Kochouseph Thomas Chittilappilly can be a controversial figure in India, as evidenced by his involvement in the eradication of stray dogs, but he is also a well-respected businessman, humanist, and writer. He has a master’s degree in physics from St. Thomas College in Thrissur.
He started his career by working as supervisor at Telics, an electronics company that manufactures emergency lamps and voltage stabilizers, in 1970. By 1977, he established his own company, V-Guard Industries that initially manufactured voltage stabilizers; the small electronics company initially had 2 employees and a modest production facility. He managed the business until it became the bestselling brand of stabilizers in India with over 500 distributors; 20,000 retailers; and 3,000 dealers as well as wide network of service centers across India.
V-Guard Industries also manufactures pumps and motors, wiring cables, electrical and solar water heaters, ceiling fans, and UPS. It also takes a significant share of the market for these products, such as 20% in the UPS sector and 15% in the pumps segment.
Chittilapilly is also the founder of waterparks, namely, Veegaland and Wonderla.