Cyrus Guzder serves as a member on the IIHS board.
Cyrus graduated with a Masters degree in Economics and Oriental Studies from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
Cyrus began his career in 1967 with ICICI, before moving to AFL Private Limited, then known as Airfreight Limited, in 1969. Since 1985, he has been the organisation’s Chairman and Managing Director. For 25 years till 2001, he also headed the DHL Worldwide Express operations in India, then a 100% owned business division of AFL Private Limited. In addition, he has been a Director on the Boards of several other companies including Air India, Tata Infomedia, Tata Honeywell and Alfa Laval. He was a member of the Indian Advisory Board, Barclays Bank plc, India from 1993 – 97. He was also Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)’s National Committee on Transportation and Logistics.
Cyrus has also held key industry leadership positions like President, Air Cargo Agents Association of India, 1977–79; President, Travel Agents Association of India, 1983–85; Director, Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) based in Monaco, 1986-93; Chairman, Express Industry Council of India, 1987-92; and a Founder member, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), India Initiative.
He is now, among other things, a member of the board of Governors of The Reserve Bank of India’s Board of Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) and a member of the board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior.
He also serves as a director on the board of companies like BP (India) Limited, the Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts Limited and Carlson Wasgonlit Travel India Private Limited. Apart from these, Cyrus is the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Ireland for Mumbai and Western India.
Outside of business, Cyrus is associated with several causes of public importance and has outspoken views on issues of public concern. He co-founded the Bombay Environmental Action Group, which has successfully fought several public interest litigations for the preservation of the environment in Mumbai. Formerly an executive committee member of the Bombay Natural History Society, he has been actively engaged in protecting the natural habitat in Mahabaleshwar and Matheran, vital eco-sensitive areas in Western India.
An active heritage conservationist, he set up the first chapter of the Indian Heritage Society in Mumbai and, thereafter, the Mumbai Chapter of INTACH. As a member of the Mumbai City Heritage Conservation Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (BMC), he played an active role in the conservation of the heritage buildings and precincts in Mumbai.
Cyrus was a former trustee of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum) nominated by the Government of Maharashtra. He was also a former member of the board of Governors of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s Heritage Conservation Society.