A fitness enthusiast, you can often catch him participating in various marathons, whenever he can get away. In fact, his love for sports started as a child and he has even been a national-level swimmer for India in his youth.

Mr. Lalitendu Jena


Lalitendu Jena comes from the mineral-rich eastern part of India and has worked in various parts of the business, including finance and engineering. In fact, he has even designed one small mineral beneficiation plant which has been running successfully, since its inception. Lalit, as his friends call him, is a man of many passions, ranging from globe-trotting to Indian music. But his passion for systems, processes and governance accompanied with an aspiration for fairness, equality and diversity in the workplace is what we at ARPL value the most.

Mr. Rajesh Johar

Managing Director

Rajesh Johar heads the Singapore office and is involved in all proceedings of the office, as well as the business. Trained as an engineer and business manager at the two most prestigious and premium institutions of India, it is his passion and deep understanding of financial matter, which truly makes him standout at this business. He has been running the ARPL show, single-handedly and successfully, since the inception of the company. Rajesh’s contribution to the community is unique and well-recognised. He is an honorary guest-lecturer in premium academic institutes in India, as well as Singapore. He is a movie buff, and like the best of them, has his own well-defined preferences.