Sudhir Choudhrie is the founder and chairman of one of the world’s largest producers of medical equipment, Sutures India Limited. In January 1994, Sudhir Choudhrie was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to developing medical technology in India. Choudhrie has founded several smaller companies in India, including Choudhrie Foods Ltd., which produces a range of sauces for Indian restaurants worldwide, and Choudhrie Vodafone Ltd., also involved in telecommunications. He has diversified into clothing retailing by creating chains such as In Style Clothing, Spencer’s (U.K.’s top hat shop), and India’s first society men’s clothing chain, Jermyn Street.

Sutures India Limited (SIL), founded as Wing-It in 1976, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of surgical sutures. It operates in eleven countries, including India and China, with manufacturing facilities. It currently employs over 5,000 people worldwide.

Sudhir Choudhrie was born in New Delhi in 1938. He received his electrical/electronic engineering degree from the Government College of Engineering, Pune, and later a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Choudhrie has served as a member of the Board of Governors of King’s College London (U.K.); was a trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Society (U.K.); and is a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Business and Management Studies, University of Surrey (U.K.). He has been director of several companies in India and England, including Great Universal Stores plc., Racal Electronics PLC., Shalimar Paints Ltd., Ultra Cast Stone Ltd., Radio Caroline International plc., and British Energy, PLC. His experience of the corporate world began with Great Universal Stores plc. He started as a delivery boy with an average monthly salary of 5 pounds, rising later to a managerial post. When he left Great Universal Stores plc., he received a total remuneration package of 280,000 pounds. Business success came early to Choudhrie, who was only 25 when his company, Wing-It Limited, began exporting surgical sutures to the United States and Europe after it was founded in 1976.