Governance @ Writer Relocations
Writer Relocations practices high levels of governance.
Writer Relocations is run by a professionally-led management team. As part of Writer Corporation, it is governed by a board comprising independent directors and industry experts along with its owner-directors.
- The Board of Directors oversee and advise the management, monitor their performance, and ensure ethical and legal compliance
- Regulatory compliance and risk management activities are overseen by an Audit Committee. Regular statutory audits are conducted by E&Y. Compliance & Risk Audit are undertaken by external, independent auditors of repute.
- The compliance function works with internal auditors to ensure best practices in terms of governance, risk mitigation, and risk prevention.
At Writer Relocations, our corporate officers believe in enhancing shareholder value through integrity and accountability.
We focus on delivering 'trust' to all our stakeholders. We foster a culture where ethical standards, corporate and personal integrity, are valued and rewarded.
Denzil de Souza, Chairman
Since 1978, Denzil de Souza has developed a reputation for outstanding work in International Moving Services. He along with his elder brother and principal business partner - the late William de Souza, transformed Writer Corporation from a single-location, 20-employee, single-service company into a multi-location, multi-business enterprise, with a workforce of over 8500+ employees.
Denzil de Souza first started with establishing the relocations network across India outside Mumbai, and then added the product lines of Domestic & Orientation to what was principally an International Moving business.
The Information Management business got incorporated in 1987 under his leadership. In the process, Denzil designed and built the group’s entire core infrastructure comprising office and warehouse facilities across India.
He further built the Cash Management business in 2001. Since 2005, he plays a key role in the expansion of global operations in the Middle East and Asia. In early 2013, under his guidance, Writer Group forayed into the realty sector with the launch of Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, now managed by Hilton.
After spending three successful decades in an executive role at Writer Corporation, in order to promote leadership at an organization level, Denzil assumed the role of Non-executive Chairman, in early 2012.
He transitioned the reins of the business to the boards and a properly institutionalized and professionally led management organization.
Today, 'the great entrepreneur' serves on all Writer Corporation's Boards providing insight and direction and steers the group’s Investment arm - Writer Holdings.
SR Iyer, Independent Director
SR Iyer is an Independent Director on the Board of Writer Corporation. He has been the former Managing Director at State Bank of India. During his tenure as Managing Director of SBI, he served on the Boards of National Stock Exchange, GE Capital Business Process Management Services Pvt Ltd, State Bank of India (California), and SBI International (Mauritius) Ltd.
He has varied and extensive experience in commercial banking, international banking, and merchant banking within SBI Group. After retiring from SBI, Iyer was appointed as First Executive Chairman of Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (CIBIL).
Garfield de Souza, Managing Director
Garfield de Souza, the eldest son of late William de Souza, is the Managing Director of Writer Business Services. Established in 1953, the Business Services arm of Writer Corporation is a key partner to India’s banking and corporate sectors, offering an array of services in Global Relocations, Information Management, and Cash Management.
Since the time he joined the Group in 1993, Garfield has played a pivotal role in taking the Group’s operations global. Today, as a result of his determination and commitment, Writer Business Services is present in 6 countries including India, Middle East, and Singapore. It serves over 1000 global corporations and banks across the world including several Fortune 500 companies.
His core belief is to keep Writer Business Services agile, to evolve to changing customer needs, and be their partner of choice while growing the company.
Gavin de Souza, Managing Director
Gavin de Souza, the second son of the late William de Souza, joined the business in the year 2000. He spent his early years in the relocation business under the guidance of Denzil de Souza. Gavin started his career as a supervisor and evolved to leading other areas of the business. In 2003, his role expanded to build a Boutique Real Estate Development Company with the vast land bank that Writer Corporation owns.
In 2011, Gavin de Souza took over as Managing Director of Writer Realty to build premium apartments for lease and manage hospitality projects.
In his current role, Gavin is spearheading the acquisition and development of various ongoing and future realty projects of the group.
Dayle de Souza, Managing Director
Dayle de Souza, the youngest son of the late William de Souza, is the Managing Director of Writer Business Services. He started his career as a supervisor in the year 2000 and evolved to manage and lead various functional areas of the business. He spent the early years in the Information Management business under the guidance of Denzil de Souza. In 2004, his role expanded to overseeing the Cash Management business at Writer Corporation.
In his current role, Dayle de Souza leads the Relocation, Information Management, and Cash Management businesses. He also looks after the Group functions like HR, IT, Compliance, Infrastructure and Centre of Excellence (COE).
Dayle has completed an Executive Program at Harvard Business School.
Yazdi Desai, Joint Managing Director
Yazdi Desai joined Writer Corporation as an Accounts Assistant in the year 1984. His previous experience includes working with AF Ferguson & Co, Chartered Accountants. While Legal, Taxation and Corporate Governance are presently Mr. Desai’s prime responsibilities, he has been actively involved in every area of the Writer Group and has led Finance and Administration in his previous roles.
Yazdi Desai is a Trustee of Kripa Foundation, a registered Trust devoted to the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of drug addicts. He is also the Chairman of the Bombay Parsi Panchayat, the apex body of Parsi Irani Zoroastrians in India, which controls and manages assets worth more than USD 15 billion.
Over the years, Yazdi Desai has developed rich insights into consumer behaviour. This has helped him to contribute immensely to the growth of Writer Corporation.