Sri Bommidala Bhanu Murthy
The BBM Bommidala Group, takes the name from the Visionary Chairperson, Mr. Bommidala Bhanu Murthy, BBM
With Many Firsts to his Credit, Mr Bhanu Murty, started his career in the tobacco business at a very young age (16 years) in the year 1947, initiated into the trade by his father Mr. Koti Ratnam, as the Managing Partner of M/s Bommidala Purniah.
Taking over as Managing Director in 1950, Mr. Bommidala Bhanu Murthy changed the very course of the Indian tobacco industry. Bestowed with a great business acumen and verve, he charted out a trail blazing path seizing upon fresh economic opportunities set forth in the tobacco sector. He was responsible in putting the M/s.Bommidala Brothers icon on the world map of tobacco.
A self motivated individual, with a penchant for innovative thinking and exploring new horizons, Mr. Bhanu Murthy was the first Indian to pioneer overseas trade of tobacco with Japan, way back in 1952, and established direct tobacco contract with the erstwhile USSR (the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) in 1956. He was one of the early promoters of Indian tobacco to Indonesia, Africa, Nepal, the Czech Republic, later expanding business throughout the Europe Common Market and the USA. His untiring efforts have made the BBM Bommidala Group synonymous with world class quality in the international tobacco industry -Seed to Smoke - with presence in over 84 plus countries.
Widely traveled, he was chosen as a prominent delegate on behalf of Tobacco Export Promotion Council, Government of India and represented the country in several Eastern Europe and other Far East countries.
With a quest for new technology and passion for breaking new ground, he was astoundingly successful in producing Crude Solanesol from tobacco scrap often discarded as waste, and exported it to Japan in the year 1974, for which he won several awards.
Under the mentoring leadership of Mr. Bommidala Bhanu Murthy, the BBM Group has successfully witnessed spectacular growth within and outside the tobacco domain, in Nutraceuticals and Travel Retail, among other sectors, expanding into the hugely distinguished diversified business conglomerate it is today.