Board of Trustees

A successful management team fosters confidence, and The Sona Group is fortunate to have an incredible, committed, and innovative Board of Trustees as a member of its Leadership team.


Shri. C. Valliappa

Shri. C. Valliappa is a great leader and a good mentor of the Chockalingam Trust, who aims to have a sustainable and better future.

Mr. C. Valliappa has been the driving force behind The Sona Group's growth. Mr. Valliappa has shown outstanding leadership skills as Chairman of The Sona Group, leading the front to direct The Sona Group to a place of great success and international reach. With the help of Texas Instruments, Mr. Valliappa, a well-known and admired industrialist in South India was influential in placing India on the Information Technology Map. Mr. Valliappa, who previously served as President of the Greater Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries, was honoured to be welcomed as a guest to the White House in Washington, D.C., to discuss more in-depth potential to foster the Indo-US business relationship.

Smt. Seetha Valliappa

As one of the greatest leaders in Chockalingam Trust, Smt. Seetha Valliappa aims for the betterment of society and works towards women's empowerment.

Mrs. Seetha Valliappa has been one of The Sona Group's strongest pillars since its formation and has had a significant impact on the company's growth. Mrs. Seetha has devoted her entire tenure as a Trustee Member to women's empowerment and has set and driven by instance in leading The Sona Group to become an equal opportunity employer. Mrs. Seetha Valliappa is a firm believer in and supporter of women's empowerment in developing countries like India, believing that women have a significant role to play in expanding their skill and creativity in fields such as education, family, sports, healthcare, economics, and technology. Mrs. Seetha has continued to play a valuable role in educating women, especially those who are impoverished, physically and financially disabled, come from rural backgrounds, and are single mothers, and has succeeded in inculcating greater trust in them.

Seetha Valliappa
Chocko Valliappa

V. Chocko Valliappa

Chocko Valliappa is the guiding force behind the Valliappa Foundation, and he has now entrusted the Chockalingam Trust to his golden hands. Chocko is one of the great leaders in the Chockalingam Trust, who strives for a more competent and trained community.

Valliappa Foundation was established by Chocko Valliappa, who is the motivating factor behind it. Chocko has a wealth of expertise in designing and exploring innovations as a result of his extensive exposure to emerging technology and applications over the years. Chocko, as a key member of The Sona Group, has played a key role in the company's growth and success over the years.

Chocko is a charismatic leader with a keen business sense. Valliappa Foundation was established by Chocko in the year 2000. Valliappa Foundation has grown to become one of India's largest Non- profit organization under his leadership. His creative strategy has positioned the company as a fast- growing company that adds value to its customers. Chocko is very passionate about inspiring the environment. With this goal in mind, he founded Sona Yukti Pvt. Ltd., which offers industry-focused skill-based training. He is also Sona College's Vice Chairman. Through HireMee, a social enterprise, he has created a recruitment platform to enable three million jobs. He also founded, Veetrace, an innovative location-based, contact tracing app that was developed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases through location-based tracing, Veetrack, a media monitoring service, Veeprotect, a Personal Protective Equipment manufacturing and supply organization, and Anadhanam, a digital platform to connect stakeholders in surplus food recycling.

With his diverse background in education, business-focused skill growth, technology, and conventional industry background, he is leading Valliappa Foundation to a worldwide presence. He's worked in management, international business and logistics, corporate affairs, strategic planning and marketing, and corporate policy planning, among other fields. Chocko has in-depth knowledge of European, Asian, and Pan American markets, as well as extensive experience forming strategic partnerships and joint projects. Chocko is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO) Bangalore chapter. He is the Impact Chair for the Healthcare Business Network and the ALO for the People Action Network. He was also the recipient of the prestigious YPO Social Impact award.

Mr. Thyagu Valliappa

Mr. Thyagu Valliappa is an emerging Chockalingam Trust leader. He intends to make India more competent and prosperous.

Mr. Thyagu Valliappa is a youthful and brash entrepreneur with a wealth of experience and knowledge well beyond his years. His achievements include the fields of textiles, management, information technology, education, and logistics. He focuses on concept generation and system management, and he always delivers thanks to his unique "grassroots to top" approach. He has a long list of accomplishments, including the patents for the world's first stretchable silk and mosquito repellent garment. He is a master of creativity, and it shows in all aspects of his work. Play Factory, Sona Valliappa Mill, Sona Miller, Sona Star, and the modern Sona Medical College of Naturopathy and Yoga all owe their success to him. He has transformed The Sona Group into a global brand, with all The Sona Group's achievements to demonstrate for it.

Thyagu Valliappa