about us

Sheela Gautam
Founder & Chairperson

An avid entrepreneur, seasoned politician, renowned social worker & philanthropist, Mrs. Sheela Gautam, has a multifaceted personality. Born in a family of freedom fighters and diplomats in 1931, she completed her graduation with an additional degree in education. She founded Sheela Foam in 1971 and has been actively involved in growing the organisation for two decades before moving into active politics.

A prominent figure in Indian Politics, she was elected to the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), for four consecutive terms. She has also been a member of several Consultative Committees formed by the Government of India like Health & Family Welfare, Railways, Public Undertakings, Communications, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Empowerment of Women etc. to name a few.

As the Chairperson of Sheela Group, she continues to be the mentor and guiding light for the organization.

Rahul Gautam
Managing Director

Mr. Rahul Gautam is the Managing Director of Sheela Foam, India and Chairman of Joyce Pty Ltd., Australia. A Chemical Engineer from IIT, Kanpur with Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA, Mr. Gautam personally looks after the Group's Finance, JVs and Acquisitions. With his vision, intense zeal and highly focused approach Sheela Foam has not only achieved enviable growth in the past, but is also pushing itself to scale greater heights. Under his stewardship, in 2005, Sheela Foam acquired the business of Polyurethane Foam & Polystyrene of M/s. Joyce Foam, Australia, entered into joint ventures with M/s. Woodbridge group, Canada and A.H. Beard, Australia in 2006 & 2008 respectively. Woodbridge is the largest manufacturer of moulded P.U. Foam products for automotive industry in the world and A.H. Beard is leader in Bedding Industry.

Rahul Gautam is also the Chairman of Polyurethane Association of India. Under his dynamic leadership, the first Polyurethane Summit 'PUTECH-2005' was successfully held in October '05 and subsequently in March '08 in India.

He enjoys out-door sports, reading books on Management & Philosophy, listening to Indian Classical Instrumental music and supporting educational activities.

Namita Gautam

A professionally qualified and experienced Human Resource Specialist with extensive knowledge and skills in Training and Development, Project Management, Media and Communication, Mrs. Namita Gautam is the Director of Sheela Foam.

With a background in Corporate Law, Mrs. Gautam is actively involved in family business since 1984 and is now looking after a thousand and above work force of Sheela Group. Her leadership and organizational capabilities has been a key driver for Sheela Foam's success story.

A hardcore humanist, Mrs. Gautam is also the Managing Trustee of  'Sleepwell Foundation' - a charitable organization working under the aegis of Sheela Foam. Sleepwell Foundation is actively involved in various community development programmes in the field of sleep, health & education.

Mrs. Namita Gautam has been associated with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO). Since 1991, she served the organisation in the capacity of Treasurer, Vice President and National President. FLO, a national forum for Women, is an allied body of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) – one of the apex organizations of Industry and Trade in the country.

She is a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian of Rotary Club of Delhi Main for the last 10 years. An ardent admirer of arts, culture & traditions, she is actively associated with 'Samagam' – a cultural organization. She is also member of Global League of Women & All India Kitchen Garden Association.