Mr. CK Ranganathan, the Founder Chairman of CavinKare, was born in the small coastal town of Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, to parents with a primary interest in education. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a brief stint in the family business, he set out to carve his own path in business. After a challenging start, he finally set up Chik India in 1983 with an initial investment of Rs. 15,000 and Chik Shampoo as his introductory product. The company was renamed as Beauty Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd. in 1990 and was subsequently rechristened as CavinKare Pvt. Ltd. in 1998.
A pioneer of innovation, Mr. CK Ranganathan has shaped the company to create innovative products by combining the best of nature and technology to improve the lifestyle of consumers. Under his inspiring leadership, the company while expanding into Personal Care, also diversified into Food, Beverages, Dairy and Snacks categories, both in domestic and international markets.
Under Mr. CK Ranganathan’s guidance, Trends in Vogue has pioneered the concept of ‘family salons’ in India and is the first to channel this industry into an organized salon chain sector with its specialist brands - Limelite
and Green Trends. Trends in Vogue has a clear-cut focus of providing grooming and personal styling solutions to men, women and children.
Mr. CK Ranganathan was conferred the prestigious, Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Economic Times in 2004. He was the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamil Nadu State Council for the year 2009-10. He is the former president of the Madras Management Association.
Mr. CK Ranganathan is one of the founding members of the Ability Foundation – an NGO working towards the rehabilitation of the physically challenged. He also instituted the CavinKare Ability Awards in 2003 to celebrate the exemplary spirit of individuals who have risen above their physical limitations to display great achievements in life.
In order to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship, Mr. CK Ranganathan has instituted the Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards in 2011 in memory of his father, the late Shri. R. Chinnikrishnan. The award seeks to identify and promote entrepreneurs running small and tiny businesses built on innovative ideas.
Mr. CK Ranganathan’s endeavour of philanthropy and giving back to society has also extended to the field of education. CavinKare patronizes a few public charitable trusts that run schools and colleges. Notable among them, the CK School of Practical Knowledge, a one-of-a-kind school in India that offers practical education to students from classes pre-kg to the 12th standard;
the CK College of Engineering & Technology and an MBA institute in Cuddalore, both with the aim of providing world class professional education to people in the rural and coastal regions of Tamil Nadu.